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9-28-2010 @ 6:12PM
"Still, my guess is that we still have at least another two months or so in the development cycle, so they have plenty of time to tweak stuff. "I realize that the trees and spells and all are balanced around the level cap of 85 for Cata but won't we see the talent tree changes and many of the new play mechanics in this next patch (4.01)? How is this going to affect that month or two of raiding before Cata? Will it even be worth it to raid if our spells and talents don't really work at 80? I realize Cata isn't far off but I feel like 4.01 is almost forgotten about. I would actually like to still raid over the next month or so I would like to know more about it if possible. Especially, the tanking tree as that is what I do most often.
9-28-2010 @ 7:14PM
Oh, they all work. Well, most of them work; Arms, for example, is replacing Execute in their non-execute phase rotation with an ability that they won't get until 81, but aside from that sort of thing they'll work.On the other hand, don't expect it to be balanced. Some specs and classes are likely to just plain be overpowered and others in pretty bad shape at 80; the numbers just won't line up. Shadow priests may end up short of mana because they won't be able to pick up Evangelism/Archangel; on the other hand, ridiculously high crit rates will keep the Shadowfiend cooldown extra low. Arcane mages may end up with higher relative damage at 80 than they'll see at 85, because Fire and Frost will get all sorts of bonuses for (Frost)fire orb. Paladin AoE will be low, because they can't pick up Inquisition or Holy Radiance.None of this should break the class, though. Especially with the 30% buff in ICC; if they take that out, it will be because raid groups on the PTR (not the beta, mind) are demolishing the place with more ease than they are on live. Everybody not in plate (except, possibly, bears) will be more survivable, too, (more stamina, more armor) and the healing changes won't really be felt until we're into Cataclysm content.
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