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New shadowbolt 5%crit debuff
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Excuse me if this has been covered in previous posts, I searched and was unable to find anything about it, but I'm wondering if anyone in the PTR knows if the new 5% crit debuff from
stacks with similar effects from
Of course seems like the best choice to take for raiding affliction in 3.1 anyways, however I'm curious whether it will simply be taken for the 5% increase to SB damage, rather than both the damage increase and crit debuff. Of course with a lot of mages raiding as Arcane these days maybe the 5% crit bonus will be more common than the other mage debuffs?
it doesn't stack no.
this debuff will follow the recent trend towards several classes/specs covering the same debuffs so that no one class/spec is absolutely required.
the addition of a straight damage increase is very good though and i'm glad they added it. as you say, it will be a solid raiding talent even if you always run with a mage.
Thanks for the swift reply, good to know. Bit disappointed that it doesn't stack, though I understand why.
bear in mind that for most locks, the new isb is actually a nerf, not a buff.
You've traded a 10% damage buff that for a mid/high end lock had a 90% uptime (roughly 50% crit rate required for 90% uptime), for a flat 5% buff. To be honest, I don't count the 5% crit as factoring in at all, its inferior to the mage/dk options, so it simply won't be up.
my instinct is to disagree with that. of course, i can be swayed by maths but 90% uptime? i know that a raid buffed caster has a greatly inflated crit rate but do aff locks cast enough SB (currently) to maintain that kind of uptime? i'm pretty sure i've never managed to have 90% of my SBs launch while i have the ISB buff on.
from what i gather the other classes' buffs will be decreased to 5% too, making this the same raid debuff.
if the other classes debuffs are reduced to 5% then at least its a blanket nerf rather than a class specific one.
And I guess you are probably correct asakawa, I haven't really taken into account the drop offs during dot refreshes - my bad :)
From a deep demo perspective my numbers are pretty correct, but for a deep aff spec I guess they won't be.
ah i see. yeah i wasn't thinking of demo. funny cos that's exactly what i've been doing most of on the ptr lately.
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