Warlords Alpha Patch Note Update Reveals Major Balance Druid Changes

May 23, 2014 3:39 pm Published by

The latest Warlords Alpha Patch Note Update has huge changes for Balance Druids!

An update for Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes has just been released! At first glance, there are minor updates all throughout the patch notes such as the new secondary stats: bonus armor, multistrike, and readiness. But then players are hit with a large wall of red text in Class Changes for Balance Druids.

Balance Druids over the last few expansions have been a bit lack luster in challenge. There’s nothing quite as tedious as watching a bar on your screen switch from night and day and practically having a three button rotation during those “day phases.”

The rotation is boring! Moonfire/Sunfire for debuff ticks, Starsurge on cooldown, Starfall on cooldown, and then Wrath (Solar) or Starfire (Lunar) until the bar Eclipses. Rinse and repeat.

Hold on to your seats, Boomkin, you’re about to get an upgrade!

No longer will Boomkins be reduced to manually switching their Eclipse bar between the two phases. Balance Druids will rise again on the DPS charts (hopefully)!

The biggest change is perhaps that the Balance Energy bar will automatically cycle back between Lunar and Solar sides. The closer to one end that bar is, the more damage that side’s spells do.

Not much is changing as far as the basic rotation goes: Starfire when Lunar strong, Wrath when Solar strong, Moonfire/Sunfire for debuff ticks (they will be the same button), and Starsuge for damage buffs to Wrath or Starfires.

The full details of the changes can be found below:

  • Balance Energy system has been redesigned. Balance Energy is a bar that cycles back and forth between Lunar and Solar sides, like night and day, with a 30 second cycle time (from Lunar to Solar and back to Lunar).
    • Balance Energy is no longer generated through spells, talents, or other effects anymore.
  • Eclipse has been redesigned.Starfire now has a 3 second cast time (up from 2.7 seconds).
    • Eclipse inspires the Druid with the power of the moon and the sun, causing the damage of Lunar and Solar spells to be increased by up to 30% based on how close Balance Energy levels are to the appropriate side.
      • Example: With 0 Balance Energy, the damage bonus is evenly split between Lunar and Solar, and the Druid receives a 15% increase to damage for both spell types. With 80 Solar Energy, the Druid receives a 27% damage increase to Solar spells and a 3% damage increase to Lunar spells.
    • Mastery: Total Eclipse now increases the maximum damage bonus of Eclipse by 12% (increasing with Mastery).
  • Moonfire now has a 16 second base duration (up from 14 seconds), but is no longer extended by Starfire and Starsurge critical strikes.
  • Sunfire now has a 16 second duration (up from 14 seconds), but is no longer extended by Wrath and Starsurge critical strikes. Additionally, Sunfire is no longer its own spell. Sunfire replaces Moonfire on the action bar whenever Balance Energy is on the Solar side. Enemies may still suffer from both Moonfire and Sunfire’s periodic damage components simultaneously.
  • Lunar Shower has been redesigned and renamed Astral Showers.
    • Astral Showers calls upon greater Lunar and Solar energy to permanently empower the Druid’s Moonfire and Sunfire spells.
      • Moonfire’s initial damage is increased by 100%, and the duration of its periodic damage effect is increased by 100%.
      • Sunfire’s initial damage is increased by 100%, and its periodic damage effect is now applied to all enemies within 5 yards of the target.
  • Starsurge now has 3 charges and a 30 second recharge time (instead of a 15 second cooldown). Starsurge now also grants Lunar or Solar Empowerment.Starfall now shares charges with Starsurge, and has no cooldown of its own. It also now hits all nearby enemies (up from 2 nearby enemies).
    • Lunar Empowerment causes the next 2 Starfires to deal 30% more damage.
    • Solar Empowerment causes the next 3 Wraths to deal 30% more damage.
  • Shooting Stars now adds 1 full charge of Starsurge and Starfall when it triggers, and now has a 2.5% chance to trigger on Moonfire and Sunfire periodic damage. This chance is doubled on critical strikes.
  • Hurricane’s range has been increased to 35 yards (up from 30 yards).
  • Astral Storm has been removed.
  • Wild Mushroom (Balance) now begins snaring enemies immediately when summoned, lasts 20 seconds, and can no longer be detonated to deal damage.
    • Wild Mushroom: Detonate has been removed.
  • Celestial Alignment has been redesigned.Astral Communion now increases the rate that Balance Energy cycles by 300% while channeled.
    • Celestial Alignment causes the Druid to enter Celestial Alignment, a state where Balance Energy cycle is paused, and all Lunar and Solar spells benefit from the maximum Eclipse bonus. Lasts 15 seconds with a 3 minute cooldown.
  • Euphoria has been removed.
  • Insect Swarm has been redesigned and renamed Stellar Flare.
    • Stellar Flare is a powerful spell benefitting from both Lunar and Solar Eclipses, dealing the most damage when they are equal. Burns the target for Spellstorm damage and cause additional damage over 15 seconds. The ability has a cast time of 1.5 seconds.
  • Soul of the Forest (Balance) has been redesigned.
    • Soul of the Forest (Balance) now increases the damage bonus from Lunar and Solar Empowerment by an additional 30%.
  • Equinox has been replaced with a new talent, Balance of Power.
    • Balance of Power causes Wrath to extend the duration of Sunfire by 4 seconds and Starfire to extend the duration of Moonfire by 6 seconds.
  • Sunfall has been replaced with a new talent, Euphoria.
    • Euphoria grants the Druid a deeper connection to the stars, causing Balance Energy to cycle 50% faster. Additionally, Starsurge also grants 20% Haste for 6 seconds.
  • Several Glyphs and Draenor Perks will be redesigned in a future build, and so are currently TBD.
    • Glyph of Omens
    • Glyph of Sudden Eclipse
    • Empowered Starfall
    • Enhanced Mushrooms
    • Enhanced Starsurge
    • Enhanced Storms

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