As an affliction warlock I don't disagree a nerf is warranted, but this nerf to malefic rapture is probably too much and will push affliction pretty far down.. 18% nerf on an ability that is routinely almost 30% of our damage done is massive and I hope blizzard goes back a little on this or retunes so dot damages makes up for the lost damage from MR now
I hope Blizzard follows up the Malefic Rapture nerf with a buff to the spec's dots. Affliction is a spec that currently brings high single target damage with competitive 2-3 target cleave, which this rapture nerf will put the class solidly in the average-below average range. With destro in a desperate state and demo considered by many the worst spec in the game, if this sole nerf were to go through, there would be no reason at all to bring more than one lock to any raid and our limited M+/PvP value would leave the class in a horrific state overall.
With these Rapture nerfs, and with the "possibility" of wearing 2 Legendaries in 9.1, looks like Destro is the direction we are headed! Won't lie, that's something I'm very happy about as while Affliction had a neat toolkit, Shadows Embrace is rather not fun to play.
Affliction dropping a couple spots is "disgusting" lol They deserve to drop a lot more than that.
Go home affliction
Mmmm BM hunters anywhere?Should I spend 89k on legendary shoulders, or not?
I rerolled from mage to Warlock. Enjoying the playstyle. This nerf will cripple the way this class is played.
.1 and .3% isn’t going to fix mists issues and feels more like a slap in the face than anything else. RM and vivify never felt like the problem to me. Essence font, weapons of order, and dumping endless enveloping mists into yulon is what truly feels bad. Having a raid cd that’s only as good as the mana you dump into it is absolutely absurd, especially since blizzard didn’t even care enough to show it on raid and party frames. Best befriend a Druid for innervate and make your class semi playable.
9.0.5 the day where warlocks will definitively be useless in MM+ /clap
Not sure how I feel about some of these class writer's and their comments. Xyronic makes it sound like it's an 18% overall affliction nerf. It's not. It would roughly equal to a 5% overall damage nerf - and it's needed, with a slight dot buff/tuning, not "disgusting" (what an eloquent comment). If you only see boomies, aff locks, fire mages and spriests a thousand miles ahead of other caster specs, there is something wrong with the balancing. 98% of all warlocks currently play affliction only, and all guilds solely recruit affliction warlocks. Just look at warcraftlogs and let the discrepancy of the very top with the middle class and bottom classes sink in, particularly on Sludgefist onwards. And this is excluding PI logs. For keys, you won't see a change in the meta unless fire mages and boomies are getting a nerf as well and you bring other classes up. Affliction is great currently at 16+ keys when mobs live longer, but unless you run with people you know, the caster spots are still reserved for fire mage/boomie. And this is coming from a warlock who can play all specs and does all content at a high level (pvp, pve and m+).What we can all agree on: Blizzard's "balancing" is basically non existent, and not very well executed. All specs need frequent attention and more than just a flat damage increase especially with the nature of the encounters, regardless of aff/destro/demo, or if we're talking about hunters & mages.
Me clicking this expecting to see how VDH got tuned down with the PTR changes
The affliction nerf really just means I'll be allowed to play destro again. I accept this.
when will blizzard rework sub or ass so they have different niches and one of them does not get completely abandoned by devs and playerbase because the other one is better
Shadow priest still doesnt have FIX for Psalm painbreaker and talent Death and madness! Its bugged and dont working together.
Please make feral more balanced with other specs such as buffing bleeding abilities, however our solid ST is good because of how night fae keeps us up in the upper charts. What will happen next expansion, when we dont have convoke + conduits and bleed buffs havent been tuned in. It feels horrible to be relying so much on a covenant instead of our pure abilities.
Tank balancing is a joke. Hardly even a nerf to VDH. Any plans to buff other tanks? Prot Pallys got savaged with nerfs during pre-patch. Give Prot Pallys their passive armor back.