June 2, 2013 | Posted in: The Randomness of Publishing
World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria, Patch 5.3 has been out for 2 weeks now and it has been interesting to see the different stats the various classes are replacing PvP Power and PvP Resilience with as these two statistics flat out died in 5.3. I have some video of a Restoration Druid from my guild topping the healing meters in random battlegrounds. Our guild, Ouroboros, to which I am new, basically has Throne of Thunder regular difficulty on farm status so Yaxi, Restoration Druid, Dalaran Server, is wearing all iLvl 522+ PvE gear. In the video, I am on my Mistweaver Monk who is 12/15 iLvl 496 Tyrannical gear. The other 3 pieces are iLvl 476 Malevolent PvP gear. I realize I spent a lot more time DPSing in this particular Arathi Basin but to see a Restoration Druid in FULL PvE gear (not even any PvP weapons which are supposedly the choice over ANY PvE weapon as the bump in PvP Power, even with the nerf in 5.3.)
So I did about 7M healing and Yaxi did about 14M Healing. What am I missing Blizzard? It appears iLvl 496 Tyrannical Gear are welfare epics for those who aren’t in a guild that’s good enough to get Throne of Thunder 522+ gear. And here’s the other thing about 5.3 … on my Frost Mage I get +18% healing for things like Touch of the Grave (why are you ANY other race that undead for PvP? Oh you’re a restoration shaman or restoration druid), Evocation with appropriate glyph, and Cold Snap, yet on my Mistweaver Monk the damage done increase is 0%. Here is some twitter stuff between a friend of mine and WoW developers where they talk about this exact issue and they resp0nd talking about 2s which supposedly Blizzard doesn’t TRY to balance around.
So, here is some video of a restoration druid topping healing charts in FULL iLvl 522+ (normalized to iLvl 496 of course because of the ingenuity in preventing people in all PvE gear from dominating PvP battlegrounds). You were on the right track blizzard, if you wanna PvP and be leet, here’s your set of gear. If you wanna PvE, here’s your set of gear. And, you can’t use the PvP gear and be competitive in end game raiding because of the hit percentages required, especially for casters. It will be interesting to see what you do about this Blizzard because this surely could not have been the intention with your changes in 5.3.