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2-12-2012 @ 1:10AM
"This all comes from the staggering nerf fury's mastery that took in patch 4.1, a nerf that was unwarranted and from which it never recovered"Matt, love you to death, love fury, but this statement is incorrect. Fury warriors were absolutely demolishing dps on any fight that was any kind of melee friendly (granted, there weren't that many in t11, but still). They were also over-bursty in PvP.While I believe the nerf was warranted, I would agree that the nerf went way too far. I remember when blizzard talked about mastery as the "dial" they would use to increase or decrease a spec's dps without upsetting balance to the rest of the game. IMO it's not much of a dial if you turn it all the way down, and then never touch it again. The big failure in this case was simply a lack of effort on blizzard's part to actually even attempt to balance fury warriors. Pretty inexcusable, especially when you consider how many people enjoy the 2 2hander playstyle.
2-12-2012 @ 9:28PM
"I remember when blizzard talked about mastery as the "dial" they would use to increase or decrease a spec's dps without upsetting balance to the rest of the game."Did they actually say that? I don't recall this. I'm not saying it's not true I just don't remember them making that kind of statement, which is my only point. The first thing that went through my mind when I read that was, "That couldn't work."I do recall Blizzard stating that their goal for Cataclysm was to make choices more interesting (I'm sure they've said this a lot over the years) and mastery was intended to be a part of that. It's an ongoing philosophy that they intend to extend into the new talent trees in MoP. (See the Forrest For The Talent Trees article on the main WoW site).How could they use Mastery as a dial when they can't be sure that a player will choose to stack a particular stat? That is unless they start off their design with, "We'll just make mastery so op to begin with that everyone will use it." That conflicts with their design philosophy and I can't see how that could pass by them.
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