Wowhead dug up the full list of Draenor Perks for each spec and class, and the perks themselves seem to be pretty much the same -- bonus damage or a boost to specific player abilities. In many cases, it's just a flat percent damage boost. This seems all well and good, but players seem to be confused about the point of the perk system, since it looks a lot like something that was deliberately culled from the game a few years ago.
And that was very boring, to be perfectly honest.
With the talent revamp, abilities that were simply flat damage boosts were culled, replaced with choices that were a little more interesting. In Mists, that final iteration of talent tree re-design removed all boredom from talent trees altogether, instead offering a limited number of really cool abilities and enhancements that players could easily swap around if necessary. In short, it became a lot more engaging, less about "How much will this increase my damage?" and more about "What ability would help me best in this particular situation?" whether that situation be soloing, raiding, or PvP.
Because of this, we now only receive new talents every 15 levels. But that meant that we wouldn't get a new tier of talents at all in Warlords -- we'd have to wait until level 105, somewhere in the following expansion. That wasn't really much fun, so they adjusted it, and we'll be getting our new tier of talent choices at level 100. That's great, right? Well ... kind of yes, kind of no.
Here's the deal: The new system is great. It offers a good variety of choices, not too overwhelming. Some of those choices are difficult to make, but the decision you make is fluid, and can be changed at the drop of a hat if necessary. We no longer have to muddle through where exactly to spend one of umpteen billion points, scroll through trees, alt tab out of the game to check online for the best talent builds for our particular class and specialization. Those choices have been firmly given back to the player, they're entirely up to the player to make, and that's a really great thing.
But the magic ding of leveling has had some of its fun taken away as a result. Sure, the golden flash of light goes off and you hear the obligatory "you did it" noise, but often that's all you get. And that's not particularly satisfying. You should feel good about leveling, about getting one step closer to 100. This is where Draenor Perks come in, and this is exactly why the order in which you receive those perks is completely random. Celestalon pointed this out last week on Twitter:
@cjbeckmenn Perhaps you're thinking of Perks as something bad or boring to choose. You don't choose them; boring is fine. They're just...- Celestalon (@Celestalon) April 4, 2014
@cjbeckmenn ...rewards for leveling up. "Ding! Oh, cool, my Frostbolt hits noticeably harder now. Neat."- Celestalon (@Celestalon) April 4, 2014
Perks aren't meant to be something super amazing that you pick and choose. They aren't meant to be an enhancement you desperately need in order to level more quickly. All they are is that tiny little thing we were missing -- something to go with that flash of light and ringing gong. A little tangible reward for plugging along and playing the game. Something that, when you ding, you can look at and go "Hey, I got another level! And a thing! What a nice thing. Good job, me!" and then continue on your merry way.
Sure, Draenor Perks may just be the flat damage bonuses that were culled with that major talent tree overhaul. But they aren't part of the talent tree process anymore, they aren't anything we really have to think about. They might look boring upon first glance, but really, they didn't need to be anything fancy -- we've simply got them so we feel good about seeing that flash of light on our screen again. That's a good enough reason to add them back in, as far as I'm concerned.
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