The “Great Warlock Life Tap Nerf of 2008”, another one of those “We’re Totally Not Balancing World of Warcraft Around PVP And Especially Not Arenas, But We Are” adjustments, has finally made it to the Test Realm Patch Notes which puts it one step closer to reality on the live servers.

Life Tap: This spell now has only 3 ranks. Each now costs a fixed percentage of maximum health to cast, and grants the same fixed percentage of maximum mana: Rank 1 is 5%, Rank 2 is 12%, and Rank 3 is 20%.

If you don’t pay attention to warlocks other than to curse at or about them, this is huge. Currently, Life Tap converts a fixed quantity of health into mana (e.g. 580 health lifetaps into 580 mana), ergo, warlocks have geared heavily for high hitpoints (+ stamina gear and enchants, donchaknow) and mana pools be damned, they just swap their health into mana and eat babies’ souls. Indeed, even their class armor reflects this fascination with stamina over intellect and mana regeneration — cuz what care they for regen, lifetap isn’t at the mercy of out-of-combat mana rules or potion cooldowns.

It WAS what made warlocks so very deadly, and, so very valuable to raid DPS.

Of course. If that nerf goes live. Not so much. At least for a while until the ‘locks can regear for intellect over stamina. ENJOY!!

It’s like a minigame within the game, just like bag space. Regear for this, regear for that, resist sets are nice too, plus carry all that around in your tiny backpacks of suck.

So I’ve been watching the warlock venom on the Test Realm forums as Blizzard has cycled through multiple adjustments to the nerf because the ‘locks, they be LIVID, and the other classes are enjoying the show, and really … you should not relish another class’ nerf. The Wheel of Nerfs: round and round she goes, where she’ll stop, nobody knows.

Witness: Forum thread – LOCKS DESERVE EVERY SINGLE NERF THEY GET by Naitsirhc, level 64 shadow priest, suspected mage alt, of the Eldre’Thalas realm.

Any class that can drain life and mana is insanely OP, and you guys know it. It was not your fault that this game mechanic continues to exist, but I think every single nerf is warranted and should be applied to BALANCE this crap. And yes I am talking about PvP, I can care less about PvE. I’m sorry to be blunt, but this has gone on for far too freakin long.

The accusation: Reply #2 by Thromgal, level 70 warlock of Kil’jaeden.

You can go ahead and post on your mage.

Which sums up that thread very nicely.

And speaking of a mass exodus, where have all the healers gone?? Long time passing. Long time ago.

That’s rhetorical, I know very well where the healers have gone — away.

I did some faux research on the Healer Exodus of my own WoW realm by reading through all the recruitment threads on the first page — these would be all the recruitment threads that have been /bumped in the last few days, i.e. active recruitment threads.

The Results of my ten-minute research project:

10 total recruitment threads
8 seeking healers only, 1 seeking healers + DPS
1 seeking DPS only (lucky dogs)

5 total recruitment threads
1 seeking healers + DPS
4 seeking DPS only (also lucky)

Some interesting faux facts from my own guild:

Of our raid healing core, only 2 are pre-Burning Crusade healing mains — 1 paladin, 1 priest. A week ago, the count would have been 3 — 2 paladins + that one very dedicated priest, but the one paladin … you might remember him as our paladin man-whore … he left our guild last week.

Quick drama debriefing: Our paladin man-whore left because his latest imaginary game girlfriend abandoned him and started hanging with our other pre-BC paladin (also a man-whore as we discovered), which drove the first man-whore into another emo phase for a few weeks, then he decided “fuck this” and left. Probably to seek other imaginary game girlfriends, who knows. Anyways, this relationship with ManWhore02 and the aforementioned imaginary game girlfriend is really distracting because they are usually fighting, and she’s usually threatening to LEAVE THE SERVER and what do we care if she leaves, she’s not a healer, then ManWhore02 gets upset with the guildmates cuz goddamit we should care but I just want to /gkick the both of them and be done with it. And further, it’s this kind of shit which tempts me to call for a moratorium on guilding female players, my apologies to all the drama-averse female players out there, but can’t people keep their personal lives out of the game and just kill stuff? Crimony!

