The World of Warcraft: Dragonflight beta is allowing players to get a feeling for upcoming class changes before the expansion’s full release. Since Blizzard has made the decision to overhaul the talent system for WoW: Dragonflight, classes are seeing both new passive and active abilities that players can choose to take. Not long ago, Blizzard announced that the biggest changes for classes are done for pre-release, and that it will focus on balancing more than further reworks until launch.
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Aside from the usual expansion addition of new locations, Blizzard is making significant changes with WoW: Dragonflight, including dragonriding and Dracthyr Evokers. However, for some players, changes made to their favorite classes can be the most important information found in the patch notes since it will affect gameplay and the viability of specializations compared to other classes. Blizzard is using buffs and nerfs to balance out the power of existing class skills, but it’s also adding in new spells and abilities through talent trees which add more versatility to classes with the new design.
Regarding class changes, the most significant changes are possibly those that come from the revamped talent trees, which are less limiting than the talents have been in recent expansions. Instead of choosing one of three options every ten or so levels, the talent system will return to talent trees that are more similar to the original style of talents from the base game. With the focus shifting to balancing, players might see class changes as early as WoW: Dragonflight’s pre-patch release.
The Best Class Changes In World Of Warcraft: Dragonflight
Some class changes being made in WoW: Dragonflight are more subtle, being passive effects or active effects that act as buffs like the new Blood Fortification spell for Blood Death Knights, which increases Stamina and reduces damage taken when activated. One change that affects all classes is the talent system combining WoW Classic’s talents with some current features that allow players to switch between saved specializations with ease. Another of the best changes will also affect all classes, and that is the talent trees looking like they will only include talents that add to the class instead of including talents that only add flavor.
Rogue Class Changes In Dragonflight
Since World of Warcraft Classic, Rogues have seen plenty of changes to poisons and how they work, although players no longer have to craft the poisons themselves in order to use them. WoW: Dragonflight is making poisons both useful and simple. Amplifying Poison will increase the damage dealt to a poisoned enemy by 3%, while Atrophic Poison will decrease the damage dealt by a poisoned enemy by 3%, which gives Rogues higher damage or higher survivability.
Warrior Class Changes In Dragonflight
Warriors are receiving more utility in WoW: Dragonflight that will allow them to be a threat to groups of enemies in both PvE and PvP content. One Warrior class talent changes Heroic Leap to pull enemies towards the location the Warrior lands. In addition, Heroic Leap can be paired with Shockwave, an ability making a return to the Warrior talent tree in WoW: Dragonflight’s new expansion content, so that Warriors can stun the enemies that they pull together, giving them a method of crowd control. Even without Shockwave, the ability to use Heroic Leap to gather together enemies could prove useful for Warriors, especially those taking the role of tank.
Shaman Class Changes In Dragonflight
Shaman are receiving a lot of utility, particularly through the use of totems that will benefit not only themselves, but their party members as well. The Shaman class talent tree in WoW: Dragonflight includes talents such as Tranquil Air, which summons a totem that casts a pushback and then reduces the duration of interrupts by half for the Shaman and four allies. Shaman will also be able to get the Mana Spring Totem from their class talent tree, which restores mana for the Shaman and four allies. Additionally, the Mana Spring Totem will prioritize healers, which can be beneficial in raids.
Druid Class Changes In Dragonflight
Having been part of World of Warcraft since Classic, Druids have seen plenty of changes over the years, like adding and removing Treant Form, which was only received from glyphs and didn’t give any bonuses to healing for a while. While Treant Form is generally limited to Restoration Druids, all specializations are able to learn the Boomkin Form talent since it’s part of the general class talent tree and not limited to Balance. The Nature’s Vigil talent will help out healers in PvE content, providing extra healing from non-Restoration Druids and extra damage from Restoration Druids that is equal to 20% of the damage or healing done by the Druid depending upon their specialization.
Feral Druids have seen some issues with energy regeneration in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands that are being alleviated with new talents, such as Tireless Energy. WoW: Dragonflight is also giving Feral Druids help with AoE damage output with the Rampant Ferocity talent. Rampant Ferocity is a passive talent that makes Ferocious Bite do partial damage to all nearby enemies that are affected by Rip.
Mage Class Changes In Dragonflight
Mages in World of Warcraft have traditionally had a fair number of crowd control tools at their disposal, and this number will increase with Dragonflight. Mages will now have Mass Polymorph, allowing them to Polymorph multiple targets at once. Similarly, the Mass Slow talent changes the Slow ability so that it affects multiple targets at once as well. For another layer of control, the Time Manipulation talent reduces the cooldown of Crowd Control abilities.
There’s still time for players to pre-order WoW: Dragonflight for bonuses and be able to experience the new content with a Drakks pet at their side. Some changes being made to classes are giving them more upfront damage, but classes like Mages and Shaman are seeing changes that increase their utility, which will likely prove useful in both PvE and PvP content. As Blizzard makes the shift from reworking talents and classes to focusing on balancing and tuning the classes, there likely won’t be any more significant changes to them before launch. After talent trees have been in a position of fluctuating use in recent expansions, many players are welcoming the return to versatile talent trees and the class changes brought with them for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.
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