Beta build combat love

Blizzard is making (sort of) good on their word, and have improved combat a little. The latest build 9014 gives us the following, minor, changes.

As always, there's more than just rogue changes, so be sure to read the full post either on MMOC or WoR. Whichever one takes your preference.


Two pics on MMOC show the new models for Alextrasza and Varimathras. You'll see Alextrasza looks much like Sylvanas who got changed in build 8982.

Rogue changes


  • Focused Attacks now gives 2 energy regardless of the rank.


  • Vitality increases your Energy regeneration rate by 8/16/25%. (Up from 3/6/10%) - That's pretty damn good! 12.5 energy per sec.
  • Blade Twisting changed to : Increases the damage dealt by Sinister Strike and Backstab by 5/10%, and your damaging melee attacks have a 10% chance to Daze the target for 4 sec.
  • Aggression has been moved from Tier 5 to Tier 4. Now increases the damage done by Sinister Strike, Backstab, and Eviscerate abilities by 3/6/9/12/15%. (Up from 2/4/6/8/10%)

    A build like this here tree would thus be a logical conclusion for any combat rogue at level 80. We're still spending 4 talent points in fluff talents that I'd rather not. Not to mention wasting 4 talent points extra in a talent which previously only cost us "1" talent point. Yes I'm talking about Relentless Strikes... Now, if for whatever reason the subtlety tree got something "useful" at the second tier, or perhaps opportunity was changed to affect sinister strike and hemo as well, then maybe a build like this wouldn't seem quite so questionable. (A total of 9 fluff points across the trees)

    If you're more into mutilate then a build like this seems the most likely solution.

    Honor, to reset or not to reset

    As it seems, they're NOT resetting it now. Seriously guys... make up your bloody mind.

    We had hoped that the introduction of some new Honor rewards in the upcoming patch would give players a great opportunity to spend any of their remaining Honor. However, many players would still be surprised by an Honor and token reset as it isn’t something we’ve done in the past. As such, we've decided to not reset Honor or tokens upon the release of Wrath of the Lich King. Players who save their Honor will be able to spend it on level 80 rewards, although those rewards will be significantly more expensive than their level 70 counterparts.

    You could have easily fixed this by simply adding a new type of honor and new marks at level 80. Now we're scared into spending the stuff early, and sure enough suddenly it's not getting reset. Ah well, at least some of us got some new mounts out of this :P

    1. i've actually spend 18 matches losing WSG to get 21 badges so i would have enough for a mount and wouldn't waste all the other badges. Raaah!
      That said.. i'm at 49 mounts now in theory (got the rep, just need to spend alot of gold) and still some time to get Darnassus exalted.
      Just not sure i want to burn that much gold for 1 mount yet.
      Any idea if we can get the Albino Dragon mount next patch or need to wait till WotLK??

    2. It should be available with the patch in theory, as it's linked to the achievements.

    3. Got the required ammount of rep now for the 50 mounts, should cost me about 3600g which is doable.
      Seen the Albino mount on the beta and it looked alot better then i expected so i think i'm going for it.

      Had a good trip btw? :)

    4. This should be really good opportunity

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