Anyhow. Except for those two pre-BC healers, the rest of the raid healing core are post-BC healers. I’m hoping they have at least a few months in them before they burn out too.

Ya, I have a lot of hope. I don’t have any resto shaman, but I have a whole lot of hope.

13 thoughts on “Exodus

  1. Here are the latest US Alliance lvl 70 numbers from WoW Census.

    I have been out of WoW for quite some time, but the class %’s seem more even than I remember them being a year or more ago.

    I do remember that rogues were the largest class with more than 15% for a long time, now they’re in the middle, with everybody else.

    It does surprise me that a year after BC there are as many Draeni 70s as there are gnomes and dwarves.

  2. And further, it’s this kind of shit which tempts me to call for a moratorium on guilding female players, my apologies to all the drama-averse female players out there, but can’t people keep their personal lives out of the game and just kill stuff? Crimony!

    as a female guild leader, i have often had the same thought. there really is a threshold of certain types of female personalities that a guild can hold without imploding. =/

  3. It is so interesting! My guild also had huge trouble recently and I am spend so much time calling and emailing, that I am near a mental breakdown (mostly because of the pressure on unfinished taxes).

    It was a great read on the linked pieces too, so interesting!

    I still don’t understand what the class percentage means. I think there should be more rogues because they are so powerful (they need to be nerfed), and no one want to be priests because they suck in pvp and pve (pallies are better)

  4. I am so very tired of the classes I play getting changed because of, not PvP in general, but ARENAS specifically.It not only FUBAR’s PvE but BG as well.

    Druids are going to get it, and hell looking at those numbers and according to Blue in that thread, priests can expect a nerf stick anytime now.

    Oh and let’s see, Hunters should be getting buffed along with the Paladins, and Shamans apparently

  5. Yeah, Kalgan confirmed that the life tap nerf is being repealed because apparently warlocks aren’t as popular in the arenas as they thought. He actually has percentages of classes in the top arena teams which I guess Blizzard uses to determine who gets nerfed/buffed.

    For me the frustrating thing about warlocks is their ability to entirely shut down my holy paladin by just sending using a felhunter. Life Tap combined with Drain Life does allow them to not worry about mana in arenas and probably needs some modification but switching from a fixed amount to a percentage was a little much.

  6. they want to nerf priest again? they’re being nerfed since BWS came out. they have nothing left and they want to nerf them again… why not remove the class altogether

  7. @lono

    no they didn’t say they wanted to nerf the priests again but going off the criteria that Kalgan posted then they should get one.

  8. Foton, I love your guild drama posts. They always serve as a great reminder as to why I am not in a raid guild.

    On the warlock issue, I play a shadow priest (now speced dis much it my own annoyance) so I generally do not like to see warlock nerfs because most of the time they nerf my shadow priest as well. In my opinion the pet classes in this game have always been on the overpowered side. In the past warlocks did not bother me so much because at least they took some skill to play. This is no longer the case. These days all they have to do is DOT, skillqoil/fear, and drain life over and over again. Hell in WSG I prefer a warlock flag carrier to anything else but a druid with the damage and survivability that warlocks have today.

    That dev post about class percentages in the arenas is pretty funny. What a short sighted metric. This game is run by monkeys I swear. Maybe if I send Blizzard a crate of bananas I can get VE changed to an aura. That would rock =)

    And yes they are nerfing priests Focused Will. Fully geared dis priests are pretty hard to kill. But then so are restro druids so I don’t now why they are fing with priests again.

  9. Rogues need to hire the warlock lobbyists imo.

    QFT, Priests need the same lobbyist. I think they need more benefit from +heal on CoH.

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