I've played feral forever, and to rank 1 multiple times in the last three seasons, as a lot of people know.
Instant clones are not the only dumb thing in this game, nor are they the dumbest thing in the game today. They are, however, a terrible mechanic that makes the game worse.
It is very likely that, everything else constant, ferals would not be competitive without instant clones in the current environment. But, you know what? The current environment is incredibly dumb, and approaching the point where it's almost impossible to tell what team plays better in some matches because they're determined by ridiculous mechanics or straight offensive zergs, and a lot of them are just extraordinary binary (either you just win if you play decently at all, or you just lose if the other team plays decently at all), especially for certain classes.
Mages 100-20%ing people in shatters, 60k Mind Blasts, instant control, offensive cooldown zergs being the go-to strategy for tons of teams (including every priest/mage team - something that has certainly never been the case before), 100-0s in smoke bombs, 80k dances, unheeded warning procs, the human racial in general, crit RNG determining match outcomes (why does resil not reduce crit damage anymore? 200% healing crits make healing RNG ridiculous too, but 200% damage crits vs. 133% in previous seasons [at the resil cap] mean that kills are literally determined completely by whether you crit or not nearly always), and so on make things nearly unplayable and largely pointless right now in a lot of situations.
Ferals contribute to this too, both with extremely high damage (Why was FB buffed? Why are FB's mechanics still such that it has to do ridiculous damage or else it's worthless? Why are trinkets like Unheeded Warning in the game?) and instant undispellable control.
Ferals are not at all the most broken things in the game right now, but SOMEBODY has to start sacrificing things for the game to get any better. So this is an attempt at that. I've played feral since BC, when it was one of the worst specs in the game, and I'd play the spec that it was back then over what it (and the game in general) is now any day.
So, please remove PS cyclones from the game, or significantly change the mechanic involved, for the good of the game. Then, please get on to actually trying to fix the rest of it.
Admittedly I'm a little bored at work, and also a little tired. But something needs to be said, for those aren't already on the same page.
This thought has grilled me, and is the real reason i think anyone ever quits wow, pvpers anyways.
We are part of a formula, we have been trained to accept a terrible system and it seems were all entirely oblivious to it.
This thread is probably completely pointless as we all must be aware of this, but no one seems to talk about it anymore, we complain about specific stuff sure, but in general we just sit back and take it, its just the way it is and even though it is responsible for every other issue, we just close our eyes to it.
Every change, every new addition, every removal and tweek, its all just bullshit. It's what we wait for, to keep us coming back, to fix the new imbalance they pointlessly put into the game, so that hey it might be balanced next patch, and again, and again, and again, over and over and over. You could argue pve is responsible for this, but its not, its simlpy an excuse for blizzard to continue to be what we mistake as laziness. It's not laziness, ladies and gentlemen, its their fucking business model.
We get bored of one extremely long season, we complain endlessly about specific things over and over, a new patch here, and nerf there, and a new imbalance here. Over and over again. Sounds like im accusing blizzard of some giant conspiracy, but quite honestly at this point its pretty clear how this hamster wheel functions.
They make "mistakes", then say "oops! we didn't intend for this terrible system to not work as intended", then they reel us back in with the off chance they might fix it at some point down the road - chances are after another $15 from all of us is again safely in their pockets. It is genuinely insane.
As every season mellows out and takes for ever to finish we all just zombify and become use to it, we melt away brain cells endlessly doing the same thing accomplishing almost nothing, i mean in the end were suppose to be having fun, and dont get me wrong i do have fun when i arena with cool people, but honestly how can one sit back and even consider that its possible to have fun doing the same broken imbalnced garbage for 7 months in a row.
The thing that gets me the most, is when they finally bring in a new season, we all battled away for our titles and our gear and wait so patiently to get the next best shit, then its finally available! We all gear up like crack-fiends addicted to bigger numbers. We all hit pretty hard as the season starts and people complain, then they just buff reseilence and health pools, so even though were doing more damage and everyones all excited for this refreshing change, NOTHING HAS CHANGED lol.
Its depressing, this thread is depressing, the state of this game is depressing, but whats more depressing than anything is seeing all these quality people, all you guys, slave away as you get gouged by blizzard over and over again.
Were just part of a vicious cycle, a business model, an endlessly perpetuating and cleverly designed money making machine. Blizzard really doesn't give a shit what you say or complain about - they have it all planned out, and you'd be a fool to think otherwise.