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Continuano i lavori nei reami del PTR della patch 8.1 di Battle for Azeroth, dopo i cambiamenti annunciati per Sciamano e Cacciatore è ora il turno del Sacerdote Ombra.

Gli obbiettivi di questi cambiamenti sono due: rendere più importante la Forma del Vuoto e al contempo dare più strumenti al giocatore per estenderne la durata e aumentare in generale il potere difensivo e l’utilità della specializzazione Ombra.

Per la precisione, ecco alcuni cambiamenti annunciati:

  • Forma del Vuoto ora aumenta il danno bonus inflitto del 20%, consuma meno Pazzia e il Dardo del Vuoto ne genera il 25% in più;
  • La riduzione dei danni di Dispersione è stata aumenta al 75% e ora aumenta la velocità di movimento del 50%. Inoltre, ha ricevuto un nuovo talento per aggiungere un ritorno vitale e aumentarne la durata;
  • Al posto della riduzione dei danni di Forma d’Ombra, ora il Sacerdote Ombra ottiene Volontà Focalizzata come le altre specializzazioni della Classe;
  • Il talento PvP Allucinazioni è ora una passiva base della specializzazione;
  • Altri miglioramenti che vertono sul consumo e generazione di Pazzia, oltre che sul danno aumentato di alcune abilità.

Cosa ne pensate di questi cambiamenti? Permetteranno all’Ombra di prendere il controllo su tutta Azeroth?

The next PTR build includes some changes to Shadow Priest with the following goals:

  • Make Voidform matter more, make staying in Voidform longer matter more, and give the player more agency over extending its duration
  • Improve Shadow’s defensive power and utility

Make Voidform Matter More

Moving into Battle for Azeroth, we consciously reduced the maximum power of Voidforms, for the purpose of evening out Shadow’s heavily backloaded Voidform cycle damage. This had some positive impacts, which many of you are aware of – mainly this greatly reduced the harsh penalty for dropping out of Voidform early – a common occurrence in any content outside of raids, including dungeons or questing. That said, we think we went a little too far with peeling power off of Voidform, which has resulted in Voidform not feeling impactful enough, and with not enough reason to work to extend it. We are easing this change back a bit:

  • Voidform increases spell damage by 20% (up from 10%)
  • Insanity drain increase per second in Voidform reduced by 15%
  • Void Bolt Insanity generation increased by 25%

Dispersion

Dispersion’s damage reduction has been increased to 75% (up from 60%). We agree that because it comes with the penalty of not being able to cast spells, it deserves to be stronger. Additionally, it now increases movement speed by 50%.

A new talent Intangibility replaces Mania (which was similar to and far less popular than Body and Soul), and reduces Dispersion’s cooldown by 25% and causes it to heal you for 50% of your maximum health over its duration.

Shadowform’s Physical Damage Reduction
Shadowform’s 10% physical damage reduction was intended to feel like a bonus to Shadowform, but instead felt like a penalty to Voidform, since you lose that defensive benefit going into Voidform.

We’re replacing this bonus from Shadowform with the Focused Will passive (which the other two Priest specs already have), causing melee abilities and attacks to reduce all damage taken by 15% for 8 sec.

Hallucinations
Hallucinations (the PvP talent) is becoming a baseline passive, and allows your successful Dispel Magic, Mass Dispel, Purify Disease, Vampiric Embrace, and Power Word: Shield casts to generate 6 Insanity (same amount per cast as your filler, Mind Flay).

This give you more freedom to use your on-global cooldown utility buttons, especially in Voidform, without incurring as much damage loss, since Insanity is constantly draining.

Other talent adjustments worth mentioning:

  • Mind Bomb and Psychic Scream now take 40% longer to break from damage.
  • Void Torrent generates 30 Insanity over its duration and deals 20% increased damage. Additionally, no longer requires Voidform to cast, so you can choose to use it on a priority damage target at any time.
  • Lingering Insanity fades every 3 sec instead of every 2 sec.
  • Surrender to Madness cooldown reduced by 33% and penalty duration reduced by 50%.

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Era ora!!!