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WotLK Warlock Changes – Major Talent Buffs

September 10, 2008 by · 13 Comments 

The following is a guest commentary submitted by Menagus of the Zug Gaming forums.

Now everyone and their dog knows that warlocks are already ridiculously OP in PvE, as well as PvP. So what does Blizzard decide to do for Wrath of the Lich King? ……buff them, apparently.

Corruption is now instant cast without talent.

We’re going to make Corruption base instant cast. The Improved Corruption talent will now increase Corruption’s damage by 4/8/12/16/20%.

Ruin and Devastation changes

In an upcoming build we are changing Ruin to a 5-point talent. However, it will swap places with Devastation. Devastation will become a 1-point talent (5% spell crit). This will be a minimal change to the Destruction Warlock, while opening up Ruin to other builds without having them sacrifice their 51-point talents.

Metamorphosis changes

We recently re-designed Metamorphosis for an upcoming build. Some changes:

  • It will no longer remove your pet (your pet remains)
  • It increases your armor by 600%, up from 360%
  • It increases all your damage by 40%
  • You can still cast your regular Warlock spells
  • You gain access to a few new unique Demon Form abilities that can only be used in Demon Form

Among some other improvements. It will be changed back to a 5-minute cooldown, however (with a 45 second duration). With the changes to Ruin, you can also get Metamorphosis and Ruin in a build if you wish.

Pandemic Changes

Going to be changing the visual and some other aspects of the talent soon, not going to have the Shadow Bolt graphic.

warlock metamorphosisSeriously, I wish I had a lock about right now. Metamorphosis looks absolutely amazing. If I had to fathom a guess, this ability is going to have to be nerfed pretty hard in order to balance it accordingly. In fact, I have heard from a few sources that some of the warlocks in the beta think that this is even a bit too much of a buff (yeah, hard to believe, huh -.-). In any case, the change to improved corruption has been a long time crying – many warlocks have called for that for who knows how long.

Looks like everyone will be stacking warlocks in raids if these changes stay, their dps is going to be off the charts.

Intel Extreme Masters Begins!

August 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For all the 3v3 arena fans out there, don’t forget to check out some of the world’s finest beginning Friday, August 22nd, live from Liepzig, Germany!

Hafu, Rhaegyn and Glick at MLG OrlandoMost of the teams in this first event are European, but there are a few US Teams in the mix. First off, we have the infamous “Hafu” trying to lead her new Team Fnatic partners to victory. Being the only competitive WoW player of the female variety, all the eyes are on her. Will she be able to lead her team to another first place finish, further humiliating the MoB Godfather, just as she did in MLG Orlando? Only time will tell.

Personally, I will be keeping my eyes on the new Pandemic Blue team, featuring former team MVPs: Ohnoes, Kintt and Caal. These players have proven themselves as team leaders in the last year of live tournament play, but will they mesh well in their first appearance as a live setting? Though they have made their marks as mage, priest, and druid respectively, all three of the players are capable of playing many classes at a very high level so I can’t wait to see what tricks they will have up their sleeves.Kintt from Pandemic Blue

You can check out the first games at 15:00 (+1 GMT) or 9:00AM EST Friday. Just make sure you have your Octoshape Plugin ready.

Edit: Updated the stream link to point to the WoW Stream instead of the basic event stream which is covering mostly CS.