To help bring some fairness and balance to the relentless, never-ending warfare of World of Warcraft, the folks at Blizzard have recently made some changes to the performance of Monks, Shamans, and Druids in PvP. Mistweaver Monks have received some substantial nerfs to two of their PvP talents, Surging Mist and Way of the Crane, the former of which now costs a bit more and heals for 20% less, and the latter of which now increases physical damage by only 25% (rather than 35%) and heals for 150% of damage dealt rather than 200%.
Elemental Shamans have likewise gotten a bonk with the nerf bat: Earth Shock damage has been reduced by 10%, and the Lightning Bolt damage bonus granted by Stormbringer is now 115%, down from 125%. In addition, Surge of Power can now cause only two additional Lightning Bolt overloads against enemy players, not three.
And to round out the nerf-bat hat trick, Balance Druids have taken a few hits as well. Celestial Alignment’s spell-damage bonus is now 10%, down from 15%, while the damage bonus from Incarnation: Chosen of Elune has dropped from 25% to 18%. The Astral Power generated by Shooting Stars has been cut in half as well, now producing only two power instead of four. Our condolences to those whose classes have been irrevocably and, we’re sure, completely unjustifiably ruined by these changes. We hope you’ll pull through.