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11-09-2011 @ 10:42PM
"If we moved Preparation to a different tier, then the community is clearly saying they'd all take it, and that runs counter to our aims with the new talent system."Anyone else find that an incredibly unsatisfactory answer to the question about Preparation and Shadowstep being on the same tier? The community is clearly saying they're all going to take Preparation as it is now (that was what the person asking the question was asking about); changing it to a different tier than Shadowstep wouldn't make that problem any worse, it would just shift which talents were NOT taken. They have the exact same problem now as they would if they moved it because Preparation is so powerful. Also, this quote confuses me: "We definitely understand why it's a source of concern, but ultimately the Subtlety tree offering the combination of Prep and Shadowstep is the core reason why it has become the de facto (and perceived mandatory) PvP spec." That doesn't address the issue of putting them on the same tier at all. If they turned both abilities into talents any rogue spec could take and placed them on different tiers, then no one spec would be the "mandatory" spec since all could have access to that combination. Making them talents solves that problem; putting them on the same tier just takes away from Subtlety rogues while giving to Combat and Mut.That really annoys me that every other class I've looked at has a tier of fairly equivalent mobility talents that are useful in different situations to pick from and rogues get two mobility talents and one incredibly powerful cooldown to choose from. Preparation has mobility aspects, obviously, in that it resets the cooldowns of Sprint and Vanish and Cloak of Shadows, but it itself is not a mobility ability and will completely edge out the other two talents. So instead of getting an extra mobility ability we just get to use our same abilities twice. Obviously, since I'm saying it's so powerful I'm not complaining that we'll be able to get it, but I don't like having talents on the same tier be of such different worth.
11-10-2011 @ 12:03AM
I don't main a rogue, but I found your arguments well-stated and well-thought-out.
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