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WoW Dragonflight Class Balance Changes: Buffs & Nerfs in 10.1.7

Learn about all the class balance changes for World of Warcraft (WoW) Dragonflight, including buffs and nerfs both for PvE and PvP.
WoW Dragonflight Class Balance Changes: Buffs & Nerfs in 10.1.7

With a not-so-stable launch behind it, World of Warcraft's Dragonflight expansion is in full swing, as heroes of Azeroth are practicing Dragonriding in Dragon Isles. Here, some clear imbalances are being discovered, which has led developer Blizzard to make several WoW Dragonflight class balance changes.

This article outlines the PvE and PvP balance changes to all classes in WoW Dragonflight, focusing on some rather severe buffs and nerfs across the board, so let's get started.

Update on 6 September 2023: We've updated this article with the latest PvP and PvE class balance changes for WoW Dragonflight patch 10.1.7 Fury Incarnate.

WoW Dragonflight PvE Balance Changes: Buffs & Nerfs 10.0.7

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There are a tonne of PvE class balance changes for WoW players to digest. (Picture: Blizzard)

Blizzard has decided to make some significant PvE balance changes, from nerfs to buffs for almost all classes and specs. Check out all the class balance changes for WoW Dragonflight patch 10.1.7 below.

WoW Dragonflight PvP Balance Changes: Buffs & Nerfs

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Even WoW Dragonflight's new class/race combo got some nerfs. (Picture: Blizzard)

Blizzard has made several huge balance changes to almost every class for PvP in WoW Dragonflight. Check out all the WoW Dragonflight PvP class balance changes below.

    • Restoration
      • New Talent: Master Shapeshifter – Your abilities are amplified based on your current shapeshift form, granting an additional effect.
        • Bear Form – Ironfur grants 30% additional armor and generates 2,500 mana (at level 70).
        • Cat Form – Rip, Ferocious Bite, and Maim deal 60% additional damage and generate 10,000 mana (at level 70) when cast with 5 combo points.
        • Moonkin Form – Wrath, Starfire, and Starsurge deal 30% additional damage and generate 2,500 mana (at level 70).
      • New Talent: Grove Guardians – Summons a Treant which will immediately cast Swiftmend on your current target. The Treant will cast Nourish on that target or a nearby ally periodically. Lasts 15 seconds. Maximum 3 charges. Replaces Nourish.
      • Wild Synthesis has been updated – If talented into Grove Guardians, now causes your Treants from Grove Guardians to also cast Wild Growth immediately when summoned, healing allies within 40 yards over 7 seconds.
      • All healing reduced by 6%. Does not apply in PvP combat.
        • Developers' note: This adjustment is intended to be a near net-neutral change in overall healing throughput to give room for the new Grove Guardians talent to represent a non-negligible amount of healing.
      • Embrace of the Dream is now a 1-point talent and its healing has been decreased by 20%.
      • Deep Focus and Forest's Flow have been removed.
  • MONK
    • Mistweaver
      • New Talent: Energizing Brew – Mana Tea now channels 50% faster and generates 20% more mana.
      • Mana Tea has been redesigned – For every 25,000 mana (at level 70) you spend, you gain 1 stack of Mana Tea, with a chance equal to your critical strike chance to generate 1 extra stack. Activate to consume 1 stack of Mana Tea per 0.5 seconds to restore 3,000 mana (at level 70) and reduces the mana cost of your spells by 50% for 1 second per stack of Mana Tea consumed after drinking. Can be cast while moving, but movement speed is reduced by 40% while channeling.
      • Lifecycles has been redesigned – Vivify has a 25% chance to cause your next Rising Sun Kick or Enveloping Mist to generate 1 stack of Mana Tea. Enveloping Mist and Rising Sun Kick have a 25% chance to cause your next Vivify to generate 1 stack of Mana Tea.
      • Mastery of Mist is now a baseline effect for Renewing Mist.
      • Invigorating Mists has moved to Mastery of Mist’s previous location.
      • Mana Tea has moved to Invigorating Mists previous location.
      • The locations of Mists of Life and the Nourishing Chi / Calming Coalescence choice node have swapped.
      • Spirit of the Crane has been removed.
    • Holy
      • Tower of Radiance has been redesigned – Flash of Light and Holy Light now generate 1 Holy Power.
    • Angel's Mercy has been redesigned – Now reduces the cooldown of Desperate Prayer by 20 seconds. 

So there you have all the latest class balance changes in WoW Dragonflight, released on 2 May 2023 with patch 10.1. We will endeavor to update this article once new balance changes become available for World of Warcraft players to read through and take note of.


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