So the new patch notes are out for September 1st that have some pretty exciting news for PvP. They're changing some racials around on the Horde side! There's a few things to keep in mind though before reading though.
A) These are untested, there's no true way of knowing how good/bad they are yet.
B) It's Pre-Legion, we have no idea of the changes to come, changes that could completely shift the balance of the September 1st changes.
C) There could be more Alliance/Horde changes over the next few months.
With all of these in mind, on surface value they're looking pretty positive.
Arcane Torrent now Silences all enemies in an 8 yard radius for 3 seconds (up from 2 seconds), and cooldown has been reduced to 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes).
Rocket Barrage now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).
Rocket Jump now has a 1.5-minute cooldown (down from 2 minutes).
Hardiness now reduces the duration of Stun effects by an additional 20% (up from 15%).
Voodoo Shuffle now reduces the duration of all movement impairing effects by 20% (up from 15%). Trolls still be flippin' out mon!
War Stomp now stuns enemies for 3 seconds (up from 2 seconds), and cooldown has been reduced to 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes).
So as you can see, there's some pretty mighty changes there. Taurens and Blood Elfs are the highlights in my opinion, the 3 second CC effects on a 1.5 minute cooldown are vastly better than the previous versions. I found Arcane Torrent already to be a game changer at times.
Now we're weighing these up against the Alliance Human EMFH. In its current state, EMFH is most likely still better due to the burst damage you can get from the extra trinket slot. Although in Legion they're disabling the trinket slot altogether, leaving Humans with a free pvp trinket with EMFH + a 2nd talent from the first tier tree, this could be marginally worse than having a 3 second CC ability on a 1.5 minute cooldown!
Altogether I think they're headed in the right direction for racial balance! In an ideal world they could just remove racial abilities having a significant, if not any affect on players power, just cosmetic type things like minor talents.
How's everybody feeling about these changes, anybody as excited as I am? Try to keep this free of Blizz-Bashing as it's getting a bit boring at this point