Okay, that's enough RP'ing from me...
Has anyone else noticed what's been happening to the 'lock class lately? And please, if you're one of the nerf-a-holics who has cried "OP" because you've been feared one too many times in your lifetime, don't answer. Infact, leave the blog. Now. But yeah, anyone else?
Lets take a quick peek at the Affliction tree, and the talents that have sustained nerfage since TBC release:
All of those dark red squares you see parked around specific talents represent spells those talents affect, which have been nerfed since the introduction of TBC. That's right. More than 1/3rd of the Affliction talent pool has been nerfed through 2 semi-significant patches, and worse yet, these are CORE talents we're talking about here. Can somebody say "wtf?"
Let's take a closer look:
Improved Corruption: Damage coefficient for Corruption was ninja-nerfed early in TBC; DoTS now affected by the crit-based Resilience stat.
Soul Siphon: It's spell, Life Drain, had it's damage coefficients adjusted early on as well, and will be considered a "Healing Spell" in Patch 2.3, making it susceptible to Warrior pwnage.
Improved Curse of Agony: Damage coefficient was nerfed early, and is now affected by Resilience. Yes. The crit stat. Mhm.
Empowered Corruption: Same changes as with "Improved Corruption." This talent helps soften the blow to damage a bit, but it has still been affected by nerfage none-the-less.
Curse of Exhaustion: Duration nerfed big time.
Siphon Life: Again, affected by a damage coefficient change and the Reslience adjustment.
Improved Howl of Terror: Duration of terror effect decreased, and a heartbeat check was added, breaking the effect very regularly upon the first few instances of damage. The same nerfs were also applied to Fear.
Unstable Affliction: Nerfed via the same damage coefficient changes and Resilience adjustments as almost everything else.
Looks to me that Blizzard has opened it's Blue ears to the constant anti-'lock crying, which is very worrisome. Why? Because even with all of this, the crying hasn't stopped. Which makes me wonder... will we be seeing even more nerfs in our not-so-distant future?
Someone take an air horn to Blizzard's ears. Fast.