Apr 082010
 

I won’t rehash the full text of all the changes, but here’s some bullet points from each that I found interesting. As always, MMO-Champion has all the details if you haven’t seen them already.

Shaman

  • Healing Rain sounds great and fits with the class very well. The 2 sec cast time is interesting, though. The targeted mechanic is going to open up some new strategic possibilities with groups.
  • Spiritwalker’s Grace…wow. Cast time spells not interrupted by movement is a huge mechanics change. I expect to see this ability go through several revisions to get numbers right…10s every 2 minutes is too long of a CD and duration, IMO. 5s/min seems better.
  • Spirit Link will be the new tool for *accidentally* killing DPS. :P

Warlock

  • Okay, you got green fire. Go away now. :P Question for Aff…what’s left to actually cast now that UA gets auto-refreshed? Haunt/Sbolt/CoA? This is ridiculous. What used to be THE most complex DPS rotation in the whole game in 3.0 is now approaching Arcane Mage territory.
  • CoA/CoD being converted to a magic effect is great. The old design (which required sacrificing a DPS curse to cover raid buffs) was a relic of vanilla and penalized good players.
  • I know they don’t want to, but they’re going to have to implement a regeneration mechanic for the new Soul Shards. I think fight mechanics is a better method for making locks keep shards in reserve.

Priest

  • A buff that increases movement speed and reduces the mana cost of instants? Hmm, I think I see a trend.
  • Leap of Faith (FailGrip) is a bold step. I like the concept of the idea, but there’s a ton of abuse/griefing potential as currently described…plus anything that gives DPS a disincentive to move out of the fire is bad. I can so see this conversation happening in a pug:
    Ipwndlklol: why you grip me FFS it kills my DPS
    Illsaveyou: you were standing in fire
    Ipwndlklol: lrn 2 heal nub
    This would really help on Sindragosa atm with tank swaps.
  • The new Holy talent that buffs your current type of spells after you cast 3 in a row (ST/AoE) is cool, and reminds me of a similar mechanic from LOTRO. Need more info though…it’s gotten some criticism already that I think is unwarranted.

Warrior

  • Heroic Strike no longer an “on next swing” attack, but an instant that will cost from 10-30 Rage, with damage scaled to match. Maul will work similarly. This is cool…kinda like how Ferocious Bite is used as a CP/energy dump. The question is, will DPS warriors keep jumping in fires to get more rage? (yes).
  • Gushing Wound: new Rend that is better DPS only if the target is moving. *TREND SENSORS FLASHING*
  • Hmm. “Whenever the character reaches a full 100 Rage, he or she will gain a buff that causes attacks to consume 50% more Rage and do 15% more damage for a short amount of time.” Not a fan, especially if top-end DPS requires deliberately hitting this cap. Hopefully, this is just the fallback if you’re not HS’ing enough.
  • Single-Minded Fury: New talent parallel to Titan’s Grip that buffs dual 1H weapons. Um, guys? Didn’t we just have a discussion about why blood had to be the DK tank tree since it was too hard to balance multiple roles in one tree?

Overall

  • It’s pretty clear that we’re going to be runnin’ fools in Cata. Every class so far has had at least one new spell/ability to buff movement.
  • Pretty much all DoTs will be buffed by haste/crit. Crit’s easy, but how do you buff a DoT with haste? According to the Priest post, they will keep the duration the same and have ticks come faster,  adding extra ticks as needed. That’s cool, but how do you handle “half-ticks?” What about classes that can roll DoTs?
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  4 Responses to “Announced Cataclysm Class Changes, Day 1 Analysis (Shaman, Warlock, Priest, Warrior)”

  1. So on the DoT comment if you go through the Lock post they state that they are removing dot clipping by when you cast a dot and its already on the target you reset the duration without reseting when the tics … tic. Therefore you will no longer be allowing dots to fall off before reapplying and you won’t worry about the half-dot situations.

  2. “Pretty much all DoTs will be buffed by haste/crit. Crit’s easy, but how do you buff a DoT with haste? According to the Priest post, they will keep the duration the same and have ticks come faster, adding extra ticks as needed. That’s cool, but how do you handle “half-ticks?” What about classes that can roll DoTs?”

    It looks like everyone can roll DoTs now, if I’m understanding it right. (And I hope I’m understanding this right as well, that that only occurs if you clip the last tic.) Otherwise I can see myself really stacking up rakes and rips early in the fight and then it’s FB time for a while.

    • I highly doubt that is what is meant by “not allowing clipping”. They wanted to make it so that latency would not play such a huge part on dot class’s debuff uptime. I really doubt you’ll be able to “stack” dots and then switch out to doing something else.

      What if you did that on Sindragosa now? Spend all of P1 stacking rake nonstop (which is probably poor dps anyway) just to have it tick away in P2. Doesn’t sound like a good idea since so much of our damage comes from Shred either.

  3. Warlocks are not being overly simplified from what I can tell:

    “Pandemic will now cause Drain Soul to refresh Unstable Affliction and Bane of Agony on targets below 25% health.”

    This means that the rotation will remain the same until 25% HP, where they want more Drain Soul uptimes.

    “Additionally, Fel Flame refreshes the duration of Immolate and Unstable Affliction. Our goal for Fel Flame is to provide a spell that’s good for mobility and for use by Destruction and Demonology specs. Also, did we mention it uses green fire? Yep. Instant cast.”

    This shows that it is not something that they want Affliction to use ALL the time. I bet it doesn’t hit that hard for demonology or affliction, but is excellent for Destruction. I could also see this having a cooldown.

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