The Shattering of Azeroth

The day has come and nothing will be the way it was for the past 6 years. The shattering has come and lands of Azeroth are forever changed. After a month of pre-cataclysm events patch 4.0.3a has been applied to the servers and once you log in all the familiar places will have a new look. I must admit it is spectacular. Instead of feeling in ruin the whole world feels like it has been upgraded and all the outdated , low detailed , yet oh so well known cities and landscapes now look like 2010. Complete leveling experience up to level 80 has been improved. 1-60 leveling range has been updated with new quests and land looks in accordance to the standards Wrath of the Lich King introduced. 70-80 leveling range has been sped up by about 25%. Not even a full day after the 4.0.3a patch has been applied, a hotfix patch has been released.

4.0.3a hotfix patch notes

  • Alterac Valley, Isle of Conquest, and Strand of the Ancients should no longer attempt to place players in a level 80-84 bracket.
  • Players should no longer be disconnected from a realm when attempting to take an item out of the mail which has been marked for deletion.
  • The title “Champion of [guildname]” can no longer be improperly awarded to players.
  • The amount of gold received when converting Battleground Marks of Honor above the honor cap has been reduced to the intended amount.


  • Druids

    The damage done by the following abilities has been reduced by approximately 17%: Mangle (Bear), Maul, Lacerate, Pulverize, Swipe (Bear), Thrash.
  • Hunters

    A second pet can no longer be summoned when the active pet is dead.
  • Mages

    Arcane Concentration will not go on internal cooldown when it fails to proc.
  • The damage from Deep Freeze on stun-immune targets is now properly benefitting from Frostburn, including when increased by Mastery Rating on gear.
  • Frostfire Orb now correctly triggers Ignite on critical hits.
  • Pyroblast! made available by Hot Streak will no longer consume Clearcasting.
  • When Scorch is cast by a mage who has Improved Scorch Rank 2, it will no longer consume Clearcasting.
  • Shatter now only increases the chance for Molten Armor’s damage to be a critical strike when the target is actually frozen, as intended.
  • Paladins

    Glyph of Light of Dawn no longer incorrectly reduces the healing of Light of Dawn.
  • Priests

    Prayer of Healing is now properly healing all of the target’s party members, unless they are further than 30 yards away.
  • Twisted Faith no longer gives a 4% damage increase to Mind Flay when Shadow Word: Pain is active on a target.
  • Rogues

    Envenom now properly scales with Potent Poisons.
  • Warlocks

    Soul Fire will no longer consume both Empowered Imp and Soulburn when they are active. It will consume Empowered Imp and leave Soulburn still active.
  • Warriors

    Shield Slam’s damage has been reduced by about 28% at level 15, with less, but still noticeable reductions at higher levels.


  • The Wayward Fire Elemental is now properly tracked on the mini-map for the quest “Ice and Fire”.
  • Fishing daily quests in Stormwind and Orgrimmar have returned.
  • Players will now reach their flight destination properly for the quest “Fuselight, Ho!”
  • It is no longer possible to use all the charges on the Purified Moonwell Water at a single brazier for the quest “Dousing the Flames of Protection”.
  • The tauren quest “Heeding the Call” has been removed from the game and is no longer improperly still being offered to players.
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