As expected, Blizzard has a lot of changes headed our way that are in the PTRs now, and some of the pending changes are… interesting. Generally speaking, after an expansion hits there are certain classes that become clear winners in both raiding and PvP. And, as a result, the first big patch post-expansion usually includes some fundamental changes in an effort to level the playing field. This time around would seem to be no exception. Here are a couple of changes I would like to highlight:
- Steady Shot, Cobra Shot, and Barrage can be cast on the move. This huge for hunters. HUGE. If you believe the forums then now each of the three hunter specs are scrapping the bottom of the dps charts. This is undoubtedly an effort to improve those numbers.
- Pyroblast now has a 3 second cooldown. For as lacking as Hunters are, Mages are on the other end in both PvE and PvP. The introduction of this will nerf Mages in a big way, maybe too much. But you know, Blizzard never overcompensates, right? Not to mention the numerous changes being made to PvP.
- Wound Poison now deals 33% more damage. This one is definitely a needed buff for rogues, but it may be too little too late.
For a complete list of the 5.1 changes, check it out here.