Newly updated official notes on the Patch 5.3 PTR were posted today, and they include these two new items for rogues:
- Glyph of Cheap Shot now increases the duration of Cheap Shot by 0.5 second, down from 1 second.
- Glyph of Garrote now increases the duration of Garrote’s silence effect by 1 second, down from 1.5 seconds.
Rogues have made a huge comeback in competitive PvP since Patch 5.2 launched. Probably a little too huge a comeback. Although their damage output isn’t imbalanced, their ability to effectively lock down enemy players (particularly casters) has proven so strong that the Blizzfolk clearly feel it needs to be dialed back.
So, in addition to the Shuriken Toss nerfs, we also now see some relatively minor adjustments made to a couple of key rogue crowd-control abilities. By altering the Cheap Shot and Garrote glyphs rather than nerfing the abilities themselves, it’s pretty much ensured that the changes will only impact players in PvP situations, since most PvE players wouldn’t bother using either of those glyphs.
Here’s a bit more on the thinking behind these changes, courtesy of WoW’s PvP chief Brian Holinka:
For a full rundown of all rogue-related changes coming in Patch 5.3, you know what to do.