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5-30-2011 @ 11:03AM
"To be allowed a slight tangent for a moment, the original design goal for mastery was to keep it fairly constrained as a stat in order to prevent it from becoming "the best" stat to stack."And that is where we have our unfortunate problem. Tanks NEED to stack mastery, much too much in my opinion, and many other specs are stacking it as their second priority. Blizzard can completely redesign the Mastery bonus if they want to, they already have for Holy paladins and druids are getting theirs redone in 4.2. I don't see how stacking Mastery can be news to the dev team, because there's always been a stat that each spec wants to stack.Now, I have Shadow priests, and I have warlocks, and they most certainly do not feel like the same class. Yes, dots and channeled spells, I get it, but as you pointed out Destro feels very much like a mage. What about Balance druids and mages? They cast direct spells, they have massive aoe, they have snares, but one uses arcane and frost, the other nature. There is much less difference between Balance and mage than there is Shadow priest and warlock. So why take away some choice from warlocks? Again, redesign of the Mastery could change things if Blizzard doesn't want warlocks to solely use Drain Life. I'm sure there's a way that the spells could be changed so that one would cast Shadow Bolt sometimes, and then DL on others. Locking out an entire spell from the rotation because "it's too powerful" go against everything they have been saying about wanting to give players a choice.
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