Waiting for the hammer to fall

Impending Victory is an awful talent. By which I mean of course that it should be given baseline treatment.

"You are the lowest form of existence in this world" "Really? This from a Draenei?"

“You are the lowest form of existence in this world”
“Really? This from a Draenei?”

One of the biggest issues that warrior tanks complain about is that they’re the only meatshield that absolutely needs a healer – they don’t have any real self-healing. Warriors in general have only Victory rush and, let’s face it, Second Wind. IV is just too weak on its own to bother taking.

So: make IV the new baseline VR. Give it a rage cost, and give Prot a method of increasing the healing so that it’s a good reactive button. Let’s look at the examples of Death Strike or Word of Glory; perhaps a warrior’s IV could be improved by Devastate uses or when attacks are blocked. The rage cost should be high enough that it should always compete with Shield Block and Shield Barrier* as an active button, but not so high as to be prohibitive. Perhaps change the glyph to provide a cost saving after an enemy is killed, or simply bake such an effect into the base ability to maintain flavour.

This leaves the talent tier with a bit of a gap. Ideally I’d fill that by providing a talent which converts Rallying Cry into an absorb for x% or the warrior’s health, rather than the hp-increasing effect that we have today. Absorbs are a powerful toolkit item, and the option of enhancing one’s raid-wall would give warrior utility in general a much-needed shot in the arm. Call the ability “Iron Hymn”, or maybe “Phalanx”.

Why hasn’t this happened yet?

* Actually, considering Barrier’s near-uselessness, pretty much anything’s going to compete here. Just sayin’.

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2 comments
  1. “Absorbs are a powerful toolkit item, and the option of enhancing one’s raid-wall would give warrior utility in general a much-needed shot in the arm. Call the ability ‘Iron Hymn’, or maybe ‘Phalanx’.”

    Or just be honest and call it “Shot in the Arm.”

    • Leit said:

      …this isn’t meant to be published. Hence the title, lack of tags, pics, erm… let’s fix this…

      Also, I’m reserving Shot in the Arm for the warrior healing spec, as the bigger, slower version of Walk it Off, Cupcake.

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