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Upcoming Class and Trinket Tuning

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Update: Added more Mage changes for all 3 specs, all get increased damage to most skills and Comet Storm's damage buff goes up to 30%.
More class tuning coming next reset and Nighthold trinkets get re-assesed, featuring dev notes.


More changes are afoot, as there's class tuning coming up next reset for Mythic week, featuring Druid, Hunter, Mage, Monk, Paladin and Warlock tinkering. Paladins also get another ray of hope that their beloved Convergence of FatesConvergence of Fates will get un-nerfedintotheground as Blizzard re-assess some Nighthold trinkets in the second blue post below.

Blizzard LogoLore (source)

As we prepare for the opening of Mythic Nighthold, we're planning another round of balance tuning for a few specs. These will be applied with the next weekly maintenance.

Druid

  • Feral
    • Increased the damage of most Feral spells and abilities by 8%. (Ashamane's Frenzy, Brutal Slash, Ferocious Bite, Maim, Moonfire, Rake, Shred, Swipe, Thrash, Rip)
      • Designer Notes: Feral's playstyle feels good, but isn't putting up the numbers that it should be, so we're giving them an across-the-board damage buff.


Hunter

  • Combat ExperienceCombat Experience (Pet Passive) now increases the damage of primary pets by 60% (up from 50%).
    • Designer Notes: This is primarily a damage buff to Beast Mastery, but will have a tiny benefit to Survival and occasionally Marksmanship as well.
  • Marksmanship
    • Arcane ShotArcane Shot now generates 8 Focus (up from 5).
    • Multi-ShotMulti-Shot now generates 3 Focus per target hit (up from 2).
    • SidewindersSidewinders damage increased by 33%.
      • Designer Notes: Marksmanship has given a lot of feedback that the rotation often winds up casting too many consecutive Focus generators. We are making two changes: first, helping avoid that problem by increasing the Focus generation of Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot. Second, making it more attractive to use Sidewinders in more situations, for players who prefer the pacing of the rotation with that talent.
 

Mage

  • Arcane
    • Increased the damage of most Arcane spells and abilities by 8%. (Arcane Barrage, Arcane Blast, Arcane Explosion, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Orb, Nether Tempest, Supernova)
    • OverpoweredOverpowered now increases the damage and mana cost bonuses of Arcane Power to 60% (down from 70%).
    • AmplificationAmplification now increases Arcane MissilesArcane Missiles damage by 12% (down from 15%).
      • Designer Notes: Arcane has been doing well in 7.1.5, but its numbers are lacking a bit. We're giving them an across-the-board damage buff, but tempering that with small reductions to a couple new talents that are proving to be too strong.
  • Fire
    • Increased the damage of most Fire spells and abilities by 3%. (Blast Wave, Cinderstorm, Dragon's Breath, Fire Blast, Fireball, Flame Patch, Flamestrike, Living Bomb, Meteor, Phoenix Flames, Pyroblast, Scorch)
    • PyroblastPyroblast mana cost reduced by 20%.
    • FlamestrikeFlamestrikemana cost reduced by 17%.
      • Designer Notes: Under certain circumstances, it was possible for Fire to run out of mana. It's only intended that mana is a constraint on Fire's utility, not its damage.
  • Frost
    • Increased the damage of most Frost spells and abilities by 4%. (Ebonbolt, Blizzard, Cone of Cold, Flurry, Frost Bomb, Frostbolt, Frozen Orb, Ice Lance, Ice Nova, Waterbolt, Ray of Frost, Water Jet)
    • Comet StormComet Storm damage increased by 30%.
    • FlurryFlurry now fires its missiles faster.
      • Designer Notes: Comet Storm is failing to live up to expectations, so we're buffing its damage. The Flurry change will help Flurry feel more responsive, while simultaneously solving a potential issue where Winter's Chill could apply to two Ice Lances (instead of just one, as intended) at extremely high Haste levels.


