There were a lot of comments that came out of the Q & A that people had issues with and one of the biggest was the fact they basically said, paraphrasing, Demonology was too strong and they could not fix it now so they nerfed it to the ground instead. Add that to the "if you only have one priest in your raid and they are not disc you are doing it wrong" and more than a few people had issue with how they were handling the classes, and rightfully so.
The issue I bring out of this comment in my mind is not that demonology is stuck in last place for warlock specs but the fact that they they seem to have no intention of fixing it. There always needs to be a spec that is last. Even in a perfect world someone will always be last. So I do not have an issue with them saying it was demonology's turn to be in last, my issue is with the fact they don't seem to care about fixing it.
Being last is one thing, being brutalized because they refuse to fix it is another thing entirely. It bought to mind what I find to be a much greater problem with the game. Not just them devaluing the use of demonology because they felt it was too strong or the allowing discipline to remain as powerful as it is. The idea that came to mind was why does blizzard pick and choose which classes to mess with and which classes to leave alone. Why not just fix things?
Look at the beginning of mists with hunters and their stampede. In the opening weeks it was nerfed not once, not twice but three times because they felt it was too strong in PvP. Lets forget for a moment that people like myself said at the get go, just have them do less damage to players and don't nerf it for PvE, which is what they ended up doing on the fifth or sixth time they attempted to fix it.
Apparently someone at blizzard did not like hunters being powerful so stampede had to get nerfed to the ground. This time someone at blizzard did not like that people who played demonology well, really well, were capable of squeezing more out of it so they had to nerf it to the ground. Yet some specs like mages throughout history and disc priest now can remain unbalanced with nothing happening to them what so ever.
So I use demonology warlock as the poster child for balance and ask, why should they have to wait? Why can't they do some tuning now. Even if not in time for 6.2, why not work on it and bring it out in a week, or two, or even three. Why put them on the back burner and say they have to wait until next expansion to get fixed?
It just seems wrong for blizzard to be so dismissive of the players and say it is okay for one classes to do so poorly because they do not feel like balancing it. They often use the excuse it would take a lot of work and they will do it next expansion but that is not acceptable. Classes should be tuned and retuned multiple times during an expansion as needed. Sure a complete over haul should wait for a new expansion, but fixes should come right away. If they can take the time to nerf them they can take the time to fix them.
Why does a game that has millions of players and makes over a billion dollars a year not make the effort to fix problems with it? Be it a problem with a class, a zone, a quest, what have you, if there are issues they should be addressed and not swept under the carpet to deal with later.
The bigger issue here is not what they did to demonology, but the idea that demonology needs to wait, just like any other class that has issues. I do not think their idea that they can only fix things during major patches and they can only adjust classes with a new expansion is acceptable. They should be constantly working, constantly adjusting, and even if need be, constantly updating with little tweaks here and there to try and keep things balanced. It would be a much better design than nerfing something to the ground and saying, we will get to it later.
Demonology shouldn't have to wait and it is wrong for blizzard to make them do so.
Enough Expository Banter!
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