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Priest & Destruction Warlock Class Changes in Patch 9.1 PTR Build 38312 - Guide Writer Analysis and Feedback
17/04/2021 à 09:52
With the first
9.1 PTR build 38312
that that arrived on April 13th, we asked our class writers to provide additional context on how these changes are likely to affect their specializations in Patch 9.1 Chains of Domination.
Jak gives his opinion on the adjustments to
for Holy and Discipline, Ellipsis provides insight into the nerf to
via the tuning to
, and Loozy describes the impact of the buff to
Patch 9.1 PTR Build 38312 Spell ChangesPatch 9.1 PTR Official Patch Notes
Our Guide Writers have given their thoughts on the Patch 9.1 PTR Class Changes for Build 38312. Check out their opinions below!
Balance Druid Changes - Guide Writer ThoughtsAffliction Warlock - Guide Writer Thoughts
Fire Mage - Guide Writer ThoughtsPriest and Destruction Warlock - Guide Writer Thoughts
For 10 sec, Penance, Power Word: Radiance, and Atonement create absorb shields for 80% of their value, instead of healing.
Cooldown changed from 1 min cooldown to 1.5 min cooldown
Discipline Priest Guide Writer Perspective
History repeats itself, this is especially true for Discipline who another nerf to
reminiscent of the nerf
received in 8.1 increasing its cooldown. Now
goes from a 60 sec cooldown to 90 seconds and there is a lot of panic about what this will mean for the spec. It is well known how dominant
is for Castle Nathria and this is nerf follows the previous nerf of lower
to shielding rate in
from 100% to 80%. Despite that nerf,
continues to see heavy representation in raiding and I believe that this cooldown change will still see
on top as mass absorbs are extremely hard to balance "fairly".
As a result, I believe its likely that Disc will bounce between two ramps, one shielding and one healing thanks to the low cooldown of
which can be present for each of these. Instead of one
charge to be used in between each
you could now use two and still have two available for
. Fight timers and mechanics of course can have an impact on this theory and will be something to look for as Sanctum raid testing progresses.
Discipline Priest Guide
Bolster the morale of all healers in your party or raid within 40 yards, restoring 2%raid members within 40 yds. They each recover 60 sec of cooldown of a major defensive ability, and regain 12% of their missing mana, immediately and every 1 sec for 5 sec.over 5 sec.
Holy Priest Guide Writer Perspective
will now reduce personal defensive cooldowns in addition to granting mana return to all healers. The abilities from testing thusfar do not include immunities but rather defensives like
. This is a solid buff to the spell but one that is very similar to the recent
healing bonus. It increases Holy's utility but it has a much more significant effect in a 5 man environment rather than a raiding environment. While the utility is much needed, it is still too conservative of a move I fear to allow Holy to breakout into that upper-echelon of utility rich healers like Paladin/Shaman/Disc.
The cooldown reduction for tanks in particular is very powerful, especially in a dungeon environment where multiple uses of
will be possible. I would like to see some damage reduction get rolled into the channel in lieu of the mana gains, so that the interests of both functions of the ability are more in line. While players are using their own personals, or have them on cooldown, symbol could reduce their damage taken for a given mechanic and swiftly bring their defensives back for the next wave.
Holy Priest Guide
Soulbind Conduits (1)
(Potency Conduit) Void Bolt deals 35% more damage.20% more damage.
While not in Void Form, dealing damage with Mind Flay has a 3.1% chance to allow you to cast Void Bolt.
While in Void Form, Void Bolt has a 3.1% chance to reset the cooldown on Void Bolt.
Shadow Priest Guide Writer Perspective
Changes which impact Shadow Priest PvE in 9.1:
now increases the damage of
by 20%, down from 35%
The changes announced for Shadow only have a minor impact on PvE in 9.1. The nerf to
is, while substantial to the conduit itself, only a very small hit to Shadow's overall damage and won't impact our performance in Mythic+ or the upcoming raid. As for why this change has been made I'm personally unsure, perhaps Blizzard are aiming to curb the strength of Shadow's damage during Voidform, or just considered the conduit's ouput above the range for a standard potency conduit.
Shadow's PvE strength, though it's only early days, seems to still be sustained single target and priority target damage. On live Shadow is currently one of the top specs for these encounters, as well as a strong choice for Mythic
due to the importance of his final phase. With nothing substantial in 9.1 so far, I've no reason to expect that to change.
The negative of Shadow receiving very little so far in 9.1 is that the areas Shadow struggles in will continue to be poor. Weak dots and an awkward, mostly talent driven AoE rotation have been issues for players in dungeons this expansion, despite ample damage potential, and representation within the MDI. Hopefully some of the new toys in 9.1, as well as potential changes further down the line, can alleviate this.
Shadow Priest Guide
Unleashes a devastating blast of chaos, dealing a critical strike for 146%160% of Spell power)] Chaos damage. Damage is further increased by your critical strike chance.
Effect #1 Effect #1 School Damage
Value: 0 (SP mod: 1.461.6)
(Pvp Multiplier: 1.151.4)
Destruction Warlock Guide Writer Perspective
Destruction received a minor 10% buff to
. Buffing the damage of this ability is very powerful for Destruction, as this is the hard hitting ability we play around in order to deal major damage. Further, this is empowered through clever
In patch 9.0.5 Destruction is, in general, lacking a few % of damage output to compete with a lot of the other ranged dps specs. The niche we have always had is very large on-demand priority target burst dps, and this buff further enforces this.
These buffs alongside the nerfs to Affliction means, currently Destruction looks like a very strong contender for both raiding, and mythic+ going into patch 9.1.
Destruction Warlock Guide
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