Season of Discovery Class Tuning Incoming - April 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Tomorrow, during each region’s normal maintenance period, we will apply the following adjustments to classes in Season of Discovery.

Druid
  • The Natural Weapons talents now increases all damage done by druids in Season of Discovery, instead of just physical damage.
  • The Gale Winds rune now reduces the mana cost of Hurricane by 60%.
  • Swiftmend no longer consumes a Rejuvenation or Regrowth effect on the target when used.
    • Developers’ notes: Please note that it does still require Rejuvenation or Regrowth to be on the target to be used.

Paladin
  • Seal of Righteousness damage can now be critical hits.
  • Sacred Shield’s duration is extended to 60 seconds (was 30 seconds).
  • Crusader Strike has now gained an additional effect: Crusader strike now refreshes all judgement effects active on the target to a 30 second remaining duration.
  • Seal of Martyrdom can now “twist” with other seals, including Seal of Command.
    • Developers’ notes: Seal “twisting” was an interesting emergent effect that became popular during the original Burning Crusade, that utilized the slower server messaging system used in early versions of WoW to slightly extend the duration of the Paladin’s active seal for a short time whenever a second seal was cast. This effectively allowed paladins to momentarily gain the benefit of two seals at once if they timed the application of a new seal to line up perfectly just before their weapon swing. This is something we would have considered a bug at the time, but for many players, it became a popular feature of the class, allowing skilled players to increase their output with precision gameplay.
      We recreated this playstyle in Burning Crusade Classic and since then it’s been a popular request in other versions of original WoW, including Season of Discovery. We had concerns about allowing Martyrdom and Command specifically to be twisted together in Season of Discovery for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the playstyle is highly mana inefficient, it largely requires addons such as a weapon swing timer to function properly, and twisting can be unintuitive for less experienced players. As the game matures and we continue to listen to player feedback however, we recognize that for some, this is part of the charm and uniqueness of playing a paladin during those early eras of WoW’s history. We consider this change to be experimental and we will watch the performance and behavior of Retribution closely after this change. Should it prove problematic, we may revert this change or apply additional adjustments later. We greatly appreciate the feedback we’ve received about this thus far.
      With this change to allow twisting, we do not expect to see a major change in the “optimal” way to play Retribution right away. Due to the interaction between Art of War, Martyrdom, and Exorcism, we’ll likely need a larger redesign and changes to that interaction to truly add more diversity to the Retribution playstyle. We’re evaluating options here for potential changes we can make either via hotfix during Phase 3 or as part of a larger effort for Phase 4.

Priest
  • Shadowform now increases all shadow damage done by 25% (was 15%).

Rogue
  • Saber Slash bleed now stacks up to 5 times.
  • Saber Slash bleed now also increases the impact damage done by Sinister Strike and Saber Slash by 15% per stack for the rogue who applied the bleed.
  • Saber Slash bleed now deals 3% of the rogue’s Attack Power in damage per tick (was 5%).

Shaman
  • Mental Dexterity now only triggers from dealing damage with Stormstrike and Lava Lash, and it now lasts 30 seconds (was 10 seconds).
  • Burn now increases Flame Shock Damage by 100% and flame shock DoT duration by 6 seconds, and causes Flame Shock to strike up to 5 targets (was 3 targets).
    • Developers’ notes: We’ve received a lot of feedback about the overall usability of mental dexterity, particularly for Elemental Shamans. This ability was not intended to be used by elemental, so the adjustments we’ve made are to help ensure its usage is a bit more enhancement-centric. To compensate, we’ve increased the output and usability of the Burn rune, with a slight quality-of-life improvement in the form of a Flame Shock duration increase which allows two Lava Burst casts to be used within a single Flame Shock duration. This is likely not going to be enough to overall bring elemental up to the level we want, so we intend to continue to make other tactical adjustments in future class adjustment updates as needed.



In the Weeks to Come
We’re carefully planning for more adjustments to Hunters, Mages, Shamans, and Warlocks in future updates. We really appreciate the feedback we’ve received since the start of Phase 3 and look forward to sharing more about our next round of adjustments with you soon.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Season of Discovery Class Tuning Incoming - April 23 started by Lumy View original post
Comments 9 Comments
  1. ExtremelyCrusty's Avatar
    Seal Twisting is dogshit.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Oh BOY! Staring at a Swing Timer and calling it SKILL
  1. Assumi's Avatar
    Hope you like the games new graphics, Paladins. It's all you'll be seeing for the rest of SoD.

  1. SinR's Avatar
    SoC didn't proc
    SoC didn't proc
    SoC didn't proc

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO MY PARSE!!!!1
  1. Hardstyle89's Avatar
    NERF shamans!!!!
  1. Biomega's Avatar
    Isn't the whole point of Classic that it's braindead autoattacks with next to no skill?

    Isn't that what people WANT?
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Nothing for warlock? Wow, alright then.
  1. Segus1992's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    Oh BOY! Staring at a Swing Timer and calling it SKILL
    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    SoC didn't proc
    SoC didn't proc
    SoC didn't proc

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO MY PARSE!!!!1
    Lmao. You either haven't played seal twisting or you're not good enough to play it well, as it's among the harder playstyles the game has ever had.

    Quote Originally Posted by Assumi View Post
    Hope you like the games new graphics, Paladins. It's all you'll be seeing for the rest of SoD.

    There's no way seal twisting is going to be top DPS without a change to AoW and/or ACP, as both Exorcism spamming and twisting is GCD heavy and do not mesh.
  1. Algorath's Avatar
    I love how seriously people are taking LFR Classic.

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