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8-20-2010 @ 2:18PM
I'll admit it - I stopped loving Arms because of Bladestorm. I just can't stand the animation.Based on what you've seen so far of Cataclysm, might it be not-insane to run as Arms sans-Bladestorm?
8-20-2010 @ 2:45PM
Bladestorm's saving grace is that its contribution to boss DPS is nominal, and you only have to use it once every two minutes.I've spent the majority of my time on the beta testing Arms and providing feedback on the forums, and am confident that Arms will remain competitive throughout the next expansion.The first significant change is to Heroic Strike, which currently provides as much as 30% of a Fury warrior's single-target damage. It's now on a three-second cooldown and its cost has been doubled. The second change is to rage. In Wrath, gear (and the Heroic Strike bug) has allowed Fury warriors to generate nearly unlimited resources. Blizzard is still refining its solution, but rage is intended to scale subtly with each tier, preventing the same leap in output and requiring players to make choices about how to spend their rage. There are still some concerns with rage generation and Slam, but with this balance in place, the devs should be able to structure damage to make (and keep) Arms viable in a raid.
8-20-2010 @ 2:49PM
Ah, but will it be viable without the 31-point talent?
8-20-2010 @ 3:07PM
Blizzard has said their goal is to make you want to pick up the 31 pointers, not just to spend 31 points in a tree. That said, you probably could run a PvE arms build without it, it's not that significant for pure DPS outside of trash pulls.
8-20-2010 @ 10:13PM
Short answer, yes.Long answer, most likely, but Blizzard wants you to take it so it will likely get some buffs (and subsequent nerfs) at some point along the way that makes it useful (then useless again). From what I can tell, you'll likely want it as a Rage generator (like I use it now when MS in on CD, Overpower just procced, Rend is fresh, and Sudden Death is not ready) or to allow you to stretch your fingers for 6 seconds, whatever.
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