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Upcoming Mage and Cleric PTS Changes

By on Nov 18, 2013 at 10:21 am, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 10 comments

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Kervik’s back in action on the official RIFT forums, and his first order of business on Friday was to update the Mage and Cleric communities about some changes in store for both classes. For Mages especially, he’s looking to make a couple of major overhauls to the Warlock soul. Here’s what he had to say about those changes:

Originally posted by Kervik (Source)


Hey all,

First off, my apologies for being absent from this forum for as long as I have been. I dropped the ball on communicating with you all and I’ll work on getting things back to regular communication or at least letting you know if there’s going to be a while that I’ll be absent ahead of time.

To start things back off I’m going to be spending some time taking a look at Warlock. I have some ideas on what changes to make, many from the suggestions you all have been offering in various other threads. I’ll be posting my initial list of the changes I’m looking at early next week, but I want to make sure that I’m understanding your concerns and try to pass on reasons for the “why” behind these changes before/as I announce them. As usual any changes mentioned in this thread are subject to change and aren’t guaranteed to make it to the live servers. They’ll spend time on PTS for people to try them out and give feedback before they make their way to live.

So lets start with the role of the Warlock. Best case scenario I’d like the Warlock to be a high sustained damage soul with low burst. You’ll do consistent damage, but without the spikes that souls such as Pyromancer have. I like the idea of Warlock being very effective when faced with 2 or 3 targets for them to load up and maintain a full set of DoTs on. Feel free to ask questions about other aspects and I’ll answer them as best I can.

For the moment at least I’d like to have list what they’d like out of the Warlock and what they view as the biggest issue wit the soul is. If you’re calling out an issue the soul has currently, give an explanation on specifics of the issue. Even if its been said many times before I’d like to see the reasoning behind things again. And remember, posts that say only “Void Bolt is dumb” or “You suck” are really not what I’m looking for from this.

To temper expectations for any changes resulting from this thread, I’m mostly looking at quality of life type changes rather than a large scale overhaul. Don’t expect the soul to play vastly different from these updates.

For those of you concerned about other souls, I’ll be working on others as things move along with the Warlock. The next one on my list at the moment is Archon.

Kervik’s plans for improving a couple of the Cleric souls are a little more specific. Wardens, especially, will be seeing quite a few adjustments. Keep reading to take a look.

Originally posted by Kervik (Source)


First off, my apologies for being absent from this forum for as long as I have been. I dropped the ball on communicating with you all and I’ll work on getting things back to regular communication or at least letting you know if there’s going to be a while that I’ll be absent ahead of time.

I have some updates and fixes getting ready to head out to PTS, and most likely out with one of the next hotfixes. Some of these expand some of the existing capabilities of abilities, so let me know if you’d rather the ability stay as is.

Sentinel

  • Increased the duration of Banish to 15s. Banish now deals damage ever 1.5s instead of ever 1s to match other Cleric damage over time effects. Updated damage to reflect new duration.
  • Increased the duration of Vigilance to 15s.
  • Slightly increased healing done by Healing Communion. This amounts to about a 10% increase.

Warden

  • Signs will no longer proc from Geyser healing.
  • Overflowing Renewal can now be cast on allies outside of your party or raid. Overhealing spread from Overflowing Renewal will affect the targeted ally’s party and raid even if that is not the caster’s party and raid.
  • Ripple can now be cast on allies outside of your party or raid that you have Healing Spray or Soothing Stream on. Effects spread by Ripple will affect the targeted ally’s party or raid even if that is not the caster’s party or raid.
  • Oversaturation will now proc Dangers of the Deep on cast (if you have points spent in Danges of the Deep).
  • Oversaturation will now proc damage when any nearby ally is healed by the Cleric and no longer just their party and raid members.
  • Glassy Reflection will no longer be consumed by the caster’s own abilities.

Defiler

  • Fixed an issue where the heal proc from Unstable Transformation was not lasting the full duration of the buff.

Edit: Kervik also announced a few changes coming for Dominators.

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  • likalaruku

    I hope they don’t axe the cleric’s Greater Healing Fairy. People said it was “useless” back in 2011, but it’s the single most useful pet of any class I’ve ever used. I’d love to see some better DPS added to Chloromancer though.

    • Beatricia1 .

      I agree, I love the pocket healer. Makes for great solo leveling and even comes in handy for event bosses in the wee early am hours of the morning. I even got a thanks for the heals from a guy in an event one time who was tankin the boss. The was the only one takin a beatin and the fairy kept him up fine lol!

  • Mustard Waffle Brulee

    The biggest issue with Warlock is that at 61 points the mechanics are unsatisfying for PVP. You enter the battlefield, chip away at enemies’ HP, then promptly get ganked by a melee spec. It has zero mobility and only one real control move, Mass Fear. The mortality move is useless.

    I toss points into the Warlock tree only to compliment other souls. Its big sell is the Opportunity proc and increased damage.

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