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4-25-2011 @ 3:28PM
I don't think it's fair to criticize the 4% talent without providing an alternative idea. In cataclysm, being able to react is half of the battle. Personally that is one of my favorite talents, and I am happy to see it in the spec of each character I try. This talent makes the builds more fun, because it's another thing that you must react to.
4-25-2011 @ 7:36PM
A fair point. I like reactionary talents, I really do, in fact, that's the reason why I love playing on my balance druid so much. The first problem with Empowered Imp is that it is very static, there is no method that the warlock can use to artificially increase their proc chance. For example, an affliction warlock that has Corruption rolling on multiple targets and is using a Drain Life filler is going to have more Nightfall procs then you would see in a single target rotation. Similarly, demonology can roll Immolate on several targets for the same effect. You can't get more than one Imp. This causes one issue, that the RNG is highly static, making it more predictable, to a certain degree, in the sense that you would expect the same average number of procs regardless of the encounter. I wouldn't deny that destruction needs the RNG, I just feel that it's the wrong way of doing it. I would rather see Fire and Brimstone changed to be a 15% chance of an instant Soul Fire off Conflag instead of increasing the critical strike chance. Then, change Empowered Imp to something like, I dunno, Burning Corruption where your Soul Fire causes a "weaker" Conflag-like effect on targets that have Corruption on them -- in direct damage or DoT format.Basically if you Soul Fire someone with Corruption on them, have it create a new DoT that deals fire damage equal to 30% of Corruption's damage or something. Probably more than 30%, I would imagine, but nothing excessively high. Just a small boost in damage.
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