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Battle for Azeroth Beta Class Feedback: Apr 30

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We're back with another round of blue posts dealing with Holy Paladins, Discipline Priests, Arcane Mages & Assassination Rogues on Battle for Azeroth Beta.

Holy Paladin Feedback

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Aura of SacrificeAura of Sacrifice should not be damaging the user below 75%HP in any case (same as on live). It's not clear from this discussion whether people are actually seeing that happen on beta.

Discipline Priest Feedback

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The talent row balancing comments are something we'll probably look at in a little more detail slightly later, though there is a simple buff in the pipeline for Luminous BarrierLuminous Barrier.

On the base rotation: while we don't want it to be as burst-oriented as it was in Legion due to Light's WrathLight's Wrath, we are looking to add a little more texture back as far as moments of higher damage/healing. In the next build, we're trying out Power of the Dark SidePower of the Dark Side as a baseline part of the spec.

On Power Word: ShieldPower Word: Shield (based on various comments in a lot of different places): Power Word: ShieldPower Word: Shield will definitely be used a lot more than it was in Legion (obviously, due to not having a cooldown). But, we neither expect nor want it to be like the PW:S spam of Mists or Warlords. In those days, a rotation based almost entirely on PW:S did sufficient healing to make a Disc using that rotation into a top healer. Therefore it was doing roughly an entire healer's worth of healing in the form of absorbs.

Disc in BFA should not be able to put out that level of absorption, even if it uses a higher portion of casts on PW:S. Using PW:S, and absorbs generally, is still a core part of Disc's identity, but reaching full healing potential still requires a significant contribution of other mechanics like AtonementAtonement. We don't see it as a problem if PW:S is a major workhorse spell of the rotation in all contexts, but the opportunities to apply very high amounts of shielding are cooldown-limited (RRaptureRapture and Luminous BarrierLuminous Barrier), and current talents that buff PW:S generally do so without adding absorption (LenienceLenience and OrisonOrison ).

Arcane Mage Feedback

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A version of Mana AdeptMana Adept that read "Clearcasting causes Arcane MissilesArcane Missiles fires 2 additional missiles." would solve a lot of problems

This is an option we've been considering (though nothing specific for next build). It would be a simple and effective talent in its own right. We do like having a talent that preserves the Mana AdeptMana Adept mana gameplay, but whether that belongs on an Arcane MissilesArcane Missiles talent does depend, as people are saying, on whether it can be done without causing rotational problems. Arcane is a rotation that is unusually--for lack of a better word--fragile, so it's always helpful to keep an eye out for issues like this.

Assassination Rogue Feedback

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GarroteGarrote modified by Iron WireIron Wire will have a 5 second duration in PvP in the next build (silence and damage reduction). We'll continue to monitor the strength of this talent in PvP situations in Beta, thanks for the feedback!

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And with these posts we now have feedback on every healer spec except holy priest (which doesn't seem to be changing much at all), restoration shaman (who got savagely beaten by the removal of burst healing from the game along with holy paladin) and restoration druid (who lost some important tools due to the talent row swaps and got heavy m+ survivability nerfs). 

Looking forward to hearing more on these specs, actually made a post on EU forums about resto shaman and all..but since its EU it probably won't get a reply (maybe someone could copy to US like the disc thread Sigma replied to above? :D):

https://eu.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/17618252399

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On 1.5.2018 at 4:08 PM, jacson said:

Another session where he will make us believe that he will read our questions while everything is already planned in advance.

To be fair, there are some changes that are reflective of what people are asking for, just not all of them.

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