PENDING - Upcoming Class Changes (3 JAN 2011***)
We have a lot of players at 85 now doing everything from Heroic dungeons to rated Battlegrounds, and the class design team is starting to prepare our list of items to investigate for our next patch.
Before you dive down into the meat below (not really a pleasant image, that), be advised that weâ€™re still early in the preliminary stages. The patch isnâ€™t coming out tomorrow. I wrote this before the end of the year and other things may have cropped up in the meantime. Just because your class or pet problem isnâ€™t mentioned below doesnâ€™t mean we wonâ€™t address it.
Retribution, Shadow, and Fire and Frost mage damage might be too low, but weâ€™re still watching them.
Mastery is a new stat for us, and there are a few specs that donâ€™t value it enough. In some cases (e.g. Combat rogues), the design for mastery is fine and we just need to buff the effects to make it more desirable. In others, we donâ€™t think itâ€™s possible to buff mastery enough in its current form. For example, the Retribution mastery, Hand of Light, is fun, but it doesnâ€™t contribute enough damage. To make it contribute enough damage, the proc would need a very high chance, which then can cause paladins to devalue other sources of Holy Power. Instead, we are redesigning Retribution mastery to add a percentage of the damage of Templarâ€™s Verdict, Crusader Strike, and Divine Storm as Holy damage (which also plays better with Inqusition). Because Hand of Light is fun, however, we are going to change Divine Purpose as a chance to proc Hand of Light instead of a chance for extra Holy Power (which will also remove a little of the randomness from the rotation).
Censure will no longer break Repentance.
- This is the timestamp on the blogpost. Yes, it's future-dated.
"The question is not how far we are going to take it... the question is, do you possess the constitution to go as far as needed?" - Il Duce