- 2013/06/18 07:20:00 AM
Although some of you have mentioned it already, there're a few updates from the developers that we wanted you to know. This is in early testing and subject to change.
Fel Flame has been slightly reworked. Now it has a 1.5 second cast time, but can be cast while moving. It no longer extends the duration of damage over time effects and has received a small damage buff. The intent is that you'll use it to keep up some damage when you need to move, but you'll want to stick to your standard rotation otherwise.
For Affliction specifically, the developers are lowering the bonus damage that Malefic Grasp provides and moving it into Haunt and the DoT effects themselves to compensate. They still want Malefic Grasp to be your primary filler for single target DPS, but this will make it a bit less punishing when you can't afford to channel it (especially in PvP). Haunt will once again be interrupted by movement, in favor of the Fel Flame change.
Kil'Jaeden's Cunning and Mannoroth's Fury have had their cooldowns and durations lowered to 60 and 10 seconds, respectively. Mannoroth's Fury now only applies to the core AoE damage spells (Seed of Corruption, Hellfire, Immolation Aura, and Rain of Fire), but increases their damage by 100% while active in addition to the range increase. Rain of Fire is being changed to no longer generate enough Burning Embers to be worth using in a single target rotation (so, Destruction shouldn't feel forced into Mannoroth's Fury).
These changes will be available on the PTR with the next build. Please remember that we're very early in the 5.4 development process, and therefore any or all of this may still change before the release of the patch.