Anyone who’s run a battleground in WoW in Mists knows what the current PvP environment is like: CC, some CC, and, oh….a lil bit of CC. The forums are erupting with comments about this, with many of the suggestions basically just stating “kill CC! No more CC!”
I agree with the spirit of these posts, but I think most of the suggestions would only be a band-aid and we wouldn’t see much difference in the gameplay once trinket goes onto CD. The underlying aim with CC is to slow down combat and hinder the enemy’s abilities. However, nearly all the CCs we are seeing are hard CCs, which means complete loss of control of the character, as Most classes/races only have trinket or a friendly dispeller as their escape from CC.
The recent changes to dispelling also contribute to this feeling of too much CC – before, there were various TYPES of dispells and while you could, in theory, spam them, dispell protection and the GCD became limiting factors in how much dispelling you could effectively do.
IMHO, we can achieve a PvP experience that is less a game of whack-a-mole for interrupts and spikey health bars, if the focus shifts to hindering ABILITIES without also fully hindering characters. Instead of just giving each class several abilities to toss an enemy aside for 8 seconds, and one generic dispell which clears everything, give us back a more complex game.
– Rework CCs from straight stuns/fears/etc into specific hindering spells. Disarm is an existing good example of this – you don’t lose complete functionality with disarm, but your effectiveness drops. Build in new options to slow casting speed, curse people with stupidity (ie, a debuff to lower spellpower) or temporarily cut through their armor/stamina. These things already exist in the game, to an extent (think: sunder armor), so enhancing the array of effects like this shouldn’t be too drastic a difference.
– Bring back variable dispell options and enhance the experience. Let healers have choices on what they are dispelling (instead of a blanket cure-all) by giving us multiple skills for various debuffs. I liked being able to choose to cure diseases while sidestepping the vampiric touch dispell fear – I don’t have that option anymore, and I feel more robotic and mindless because of it.
– Coupled with the above, consider letting us dispell specific spells in macros, or give us school-dispells. Build in a few seconds of protection/increased resistance FROM THAT SCHOOL after a spell is dispelled. This is not insanely overpowered, but it prevents excessive stacking while also rewarding smart gameplay. It’s the same concept of knowing when to fear a rogue – you gauge when they are going to use cloak and wait for a clear window.
– Build in more pre-planned effects. Lightwell, for example, is great for when you know you might be trained. You can click it while stunned and enemies can always target it and quickly burst it down if they notice that you are using that to stay alive (on that note, bring back spammable clicking – I hate that I have to clear the hot to reclick it now). More effects like this can provide a pvp experience that rewards situational awareness. Monks already have this built in with the concept of statues. Give more classes the ability to lay down objects we can interact with/passively benefit from – this way, target priority becomes more complex than just “hit the healers.”
– Give each class an escape artist talent for LARGE GROUPS only. Make it flavored for the class, and have the effects be unique, but give us another form of escape from hard CC provided we are being hit by 3+ people (or maybe have been hit by 3 CCs in a row?). This would primarily effect battlegrounds and 5 person arenas, which is where we need the largest break. Potential examples could be something like a berserking rage for warriors, letting them temporarily throw off CC and increase movement speed for 5 seconds, or protection from above for priests, letting them ascend out of enemy grasp and giving a crit chance to the next spell. These spells would ONLY activate when the target is being hit by a certain number of people (or has maybe been through a certain number of CCs in a row).
I really do think that PvP can be made more complex and tactical if the focus shifts from CC-spam and into intelligent debuffing. Again, many of these skills are already in the game and many PvE encounters utilize the concept of hindering debuffs. Working them – and intelligent dispelling – into PvP could really enrich the gameplay, while also getting us away from this mess of too many CC options that we currently have.