They clearly don't care about balancing over new content and exciting updates otherwise we would never have gotten Dks and monks. They'll add new unbalanced shit all the time and play with balanced classes and break the current designs ecosystem all day every day for the rest of the time WoW is running to make it more exciting. They'll never just "stop and balance what they have" that is for the time between huge changes. WoW will never be balanced. I don't know why people expect it to be.
If anyone hasn't noticed this yet, but all talents as they go down are connected UNTIL they come to the supposed 4th spec where there is a clear bar separating it from the rest. Clearly photoshopped.
I'd totally gain more interest in the game if every class had 4 specs. It most likely won't happen, but I love the idea.
For people who think a demon themed expansion with Tinker wouldn't work. Doesn't anyone remember the Fel Reaver? The Doomforge Engineer?
It's like I'm talking with people who don't even play WoW.
I believe more than likely that what you're seeing isn't a 4th spec, but an advancement of class.
I believe that it'll be an advanced path that a player can pursue via a long questline in which they will do a class based "epic" chain. During the chain, their player will develop their abilities. The chain isn't something that can be rushed, but will give each class unique choices, and further advancement.
I think it will be south seas expansion which will involve pirates, naga bitch and hopefully the last we see or hear about the zandalari (rastakhan) because lets face it the troll thing needs to be put to bed now for good.
Pirate stuff as filler, zadalari mid expansion raid with a build up to Nazjatar to kill off the queen and whatever else lurks there.
Not sure about the 4th spec thing, who knows...no one here is right or wrong so everyone will have to wait and see rather than screaming photoshop/fake etc etc because lets face it You dont know just as much as the next guy!!
the image is fake, the duscussion on 4th spec and even tinker class is not imo. Both are perfectly viable options I'd say. Maybe blizzard finally figured out it is -impossible- to perfectly balance classes wether it is for pve or pvp even with the current line up. And just went "fuck it, we'll just swamp them with specs so they can't figure out exactly how things are unbalanced" .
For real though, considering it's there anniversary and the way specs currently work it preyy viable imo. And they no longer have to balance an insane amount of talent points. Just skills, talents are available to all specs. Skills are bloated anyway so some could be used to create new specs with some tweaks and supported by new skills.
However if 4th specs turn out to be true I have faith in Blizzard that the game will balance out as the expansion progresses. We will have a terrible balanced first expansion patch regardless of what classes specs are released so lets at least go for something that will make the game awesome on the long term scale of things!
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