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Icon-patch-22x22 Patch 3.3.2
Release date February 2, 2010
Initial version 11403
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Patch 3.3.2 opens the last bastion of Icecrown Citadel to the public as well as the next Arena season. Other changes have also been implemented, as well as a cinematic after defeating the Lich King.

Dungeons & Raids[]






  • Affliction
    • Spell shadow shadowembrace [Shadow Embrace]: This effect can now stack up to 3 times, up from 2. However, the periodic healing reduction effect has been reduced from 3/6/9/12/15% to 2/4/6/8/10% per application.
  • Demonology
    • Spell shadow demonicpact [Demonic Pact]: The damage bonus granted the warlock by this talent has been increased from 1/2/3/4/5% to 2/4/6/8/10%. The buff granted to a raid or party by this talent remains unchanged.
  • Destruction
    • Spell fire fireball [Conflagrate]: The damage-over-time effect of Conflagrate has been increased to 40% of the spell's total damage, up from 20%.
    • Ability warlock empoweredimp [Empowered Imp]: The pet bonus damage provided by this talent has been increased to 10/20/30%, up from 5/10/15%.
    • Spell shadow shadowbolt [Improved Shadow Bolt]: Damage done by Spell shadow shadowbolt [Shadow Bolt] increased by 2/4/6/8/10%, up from 1/2/3/4/5%.


  • Protection
    • Ability thunderbolt [Concussion Blow]: The damage done by this ability has been reduced by 50%, but its threat generation will remain approximately the same.
    • Inv sword 11 [Devastate]: This ability now deals 120% of weapon damage, up from 100% of weapon damage.
    • Inv shield 05 [Shield Slam]: The damage scaling from block value for this ability now diminishes faster and diminishes starting at a lower block value. The difference should be negligible for players in high-end tanking armor. In addition, the threat caused by Shield Slam has been increased by 30%.
    • Ability warrior warbringer [Warbringer]: This talent no longer allows Ability warrior charge [Charge] and Ability rogue sprint [Intercept] to break roots or snares. Ability warrior victoryrush [Intervene] remains unaffected.

User Interface[]

  • The party leader is now referred to as Guide in chat when a group is formed via the Dungeon Finder.
  • Fixed a bug where players with Raid Assist capabilities were unable to perform a Ready Check.
  • Fixed a bug where the first couple of tutorials were not displaying upon logging into the game.


  • New strength-based melee DPS rings are now available from representatives of the Ashen Verdict.
  • Tier-9 Sets: The Aspirant vendors at the Argent Tournament grounds have worked out a deal with merchants in Dalaran so that all item level 232 set pieces will now be available on armor vendors in the city. Set pieces which require trophies will still be available for purchase only from vendors at the Argent Tournament grounds.
  • Tier-10 Balance Druid 4-Piece Bonus: Fixed a bug to allow for this bonus to properly trigger.
  • Tier-10 Elemental Shaman 4-Piece Set Bonus: Redesigned. Successful Spell shaman lavaburst [Lava Burst] casts now increase the duration of Spell fire flameshock [Flame Shock] on the target by 6 seconds.
  • Tier-10 Tank Sets: The gloves and chest pieces for warrior, death knight, and paladin tanks have had their stats adjusted slightly to provide additional armor value.
  • Tier-10 Warlock 4-Piece Bonus: This bonus should now correctly be applied to the warlock's pet.

Technical Support[]

  • The cvar 'processAffinityMask' controls which CPU cores are available for the World of Warcraft client to use. Previously the game client was limited to 2 cores as a default which players could override in the configuration file. In the past this provided a performance boost on some CPUs and operating systems. We have identified several systems that are experiencing severe performance issues with this restriction and have removed it. Players who would like to restore the old behavior can do so by updating the Config.WTF file by adding: SET processAffinityMask "3".