Jul 28 2016

Quick Summary of Legion changes

As with any expansion, a lot of changes have rolled out in patch 7.0.3, the Legion expansion pre-patch.  For full comprehensive patch notes, you should check out the full patch notes here.  For the quick and dirty summary, here is what you need to know:

Classes
Note: There were also a number of class changes as part of the overhaul, but for those you’ll want to read the official patch notes to get all the details on your particular class. 

  • Gnomes can now be hunters.
  • The hunter Survival spec is now a melee spec
  • The rogue Combat spec was removed and replaced with Outlaw, which is pirate-esque thematically.
  • Demonology walocks lost metamorphism and have many new demon-centric spells.

Talents, Specs, & Glyphs

  • Specs and talents have been totally reworked, and a lot of spells removed or limited to particular specs.
  • Major glyphs were removed.
  • Minor glyphs are now applied directly to the spell in your spellbook.
  • You can now change your spec or individual talents on the fly.  Changing is free when in a rested area like a city, or can be done with a scribe-crafted reagent when out in the world or in an instance.

Buffs & Stats

  • Raid buffs are gone.
  • Multistrike was removed.  It was replaced with crit on existing gear.
  • Spell power was removed.  It was replaced with intell on existing gear.
  • Spirit and Bonus Armor were removed.  Both were replaced with versatility on existing gear.

Gear

  • Legacy (pre-Warlords) tier set bonuses no longer work.
  • Plate-wearers now start in plate from level 1 (previously mail until 40).
  • Mail-wearers now start in mail from level 1 (previously leather until 40).
  • Legendary ring chain is now unavailable to pick up fresh.

Transmog

  • Transmog gear is now account-wide, with some restrictions.  See this video for details.
  • You can now hide your shoulders!
  • Hat, cloak, and shoulders are turned off at the transmog NPC rather than in the Interface settings.

Toys

  • A ton of things were added the toybox. This includes many engineering items (teleport items, mailbox, blingtron, etc) but they still retain a profession restriction.

PvP

  • Honor and Conquest points are gone.
  • Gear is now purchased with Marks of Honor which are obtained in BGs, arenas, etc.  Old school PvPers might remember a similar type currency long ago!
  • PvP gear is now normalised when in a PvP instance.

General Changes

  • All regular mobs are shared tap with up to five players now.
  • You now have 12 character slots per server, to make room for the incoming Demon Hunter class
  • The gold cap has been increased to 9,999,999 gold.
  • Garrison gold missions removed.

User Interface

  • Character stat pane has been pared down and now only displays stats relevant to your character.
  • New optional resource bar can be displayed under your character
  • Max zoom script disabled :sadtrombone:

Now that you’re ready to jump back in the game – renew that sub, dust off your character, and prepare for Legion!

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