Monk

  • Brewmaster
    • Keg SmashKeg Smash damage increased by 10%, and it no longer deals reduced damage to 6+ targets.
    • Breath of FireBreath of Fire damage increased 11%.
      • Designer Notes: Brewmasters could use a bit of help on damage, especially in AoE.


Paladin

  • Retribution
    • CrusadeCrusade now increases damage and Haste by 3% per stack (down from 3.5%).
    • Blade of JusticeBlade of Justice damage increased by 20%, unchanged in PvP.
      • Designer Notes: Retribution's total damage is looking quite strong in 7.1.5, which is fine on its own. However, how that damage is delivered matters quite a bit as well. We've been seeing more and more than Paladins find that the optimal way to maximize their performance is to focus everything they can on boosting their damage during Crusade. This creates a number of problems, including: Crusade feels mandatory, your damage feels very unrewarding outside of Crusade, trinkets and artifact traits are viewed as either amazing or terrible based on whether they synergize with Crusade, and others.

        As such, we're going to tone down Crusade, and compensate with a buff to Blade of Justice. For those that had maximized Crusade to an extreme degree, this may result in a small overall nerf – this is intended. This change also helps prevent Divine Hammer from being too dominant in single-target situations.


Warlock

  • Destruction
    • Chaos BoltChaos Bolt damage increased by 9%.
    • Rain of FireRain of Fire damage increased by 30%.
    • CataclysmCataclysm damage increased by 29%.
      • Designer Notes: Destruction's damage isn't as high as it should be. In particular, some of its spells that should feel the most rewarding aren't hitting hard enough, especially in AoE situations. We're buffing the damage of those spells.


As always, there may be additional PvP-only tuning applied along with these changes. We'll share details on any such changes once they've been determined.

 

Blizzard LogoLore (source)

We've been following the discussion on the recent changes to the Convergence of FatesConvergence of Fates trinkets for Retribution Paladins, as well as the surrounding discussions about trinket balance in general, and wanted to give a quick update on what we're planning:

The original value of Convergence for Ret was wildly out of line with other trinkets, largely due to its interaction with Crusade. After investigation, however, we believe that the change we made may have overshot the mark. We’ll be making some additional adjustments to Convergence of Fate, to make sure that it’s still a good trinket for Ret.

We’re also investigating Convergence’s value to other classes, particularly those with talents that replace the cooldowns that Convergence effects (such as Dark Arbiter for Unholy Death Knights). Like Crusade, those talents are made significantly more powerful when combined with Convergence of Fate, so we’ll likely need to make some adjustments when those kinds of talents are selected as well.

We are also planning to improve Nighthold trinkets which have effects that aren’t a stat buff, such as the slam on Might of KrosusMight of Krosus. We will post more information about this as soon as we have settled on the appropriate values, and are planning to make the changes with raid resets next week.

 

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Nice, more MM buffs. While I don't personally like Sidewinders I'm glad it's getting buffed a bit, for the people who do like it.

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Whats up with the ret nerfs? First it was the legendarys then they added a new legendary and nerfed it right away. Then the nighthold opens and the trinket gets nerfed (for rets) right away. And now crusade gets nerfed? Instead of nerfing the crusade maybe they should have buffed the other 2 talents in that tier. Whats next nerfing the artifact ability? :|

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14 minutes ago, Alisacred said:

Whats up with the ret nerfs? First it was the legendarys then they added a new legendary and nerfed it right away. Then the nighthold opens and the trinket gets nerfed (for rets) right away. And now crusade gets nerfed? Instead of nerfing the crusade maybe they should have buffed the other 2 talents in that tier. Whats next nerfing the artifact ability? :|

Belt was ridiculously strong, and even after the nerfs Ret was still #1 in Warcraft Logs. They were just really, really strong.

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On 1/20/2017 at 11:11 PM, Ammako said:

Nice, more MM buffs. While I don't personally like Sidewinders I'm glad it's getting buffed a bit, for the people who do like it.

I agree.  I like that MM is getting some buffs.  Personally I prefer the sidewinders playstyle, however when working with arcane and multishot I felt the focus generation lacking and am glad that those abilities are getting buffed.

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