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4-08-2011 @ 11:02AM
Matt:"How will Blizzard respond to this? Will it nerf our mastery yet again? Will it follow through on the threat of giving later tier bosses expertise? Will it introduce a Flamewell Radiance? Time will tell, I suppose."Before Cataclysm came out, Blizzard stated that they would fight gear inflation by making bosses in subsequent raid tiers behave as if they were higher level (in certain regards). While you obviously won't get crushingly blown (heh), bosses in Firelands will take higher amounts of dodge/parry/mastery to push their hits off of the CTC table. Same thing with hit/expertise for DPS.
4-08-2011 @ 12:06PM
Not that this has much impact on CTC as we're already hitting 102.4, but Blizz also left the door open for crushing blows to make a return if needed.As an aside, I'm glad they've got a plan to fight gear inflation via higher 'level' bosses. I just hope they've also got a plan to make the new numbers transparent, so we're not going into Firelands with absolutely no idea how much more avoidance, hit, and expertise we need to be effective.
4-08-2011 @ 12:41PM
You really have to stretch to cover CTC now, and doing so sacrifices a lot of your stamina, which is useful for a lot of the more critical fights (H Nef, H Al'Akir, etc.). But yeah, even if someone can barely push hits off entirely, it is important that in future tiers tanks aren't able to do that *easily*, because then the following would happen:1. mastery would be less and less useful, since you want more total avoidance as opposed to blocks2. tanks would chase threat stats, which would make threat meaningless. 3. Blizzard would have to counter by increasing boss damage, and then we're in a wrath situation where a boss will 2shot you from melee alone, and only flooding of tank heals will stop that.
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