Sometimes, you need to make a fix to a game, and don’t want to wait until the next major patch to do it because it would be detrimental to the game. When these kinds of things happen, they’re called hotfixes, and they’ve become quite useful over the years. For World of Warcraft, they try and do these fixes weekly so that the game is constantly getting better and that key issues are getting resolved in a timely fashion. The latest one has been released by Blizzard.
In terms of Achievements, to receive the “Grand Opening” you must now have 8 spotlights turned on in the battle with the Chronomatic Anomaly. It used to be 12, showing that Blizzard wanted to make getting this a little easier.
There’s also been a hotfix for the Monk class. Apparently, a few of the Monk’s abilities, in particular Ironskin and Fortifying Brew, had been granting the incorrect boost of Staggering when used. This has been fixed.
A big change is that Artifact Knowledge can be researched to level 40 instead of 50. As the World of Warcraft team notes, they made it level 50 very late into the development cycle of Patch 7.2. They intended for it to be a way to show that the Concordance ability was accessible, and get players to go for it. But after seeing what some of the other 7.2 additions have done, it didn’t make sense to them that players should have to try and get ten extra levels. So they’ve lowered it to 40.
Other changes include PvP, where Deepwind Dunk matches are now 15 minutes long, plus, if you die during one of these matches, you’ll get 5 points. The Paladin’s abilities have also been adjusted to better balance PvP.
So, as you can see, these World of Warcraft hotfixes can be pretty good at adjusting things. Stay tuned for when the next one arrives.