Cataclysm announcements are coming hard and fast, which is bloody fantastic. The beta has got to be dropping forthwith, just in time for me to ignore it completely. (Final exams, if you were wondering. Which you probably weren’t, but hey, I told you anyway because my primary hobby is putting douche into bags for your convenience.)
So let’s talk for a bit about the new dispel mechanics. Essentially, these are they:
- All healers, and only healers, have defensive magic dispels
- All dispels cost significantly more than they do now
- Fire and forget dispels are being removed
- You can waste GCDs and mana on dispels
And now I shall elaborate on those in reverse order, just to switch things up.
First, in our current WoW, you can hammer your dispel button as much as you want. The dispel won’t fire until there is actually something to dispel. This is changing, so that when you press dispel, it fires. If there is something that can be dispelled, it dispels it, if not, you just wasted a GCD and a bunch of mana.
Good change with no downside. Dispelling is thus a decision with ramifications for failure. Hopefully this will apply to the offensive dispels like Spellsteal and Purge as well. (more…)