I was silenced here for 3 days because I voiced my despair about this class. Which was fair, I claimed the Devs don’t care. I know they care, but it is BEYOND disheartening trying to grow as a player in my favourite spec, with how truly terrible our spec design is (comparatively and IMO).
Seeing rework of Mistweaver has been awesome. Brewmaster is usally quite excellent and I’m thrilled. Windwalker on the other-hand, feels like we have been completely forgotten.
These are my grievances in list form:
-Aura buffs are not enough.
-A clunky totem is a terrible capstone for a mobile dps.
-Faeline stomp ST aura buffing builds being our top DPS feels terrible (over spinning crane kick even in aoe).
-Our burst AOE dps class being dwarfed by other classes non-burst AOE profiles feels terrible.
-6 talent nodes dedicated to Touch of death is bad tree design (comparatively).
-Having 3 of the covenant abilities in our new tree feels like nothing new was added.
-Tier set bonuses built off of melee attacks on a class that does aa during channeled abilities feels unquestionably bad and uninspired (no hate just my opinion).
-Our AA range feels very noticeably worse to me and my uptime suffers because of it (compared to my rogue alt, it’s a skill issue, I get that, but it adds to the overall feel).
-Forcing our hand to take generous pour and the other mandatory monk buffs feels handicapping.
-Fortifying Brew being on such a long CD is terrible feeling compared to other classes DR. I’ve never felt squishier (not just Fort Brew problem, also skill issue but it doesn’t help)
-Long list of bugs that I don’t fully understand nor am I the person to point out. However, they exist and I would appreciate someone else pointing out that list for me.
-The loss of Whirling Dragon Punch as good AOE button, with the upside of really disliking the root it applies and how that interacts with ground effects.
-I really wish that Flying Serpent Kick had verticality control component to give us some mobility worthy of our class identity, in these days of dragons and wings.
Things I’ve really liked (with caveats) this expansion;
-Skyreach (with the caveat of it being buggy and not pulling us in close enough or too far in some instances),
-Strike of the Windlord (with the caveat that it got nerfed so hard it doesn’t feel good to press anymore),
-Learning the serenity playstyle (with the caveat, that it feels too short of a window, and personally cancelling fist of fury felt weird and then remembering not to cancel outside of the serenity window feels contradictory and clunky to me),
-Shadowflame nova set with rising sun kick being so important (with the same caveat as before re: serenity window/cancelling FoF)
All of this is to say, I feel really disheartened about my spec. And yet, very excited about WoW and it’s general direction. I’m praying for a huge blue post of someone very passionate at Blizz, tackling the very long list of problems our community has been voicing for so long. And yet I can’t quite you my WW main, trust me I’ve tried, but it’s still by far my favourite spec. I really want to be hopeful and positive, it’s in my nature. Please blizzard your Windwalkers need you to listen and acknowledge us. No hatred, No flame, nothing but love for all of your efforts and endeavors, but we really need some of that effort and attention our way.