I’m not normally one to repost from MMO-Champ or Bluetracker, but there are moments when sheer, unadultered joy gets the best of you and you can’t help but break out of the mold a bit and do a little jig. Today is one of those days:
The cost of Power Word: Shield is being increased by 33%. While we wanted Discipline priests to be able to utilize this spell more often and with better results, we also did not want it to be the main spell (and often the only spell) used while in groups. We don’t find this to be a particularly compelling playstyle and have found that it encourages players to avoid using other spells such as Penance. We believe that using a shield in a tight moment is totally appropriate, but we don’t want it to be incredibly efficient to do so with more frequency than that.
We realize that by making Power Word: Shield slightly more expensive for Discipline priests to cast that it might cause Holy priests to avoid using it. To that end, we are adding mana savings into the Body and Soul talent. The tooltip will not reflect this change until a future patch, however. Ideally, Holy priests should not notice much of a change to the Power Word: Shield costs.
We are also applying a hotfix for Purification for the Restoration shaman passive from 10% to 25%. We think that shaman healing per second is not as competitive with other healers and while we hoped to bring down Holy priest and Holy paladins (in particular) in 4.0.6, which we did, shaman still appear to be behind. In this case, it is simply easier to buff Restoration shaman rather than nerf everyone else or rebalance the encounters.
In Addition- Restoration Druids and Restoration Shaman
We agree with the sentiment among some players that Restoration druids and Restoration shaman are lacking in the healing cooldown department. The shaman buff and Power Word: Shield adjustment above should bring all healers reasonably close in terms of throughput. The decision on who to bring then might end up being dictated by the strong cooldowns offered by paladins or priests. This isn’t the kind of thing we can address via a hotfix, but it is something we are looking at for the next major content patch. (Source)
This is the type of thing I will actually put things on hold for, step out of a meeting for, and not take calls while I put up a post for. This is the type of announcement that I know so many of us were hoping for; an acknowledgment that our fears might have had some small basis in reality. (No, I am not encouraging you all to troll or bitch about the state of shaman; but rather celebrate those forum posts which offered critique and commentary in a constructive manner).
This is a time when I hope Resto Shaman can join me in thanking Blizzard for not subscribing to the belief that class design, and game design, are static. And thank them for not taking the approach that we had all better just decide to “Noob Toob” it if we want to be competitive.
Resto Shaman, rejoice.