Seems like Demonology is getting gutted. Hopefully rotation changes will help, because right now we're left with an underperforming (damage-wise) spec with a rotation that those who want "complicated," and those who want "easy" seem to mutually agree sucks.
On the positive side,
- Dark Intent now is less mana, which actually is a really good thing considering we would also have to re-buff if others are resurrected.
- Drain Soul is actually buffed now that it ticks faster, perhaps affliction will gain a lot of power?
- Imp Swarm's spell haste change I'm guessing is designed to make it useful when we have more haste (otherwise, the passive ability would proc more often). But it can also screw with timing. With 30% haste it is looking to be around a 45 second cooldown which somewhat lines up with the 100 sec Dark Soul.
- Decimation and Molten Core staying around longer helps with multiple targets, albeit not by very much.
I don't get what they are doing with Dark Apotheosis, it honestly was not reducing damage (although that may be bugged, as Ysen pointed out) before they nerfed it. I honestly don't see it being useful for any scenario at all with the state it will be in - Meta will be superior for bursting down mobs while soloing, and DA serves only as a (very mediocre) tool for maintaining demonic fury. I don't think it is bad necessarily since it can be used for questing, but honestly what use is a form just for questing? If it should be useful for anything (soloing, small group content) it needs a level of damage reduction built in to make it superior to simply using DPS cooldowns.
The amazing thing about soloing in Live is that Meta serves as both a burst, and a massive damage reduction. Since we are losing the two (as well as Soul Link), to keep up our soloing ability we need to simply have better straight damage reduction, which is something we seem to sorely lack at this moment.
Thoughts at the way things are going?