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Encrypted Text: Fresh patch 4.0.6 PTR notes for rogues

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Encrypted Text for assassination, combat and subtlety rogues. Chase Christian will be your guide to the world of shadows every Wednesday. Feel free to email me with any rogue questions you may have.

Have you ever read Blizzard's patch notes and wondered exactly where the developers are going with certain changes? We're all familiar with the fact that subtlety has been lagging behind the other rogue specs in DPS. It's actually still seeing some use in top guilds on healing-intensive encounters, due to Enveloping Shadows giving us nearly permanent Feint on top of 30% AoE damage reduction. The fact remains that subtlety has largely been a PvP spec outside of very specific situations, although it's a quite potent PvP spec. The patch notes show us that the developers obviously want for subtlety to be more competitive in PvE -- no surprise here.

What I don't understand is the new Blade Flurry mechanic. On the PTR, Blade Flurry no longer has a fixed duration, meaning that you can have it up 100% of the time. While yeah, it sounds awesome, it also opens up huge balancing issues. It means that any time there's a raid encounter with more than one target, we're stuck swapping to combat. There are plenty of other classes with similar Cleaving abilities, but none as powerful as Blade Flurry. While I'm all for spec diversity, I'd rather not waste development time on something that's certain to be cut once it makes it to live.

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Filed under: Rogue, (Rogue) Encrypted Text

Patch 4.0.6 PTR notes updated for Jan. 12

Blizzard has released updated patch notes for patch 4.0.6, currently testing on the public test realms. Of note are the new guild group changes that award multipliers for guild experience gained, loads of new crafting tidbits, lots of new class changes, and a good amount of heroic dungeon nerfs and buffs to some bosses who felt like pushovers. Also, hunters: do you like to Auto-Shot while moving? If so, do we have some notes for you.

Hit the jump for the full notes.
  • Many rare creatures that went into hiding upon Deathwing's emergence into Azeroth have made a return! In addition to finding new homes in a post-Cataclysm world, they drop new, improved loot, provide a healthy experience bonus, and respawn much more quickly when killed. Happy hunting!
  • Human Illusion: This affect is no longer applied to worgen who travel into the Caverns of Time.

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Filed under: Cataclysm

Patch 4.0.6 PTR patch notes updated

An updated version of the patch 4.0.6 patch notes from the PTR has been unveiled. This includes the recent shaman and warlock changes that have been discussed, as well as many additional changes across the board to heroics.

Some highlights include:
  • Baron Ashbury: Sadly, in his hubris he has forgotten how to Mend Rotten Flesh.
  • Ozruk: There is now a precast visual on the ground to make it clear how far away a player must get to be clear of Shatter.
  • Earthrager Ptah's Flame Bolt now deals more damage per second on Heroic difficulty.
Follow behind the break below for the full patch notes.

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