Destruction Gets Nerfed
Blizzard just announced here that they hotfix nerfed Conflagration, so it does 70% in place of 100% damage of Immolate in an instant cast. As seen below, this has severely nerfed the previously powerful 0/40/31 destruction spec that warlocks were flocking to. The spec’s number one damage dealer was conflagrate, and a nerf has basically destroyed the spec. For those who complained here, your prayers have been answered.
Below are damage breakdowns and DPS rankings before and after the hotfix.
This is the damage breakdown for a 0/40/31 Warlock before the hotfix:
And now post-hotfix:
And in relation to all other specs:
Blizzard’s reason for this was that Warlock burst damage in PVP had gotten out of hand. Blizzard said this was a problem, because it allowed two casts (Immolate, Conflagrate or Shadowflame, Conflagrate) to do a great deal of combined damage for geared warlocks. For reasons that will always be beyond my comprehension, Blizzard thinks its a bad thing to two shot mages. However, I think Blizzard implemented the wrong solution. Blizzard should have just removed the ability to consume a Shadow Flame.
Destruction has been nerfed to the ground, no longer making it a viable PVE spec at the least. Long live 0/41/30, the inbred felguard demo-destro hybrid spec.
Also, I’ve only been able to get a couple hours in on the realms since they went up, but has anyone else had a really hard time getting soul shards since the patch? That change was supposed to fix the problem…
Edit: Oops. Seems that shards in your bank count towards the 32 shard limit.
note: This post on gearing based on talent spec will soon be updated with this current information taken into account. Until then, that info is outdated.