Frost has received new target caps on a total of three abilities. This is both big nerfs (Faux de givre
) but also big buffs (Souffle de Sindragosa
).Faux de givre
is now capped at 5 targets, a significant nerf to the ability on multiple levels.
- Damage doesn't scale past 5 targets.
- Trancheglace application isn't done as effectively (Previously spread to all targets with Trancheglace equipped on your mainhand).
- Fewer hits means fewer crit opportunities. Chape de glace CD reduction now doesn't scale past 5 targets.
The damage reduction is in itself very significant. With a 2H equipped, the total damage of a Machine à tuer
buffed Faux de givre
on 5 targets is only ~25% more than a single target Anéantissement Machine à tuer
Critical Strike. With Dual Wield, the damage difference is 55% in Faux de givre
's favor. This will definitely open up for other talent combinations. Neither Avalanche
nor Onde gelée
has an AoE cap. Trancheglace
application can be done with Avancée glaciale
instead, pushing this talent forward in the new meta!Souffle de Sindragosa
and Rafale hurlante
now follow the sqrt-formula
The total damage output of an ability that scales with the sqrt-formula is the following:
damage ~ 1 + (n - 1) / sqrt(n)
Where n is the number of targets. The abilities deal the same amount of damage to a single target, but scale differently on subsequent targets. This used to be linear.
In our case, Rafale hurlante
will be somewhat better at 3 or fewer targets, equal at 4 and worse beyond. Souffle de Sindragosa
will be significantly better at low target counts. It's only at 11 targets that it'll deal less damage than the BFA version. The overall output at 2 targets is 30% higher
compared to BFA. It looks to me like Souffle de Sindragosa
will be the king of cleave in Shadowlands!