Like Rogue and Warrior players, Cleric players have been anxiously awaiting our Storm Legion soul unveil. Some Cleric players are more excited about the announcement of the incoming fixes and changes to our current souls than the unveiling of the shiny, new soul (Defiler!). That alone should tell the community that something is amiss about the current state of Clerics. And there certainly is– when it comes to Cleric DPS.
For quite a few major patches now, we’ve seen Band-Aid fixes of sorts, where numbers are tacked on to Mien of Aggression, certain abilities, and well, that’s about it. Mien of Aggression itself is half the problem, since we’re dependent on it for DPS. And even with it, our DPS scaling constantly falls behind. Clerics need a true overhaul to really be competitive on the DPS playing field. Yesterday, Zinbik, RIFT’s Cleric Lead, admitted just that.
In a thread asking about any Cleric changes coming in RIFT 1.10, Zinbik answered with the following:
Originally posted by Zinbik (Source)
There are no further changes planned for Clerics in 1.10. If fixing Cleric DPS was as simple as boosting Mien of Aggression or any similar singular change, I would have done so a long time ago.
Unfortunate, but true. Our DPS souls need to be reworked from the ground up, and it’s great to see Trion acknowledging this fact. Luckily, Storm Legion offers the team a unique shot at performing this overhaul and offering us some new goodies at the same time.
What are some ways you’d like to see Cleric DPS changed in Storm Legion? Personally, I’d like to see some major work done to the Shaman soul. Shaman’s one of my favorite original souls from late beta, and I still love it because of the way it blends physical and magical damage. Unfortunately, the soul’s physical damage mechanics currently need some work. With any luck, maybe Storm Legion will fix that.