We feel that monks are in a decent place at the moment, and are a solid class in terms of power, but there are some things that we would like to address with the class. Namely: we would like to delve deeper into fulfilling the fantasy of what it means to be a monk.
Currently, monks spend a lot of their time applying an assortment of DPS buffs through the use of utility and survivability buttons. The bulk of monk damage comes from very passive gameplay, like healing yourself to get a damage buff, or applying Sweeping Winds and not looking at it again. We want to give players who enjoy the fantasy of being a blur of fists and feet a more active playstyle, and we’d love to play up some other fun mechanics as well.
For example, one possibility we’re considering is changing one of Dashing Strike’s runes to allow players to travel further with the skill so that it can serve as a mobility tool, but at the cost of imposing a cooldown. Another possibility we’re exploring is making Lashing Tail Kick feel more compelling by moving the knockback component to a rune, or changing a rune to remove the knockback and instead increase the damage more meaningfully. These types of changes are not minor tweaks, however. We want to make sure we take some time to make meaningful changes that improve the overall play experience for these sacred warriors.
I could go off with a 100 page rant here, but I think it's already been said by everybody else in this thread. This post, in all its entirety, is completely and utterly false. It's amazing how you guys don't listen to anything monks have been saying for a very long time. I love monk. It's where my heart is. All this time, I thought you guys would buff other skills to offset the nerfs. But you don't. I thought the changes you guys made in 1.04 was a GOOD START. I had faith there would be more to follow. You guys saying that we're in a good place, meaning, don't expect any other changes, is horrifying. Meanwhile, you continue to make playing a barb even more diverse and attractive.
How is it possible to be so blind? Are you really going to leave the state of monks with that statement and move along now? After all of the outrage in this thread?