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Patch 4.3 Hotfixes for Dec. 6, 2011

You want some hotfixes, you say? Well, you're in luck! Blizzard has released one heck of a large list of hotfixes this evening, dealing with everything form class abilities to very big pains like the Yor'sahj encounter in the Raid Finder.

Some of the highlights include:
  • Yor'sahj had its Raid Finder HP for slimes, mana voids, and forgotten ones nerfed by 20%.
  • Ball damage is now splitting correctly on Zon'ozz in the Raid Finder.
  • Echo of Baine trash is hitting for less.
  • Deep Wounds is working better (more correctly) for warriors.
Lots and lots of changes after the break.
December 6, 2011 Hotfixes
  • General
    • Transmogrified items should always lose their transmogrification when mailed.
    • The Darkmoon Firework no longer has a duration, is now holiday-bound, and requires Darkmoon Faire to be active.
    • Darkmoon Faire revelers who enter an off-limits area in ghost form should now be properly ported out.
    • Entangling Roots, Freeze, and Frost Nova should now properly break when the affected player takes damage while a damage absorption effect is also active.
  • Classes
    • Hunter
      • Kill Command should now always consume the Resistance is Futile! buff, regardless of whether the target has Hunter's Mark or not.
      • Reverted a bug fix that caused Bombardment to be consumed by the next Multi-Shot. Fixing this bug proved to be a significant dps loss, so Bombardment once again lasts for its full 6 second duration regardless of the number of Multi-Shot casts. The tooltip will be updated in a future patch to reflect that this change is intended.
    • Paladin
      • Divine Aegis, Ancestral Awakening, Ancestral Vigor, Holy Priest Mastery, Holy Paladin Mastery, and Living Seed now trigger properly based on pre-absorb healing, even if the triggering heal is fully absorbed.
    • Warrior
      • Deep Wounds should now be correctly activated by critical hits from Opportunity Strike, Raging Blow, Heroic Leap, and Intercept.
      • Using Pummel, modified by Gag Order, will now Silence the target for 3 seconds in addition to locking out the spell school for 4 seconds.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • End Time
      • The trash preceeding Echo of Baine should now hit for less Fire damage.
    • Hour of Twilight
      • Flailing Tentacles now despawn shortly after they appear, and can no longer be attacked.
    • Well of Eternity
      • Players should no longer lose the Shadowcloak buff when a group member leaves, joins, or zones in or out of the instance.
      • Mannoroth
        • Magistrike Arc should no longer be activated by pet attacks, and now has a 100% chance of being activated after a 3 second cooldown.
        • Rogue Stealth and mage Invisibility are no longer broken when Doomguard Devastators land and become valid targets, or when other Demons spawn from the Nether Tear portal.
    • Dragon Soul
      • Accepting a Warlock summon while riding a drake taxi in Dragon Soul should now cancel the drake ride and port the player to the location of the summon.
      • Fall of Deathwing is now available via Raid Finder once you have completed Siege of Wyrmrest.
      • Players who have killed the final boss in one of the wings of Dragon soul via Raid Finder will be more likely to enter fresh instances on subsequent Raid Finder instances that week. This should make it easier to kill earlier bosses that they might have missed.
      • Yor'sahj the Unsleeping
        • The Aggro Radius has been properly adjusted for all difficulties of this encounter.
        • Slimes, Mana Voids, and Forgotten Ones have had their HP reduced by 20% on Raid Finder difficulty.
        • Pets cannot be summoned during the decent into this encounter.
      • Warlord Zon'ozz
        • Ball damage should now be splitting its total damage amongst all players nearby on Raid Finder difficulty.
        • Pets cannot be summoned during the decent into this encounter.
      • Ultraxion
        • Players should no longer find themselves in the Twilight Realm after Ultraxion has been defeated.
        • Essence of Dreams should strain CPUs less in 25-player raids. This buff will now activate once per second for each healer who has the buff, and the healing done by the effect will equal the amount of health healed by the healer within that one second window.
      • Spine of Deathwing
        • Corruption, Hideous Amalgamation, and Burning Tendons are now level 88, up from 87, and have had their health slightly increased.
      • Madness of Deathwing
        • Priests under the effect of Spirit of Redemption will now receive credit for defeating Deathwing as long as they were part of the encounter.
    • Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
      • The Prophet Skeram, the Illusions of The Prophet Skeram, Princess Yauj, Lord Kri, and Vem no longer grant reputation when killed.
    • Throne of the Tides
      • Lady Naz'jar
        • All of the creatures in the Lady Naz'jar gauntlet are now immune to mind control mechanics.
    • Zul'Gurub
      • High Priest Venoxis has been convinced to clean up after himself when his encounter is reset, and his venom puddles should disappear.
  • Items
    • Bracers of Flowing Serenity now have a +20 Intellect socket bonus that is properly applied when the gem requirement is met.
    • Foul Gift of the Demon Lord and Varo'then's Brooch should no longer be usable by players under the effects of crowd control spells.
    • All three Heart of Unliving trinkets now additionally provide a passive intellect bonus.
    • Mana Tide Totem now benefits from Heart of Unliving.
    • Pit Fighter and Master Pit Fighter now have more stamina.
    • The Moonwell Phial trinket buff shold no longer be disabled when the player enters combat.
    • The paladin tier-13 four-piece set bonus should now increase healing done by Holy Radiance by 5%, down from 20%.
    • The priest tier-13 two-piece set bonus should again trigger a 23-second Temporal Boon for Discipline priests, up from 20 seconds.
  • Quests and Creatures
    • While on the quest "Archival Purposes", players should now be able to open Elementium Gem Clusters.




Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Review the official patch notes, and then dig into what's ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing -- from astride his back!

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