Another momentum opponent
Let me prephase this by saying that Im quite confident I will continue to enjoy dh. I am a fervent momentum opponent, however, so seeing how you double down on momentum, Im afraid.
Let me explain what I dislike about the momentum playstyle. I picked dh first and foremost for the class fantasy, secondly for the mobility and qol. I like having few buttons, and I love being able to dash around the battlefield if need be. Playing momentum requires me to use the mobility for damage, however, and when I need it, its not available. I tried playing momentum a couple of raid nights, and I found myself often simply walking to my volcanic heart spot, almost being overrun by paladins of all classes on their ponies. That doesnt feel good at all (well, it did for the paladin, he had a good laugh). Its especially frustrating in m+ with so many ground effects and small hitbox mobs.
Now I get that momentum is meant to be part of the DH fantasy of zooming around, but I would argue that this can be achieved with animations even. I feel quite dashy already, with a blade dance every couple of seconds. I feel dashy when I use fel rush to stay on the boss or getting far soaks last second before dashing right back, on rashok and magmorax for example. As for the latter, I lose these moments when I have to use fel rush for damage, so momentum sometimes even works against that fantasy.
As mentioned, I had hopes that with the talent rework, momentum goes away completely. I’ve given up on that hope now since you doubled down on it. That is okay, I acknowledge there are players who actually enjoy it, and I respect that. My fear is now that there are so many talents for it that you simply cant avoid some of them, making you dip into that playstyle. Please don’t let it come to that.
I would also ask you to not make the gap too high between momentum and no momentum. This tier, I already accepted my output to be below momentum players (albeit marginally) because I’d rather lose my raid slot to someone else before I play momentum. I raid mythic, and we are among the top 500 guilds afaik, so there is a certain pressure for performance, although not very much so. Luckily, Im the only dh in my guild. The other 2 stopped playing because of momentum and their unwillingness to accept a dps loss, so chaos brand is whats keeping me quite safe for the moment.
One last suggestion I want to make is for a new playstyle/fantasy idea, which is probably out of the question for 10.2, but might be pondered for the next expansion and beyond. I realize you cant simply delete the momentum package, because you’ll need a replacement. I would like to propose an aerial playstyle that focuses more on dh having wings, somewhat inspired by illidan’s air phase. Im not talking about perma flying, but maybe we could start with talents not unlike priest’s new ultimate penance? Let dhs fly into the air and unleash a 6 second channel of fel barrage or eye beams everywhere on a big cooldown. Frankly, after seeing ultimate penance, I was 70% positive that the talent rework for dh will encompass fel barrage to do a very similar thing. Imagine my face when I not only saw that it didnt, but also found momentum support =(
As for the tier set, I dont really care. i hardly know what mine does even now, its a passive get and forget, so if the tuning is right, I wont mind the next one either. Please dont make it about momentum though lol.
Finally, please add customization options for our demon forms. Same treatment as warlock pets got maybe. While youre at it, please scale the size of glaives when in demon form. I feel myself almost forced to use the warglaives of azzinoth because all others look like teeny tiny toys in the hands of the demon form and it looks ridiculous imo.