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Patch 3.3 PTR: Minor Warrior changes

Okay, now that we know that the Patch 3.3 PTR will be out soon, and what it will entail, let's go over the changes to warriors. If you've been hornswaggled by fake patch notes purporting big changes to Titan's Grip, well, such is not the case. So what has changed?


  • Victory Rush: This ability is now trainable at level 6.
  • Talents
    • Protection
      • Damage Shield: This ability will no longer trigger any chance-on-hit effects from the warrior or the opponent it damages.
The Victory Rush change seems aimed as part of Blizzard's move to make leveling easier in patch 3.3 while the Damage Shield change is a trifle puzzling to me. Is this aimed at removing a chance for Damage Shield to proc a Deep Wounds on someone hitting the warrior? As long as it doesn't affect other warrior abilities tanks are still going to spec up to Impale/Deep Wounds, so I can't understand why you'd make that change. Is Damage Shield proccing a lot of trinkets and that's bad? I don't imagine it having a big effect but I'm still puzzled. I'm sure one of our readers will point out where I'm missing the point.

At any rate, another patch where warriors see minimal changes at best. I guess we can take some comfort in our obvious perfection, right? Yeah, I laughed bitterly too. Still, I'm informed that the Victory Rush change was in for Worgen Warriors when folks tested them at Blizzcon/PAX, so that's a sign that this was in the works for a while.

Filed under: Warrior, Patches, Analysis / Opinion, Odds and ends, News items, Expansions, Wrath of the Lich King

Midsummer Fun: The bonfire buffs

When headed out to level, farm, or grind during the Midsummer Fire Festival this year, be sure to head to the zone's bonfire for your side (there's one outside of almost every Horde or Alliance settlement) and throw in a blossom. You'll be glad you did, no matter what your level. You'll get one buff right off the bat: The Fire Festival Fury buff. This 60 minute buff will not only give you a straight 3% to your critical strike chance, but you'll also get a damage shield that will do fire damage equal to your level to all who attack you. That's right, Thorns, eat your heart out.

But what's even better is that it doesn't stop there.

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Filed under: Tips, How-tos, Events, News items, Leveling, Guides, Making money, Buffs

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