So after the AMA last night, I let things get a bit out of hand in my video, and the quality of my post was not where I am comfortable with. So after getting a good night’s sleep I decided that I would revisit everything and provide information to the quality I expect of myself.
Yesterday afternoon, several of the Blizzard Class Designers did an AMA on Reddit, that you can read in its entirety HERE. I spent several hours compiling questions for all the monk specs which can all be read HERE.
Windwalkers received four responses to questions
- “While I understand the reasoning behind the FoF nerf in order to balance single target / aoe dps it has led to a situation where it’s theoretically better to cancel FoF mid channel during serenity. Is this something that you’re aware of and comfortable with?”
Nimox said: Situations that come up like this are almost never intended when it’s just stopping one DPS button for another DPS button. Channeled spells can be an exception to this, such as Mind Flay or Drain Soul where it’s a “filler” spell, and it is awesome if you make the decision to interrupt a damaging spell for utility or healing. When you press Fists of Fury, we intend you to let the ability run its course before moving on in your DPS rotation.
This, in my opinion, was a fine answer. Obviously it is not intended for a strong ability like Fists of Fury to be interrupted, however, during Serenity because of the emphasis on DPET, Rising Sun Kick is the most important, forcing Fists of Fury into that “filler” role.
- “A large part of the reason many have been attracted to Windwalker is their consistency. However, our new t20 2piece works against this, adding a certain level of inconsistency to the cooldown of Fists of Fury. While all together the class still flows well (especially once 4piece is achieved), it does still add a level of RNG to a spec that is seemingly designed around flow and consistency. Should we be worried about having more proc based tier or abilities in the future?”
Nimox said: We try to be very aware of introducing too many extra things into a spec when designing things like a set bonus. It is important as you stated that things do flow well both before getting a set bonus, with the 2-piece bonus only, and with the whole 4-piece bonus.
While we don’t have plans to suddenly introduce a bunch of new RNG or important must-watch procs to Windwalkers currently, it is very important feedback to give if you feel like the spec starts to feel too different to play, or suddenly feels like too many decisions are being made by RNG or decisions being made based on procs or lack of procs.
Again, this was a good response. Because of the RNG nature of the tier bonuses, there was concern that adding an RNG element to the rotation would be a disaster. This question was more aimed at future concern as the current combination of tier bonuses makes the RNG very consistent and not very RNG at all.
- Looking at the available data, do you have plans for Windwalker Monks in order to bring them up closer to the average? What are they?
- Do you have a plan for fixing the overall scaling problems present for Windwalkers? What is it, if you do?
Obviously the first response was less that what we want, and prompted a firestorm.
The second response was much more relevant to the questions asked. What is important to take from the second response was continuing the discussion about scaling and what could be wrong with Windwalker scaling, “that buffing WW might be a reasonable thing to do”, and that Developers do take WCL data into account when looking at class balance. This was part of the answer that we were looking for.
Because many of the questions went unanswered, I reposted them in the Class Development forums to hopefully continue the discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20757275920 and https://eu.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/17616032048
I did record another video in response to last night and all that happened:
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