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4-03-2010 @ 1:20PM
Something to keep in mind:Back in BC, the philosophy was to leave classes alone as much as possible. They weren't too worried if every spec of every class was raid viable or not.They never changed poor shadowpriest scaling. They let Warlocks scale with themselves and edge mages out of t6 and sunwell. And they didn't muck with rage except for the big normalization.In Wrath, they have changed philosophies. Every class should have at least 1 raid viable DPS spec, healer and tank specs should all be viable. This is pretty much what it boils down to: there's only a few outlier specs they just haven't been able to shoehorn into the raiding scene, and those classes usually have other options (think Arms warrior, Frost Mage, BM hunter, Subtlety rogue). They are also much quicker on reajusting balance issues (assuming they agree that there really is a balance issue).So:We know they agree there's a balance issue (see the post Matt linked)We know they will change things when they think there's an issue (they've even made relatively minor adjustments to warrior DPS in Wrath).If warriors are being sat because they do too little damage, they will fix it. If they are doing too much damage, they will fix it.The question is: will they make it so low gear doesn't punish warriors harder than other classes and good gear doesn't reward them more than other classes? This is what is meant by Normalization - normalized to the other Hybrid's damage scaling. Unfortunately, that term got a bad connotation back in BC.
4-03-2010 @ 10:22AM
Poor shadow priest scaling was intentional in BC because the amount of mana we contributed to the group was based on our damage output- so letting us scale alongside, say, mages would've led to ridiculous amounts of mana going to the group. Making Replenishment do a fixed amount of mana regen allowed shadow priests to actually scale. Not as well as most other classes, mind, but shadow priests are in a much better position in Wrath than in BC, even though we don't get invites just for being shadow priests anymore. (Anyone else remember being doublestacked with another shadow priest in the group with the healers?)
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