The Smoldering Essences required for the Heart of the Flame quest has been considerably lowered, you will now get about 50% less essences than before the nerf.
- For example, you will now get 9 or 10 essences from bosses in 25-Man Heroic mode instead of 17-19.
- Players in 10-Man Heroic mode will only get 3 or 4 instead of an average of 7.
This change is surprising and might not be a good news for players, if Blizzard suddenly wants some parts of the game to last longer before the next patch.
Just like any of yesterday's nerf to the firelands raid bosses, we don't have any comment or information from Blizzard at this point and the only comment is from a Blizzard QA poster who confirmed that this is indeed an intentional change.