Tarluk wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 06, 2021 8:42 pm
Hot bloody damn! And here I thought we'd be lucky to have enhance shamans get two new keystone talents rather than 2H Axes/Maces and prot paladins get a proper taunt.
Most of these changes as a paladin main are YES. OH MY LORD YES.
Consecration being baseline was desperately needed for talent diversity; Prot Paladins and Ret Paladins can actually justify going deeper into Ret and Prot, respectively. Crusader Strike's...interesting, I remember that being from the beta like Holy Strike. Seems like it'd be pretty nice to have a filler spell while leveling, though I wonder how much it'd come into use in raids, especially if the debuff limit isn't high on the priority list for getting lifted anytime soon.
Holy Shock's neat, the cooldown being reduced to 20 seconds like in TBC, damage being increased by 35% is nice (can't believe it couldn't have just be rounded from 496 to 500 though smh
) and the healing being increased by...90?
Damn, that's a lot, albeit justified considering how little it was used in raids. Now it could be a proper healing cooldown, though maybe the healing would be a bit much in PvP?
I'm really thankful that Redoubt and Reckoning aren't based off of critical strikes anymore, Defense is actually gonna be useful again, Shield Specialization regenerating mana is a great change, I wouldn't have done it any differently, Blessing of Sanctuary / Holy Shield being 2 rows higher is great for leveling tanks and hybrid builds alike, and holy Jesus, we actually have a proper Taunt now.
I think it's really weird to have the taunt be locked behind a talent, for such an essential ability for Prot Paladins. Not to mention that having only 1/3 or 2/3 points in the talent meaning that your Taunt working is literally up to random chance just sounds really bad. Maybe at least the talent could instead influence the length of the Taunt, so that if baseline it's 0 seconds, each rank of the talent increases the Taunt length by 1 second up to 3 seconds. Or baseline it could be 1 second and then the talent increases it to up to 4 seconds. And Ardent Defender...I get that it's a talent from TBC, but it doesn't really make sense as a rank 7 talent in my opinion; here the health and damage values are twisted; in TBC it's 20% damage reduction while under 35% health, but here it's 35% damage reduction when under 20% health. I don't know about you, but if you're getting under 20% health, that sounds like a death sentence. If it weren't for the fact that the other 21-point talents aren't that good, it sounds like a talent that I wouldn't hesitate to skip, but maybe Laughadin has a different perspective on that.
2H Weapons and Parry being made baseline, like Consecration, was something that was very much overdue and fantastic. But the 11-point keystone talent in Enhancement is kinda baffling. Lightning Shield being able to be cast on allies is an interesting concept on paper, but to me it sounds like A) that would really clutter up Shaman's rotation if they have to constantly cast it on allies, and B) it just really does not seem like it has the impact that all the other keystone talents have. Many classes get a whole new ability, the other shamans get Clearcasting or a much wider totem radius, and Enhancement Shamans...can cast (or maybe have
to cast) Lightning Shield on other folks. Wooo. The way I see it, keep Lightning Shield exclusive to Shamans, and have something else made specifically for shaman tanks as the 11-point keystone talent. Could be cool if maybe the 11-point talent unlocked some shield enhancements, like Rockbiter Shield, Flametongue Shield, etc. that have some special benefits for tanks that could be chosen from, like increased armor and block, flame resist and a Thorns effect, maybe even getting an extra attack upon a successful block for Windfury Shield, stuff like that.
Bloodlust sounds pretty neat, I think Enhancement having a support buff like that is great, especially since it ties in with what Shamans in Warcraft 3 could do. Though I think it'd feel pretty bittersweet in its current state, as it shares the same setting as Power Infusion and Innervate in a group setting the Shaman themselves is never really gonna be able to benefit from it; there's other classes that just flat-out do much more DPS and it's best to buff them rather than being able to lift your own DPS up. I think it'd be cool if targeting a friendly target with the buff applied Bloodlust to both them as well as yourself, so that both you and the other person can revel in that fun frenzy.
Shaman racial spells is an absolutely awesome concept. I feel conflicted as to how many caveats Hex has; a long cooldown, only being a partial CC (in that enemies can still attack under it), and
a very short duration. If the duration were raised to at least 15 seconds, and maybe the cooldown lowered to 2 minutes or so, I think it'd be super rad. And since Spirit Link already sounds kinda niche, I don't think it has to have a 10-minute cooldown to make it even more niche; maybe 5 minutes or so. However, nitpicks aside, this is really bloody neat to see as someone who used to main Shaman for 12 years.
Personally, I think a wee bit more should've been done for Arcane Missiles; the current effect for 5/5 Imp Arcane Missiles should be made baseline so that Arcane Missiles serves an actual purpose for non-Arcane Mages, with something else instead for the Arcane Missiles talent; it could be a simple damage buff, but a neat twist might be to have the Arcane Missiles spell increase its damage for every missiles that lands on the target, so each missile could do 5% more damage (additively) than the last. And it'd be neat if each missile had a separate chance to proc chance-on-spell effects like Clearcasting rather than the whole spell having one chance, because that could actually make actual Arcane have a real purpose for mana efficiency. And Brilliance Aura seems like a weird inclusion; it's cool that it'd be bringing something in from Warcraft 3 for mages, and if Brilliance Aura could be used only by mages that are going the Arcane Missiles route, that'd be one thing. But the Arcane tree is mainly designed in Vanilla as a general utility tree for the other two specs of Fire and Frost, and those frost mages who already use 31/0/20 as their ideal talent build could just pick up Brilliance Aura and provide even more power to the group for just doing what they already do.
There's not quite as much for me to say about the other classes. Druid's changes all sound pretty fine to me; I kinda wonder if there will be a glyph for those who don't necessarily want to have to use Tree of Life, maybe a green equivalent of the Glyph of Stars with leaves and such surrounding the player (not to say I don't like the cool little giving tree though
Everything else looks pretty decent at a first glance; the only part I find questionable is why a lot of these new abilities are only available starting at level 56-60. Why not have these introduced earlier into the leveling experience like every other ability in the game is?