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Legion - Shadow Priest and Feral Druid Spell Animations
With the pre-expansion patch approaching and new spell animations mostly finalized, we are going back and finishing up our series of previews.

PvP Stat Templates and Spell Multipliers (July 15th, 2016)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
One of the exciting things for PvP in Legion is all of the extra PvP specific tuning functionality we've added to the game. A lot of this is new technology to WoW so we've been working out the kinks as we approach beta. Unfortunately, one of the parts of the system we weren't able to get implemented in time for Legion was a way to make these values transparent to you in-game. It's something we're working on, but felt getting behind-the-scenes functionality out for launch was very important.

We'd like to share a lot of the tuning values with you here to help you understand what adjustments have been made. We're certainly open to feedback and refinement of these values.

To get started, every character entering a PvP instance has a base template of stats that is scaled to a target item level. For simplicity sake, we're going to focus here on level 110 values which budget players at item level 850. Based on our experience in beta, we felt the ratio of damage to health was a bit high, so this set of stats has a bit less primary stat and a bit more stamina that someone would in 850 gear.

Primary Stat (Agility, Intellect, Strength): 11475
Secondary Stat (Mastery, Critical Strike, Haste, Versatility): 4079
Stamina: 22000

For each spec, these stats are adjusted up or down by a multiplier that defaults to 1.0 (or 100%). For example, casters (like mages and warlocks) and healers do not benefit from the damage values on their weapons, so additional primary stat is budgeted on weapons throughout the game. Accordingly, all caster classes have a primary stat multiplier of 1.55 in PvP. This represents a 55% increase in Intellect for these specs.

We also have a blanket "Mod Damage Done" aura on all of the PvP templates for when we want to reduce damage but not primary stat. Healers are the best application of this aura. We may want to buff a Restoration Shaman's healing output, but we don't want their lava bursts to hit like trucks. Currently, all healers have a 25% reduction in damage against other players. Discipline Priests are the only exception as doing damage is part of how they heal.

Also, for individual spells, we can increase or decrease their effect while in PvP combat. This includes PvP instances like battlegrounds and arenas, but also World PvP and duels. If we want to decrease the amount of healing that Death Strike does in PvP by half, we set the PvP multiplier of that effect to 0.5.

Below is a comprehensive list of template adjustments and PvP multipliers on spells currently in Legion. We hope you find this information helpful. We're discussing ways to make it more transparent in the game but in the meantime, we're also exploring ways to maintain it somewhere on our forums.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Havoc Demon Hunter Feedback -- Legion Beta Feedback
This is minutiae, so ignore it if it doesn't make sense to you, but since this edge case has gotten so much focus and discussion:

Demonic is not intended to give you more than 5s of functional Metamorphosis time after the moment the Eye Beam channel ends. In certain cases when you cancel Eye Beam early, when it resets the Metamorphosis duration to 5s, a minor bug is causing it to set the duration to a slightly higher amount (typically something like 5.7s). While it's not clear that this results in a DPS gain even when the GCD timing happens to allow for one extra Annihilation, we're looking to clean it up to avoid any misperceptions. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
Feral Druid Feedback -- Legion Beta Feedback
A recent tuning hotfix shifted a significant amount of damage from Shred and Ferocious Bite into Rake and Rip. There are a number of other changes that go along with it, to balance the value of talents and traits and boost the value of the haste. Can get to more detail next week, although I imagine you'll see spell data on Tuesday anyway.

Feral Affinity will likely have to be adjusted again, both to account for this (although the net damage change shouldn't be huge), and to deal with a bug whereby it's not properly increasing the damage of Rake and Rip. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Final Boss - Frost Mage Spec Preview
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This article was originally published in forum thread: Shadow Priest and Feral Druid Spell Animations, PvP Stat Template, Frost Mage Preview started by chaud View original post
Comments 17 Comments
  1. Tau's Avatar
    I pity shadow priests, their spell animations must be the worst ones yet in Legion.
  1. mmoc5405551c01's Avatar
    PvP stats template is really interesting :O
  1. coprax's Avatar
    How many Keys are we talking about in the embedded givaway?
  1. ZaneBusby's Avatar
    Warlocks literally one of the most well designed classes right now with almost no multipliers necessary for PvP. GG Blizz. Lets see how that actually plays out though.
  1. mmoc024535e5c7's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tau View Post
    I pity shadow priests, their spell animations must be the worst ones yet in Legion.
    Speak for yourself
  1. EternalBany's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by hunterakos View Post
    Speak for yourself
    its true
    shadow priest and holy paladin look terribly underworked
  1. InDecisive's Avatar
    Anyone else having trouble making the twitter entry work?
  1. Boricha's Avatar
    How many keys are actually left to give away?

    Edit: Also, the fire mage stat template is weird. Fireball hits for 250% and Pyro hits for 70%? I noticed on the PTR that my fireball was hitting for way more than pyroblast for some reason, and now I see why.
  1. Tatsujin's Avatar
    I've done so many subscriptions yet not a single BETA key ... how many BETA key does this site get anyways? -.- ...
  1. Flaks's Avatar
    Those pvp stat templates seriously seem dumb as shit at points.

    Like how it explains why MM hunters are even shittier in pvp than in pve "hey let's build a spec around ridiculously clunky gameplay but make up for it with big dick damage and then nerf it systematically and then nerf it even further in pvp".

    And it also explains why some classes are far too bursty and others are ridiculously weak. They've made these arguments of "we have a tuning nob so now we can balance pvp better without hurting pve" for a while. I mean great, you've got another tuning nob. At least use it right this time.
  1. mmoc4b31ff8e00's Avatar
    Glad I get one last chance at getting disappointed over not getting a beta key

    Well, I hope I get one but my luck has been nowhere to be found :P
  1. mmocb1a1e5b610's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tatsujin View Post
    I've done so many subscriptions yet not a single BETA key ... how many BETA key does this site get anyways? -.- ...
    Join the club. Completely random people from my guild got alpha and beta access, even people who don't have Cutting Edge, some of who played the beta for a day and never logged in again.
  1. Clozer's Avatar
    I installed Legion beta without lisence to sandbox some stuff and two days later my account was flagged as beta account, without any kind of email. You could try that, too. i guess.
  1. Dnusha's Avatar
    Now i have to remeber all the stat templates...great.
  1. Treng's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Clozer View Post
    I installed Legion beta without lisence to sandbox some stuff and two days later my account was flagged as beta account, without any kind of email. You could try that, too. i guess.
    Where did you download it from?
  1. Sycharis's Avatar
    Maybe I'll get a beta from this. 3 chances out of like 18k! That's better than no chances out of no k.
    At least prepatch is tuesday so there's something to keep my mind off it.
  1. Oracle's Avatar
    The cake beta key is a lie!

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