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World of Warcraft: Heavy Adjustments For Affliction Warlocks in PTR

World of Warcraft: Heavy Adjustments For Affliction Warlocks in PTR

Posted time: Apr 21,2017

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World of Warcraft Affliction Warlocks have already received a nerf to Malefic Grasp in the recent PTR patch, but this change came without any explanation. One of the WoW designers shared the reasons behind the change and announced a larger adjustment to the course, as shown below.

Here are the changes you will see in the next PTR patch:

  • All Affliction damage done increased by 15%
  • Malefic Grasp will go down to a +25% damage increase (down from +70% on live)
  • Writhe in Agony will be reduced to increase Agony’s max stacks by +5 (down from +10 on live)
  • Haunt will stay as it currently is on PTR


 Designer reviews: According to our figures, 15% of the damage buff will reduce Male Fic Grasp's 70% to 25% reduction as a neutral change in DPS, for the painful warlock using Malefic Grasp, from 7.2 to 7.2.5. Second, this makes the relative balance of the 15 talent level closer to each other.


Of course, the weight of the adjustments may change in the PTR after further testing and feedback.

The developers think that Malefic Grasp is too strong on the live servers. At present, almost every time in Nighthold encountered talent are adopted, no matter it is a single-target and multi-target boss fights.

Even on a sustained multi-target fight right now, it is not ideal for the Malefic Grasp wins out over Writhe in Agony on the same row, when at first glance,  Writhe in Agony looks like it should be the go-to talent for sustained multi-target since its benefit scales up uniformly per additional target whereas Malefic Grasp reads as a single-target talent.

Compared with most talent tiers we have, Affliction's first talent tier is a real high-quality talent tier, with Malefic Grasp being over a 20% DPS increase as a single talent. In general, our goal is to raise the tier of talent to 5-10%. Very high values can both distort the effects of the specifications, and it is difficult to balance other talents on the same tier .

In addition to the Malefic Grasp changes, the developers want to make Haunt become a "viable Soul Shard spender talent." They are looking for ways to make Haunt compete with Malefic Grasp at the current 70% damage increase value. However, none of their current ideas for Haunt "would feel right on Affliction for a variety of reasons."

The Affliction Warlock changes will be implemented into the next World of Warcraft PTR patch, and after continued feedback and testing, should make their way onto the live servers.

Please stay tuned at igxe.com for further nes about the Affliction Warlocks Adjustments in PTR.

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