I don't think that by upping the damage the Monk's spenders do will help much because ever spender is so damn expensive. that coupled with the fact that spirit regen is always 1-3 or on any item it is near imposible to make a viable build centered around spenders with the exception being sweeping wind because you don't have to constantly be casting it. I remember blizzard saying they were not going to do EXACTLY what they are doing in 1.7 wich is just giving everything bigger numbers.
This will solve nothing in my opinion what do you guys think?
I think they wanted to do the following. All conjecture of course:
Buff TR. It is the only viable build in 1.0.6 outside of Cookie and the best monk farming build that also has the added benefit of fitting their vision of a monk.
Create build diversity. By nerfing snapshot (which in their defense I think they probably took some data of average monk AS and used that as template to balance damage) they got two things, the door being opened to more build diversity (although not really there yet) and got rid of the OP weapon swap issue.
Buff Spenders. This opens the door to other Spirit Generators to be used, and a little creativity with spirit regen and spender cost reduction gear may create some interesting new options, such as a hybrid Bell/TR build, a DW/Bell spam build, a 2hander LTK CC build, and some others I haven't thought of but I am sure others have.
The issue is that by doing all these things they nerfed many, if not most monks' dps output. The new red gems may go nicely with the new spirit spender damage and the right gear to truly offset this, but I have not been able to test a few theories around it.
I would still like to see a slight buff to SW/Cyclone of roughly 2% each that will ensure the standard build has roughly equal dps output post-1.0.7 for near/at end game monks. Other options should roughly meet that standard of dps IMO.
Edited by Fitz#1329 on 1/25/2013 7:39 PM PST
You're right, OP.
...unless you spec Quickening. So if you are trying for max DPS, Blizzard kinda pigeon-holed us again. Go get ~2.00 attack speed and ~50% crit chance and see how many WoL-empowered wave Bells you can drop in a second ;) ...while spewing Cyclones of course - though a few less without Thunderclap.
Edited by blhotz#1823 on 1/25/2013 4:01 PM PST
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