I'm sure everyone that play arena right now knows how dumb hunters are, even if you don't write this there's already a million hunter QQ posts, but nonetheless good job. I love how these 2k before patch hunter suddenly 2400 start shit talking about how good they are and threating me to que, it cracks me up.
I don't see how thugcleave can win rpd(which you are currently playing). Neither do I see how a good godcomp can lose to thugcleave. And from watching Hydra playing thugcleave, it is easy to see that most of his loses come from shadow priest teams.
What this change will do for sps, is that it will break the unprecedented phenomenon of having once spec able to play with anything else in the game.
Sp/x/x is real. Let me enumerate comps:
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/war slightly lower that tier 1
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/rogue tier 1
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/boomin tier 2
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/feral tier 1
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/hunter (I saw it somewhere on bloodlust's ladder @ about 2400)
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/elemental tier 2
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/enh tier 2
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/mage(frost or fire) god tier
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/lock tier 2
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/dk tier 1
shaman-druid-paladin/sp/puncher tier 2
Sps can literally cover up the weaknesses of every class in the game now, and while this makes almost every spec in the game viable in a distorted, aberrant way, it is completely unfair for every person getting substituted by an sp to make the comp "stronger".
I'm not sure if you read anything that I even said about the nerfs being justifed, also you are basing all of your argument without any sort of evidence. I believe I mentioned that the nerfs are completely justifed in that Lifeswap and MD is unnecessary vs most of the comps. So I'm not sure why you are even listing all the comps that spriests can be on. you offer no suggests to the problem but rather complain about the class like another 1700 player.
After reading other people's comments and from my own experience, nerfing life swap and MD is completely justifed in a world where teams such as thugcleave dont exist, it will definetly make the game more enjoyable for mages and warlocks as well as putting spriest to par with the other casters. MD should never even be used if a team is playing how they are supposed to, MD shouldnt be a tool for your healer who happens to space out and get sheep'd. So a 1.5 sec MD is completely justifed in this situation. As for lifeswap, the spell is just completely unnecessary in the game, no one should have a jail free card in the game that takes basically take no skill to use. Alot of people are aruging that healers cant live without lifeswap, well thats just bad design of the game in general which has nothing to do with spriests balance.
But the problem I see that most people are debating about is hunters or huntercleaves in general. Even with the current 0.5sec MD and lifeswap any half decent thugcleave should not have problem stopping the MD as well as having more than enough cds to blow through lifeswap. But this is a separate issue in itself. If the thugcleave plays perfectly, they should never lose anyways so it really has nothing to with lifeswap and MD, the issue lies with hunter and rogues vs casters in general.There's going to be more changes guaranteed, so just stayed tunned.