Friday, March 13, 2009

BoW & MST stack no more

In an attempt to reduce the amount of unique buffs brought by paladins and shamans, Mana Spring Totem and Blessing of Wisdom will no longer stack. It's as of now unknown how Blizzard will go about this change, so it's too early to call nerf. This is what I wrote in a comment to a blog post at World of Matticus, and I'll leave it at that for now.

This change could make sense depending on how they will go about this. If they buff BoW and Mana Spring Totem so that they have the power of both combined, then it might be a nice change for 10-man instances and below. A slight buff for 25-man instances as well as that you won’t have to stack shamans for maximum mana regen. Downside is less totem options for shamans in a raid setting. If they don’t buff these spells then replenish will be even more mandatory, which doesn’t make sense. It would be nice if the shaman totem was stronger than BoW after talents, but without removing BoW. Then shamans would have a reason to use their totem in raids, and BoW still makes a nice buffer.

Edit: Blizzard have now mentioned that this change is intended as a nerf as well as a homogenisation, although they will buff the spells if they see that mana regen is too low.

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