In my skimming, I noticed some vague feedback from the devs. I believe Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street wrote about it on the whole water-cooler thing. Basically, Warlock changes were boiled down to a two things:
I guess we should be thankful that we have only two things to begin with. This serves to reinforce my belief that Warlocks, in general, are in a pretty good place right now. In fact, I can't help but groan when I see our name on the list. Last patch we saw buffs. Of course we're going to see nerfs this time.
- We nerfed the Glyph of Soul Swap to reduce the ease of applying multiple DoTs in PvP.
- We nerfed Drain Life because Affliction was forsaking Shadowbolt in PvE, which wasn’t intended. We want Drain Life to be for utility, not primarily for damage, and we want all casters to have to hard cast at least some of the time. This was done via hotfix and players won’t see a change in 4.2.
I'll reproduce the patch notes proper when it goes live, but we can assume we're simply going to see a version of the above. I don't like that SS keeps being mucked with, as I really like the spell and am afraid they are determined to make it un-useful. I'd almost rather take nerfs elsewhere and keep SS badass.
I'm not very surprised about the DL hotfix. The explanation aligns with what I had thought about the spell's purpose. Still, it was nice having it as a option to lose and not feel like your damage was suffering. I was never fully on-board with any DL filler spec, so it's not going to be an issue for me. I'm not sure if I like that it was a hotfix. Hotfixes just scream "stealth nerf" to me. I don't like it when rogues creep around and I don't like it when nerfs are slid beneath my robes. It just gives me the heeby-jeebies, and I'm supposed to be the one doling those out.
I guess what I'm saying is just... why the rush? It would seem to me like hotfixing is adding another variable to the change pot, and it's one that, by nature, isn't communicated very well. Why not just wait until, like, the patch?
Anyway, Warlocks of the World... of Warcraft, what do you think? Are you, like me, generally happy with our class? What would you see changed?