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I notice that whenever my target has dots on it, my fear doesn't work.
I cast it and it drops right away after one dot tick. Is this a bug, or did Fear get nerfed again?
I find it hard to believe that Blizzard would nerf a shadow priest's most important pvp spell THAT much. I mean right now it's not even worth casting on a dotted target.
* Effects which are broken from taking too much damage (Fear, Frost Nova, Entangling Roots, etc.) now break automatically from about half as much damage taken as before.
4.0.3a patch notes
Edited by Lunt on 12/2/2010 2:27 AM PST
Yes, fear did get nerfed again. It breaks on around 1000 damage now.
I wish I had a copy of the "history of fear nerfs" post - it was sadly funny.
They actually nerfed a few spells other than fear the same way, however warlocks (and spriests to a lesser extent) rely on fear as pretty much their only defence.
Psychic Scream, Psychic Horror, and Sin & Punishment all share the same diminishing returns so:
Apply VT + DoTS = Dispelled + 3 Sec. fear
Apply VT + DoTS = Dispelled + 2 Sec. fear
Apply VT + DoTS = Dispelled + 1 Sec. fear
Apply VT + DoTS = Dispelled + Immune
At any time you throw a fear in there it possible that it’s clashing with a S&P dispel and it can only last 1-2 seconds max.
Spriests were blowing people up before they could even come out of fear. No one wants to hear any of this jibber-jabber about what slightly brought spriests in line with other specs.
As for warlocks, change the Shadowflame glyph to cause Shadowflame to automatically apply curse of tongues, put Howl of Terror and Death Coil on a shared CD, and add Shadowflame to the Soulburn abilities so that when you Soulburn into a Shadowflame it snares the target for 70%.
Yeah, it's pretty fun when they let you freecast in 80 bgs.
There's no "letting" going on if you were feared. I'm pretty sure every single person that has done bgs after 4.0 that has faced a spriest with equal gear has "in general" got smashed.
Edited by Gravitate on 12/2/2010 8:49 AM PST
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