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Priest Class Changes and Explanations in War Within Alpha: May 14th

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Priests got some changes to their Voidreaver Hero tree, as Blizzard apply some experimental adjustments to make its gameplay more smooth.

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The Voidweaver changes in today’s Alpha build are experimental and were aimed at trying to resolve an issue where Void Torrent was required to make the hero talent tree work.

We hear you that the gameplay isn’t as smooth with spawning an Entropic Rift from Shadow Crash, and we will likely move it back to spawning from Void Torrent.

On Shadow Crash firing at your target instead of using a reticle: this was also an experimental change, and if we do end up moving forward with this change in place, we will provide an option to players to use a reticle through a choice node.

And here are the actual changes, as well as a Shadow adjustment as well:

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  • Voidweaver
    • Developer’s note: The goal of these changes is to make Collapsing Void work better with Discipline Priest’s Atonement ramp, as well as to make Collapsing Void more relevant for encounters with lower health enemies. For Discipline Priests who want to better fit Collapsing Void into their Atonement window, they can choose Void Empowerment to help with that. In addition, Devour Matter felt like an odd choice against Void Empowerment, so now it is a node that you are guaranteed to have.
    • Entropic Rift duration reduced to 8 seconds (was 10 seconds).
    • Void Torrent now immediately summons Entropic Rift and pauses its duration until the channel is complete or interrupted.
    • Darkening Horizon extension for Entropic Rift capped at 3 seconds (was 5 seconds).
    • Void Empowerment redesigned for Discipline – Now extends your shortest 5 Atonements by 1 seconds (was 80% increase to your next Power Word: Shield).
    • Void Empowerment is now a choice node with Darkening Horizon instead of Devour Matter.
    • Shadow
      • Entropic Rift is now summoned by Shadow Crash instead of Void Torrent.
      • Inner Quietus has been redesigned – Shadow Crash deals 400% additional damage to its primary target (was Vampiric Touch and Shadow Word: Pain damage increased by 20%).
  • Shadow
    • Shadow Crash now centers on your target, rather than using a reticle to target a position on the ground.

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