Hoo boy, big news of patch 3.1 dropping all over the place.
Yesterday saw stuff for Rogues, Priests and Shamans, and today saw stuff on Warlocks, Druids and Warriors.
Tomorrow should see all the mage stuff and… I dunno, whatever the other classes are, announced. Man, what an akward sentence. Oh well.
This is basically pure speculation.
This change for Warlocks is interesting:
Improved Shadow Bolt – this talent now provides a 5% spell critical strike buff.
It’s hard to tell what exactly they mean by this. A buff? They say it works similar to Imp. Scorch, but Imp. Scorch is a debuff, not a buff.
Presumably it was meant to be a debuff; I mean, GC has admitted they type fast enough to completely miss things from time to time, and it is ridiculous to demand their typing be absolutely perfect.
So this raises a few interesting questions. It’s an additional effect to the current Shadowbolt debuff, and judging from the wording would affect the crit chance of all spells.
We already know that Blizz is planning on spreading the Replenishment love (it is, after all, considered mandatory, even for 10-man content) with Warlocks being able to provide the mana regeneration love come 3.1.
It really isn’t surprising that the crit chance debuff would be spread around, too.
Blizz has also made a big deal about making sure all these different buffs and debuffs are equitable. See the kerfuffle about the spellpower from Divine Spirit not being as strong as those it shares a buff slot with, and Blizz stating they want to repair that.
Hence, we can safely assume that Warlocks would not receive an inferior Improved Scorch, but rather the full effect.
Meaning that Imp. Scorch and Winter’s Chill are likely heading for a nerf and a little buff.
Buff? What buff? Well, consider. The Shadowbolt talent will provide the 5% in one go. Winter’s Chill currently takes five shots, and Imp. Scorch two shots. Expect both of those to drop to one.
This also means that those two won’t stack anymore. There’ll just be the one Winter’s Chill debuff and that’ll be it. Take that, polymorph protection.
Anyway, I wonder if mages will get Replenishment too?
Wouldn’t that be wacky? A mage, able to provide mana restoration for the entire raid?
Hrm, that sort of sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
WINK. WINK. NUDGE. NUDGE.
Oh, wouldja look at that? What a surprise!