Runic Empowerment – GC’s Words
September 17, 2010 34 Comments
Just a head’s up, I do read blue posts as soon as I can! Although I certainly appreciate the thought, there’s really no need for me to get dozens of messages via Twitter/Email/Forum PM whenever a DK-related one is thrown up! If I haven’t yet said anything about it, that just means I’m not home yet or otherwise not yet in a position to comment. Generally the first. Like I said, thank you, but just not necessary.
Anyways, for reference, the blue post in question today:
To begin with, let’s just go ahead and ignore the first paragraph. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with it (although there kinda is; more on that later)… it’s just stuff we already know either because of official comments in the past or plain common sense. Yes, obviously Runic Empowerment is intended to mix up our rotations. Yes, obviously if Runic Empowerment didn’t exist (and nothing was there in it’s place), Rime and Sudden Doom on their own would be insufficient to keep us on our toes. Yes some people dislike random mechanics because they make things more difficult.
Yes, yes, yes. We knew all of this (and I, personally, would agree with it all).
Thus, moving onwards.
The second paragraph is where matters appear to get new and exciting.
An Unholy talent that converts Runic Empowerment to something somewhat less RNG but not entirely passive either? Excellent! I proposed doing almost exactly that, and still think it would be a wonderful idea. As long as Blizzard can ensure it’s not a dps loss to take the talent (even if it’s not a gain either), it should play out well enough.
And… well, wait, that’s really all the post says!
He doesn’t address why people dislike Runic Empowerment (and it’s not simply because of the fact that it’s a proc, as he tries to somewhat write it off as).
He doesn’t address how horribly over-GCD capped the passive makes us (although, admittedly, you could blame any number of factors for this issue).
He doesn’t address Blood’s overreliance on the proc (and on Rune Strike availability) to be able to pick up adds in a reliable manner or what have you.
He doesn’t address the fact that certain single rune procs when each spec is designed around one double rune strike just doesn’t mix well.
He doesn’t address really anything beyond that they like the skill (ironically for no other stated reason than because it’s a proc; this is in the same statement where he writes off the dislike of it being simply because its a proc! The hypocrisy! No, people aren’t so against it purely because it’s a proc – and, yes, if that was the case, that would be a horrible argument for people to have and I would disregard them too. But no, that’s no better a sole reason to keep the skill around and unmodified!), and that they still see Frost as being a bit more random than Unholy, so they’ll let Unholy talent out of it (thank god).
Frost and Blood apparently just have to resign themselves to the skill.
Unholy… well, suffice is to say I knew I liked you for a reason!