Initial Patch Notes for 1.12 – Drums of War
Blizzard has published their intial plans for the 1.12 patch. So you’re not confused when you read the page, PTR means Public Test Realm.
The highlights are cross-server PvP battlegrounds, world PvP (meaning PvP not in an instance), the Rogue talent respec, and a few UI improvements like scrolling combat text. To see what affects your favorite class, go read the notes.
There are a number simple bug fixes but also a revamp to the way threat (hate/aggro) reduction is handled. In Blizzard’s own words, “Please note that in almost all cases, when stacking multiple threat reduction effects you will experience less threat reduction than previously.” I think there will be a wee bit of controversy over that particular change.
Expect changes and modifications to these notes as we get closer to Patch Day.
Looking forward, conventional wisdom says the Burning Crusade expansion will arrive in the October/November time frame. Supposedly Blizzard intends to have completed both the 1.12 patch and the distant 1.13 patch before the launch. Hazarding a wild ass guess, maybe Patch 1.12 in Mid-August and 1.13 in Mid-September? Only our Benevolent Dictator, Blizzard, knows for sure. What rumors have you heard?