In response to the changes that have occurred with the Monk in v1.05 and the classes viability, Blizzard comments:
Currently, monks spend a lot of their time applying an assortment of DPS buffs through the use of utility and survivability buttons. The bulk of monk damage comes from very passive gameplay, like healing yourself to get a damage buff, or applying Sweeping Winds (db) and not looking at it again. We want to give players who enjoy the fantasy of being a blur of fists and feet a more active playstyle, and we’d love to play up some other fun mechanics as well.
For example, one possibility we’re considering is changing one of Dashing Strike‘s (db) runes to allow players to travel further with the skill so that it can serve as a mobility tool, but at the cost of imposing a cooldown. Another possibility we’re exploring is making Lashing Tail Kick (db) feel more compelling by moving the knockback component to a rune, or changing a rune to remove the knockback and instead increase the damage more meaningfully. These types of changes are not minor tweaks, however. We want to make sure we take some time to make meaningful changes that improve the overall play experience for these sacred warriors.
Do monks agree? Is he in a good place right now and will a cool down on Dashing Strike and shifting the knockback element away from Lashing Tail to a rune improve him even further? Or do you think they need to go further with balancing the monk, making him more powerful?
Update: Added a second reply from CM Vaeflare in the OP. Feedback there is much as you see in comments to this thread; lots of angry Monk players who feel their class has been screwed and/or left behind by Blizzard’s patch changes.
Ultimately, we want to make monks more engaging to play and really immerse players in what it would feel like to be a fast-punching martial arts master. We have a number of ideas on how to accomplish that for the future, and we want to provide improved passives, particularly passives that can be used for a more offensively-minded monk. I also mentioned two other possible changes we’re considering in my previous post, but those certainly aren’t the only changes we’re looking into. They address another area we feel could use improvement, and that’s giving players some additional, more active play style options.
We have more improvements planned and they’re still only in the discussion phase, so we’re not really in a place right now to talk about them in much detail, but we’re actively working towards solutions to address many key concerns.
Hey, at least they didn’t nerf One With Everything. Yet…
Additional replies were added a day later, with more explanation of their Monk balance plans.
Lylirra: Correct, but that’s only one variable when it comes to class balance. In terms of power, we feel that monks are doing pretty well. But in terms of build and play style diversity, resource management and budgeting, and offensive passives, we feel that there’s still room for improvement. There’s a lot that works for monks right now, but there are definitely areas that could be better.
Oh, and what is with this “we can’t just tweek numbers to ballance the class” do you read your own patch notes? what was the last game mechanic change you made that did not involve either “doubling it” or cutting it in half? WHAT IS GOING ON DOWN THERE? of course you can tweek numbers to buff weak skills. ugh all you ever do with your patches is change a variable in a formula and now all of a sudden you can’t? who actually believes this load?
Lylirra: I think you may have misunderstood. The kinds of changes we’re currently considering for monks (the changes we feel would best benefit the class) go beyond simply upping one number or lowering another. The examples Vaeflare provided for Dashing Strike and Lashing Tail Kick fall into this category. Adjusting numbers is fairly easy to do, but redesigning how a skill or skill rune works is much more complex. While we still may tweak some skill values in the future, right now we’re looking at changes that require a little more development time.
As for “what was the last mechanic change you made that did not involve either ‘doubling it’ or cutting it in half”? From 1.0.5, the changes to Companion and Sentry are great examples, and we’re redesigning some runes this patch too. From 1.0.4, witch doctor pet improvements were pretty notable. We also changed the format for how damage over time is dealt for a number of skills, as well.
Ohh I get it, you mean nerfing OWE, right?
Lylirra: What Wyatt said previously still holds true:
“In terms of passives, it’s pretty clear at this point that One With Everything is considered a mandatory passive for all monks. While “mandatory” passives aren’t great, making any major change would do more harm than good, particularly when a) incoming damage is so high and b) monks need the extra durability in order to survive. Additionally, as a result of this passive, monks are more heavily tied to their current gear, so making changes to One With Everything would have very noticeable negative repercussions to the gear monks have invested in.
While we’d prefer that there wasn’t an “absolutely mandatory” passive, we’re going to let this one ride for now. If we do try to make changes we’ll ideally do it in a way that doesn’t invalidate the passive, doesn’t hurt monk survivability, and doesn’t undermine the gear people are currently wearing. “
We don’t have any changes planned for OWE right now. That may change, but if it does, we’d still want our approach to be as outlined above.
When you guys look into build diversity, it’d be nice if you took some of these proposed changes to our combination strikes into consideration: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/6607333164?page=1
Lylirra: I’ll take a look. 🙂
(And, no, this doesn’t mean I haven’t seen all the other threads players have posted. This forum has kept me very busy with all the feedback you’ve provided. Keep it up!)
I have been under the impression that while there is no specific change planned for OWE, there is a plan that OWE will eventually be changed somehow to make it a less mandatory passive.
Lylirra: You’re correct, that’s still the plan. I’m just saying we don’t have any specific changes for OWE at the moment.
Tell us kindly the good reason in nerfing the defense passives when 90% of monk’s passives
Lylirra: Just so that I know that we’re on the same page, have you had the opportunity to read this developer journal, yet? http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/7155884/ (It was written a few weeks ago, so it may have been missed.)
It goes pretty in depth into why we’re making changes to defensive skills, and breaks down each change class-by-class.