Now, I was very skeptical because of the pruning of important abilities like Enraged Regeneration which was our only heal in WoD, Spell Reflect no longer a part of Arms/Fury. But with the artifact traits in Legion for Arms, all of that negative skepticism seems to be out the window for me now.
Our ability from the Stromkar is Corrupted Rage:
I can see this ability being like our replacement for Thunder Clap but also dealing a ton of shadow damage (weird), and applying CS debuff on multiple targets. I can see this being strong against grouped targets to get cleaved down by whirlwind in 3s or RBGs. I think it's pretty solid as it is also off GCD.
With our new mastery, Colossal Might, which increases our CS damage and overall damage to our targets effected by CS, the artifact talents seem to give us that hope to make sure that we have a lot consistency with our offensive pressure. My main concern was the survivability with the lack of heals. Well, for the heals, there's this:
So, every 5 seconds, we get to heal 30% of our max hp while in defensive stance. Pretty much a better version of a DK death strike. Also, for our burst windows, there is an artifact trait like this:
Battle Cry is basically the new name for our Recklessness. It last for 5 seconds, so during that window, you can pump out as much damage without worrying about starving for rage. I do like this since Battle Cry is on a 1 minute base cooldown, but it's even less with Anger Management cooldown, for every 10 rage you use, you reduce the cool down of Recklessness (Battle Cry).
The other trait I like is this one:
With the double MS talent, you can heal back to back while dealing damage for 30% of the MS damage you deal, twice in a row. So you can heal and stay on offense for a bit before swapping to d-stance, spamming your victory rush to stay up if you're in trouble.
And then the hard hitter artifact traits are pretty fucking nice. Especially this one:
If a target is low, you have a CS up, and they're in execute range, they're absolutely fucked. This shit is going to be really strong.
The others are decent/great. One dealing with cleaving and the other doing damage over 6 seconds by 50% while you pop your Battle Cry. The other artifact traits are great too and they're just a boost for quality of life. More procs, increased damage, etc.
What are your thoughts? I know it's Alpha and everything is bound to change, but this is getting me hyped.
Also, side note: in alpha, Die By The Sword seems to replace Defensive Stance, which I believe 99% is a bug. And Overpower sucks ass. It procs just as much as Sudden Death does on live, and it really doesn't hit that hard. It's fucking useless. RIP Overpower dream.
Edited by Coney, 28 January 2016 - 09:54 AM.