Monday, February 20, 2017

7.2 PTR Changes

7.2 is looking to shake up the core of how Mistweaver plays. Final numbers aren’t known, as we're in a cycle of PTR builds being released weekly, and some of the key components to the playstyle switch are not yet implemented for testing. A post (or maybe even a video) will be released closer to 7.2’s launch on everything that needs to be done to get character progression going again, but for now, let’s look at some of the Mistweaver specific changes either hinted at or datamined.

New Traits
New artifact traits to [SHEILUN] are being added! After unlocking quests on the Broken Shore, you receive a quest from Khadgar to find some Legion plans on the Broken Shore. Killing mobs while going about the new quests will eventually net you the item, allowing you to do another set of quests that ultimately empowers [SHEILUN], allowing one more rank to be put into all 3/3 traits, as well as offering more traits available to spend Artifact Power in.

If you have any points in [MISTWEAVING] above 1, all of the Artifact Power put into it will be refunded for you to use on the new traits.

Tier 20 Set Bonuses
While it’s been said that Tomb of Sargeras won’t be launching on the same day as 7.2 goes live, it’s still important to look at what (in the current build) we should anticipate. Please note that these are subject to change as the PTR cycle continues.

Testing needs to be done to see if the [MASTERY: GUST OF MISTS] or [SOOTHING MIST] procs count to Surge of Mists’s proc chance, or how [CHI BURST] interacts with it, since each time it heals it counts as a cast. When they’re released to the PTR, testing will be done and plotted for optimal usage.

Proposed Playstyle Change
In a culmination of all these additions, a new playstyle can emerge:

Again, this is a POSSIBLE playstyle change. Numbers will tell how viable this would be.

Tangentially related, I'll be part of Binkenstein's Math Jam on Feb 24 at 7 pm PST (time zone conversion here), streaming my work on 7.2 math, fiddling with spreadsheets, and all the fun stuff that goes into these posts.

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