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Upcoming Arms Warrior Mastery Changes

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Blizzard will buff Arms' Mastery: Deep WoundsMastery: Deep Wounds soon. Check out the details!

The value of Mastery for Arms Warriors is low right now and Blizzard plans to make it more compelling by increasing how much Mastery affects Deep Wounds' damage and decreasing the damage of other non-Deep Wounds abilities.

@Archimtiros provided us with an Arms DPS scaling plot, which depicts how bad Mastery is for the specialization right now. 1 point of Mastery currently increases your DPS by 0.20.

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Greetings, Warriors of Azeroth!

We’re working on some significant tuning for Mastery: Deep WoundsMastery: Deep Wounds. As has been pointed out here on the forums and elsewhere, the value of Mastery is particularly low for Arms. Although we are still working out the exact numbers, you can expect the following changes, intended to make Mastery a competitive combat rating:

  • A large increase to how much Mastery affects Deep Wounds’ damage.
  • A decrease to the damage of Arms’ other (non-Deep Wounds) abilities.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of Mastery necessitates that we offset it with reductions to other abilities, to keep Arms’ total damage about the same – this change is aimed at making sure Mastery is useful, not to be an overall buff to the spec.

With an average amount of Mastery, Deep Wounds is going to be much stronger after these changes. Note that the impact of these changes will differ slightly per-character, based on how much Mastery rating they have.

We will, of course, keep an eye on Arms’ performance and continue to make adjustments as necessary. With the first raid of Battle for Azeroth opening on September 4, we expect to make further pre-raid adjustments to this and other specs as usual over the next three weeks.

Thanks for your ongoing passion and feedback. See you on the battlefield!

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Does Arms need it? I genuinely don't know. I haven't played in a long while and just go back, so last I knew Arms was in a rather good spot as a whole in DPS, and much better than Fury.

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1 hour ago, DasBigHippo said:

Does Arms need it? I genuinely don't know. I haven't played in a long while and just go back, so last I knew Arms was in a rather good spot as a whole in DPS, and much better than Fury.

ye arms needs a buff. it does too little dmg where other classes just totally overrun it. hoping to see what blizzards decision will be

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2 hours ago, Sikolik said:

ye arms needs a buff. it does too little dmg where other classes just totally overrun it. hoping to see what blizzards decision will be

What happened to Arms? I stopped playing around when the first Raid came out in Legion, and it was great then wasn't it?

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5 hours ago, DasBigHippo said:

What happened to Arms? I stopped playing around when the first Raid came out in Legion, and it was great then wasn't it?

They changed the colossal Smash to be a 45 sec cd ability and replacing it in the normal Rotation with another ability. Ur Smash is now rather a low cd with the aim to create burst windows

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mastery scaling for arms obviously needs a buff to make it less of a "dead" stat.

arms is in a really good spot right now for mythics & looking forward for mythic +, if you happen to have a good weapon/trinkets.

however crafted items easily get ruined if they get mastery on it, which is really punishing if you spend 2weeks worth of hydrocores on it.

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