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A new hotfix has been pushed to the WotLK Classic PTR, adjusting the way Gargoyles scale with the players’ Haste.

As it currently stands, Gargoyles will “snapshot” Haste and Attack Power at the time of summoning, meaning that a key component of the Unholy Death Knight performance is maximizing the amount of Haste you have prior to summoning your Gargoyle. This allows Gargoyles to receive numerous very short-duration buffs that will last the entire duration of the summon instead.

The change available on the PTR will instead have the Gargoyle re-check the Death Knights Haste value every time it casts Gargoyle Strike, its primary ability. This is a massive change, changing Unholy from a spec almost entirely based on getting a perfect gargoyle summon, into a significantly more dynamic spec. This of course comes at the cost of performance, your Gargoyle will deal less damage if you were snapshotting it well previously.

The explanation mentions that this is to avoid Death Knights scaling too much over the course of the expansion. Additionally, the post also clarifies that Death Knights will likely still be the highest DPS spec, even with this change.

The post also specifies that there are no further class adjustments planned for the Ulduar release patch, 3.4.1. This is a significant change that will absolutely have a large impact on any Death Knight mains going into Ulduar but does not seem as if it will be a game-changer either.

You can find the full post and explanation below.

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We’ve just pushed a hotfix to the Wrath Classic PTR that will adjust to how the Summon Gargoyle spell inherits Haste from the Death Knight.

To help explain this adjustment and why we feel it’s needed, let’s take a quick look at how the Gargoyle currently functions.

Currently, a Gargoyle inherits the Haste and Attack Power stats from the Death Knight controlling it. One of the things that makes the Gargoyle particularly strong is that, for its entire duration, the Summon Gargoyle spell uses whatever Haste and Attack Power values the Death Knight has at the instant it’s cast. This is referred to as “snapshotting”, and savvy Death Knights who know to maximize their Haste and Attack power statistics via buffs, consumables, spell procs, and items can create a scenario where the Gargoyle benefits from massive gains to Haste and Attack Power for the entire duration of the spell. Some of these effects may only last a few seconds on the Death Knight, but it’s possible for players to snapshot over 370% Haste (and well over 400% for DKs who are also Trolls using Berserking) which reduces the cast time of Gargoyle Strike from 2 seconds all the way down to around 0.35 seconds for every cast while the Gargoyle is summoned.

The change we are testing will cause the cast time reduction on Gargoyle strike to be re-evaluated every time it is cast during the Summon Gargoyle duration based on the Death Knight’s current Haste, not the Haste value at the time of the initial spell cast. This change will not affect Attack Power.

We don’t make changes like this lightly, and indeed, we hoped not to make any changes like this one in Wrath Classic. However, the current data we have demonstrates that if left untouched, Death Knights stand to scale up significantly more than any other DPS class in the game for the remainder of Wrath of the Lich King Classic. Players have picked up on this of course, and the class is already starting to become over-represented in many raid groups across a variety of skill levels. As time goes by and more power is acquired, the more that groups will likely push to stack the class further.

Even after this change, we expect that Death Knights will still be producing the highest overall DPS in the game, but we hope that this will help curtail future scaling issues. We will be watching DK performance closely in the coming days and will make additional adjustments if we feel that this change ends up going too far.

We want to make it clear that we are not planning any further adjustments to any other classes for patch 3.4.1. We feel the class representation in raids is in a fairly good place right now across all classes, and we have no plans or desire for any further tuning adjustments. An adjustment like this one is for the sole purpose of preventing a specific class from becoming dramatically over or under-represented. We stated before that we will use the patch 3.3.5 class balance, with as few adjustments as possible, and we intend to stick to that.

Thank you all and we hope to see you over the weekend in Ulduar with us! Happy new year!

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22 days ago

fuck i hate blizzard

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