A few weeks ago I wrote about the 5% buff Windwalkers were seeing on the PTR, and how it was subsequently removed. Blizzard then said that we’d be getting those buffs back when the Netherlight Crucible went live. Well it looks like they’re following through:
With maintenance on Tuesday, we’re going to make several spec damage tuning adjustments. Given the nature of the class changes we made in 7.3, we’ve not needed tuning adjustments through the first two weeks of the patch. However, one change that is coming this week is a bonus to the item level of your Artifact weapon when you activate the Netherlight Crucible. That bonus has a varying effect on certain specs, because not all specs’ abilities scale the same with the DPS of their equipped weapon. This is something that we’d like to address in the future, but for now, we can deal with it via tuning.
Furthermore, there are a few specs that we’d like to outright buff.
We’ll implement the following damage increases on Tuesday to account for the Netherlight Crucible:
Monk – Windwalker +9%
Well there ya go folks. We were originally told we’d get 5%, and now we’re getting 9%. This buff is coming to offset the fact that when many people gain +15 ilvl to their artifact relics on Tuesday, Windwalkers don’t get as much benefit from that as others.
I’m assuming that this will come in the form of the aura; Windwalker Monk, as it has previously, so this 9% increase will be closer to 8% (as it was on my spreadsheet), but that should still be pretty nice. Just like in previous larger patches, there are a TON of moving parts with the Netherlight Crucible, so its hard to know exactly where Windwalker’s will fall after this Tuesday, but my impression is that if they originally thought that we needed 5% to compensate for not getting as much out of the Crucible, the extra 4% is because WW was falling a little on the low side of logs.
While this won’t magically make WW the top spec, it will help a little. We’ve been having lots of discussions about the strength of Windwalker, and unfortunately its strength isn’t one that’s easily measurable by just looking at overall DPS on WarcraftLogs. This will make us a little bit better at that, and a little bit better at what we’re the best at, which is burst single target damage.
So, if you thought WW were bad before, we’re less bad now. If you understood how/when WW was really good, then we’ll be even better on Tuesday.