The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Patch 4.3 and its implications


Every week, WoW Insider brings you [hide]The Care and Feeding of Warriors[/hide], the column dedicated to [hide]arms[/hide], [hide]fury[/hide] and [hide]protection warriors[/hide]. Despite repeated blows to the head from dragons, demons, Old Gods and whatever that thing over there was, Matthew Rossi will be your host.

I admit I was hoping there would be more changes to warriors to talk about by now. At least so far, the [hide]patch 4.3 PTR[/hide] has been fairly quiet on the warrior front. Sure, fury got a nerf, and a fairly large one. Fury’s been the melee spec that’s actually done good damage this raid tier, so I knew the writing was on the wall for it. What I didn’t expect was the [hide]particular blend of buff and nerf[/hide] that the spec has seen. Meanwhile, arms and protection have not changed at all, and this far into the PTR, I find that kind of baffling.

Nerfing [hide]Dual-Wield Specialization[/hide] to remove the 5% physical damage bonus — that, I understand. It’s an easy Band-Aid to rip off of the spec to flat-out reduce all damage done, and with all physical attack power buffs adding 20% instead of 10% melee AP in 4.3, it’s likely we won’t really even feel it. What that change does is lower fury’s base so that it doesn’t scale better than every other melee once the AP changes are in. No, I’m not surprised at all by that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if [hide]Precision[/hide] gets a nerf as well to reduce our white damage slightly. While I absolutely do not agree with these changes, believe them justified in any way, or support them, I at least understand them.[hide]Continue reading The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Patch 4.3 and its implications[/hide]Filed under: [hide]Warrior[/hide], [hide]Analysis / Opinion[/hide], [hide]Raiding[/hide], [hide]Cataclysm[/hide][hide]The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Patch 4.3 and its implications[/hide] originally appeared on [hide]WoW Insider[/hide] on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our [hide]terms for use of feeds[/hide].[hide]Permalink[/hide] | [hide]Email this[/hide] | [hide]Comments[/hide]
Every week, WoW Insider brings you [hide]The Care and Feeding of Warriors[/hide], the column dedicated to [hide]arms[/hide], [hide]fury[/hide] and [hide]protection warriors[/hide]. Despite repeated blows to the head from dragons, demons, Old Gods and whatever that thing over there was, Matthew Rossi will be your host.

I admit I was hoping there would be more changes to warriors to talk about by now. At least so far, the [hide]patch 4.3 PTR[/hide] has been fairly quiet on the warrior front. Sure, fury got a nerf, and a fairly large one. Fury’s been the melee spec that’s actually done good damage this raid tier, so I knew the writing was on the wall for it. What I didn’t expect was the [hide]particular blend of buff and nerf[/hide] that the spec has seen. Meanwhile, arms and protection have not changed at all, and this far into the PTR, I find that kind of baffling.

Nerfing [hide]Dual-Wield Specialization[/hide] to remove the 5% physical damage bonus — that, I understand. It’s an easy Band-Aid to rip off of the spec to flat-out reduce all damage done, and with all physical attack power buffs adding 20% instead of 10% melee AP in 4.3, it’s likely we won’t really even feel it. What that change does is lower fury’s base so that it doesn’t scale better than every other melee once the AP changes are in. No, I’m not surprised at all by that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if [hide]Precision[/hide] gets a nerf as well to reduce our white damage slightly. While I absolutely do not agree with these changes, believe them justified in any way, or support them, I at least understand them.[hide]Continue reading The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Patch 4.3 and its implications[/hide]Filed under: [hide]Warrior[/hide], [hide]Analysis / Opinion[/hide], [hide]Raiding[/hide], [hide]Cataclysm[/hide][hide]The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Patch 4.3 and its implications[/hide] originally appeared on [hide]WoW Insider[/hide] on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our [hide]terms for use of feeds[/hide].[hide]Permalink[/hide] | [hide]Email this[/hide] | [hide]Comments[/hide]