10 DKs Down Heroic Rag – Are you fucking kidding me?

14 Mar

No, it’s no joke. 6 dps blood DKs, 3 DK blood tanks and a frost DK went into Heroic Firelands and took out Ragnaros all by their lonesome. No healers. Hey, Blizzard I think you finally fixed the Deathknight class, but maybe you could’ve toned it down a notch.

I don’t mean to disrespect Raegwyn or the other 9 players who spent hours working on this, but it is still absolutely rediculous. This content isn’t that old, but because of the T13 4-piece bonus and the insane amount of self healing (Sorry DKs, Vampiric Blood and Rune Tap do count as self healing) these guys were able to make a third of the Holy Trinity of MMOs obsolete. Who needs healers? Everyone roll a Deathknight!

This is what happens when the devs ignore half of their player base and only balance one aspect of the game. PvP players have been ranting about how over powered the Blood spec has been since Cata released, but they have received no nerfs and worse have been repeatedly buffed. In June of last year a Dev said the following:

Death knights are a somewhat different style of tank compared to the others. They take significantly more damage than other tanks, but then heal/shield that extra damage back instead (and sometimes more). Due to taking more damage, and that damage coming in spikes, they’re also the most likely to die to unexpected burst (such as when they don’t have runes up to Death Strike, have no cooldowns available, and fail to dodge or parry a few attacks in a row. They also have more personal impact on their own survivability and mitigation than any other tank, by tying much of their performance to Death Strike (and especially optimally timing their Death Strikes). So in the hands of a really skilled player, they can do some amazing things, but not usually much better than the other tanks. We’d actually like to head more in that direction with the other tanks (making them tie more of their defensive performance to their ability usage), in the future.

The very next patch, 2v2 Arenas were full of Blood DKs surviving and healing more than anything many teams could put out. Was the PvP crowd listened to now? Of course not. Forum players are usually too busy insisting the game is a PvE only game and PvPers need to accept how the wind blows. Sure, balancing every time one side or the other cries foul would screw all game balance, but maybe after the third season someone should have listened to us.

Too late now! Congratulations to Raegwyn and the other DKs, but I see a large, shiney nerf bat in your future. And hey Frost Mages, you’re next. >=D

2 Responses to “10 DKs Down Heroic Rag – Are you fucking kidding me?”

  1. Mr. Tastix March 20, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    “This is what happens when the devs ignore half of their player base and only balance one aspect of the game.”

    This is the one reason why I quit playing World of Warcraft, because they -didn’t- do this.

    I definitely don’t think Death Knights should be able to do this kind of bullshit (even if I am one and find it highly amusing), on that we can agree, but I’ve always believe MMO’s should make a decision on what they want to excel at: PvE or PvP.

    If they want to do both – and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that – then the two different game modes need to be completely separate. Meaning updates to PvE balance don’t bleed over into PvP and vice versa. It’s the one reason why I think class balance sucks in most MMOs: Developers try to please both crowds, and they fail at pleasing either.

    I know that would add even more complexity to what can be very complex games, but I think the trade-off would be well worth it. A little more complexity for a helluva lot more balance? Yes please!

  2. Sayomara March 14, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Just think Blizzard has said they want all tanks to be like Death Knights. By the end of MoP 10 Warriors might be clearing Mistgard on there own.

    Just sayin
    ~Sayo

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