PvP Healing Change updated
Quote from: Bornakk (Source)
After further observations of the recent changes made to resilience and healing in PvP, we have made an additional change via an in-game fix so that the PvP healing debuff in Arenas, Battlegrounds, and Wintergrasp now also lowers the effectiveness of Power Word: Shield and Sacred Shield by 10%. The majority of other strong shields or damage absorption mechanics are already affected by the healing change, so we feel this new adjustment is an appropriate step in balancing the effects of resilience versus healing. The ultimate goal is to find a better median between PvP encounters feeling too quick from burst damage, or too long from heals, shields, and absorption effects. We will continue to monitor the way these changes play out and let you know if we feel any further changes are needed. As always, feedback based on your PvP experience with these new changes is welcome.
Deathbringer Saurfang Hotfix (Source)
We’ve just deployed a hotfix that reduces Saurfang’s blood power gain from ability damage back to 3.2.2 values. There was also a minor visual range issue with Blood Nova that was fixed.
Nibelung Hotfixes (Source)
We are currently in the process of applying two hotfix improvements to the Nibelung staff. The first change is that we are improving the chance for a val’kyr to proc from 1% to 2%. While this may not seem like a significant improvement, it will be notable and result in the val’kyr appearing more often.
The second change is that anytime a summoned val’kyr casts her smite spell, she will heal herself for 25% of the damage done. This will help keep them alive when AoE damage is happening but not make them invincible as we still want them to feel like a summoned creature and not a special form of a DoT spell that has awesome art.
We understand the frustrations players have had with this weapon so far. We currently plan to make more proc weapons in the future and are committed to making this and other proc weapons fun and competitive items.
Upcoming Culling of Stratholme Changes (Source)
We are in the process of making changes to speed up The Culling of Stratholme, but they are not just an on-off switch so we weren’t able to get them into patch 3.3.2. For more details on this check out the post Daelo made:
3.3.2 Warlock Improvements (Source)
Affliction was doing good damage before and with the buff should now be competitive with any class in the game, depending on the fight involved (and how much the mages benefit from IA). That doesn’t mean *you* are going to top meters. Big difference. The management of Corruption rolling with NMIC isn’t ideal gameplay. We generally like the kind of gameplay that lets skilled players eek out a little bit more damage, but we agree the Corruption behavior is a little extreme. That said, it’s not as bad as the haste effects on rolling, and ultimately we know how to fix it with a little tech. (Which doesn’t mean we can fix it immediately, unfortunately.)
I’m not sure we have enough data on Demo yet. The buffs definitely did something. Totally agree on the mana issues. That’s something we want to address (standard no ponies promises applies).
We knew the buffs to Destro wouldn’t be enough, but we still thought they were worth making (compared to doing nothing at all). To finish the job will require more extensive talent changes. (Don’t interpret that as a complete redo of the tree though.) We think we can do some of this before Cataclysm ships, but it’s not the kind of thing we felt safe doing with the kind of limited testing / non-PTR status of patch 3.3.2. We could have just thrown caution to the wind and made the Empowered Imp or Conflag changes gratuitously overpowered, but that carries risks of A) forcing all of the Affliction locks to respec, or B) breaking PvP.
It’s tricky with the pure classes because a lot of players will flock to the spec with the highest dps, even if the margin is only 1% (not saying that’s the case here, mind you). The risk then for us is that we force players to constantly change specs every time we make adjustments because someone else is now top dog. We screwed up and did this with hunters and mages in earlier patches and nearly did it with rogues in 3.3. Rogues aren’t in a bad place now, where some players just prefer Combat over Mutilate and actually hunters aren’t far from that either with MM vs. SV (yes, both of those classes have a third tree, but having two raid viable specs is still better than one or none). In any case, we still want to get Destro’s dps higher.
We really don’t expect the healing nerfs that affect warlock self-healing to have a huge impact on PvP one way or the other.
Devastate Hotfix (Source)
Yes, we are hotfixing Devastate to do 20% more damage, not just 20% more weapon damage.
I can’t comment on when the hotfix will go live, because there are a lot of people involved in getting those changes pushed out, so we just don’t know. Often hotfixes go live within a day or two, but some may take longer if we find a bug or unexpected side-effect to the initial change.