New Death Knight Spell "Off Balance" Restricts Weapon Swapping to Abuse Runeforge Bonuses
An interesting spell was found for Death Knights in
this weeks beta build
, hidden in the uncategorized spells.
leaves Death Knights unable to benefit from Runeforge enchants such as
for a short time after changing weapons, in order to restrict juggling multiple runeforge enchantments.
Recently removed your weapon and are unable to benefit from Runeforge enchants.
Under normal conditions, Off Balance should never come into play, as changing weapons mid combat is extremely rare, but with Frost Death Knights in
able to both dual-wield and use two-handed weapons, we can presume this is intended to stop Frost Death Knights from using weapon swap macros to make use of four different runeforges in two different dual wield setups (what is jokingly being called "four handed Frost") or switching between dual wield and two-handed weapons in order to game both
rank 2 in the same period of combat. The newer
is affected as well, as this would stop Death Knights of any spec from swapping to a "Death Strike weapon" in order to benefit from the bigger heal once dropping below 35% health, or a "move speed weapon" with
Swapping weapons in combat has long been frowned upon, historically incurring a GCD penalty and with the functionality restricted entirely when using Corrupted weapons during patch 8.3 in order to disallow gaming different corruption effects by equipping a
weapon during AoE, then swapping back to
for single target. The goal in this case appears to be fairly simple - make players dedicate to the Runeforge(s) they want to use, rather than creating an elaborate set of macros to juggle multiple effects.
Death Knights are gaining a lot of new runeforged effects in Shadowlands, so check them out in our
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