The following is a quote from Nev in another topic about what the discussion between Nev & developers yielded in regards to patch note accuracy for the upcoming Season 19 announcement.
It will 100% be necessary. With Monk’s new set and the nerf to Lamentation’s expected buff, barb will remain the lowest solo clearing class — no longer tied for last with monks.
I understand the removal of the increase for the bigger picture — you can’t remove clears in an Era that used an item that went from 200% to 100% or 0%, so in that way, and only that way, it’s understandable & fair to add power as an Era progresses.
But…there is no mention of that in the notes. The focus of the notes is in how Barbs will fare in Season 19, so logically speaking, I am confused at best. You wanted to see how barbs perform but then remove 67% of their damage, making it a significantly less attractive option which will net you less data on the state of Barbarian.
Every class has a best build. You shouldn’t have balanced Barb around nerfing Lamentation, you should have buffed the underperforming new additions (Fjord/Remorseless) to bring up the other builds that would have underperformed when compared to RendWW. Now, the whole class will be back to the weakest.
We’re all disappointed.