This made me go hmmmmm…..

This appeared mysteriously on the Warcraft General Forums today from Eyonix:

Blessing of Wisdom & Mana Spring Totem change 03/11/2009 09:00:12 AM PDT

We are making a change to these spells so that their benefits are exclusive in patch 3.1.0. The buffs will be equivalent, but will no longer stack. Mana Spring will affect the entire raid instead of just the shaman’s party. We felt that both paladins and shamans brought too many unique buffs to a group. Additionally, we have been trying to tone down mana regeneration in large groups, and were concerned raids would feel the need to stack paladins or especially shaman to have enough Mana Spring totems. We have also been trying to get more benefits out of the party and into the raid, and Mana Spring previously was still a party only buff. With this change, if there is only one paladin, he or she can bring Blessing of Kings while the shaman offers Mana Spring. If there are two paladins and the second offers Blessing of Wisdom, then the shaman can offer healing or cleansing with their water totem instead.

So what’s the purpose of this?  Where did this come from?  Out of left field, it seems to me.  My one useful buff outside of Kings has been made redundant now.  Might gets pushed off the table by warrior shouts and I don’t have Sanctity so all I have are Kings and Wisdom.  Is this whole mana regen nerf-fest that Blizzard is on really trying to fix a problem that is truly overpowered?  I can’t see it.  Depending on the fight, I usually finish an encounter with little to no mana, which says to me that things are working as intended.

What is so strange is that this came out of nowhere with no fanfare of PTR discussion.  It’s going live and that’s that.  And it warrants a post in the general forums, to boot.  It’s just plain wierd.  Some days, Blizzard makes no sense.

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