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WoW Classic – Season of Mastery Updates Coming, TBC Classic – Gnomish Battle Chickens

WoW Classic – Season of Mastery Updates Coming

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hi Everyone,

We gathered a lot of great data over the weekend and our designers have made or are in the progress of making adjustments to bosses in Season of Mastery Blackwing Lair, as well as several additional general adjustments to Season of Mastery realms.

We are planning to restart the Season of Mastery PTR realms on Thursday February 3 at 3:00 PM PST to pick up these changes.


  • The amount of loot dropped by bosses in Onyxia’s Lair, Molten Core, and Blackwing Lair has been increased by 1 item per boss.
  • There is now a chance to “proc” additional potions, elixirs, and flasks when max-level alchemists craft any of these types of items.
  • The “Adventure Awaits” quest experience buff has been increased from 40% to 100%.

Blackwing Lair

  • The global health buff applied to all creatures in Blackwing Lair other than Vaelastrasz (whom has his own hand-tuned health values) has been removed.
    • Razorgore
      • The Unstable Chromatic Drake add should once again properly use his abilities.
      • The damage component of the Unstable Chromatic Drake’s Azure Bolt ability has been removed.
    • Vaelastrasz
      • Essence of the Red now lasts 4 minutes up from 3.
      • Burning Adrenaline will now target the primary threat target earlier in the encounter.

    • Ebonroc and Flamegor
      • A text emote has been added to telegraph when Ebonroc and Flamegor begin casting Wing Buffet.
      • Ebonroc and Flamegor will now root themselves in place and face each other when casting Wing Buffet.
      • There is now a cooldown between when Wing Buffet is cast and when Shadow Flame is cast.

The Burning Crusade Classic – Gnomish Battle Chickens Update

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I have a quick update on Gnomish Battle Chickens;

With restarts this week, we deployed a hotfix for a bug where Illidan was not respecting the “initial cooldown” on some of his abilities, such as his Phase 5 Enrage. The TL;DR here is that in the original World of Warcraft, creatures would ignore the initial cooldown period for certain support spells (such as buffs or summon spells). This behavior was removed in patch 2.1. This correct behavior was not present in Burning Crusade Classic until this fix, which is why Illidan’s Phase 5 Enrage was not properly delayed as it should have been.

A knock-on effect of this fix is that the Battle Squawk buff from the Gnomish Battle Chicken can no longer bypass its initial cooldown period as it could in pre-2.1 World of Warcraft. Battle Squawk now observes its correct initial cooldown rules as it did starting in patch 2.1.

While this hotfix wasn’t specifically targeted at nerfing Gnomish Battle Chickens, it did restore the correct post-2.1 behavior. We’ve discussed it at some length and decided that we are not going to try to deliberately re-break Gnomish Battle Chicken actions to maintain this behavior, as this specific interaction was never originally possible during the later patches of original Burning Crusade.