When Neverwinter’s Undermountain expansion this spring, it’s bringing with it a slate of big class changes to go along with the new content. Perfect World has already teased dev diaries for the Cleric and Paladin changes; today, we’re getting a look at the Fighter and Warlock.
“With the release of Undermountain changes to healing and threat management will reinforce the importance of tanks and provide a new and improved tanking experience,” PWE says, and that’s of specific importance to folks running Fighters. The class will see a big revamp to blocking and shields, starting and ending with the way shields make use of stamina.
“It’s hard to overstate how much of a dramatic change this is, and how different it will be to use block after Undermountain arrives. Not only will block provide a more noticeable effect, enemy damage has been rebalanced around the change and you can now more freely lower your guard to use your powers, without worrying about instantly taking lethal damage.”
Fighters will also see a revamped Vanguard paragon path and more focus on damage and less about taunting when it comes to threat generation.
Warlocks, meanwhile, will benefit from gamewide healing changes, as the Soulweaver paragon path will lock in the unofficial role this class has as a healer in the live game, allowing players to make use of the Soul Essence pool to manage both heals and self-drains. Those favoring DPS, however, will still find solace in the Hellbringer path and its Soul Puppets. That’s a real thing, people.