Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Incoming Cataclysm changes.

Beginning Wednesday, April 7 we will begin releasing class previews containing an overview of some of the changes currently being planned for each of the 10 World of Warcraft classes. The type of information you can expect from these posts are a list of the new spells from 80-85, the new passive mastery bonuses for all talent trees, a brief outline of some of the talent changes we're currently planning, and in some cases new low level spells for select classes.

These changes will by no means be comprehensive, and are subject to change between now and the launch of the expansion. It's also important to understand that some classes are currently further along in the development process than others, and as a result the amount of information will vary from class to class. Please do not let this frustrate you should your class be amongst those which are on the "lighter" side of things, as all classes will receive the same level of design attention before the expansion is released. Additionally we'll be providing more information for all classes, especially as we move into the beta phase.

Below is the schedule for each class:

• Shaman - April 7
• Priest - April 7
• Warlock - April 7

• Warrior - April 8
• Death Knight - April 8
• Rogue - April 8

• Hunter - April 9
• Druid - April 9
• Mage - April 9

• Paladin - April 16*

These posts are being coordinated internationally so they'll be posted at different times throughout the day and night on the given dates to give players around the world the ability to see posts made at a convenient time. This thread will be updated with links directly to each class preview as they're posted.

Sounds like they are also changing dispell mechanics.

As previously mentioned, we are providing three dispel capabilities to all healing classes as follows:

•Druids will be able to dispel defensive magic, curses, and poison.
•Paladins will be able to dispel defensive magic, diseases, and poison.
•Priests will be able to dispel defensive magic, offensive magic, and disease.
Shaman will be able to dispel defensive magic, offensive magic, and curses.

There is some trade-off that is being made in making these changes and we wanted to expand on this further.

•Protection and Retribution paladins will lose their current ability to dispel magic.
All shaman will lose dispel disease and dispel poison in exchange for Restoration gaining dispel magic.•Restoration shaman, Restoration druids, and Holy paladins will need to talent into their defensive magic dispels.
•Shadow priests won’t be able to remove disease in Shadowform.
•Mage, hunter, and warlock will retain their current dispel mechanics.
•Body and Soul remains the same, and basically any dispel mechanic not mentioned above is currently planned to remain as it is.
•When possible, we’d like to combine dispels into a single action. For example, the druid ability to dispel curses and poisons might be a single spell with a Restoration talent that also allows it to dispel magic. This part of the design isn’t finalized, however.

Hey great for resto, but it sucks for the rest of us. Hopefully all we lose is cleansing totem / cleanse. To me it doesnt sound like purge is being changed.

Who wants to take bets that another class gets a Bloodlust like ability?

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