One of the big features of WoW's patch 6.2 was the Garrison Shipyard, a place where we can send our crew on various daily missions and build up our fleet. It was supposed to be one of the many activities people can do till the next expansion drops. But because of weak rewards, no one's really using it.
And weak rewards aren't the only issues with the Shipyard. Players can easily lose their ships, even when the mission success rate is around 80-90 per cent, and even with a superb fleet most of the mission rewards are just experience points... for the ships. That's the last thing people need when they have a maxed out fleet. Also, some of the rare missions are so rare they just won't appear on the map (I've only seen two so far for example).
But now, it's time to start using the Shipyard again! With a small hotfix (meaning it's not a patch, just a small update that will go live whenever Blizzard feels it's ready), things will finally change. According to the update notes, all of the problems above are gone:
Rare naval missions should now appear more frequently.
Increasing the chance of success on a naval mission will now also decrease the chance a ship will be destroyed on failure. If the mission success chance is at or above 90%, no ships will be lost on the mission.
Naval blockade missions now have a shorter duration of 30 minutes (down from 4 hours), reduced Oil cost to 50 (down from 100), and increased the amount of time before a naval blockade returns to 7 days (up from 5 days).
Increased success chance bonus on missions provided by a Human Crew by 50%.
Increased success chance bonus on missions provided by a Pandaren Crew by 33% and the bonus will now apply to Missions that are 12 hours or longer (was 18 hours or longer).
Significantly increased the effectiveness and bonuses provided by Naval Equipment items by 100%.
That's a huge boost to the Shipyard. Not sure if it will be enough till Legion's release but certainly worth setting up a nice indestructible fleet.