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11-23-2011 @ 7:54PM
An article based on that tatterdemalion of a raggedy talent calculator is so premature that it ought to be kept in an incubator. There's no WAY that's anything close to the final product. You should put in some Surgeon General text so you don't give out infarctions to people who don't know how incomplete that list is.
11-23-2011 @ 8:14PM
'Before we get too far into the changes, I had best give you the typical disclaimer: All of this information is about an in-development expansion that's probably a year away from launching. Nothing here is set in stone; much will change. Some of the information in the new talent calculator appears to be placeholder. And Community Manager Bashiok says the talent calculator is not complete -- there's no level 87 spell for priests, for instance, and we know we're getting one.'Yes Fox, you really should have. I mean what were you thinking not putting a large disclaimer at the start of the article.Oh wait, you did.
11-23-2011 @ 8:30PM
If you don't want to know anything about the MoP design philosophy for shadow, then this column is not for you.If, however, you want to participate in the design of the MoP shadow priest, you need to understand the reason why Blizzard releases builds like this: So we can critique them. We know it's not a final build, and we know stuff is unintentionally missing. They said as much. And so did I, a bunch of times.These builds are sent out into the wild so they can get constructive feedback. And that's what I'm trying to offer, and further, what I'm trying to solicit from all of you. With a little bit of common sense, it's not hard to guess what's intentional (removing heals from shadow, making Silence baseline) and what is an accidental omission (the lack of Mind Spike).
11-23-2011 @ 9:48PM
I tend to agree unfortunately. I understand the whole thing about it's early and it's not even pre-alpha and the rest. But I don't really understand what the value is in talking about the spriest abilities in the totally unfinished state that they're in much less writing columns about it. Apart from saying that Mind Spike, Devouring Plague and Mind Blast are nowhere in evidence, there's nothing much to talk about. After checking the tooltip on Shadow Orbs, there's nothing there about Mind Blast either. It's just really hard to have any comment about half a system.If you can make the case that dropping any two of those three spells is a design intention, it's difficult to have any opinion at all. It's like trying to put together an intelligent review of a book when you've read a third of it.There's not enough there to know anything at all. That's on Blizz. At least in this case, "We'll release it when it's ready" didn't happen.
11-23-2011 @ 9:52PM
Just to stretch a little further, I think the talent trees are much more interesting and provide for the first time in my memory some difficult choices.Thumbs up on that. Wait and see on the abilities list.
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