Shadowlands - Druid Class Changes, Pearl of the Abyss Secret Toy, Build of the Month

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Shadowlands - Druid Class Changes
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Thanks for all the feedback on Convoke the Spirits. It will have a further update in an upcoming build, focused on being oriented more around shapeshift forms, and including higher-value spells associated with each particular form.

Most importantly, the spell list is redesigned. It is no longer the same in every form.
  • Spells included in every form: Moonfire, Wrath, Regrowth, Rejuvenation, Rake, Thrash
  • Caster form only: Wild Growth, Swiftmend
  • Cat form only: Ferocious Bite, Shred, Tiger’s Fury
  • Bear form only: Mangle, Ironfur
  • Moonkin form only: Starsurge, Starfall

When used in any given form, spells assocatied with that form’s role are strongly favored.
Starsurge, Starfall, and Ferocious Bite don’t cost resources. Swiftmend doesn’t remove a HoT. Ferocious Bite does maximum damage. Self-buffs that don’t stack (Tiger’s Fury, Starfall) won’t overwrite themselves.

A bit of discussion about this ability–one dilemma with it is that while it actually chooses abilities somewhat smartly, it can’t claim to do so perfectly smartly. So the tooltip doesn’t promise to always choose the optimal ability, but in reality it does much better than random chance. Some things that were true in prior iterations, and still true now:
  • Spells that apply a DoT or HoT are favored on targets that don’t already have it, and generally won’t reapply to targets that do (some exception for Wild Growth).
  • It won’t aggro new creatures that aren’t in combat
  • It won’t break CC
  • Heals will be more favored relative to other spells if there are lower-HP targets
  • Thrash is used more often in Bear Form than in Cat Form

As always, let us know how it feels on alpha.

Pearl of the Abyss Secret Toy
Game Designers Jeremy Feasel and Russ Petersen have confirmed that the secret toy Pearl of the Abyss is not available in the game. Even though the hotfixes on July 2nd 2019 mention that the toy was obtainable, the item lost its toy tag and was removed from the Toy Box. To learn more about Hidden and Secret Toys in World of Warcraft check this guide.





Build of the Month - June 2020
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

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This month
Stock of parts is low and prices are elevated due to the pandemic. You may have to shop different retailers or swap to similar parts due to availability.

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Peripherals

Puppy
Dolphin

Narwhal
Unicorn


Puppy and Dolphin
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Puppy

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Dolphin

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Narwhal and Unicorn
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Narwhal

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Unicorn

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