Thu 16 Apr, 2009
We were sitting down as an officer corps the other day just kind of looking over the changes in 3.1. There’s a million and one of them, but one thing that really struck us was the mana regen. On paper it doesn’t look that bad. The theory is sound, but in the end, I think some classes are going to suffer pretty heavily for the change. Lets look at a few examples shall we?
Now ordinarily I’m not one to scream bloody murder. However in this instance I might think seriously about it. This isn’t to say the sky is falling, but jesus what does Blizzard have against boomkin? I mean seriously… In Burning Crusade there’s a reason they were called OOMkin. I played one for a while and on the longer fights I always went out of mana. It was horrid.
Enter WoTLK… nice. We have some decent mana regen on our own and if you couple that with a class with replenishment and suddenly you were doing ok. On longer fights you could still go OOM, but honestly if you saved your innervate, you never went out of mana. Close, but not quite. I went into Naxx a few times without replenishment and running out of mana was a serious concern.
I did a little bit of testing after the patch. My mana regen is cut in half while casting. That’s gonna hurt. I forsee having to start changing up what food is there and what gems I’m using. MP5 is going to become a stat I pretty much require which means…. lots less crit and spell power… which equals… drop in DPS. Ouch..
Tree druids are kind of a mixed bag. Our resident tree druid was ecstatic for certain reasons. His bread and butter spells hit considerably harder. Where yesterday a full stack of lifebloom might have ticked for 600, now it ticks for 750. Nourish almost doubled on how hard it hits. Suddenly where on certain tanks he might have struggled to keep them up, it was considerably easier.
However… mana costs on some key items like Lifebloom doubled. Mana regen which before was laughably high (in other words.. you’ll never ever run out of mana) is suddenly paltry. Where before casting a rebirth mid fight might have been easy to recover from, suddenly we are in a scenario where burning the rebirth might ensure that you won’t have enough mana to finish the fight.
I’ve personally never played one. However our guild master does and he informed me that cutting his mana regen in half pretty much bent him over the couch and spanked him until he cried like a little girl. Ok maybe that’s a bit of a exaggeration, but you get the idea. And of course this is my resto shaman not yours. Everyone’s experience is different.
The general gist of it though is that generally we run with two tank healers and one of them is covering the raid. Shaman are ideally suited for this. However that also means they are casting non stop in most cases. If you nerf mana regen suddenly instead of a healing stream totem, you have to use a mana stream totem. Mana tide may not be sufficient to get you all the way back up on mana either. So now you’re down to restacking your gear etc.
Apply Pressure Here… Relieve Pressure There
So where does that leave us… to be honest I’m not sure. But what I do know is that the laziness we experienced in Naxx is over folks. At a minimum we know the following:
- Mana regen on all classes has gone down.
- Healers can’t cast forever anymore.
- Replenishment just became a HAVE TO HAVE. Sure blizzard assumes you have it, but it was doable without it before.
Ten man teams are going to have to recruit for classes with replenishment. Honestly that means the concept of bring the player not the class is going to at least have to take a back seat to classes with replenishment. So knowing that, the following is my prediction on what you have to do to deal with mana regen issues:
- Play Smarter. Raid damage is going to be a huge issue. The raid needs to learn to avoid damage or the healers will never keep up on healing you. Plus dying is bad. Don’t expect your friendly neighborhood druid to pick your butt up off the floor.
- Don’t take damage you don’t have to. This applies to raid as well as tanks. Tanks need to learn to avoid taking damage too. Where before we might have been able to just stand in the locust swarm in Anubre Khan’s fight, now we may have to learn to kite him. Taking damage is a bad idea.
- If healer mana isn’t infinite, dps has to learn to DPS harder. Gone are the days where certain fights could go on for 10-15 minutes. Healers can’t sustain a fight that long so the DPS has to hit harder and faster. So where before you might have been able to bring some lower end DPS and survive, now you probably won’t beat certain fights if you bring low end DPS.
What have you seen as a problem with the new mana regen? Where has it caused you pain?