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4-06-2010 @ 6:41PM
I'd like some clarification (which I'll probably get tomorrow) on whether Shamans will still have Purge. The way it's currently phrased, it sounds like we might, and only Resto shammies will be able to spec into some new form of Cleanse Spirit that'll cover curses and both kinds of magic dispels. I'm also curious to know if there'll be a cooldown, because then you might get into a situation where you need to dispel a raid member and a boss at the same time, which raises the same kind of issues we had when Earth Shock was an interrupt and Wind Shear was Wind Shock; hopefully we'll still be able Purge (or whatever it might now be called) without gimping our ability to cleanse others.I'm also worried what this'll mean for leveling shamans. While leveling, I encountered a whole lot of diseases and poisons that needed removing, while curses weren't that common. And there are some particularly nasty disease out there, I remember a couple that had like a half hour duration and reduced major stats by a large percentage. Hopefully Blizzard will just go back and change some of those rather crippling debuffs you occasionally find in the Old World. They'd also better make these dispel balance changes retroactive, because doing older dungeons where poison or disease cleansing might be necessary without the ability to do anything about it would suck.I for one am really going to miss Cleansing Totem, which for my money was one of our best totems. I'd rather they'd nerfed it rather than gotten rid of it. Making it like Magma Totem is one solution. You could also give it a cooldown, say 3 or 5 minutes and it's only down for 30 seconds or so, so you can take advantage of it when everyone is getting doused in poison but aren't dropping it when it's one or two poisons every so often.
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