Fans who enjoyed zipping around WoW Dragonflight’s alpha will be disappointed when they learn that a Dracthyr Soar nerf has been implemented to drastically slow the speed at the new race can fly in the MMORPG. In addition, plenty more changes are coming to the Dracthyr’s unique class, with a range of Evoker tweaks aiming to fine-tune the newest World of Warcraft class in line with player feedback.
The maximum speed of Dracthyr Soaring ability will drop from its current 930% to 640% with the next Dragonflight Alpha build. That’s a pretty heft change, cutting around a third off the speed bonus offered by soaring. Blizzard says that this change has been made because the Dracthyr’s racial ability is available everywhere, and as such there will be no change to the maximum speed of the Dragon Isles Drakes.
“In the Dragon Isles, all characters of all races are on similar footing because everyone can summon a Dragon Isles Drake,” WoW developer Sunders explains, “However, this isn’t the case in other areas of the game where flying mounts are the mainstay of travel.” Sunders compares the pace of Soar to the current 410% speed of epic flying mounts in the Eastern Kingdoms region, noting that the current speed bonus gives Dracthyr “a drastic efficiency advantage over characters of other races when doing non-Dragon Isles content.”
They go on to explain that Soar is a core asset to the Dracthyr identity, but was “never intended to be a massive efficiency or performance improvement over other races.” As such, they explain that the team came to the decision that this nerf is “necessary for the long-term health of the game.” They note, however, that the change “didn’t diminish the fun of the locomotion mechanics” during playtesting and that players can still take advantage of skillful Soar use to move faster than characters on epic mounts – just a little less dramatically so.
Elsewhere, Sunders details a range of big tweaks coming to the Dracthyr Evoker – the new unique class for the dragon race. Devastation is the focus of attention, with the DPS-focused spec set for a number changes in the next Alpha build.
Among the points addressed by Blizzard are the talent tree emphasising a ‘red vs blue’ approach instead of encouraging a mix of both as intended. “Devastation utilises both red and blue magic, and the current tree isn’t celebrating that theme well enough,” explains Sunders, “Builds that use both types of magic should be the norm, with all-red or all-blue being much more niche.”
Also addressed are effects that scale with empower level, with a concern that it is being treated as the norm that “it is always correct to fully empower your spells” by charging them up to the maximum level, thus limiting gameplay options. In addition, Sunders lists that the combination of Feed the Flames and Everburning Flame is awkward, that Scarlet Adaptation feels too impactful on builds across the board, and that blue-centric single target builds don’t flow in a satisfying manner.
WoW Dragonflight patch notes for the Alpha Dracthyr Dracthyr evoker
These are all the changes made in the upcoming Alpha build.
- Change to Soar to Dracthyr to reduce their maximum speed from (roughly speaking) 930% to 6640% The Dragon Isles Drakes’ maximum speed is unaffected.
- Honed Aggression now affects both Azure Strike & Living Flame, increasing their level of damage by 5% each rank.
- Catalyze, a new passive of 1-rank on the left-hand side of the tree, is now available. “While channeling Disintegrate your Fire Breath on the target deals damage 100% more often.”
- Iridescence is an all-new passive, 1 rank, at the bottom of right side tree. “Casting an empower spell increases the damage of your next 2 spells of the same color by 15% within 10 sec.”
- Power Swell is now a 2-rank node that reads, “Empower spells increase your Essence regeneration rate by 50% for 2 sec or 4 sec [based on talent rank].”
- Feeding the Flames now triggers whenever an Essence Burst effect is consumed, rather than whenever Pyre is cast.
- Everburning Flame now triggers from all Red Damage spells, rather than Pyre or Living Flame. Firestorm damage will increase Fire Breath. Fire Breath will not be extended by Ruby Embers that has been damaged by Ruby Embers. Everburning Flame will still not be activated by this damage.
- Scarlet Adaptation’s damage cap is being reduced to 2x Spellpower, down from its current value of 6x Spellpower.
- As they are currently known, Charged Blast (and Focusing Iris) are being removed and replaced by a spell called Shattering Star.
- Shattering Star is instant, has a 15-second cooldown, and does not cost Essence. “Exhale a bolt of concentrated power from your mouth for Spellfrost damage that cracks that target’s defenses, increasing the damage they take from you by 20% for 4 sec.”
- The options in the choice node following this ability are also being redesigned: Focusing Iris is a passive that increases the duration of Shattering Star’s damage taken effect by 2 sec. Arcane Vigor allows Shattering Star 1 Essence to be generated.
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