7.1 PvP changes

Player versus Player

  • Nagrand Arena has received a significant visual update.

 

Honor System

  • Honor talents will no longer be lost when a player chooses to Prestige.
  • Players will receive gold or artifact power in lieu of honor talents at higher prestige levels.

 

Rewards

  • The Item Levels of PvP gear rewards now scale as World Quest gear rewards scale, and PvP gear rewards can be Titanforged, Warforged, socketed, or include tertiary stats.
  • Players will no longer receive a bonus piece of gear based on their rating for the first two wins in each rated bracket (2v2, 3v3, 10v10).
  • Players will now receive a bonus piece of gear based on their best rating from the previous week for each rated bracket (2v2, 3v3, 10v10).
  • Bonus gear will be of the “Gladiator” type at PvP ratings below 2000, and of the “Elite” type at PvP ratings above 2000.
  • The first victory of the day bonus now includes a large Artifact Power reward.
  • The reward increase for your first victory of the day has been extended to all brackets: Skirmishes, 2v2 Arenas, 3v3 Arenas, and Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Artifact Power rewards have been increased.

 

Honor Talents

 

Death Knight

  • Frost
  • The two bottom rows of Death Knight Honor Talents have been significantly redesigned:
    • Choose one of: Deathchill, Frozen Center, or Delirium
    • Choose one of: Tundra Stalker, Overpowered Rune Weapon, Chill Streak
  • Chill Streak Damage increased, cooldown reduced to 45 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Remorseless Winter’s snare now cannot be dispelled.
  • Unholy
  • Unholy Mutation duration reduced to 8 seconds (was 12 seconds).

 

Druid

  • Many talents have changed positions in the Druid Honor Talent tree.
  • Pouncing Strikes now affects Maim and Rip, but no longer affects Rake.
  • Pouncing Strikes no longer causes you to leap towards the target.
  • Tranquility now heals for double the amount in PvP.
  • Disentanglement now causes Efflorescence to remove all snare effects from friendly targets when it heals.
  • Thorns now deals 5% of the attacker’s total health in Nature damage.
  • Nourish has been re-designed:
    • Reduces the cast time of Healing Touch by 0.5 seconds and automatically applies one of your missing healing-over-time spells to the target. If all of them are present, Healing Touch critically heals.

 

Monk

  • Fast Feet now also reduces the duration of snares by 20%.
  • Brewmaster
  • Yulon’s Gift has been replaced with Niuzao’s Essence.
  • Casting Purifying Brew now dispels all snare effects.
  • Mighty Ox Kick cooldown reduced to 30 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Mistweaver
  • Refreshing Breeze now refreshes the duration of Essence Font on targets rather than Renewing Mist.
  • The Soothing Mist from Ancient Mistweaver Arts mana cost reduced, and healing increased slightly.
  • Dome of Mist duration increased to 8 seconds (was 6 seconds).
  • Fortune Turned healing bonus increased to 50% per stack for 2 stacks (was 15% per stack for 3 stacks).
  • Healing Sphere healing increased by about 40%, and its cooldown reduced from to 45 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Windwalker
  • Grapple Weapon is a sixth tier Honor Talent.
    • Disarms the enemy for 6 seconds, with a 60 second cooldown.
  • Spinning Fire Blossom generates 1 Chi, costs 50 Energy.
  • Spinning Fire Blossom is now affected by Mastery: Combo Strikes.
  • Heavy-Handed Strikes now causes Fists of Fury to reduce the movement speed of targets by 70% for 2 seconds each time it deals damage.
  • Heavy-handed Strikes has been moved to the sixth tier.
    • The first tick of Fists of Fury will knock down and stun targets.
  • Zen Meditation has been replaced by Zen Moment:
    • Costs 5 Chi. Has a 45 second cooldown and a 10 second duration.
    • Reduces damage taken by 20%, increases healing taken by 20%.
    • Each attack that triggers Combo Strikes (in non-consecutive ability use) reduces the effect by 5%.  Zen Moment fades if it reaches 0%.
  • Whirling Kicks has been replaced by Control of Mists:
    • Every 20 seconds, Effuse is instant-cast. You gain a Control of Mists debuff with a 20 second duration after casting Effuse instantly. Each Chi spent while Control of Mists debuff is active will reduce its remaining duration by 1 second.
  • Yulon’s Gift now only affects Flying Serpent Kick.
  • Rushing Tiger Palm has been replaced with Disabling Reach:
    • Disabling Reach now increases the range of Disable by 7 yards.

 

Paladin

  • Retribution
  • Vengeance Aura now only affects targets who have your Greater Blessings.

 

Shaman

  • Restoration
  • The Honor Talent version of Spirit Link cooldown reduced to 30 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Earth Shield’s protection now activates when the target takes an attack equal to 6% of their total health (was 10%).

 

Warlock

  • Destruction
  • Multiple Honor Talents have changed positions in the Honor Talent tree.
  • Cremation has been redesigned:
    • Cremation now makes Immolate an instant cast, and Conflagrate deals an additional 4% of the target’s total health in Fire damage.
  • New Honor Talent: Focused Chaos
    • Focused Chaos increases the damage of your Chaos Bolt by 150%, but it no longer is also cast on your targets afflicted by your Havoc.
  • New Honor Talent: Entrenched in Flame
    • Conflagrate roots targets until cancelled. This effect is not broken by damage.
  • Bane of Havoc no longer replaces Havoc, and both can be used.