The state of subtlety is really rather incredible. By the last two tiers of Legion, with the gloves/shoulders playstyle, Sub was a work of art as a spec. The rotation was engaging and fairly complex, but pretty intuitive. It had some quirks that one had to exploit, such as spamming out the buffs while falling from DfA, but this made the spec feel rewarding to those that spent the time to learn it. The gloves playstyle was so interesting i assumed that it would just be rolled into a talent in BfA. Overall, I felt that it was one of the best spec design experiences I’d ever had playing WoW (started in vanilla), and its utility, survivability, and unique damage funneling ability made it an interesting niche dps spec.
Enter BfA. The design team took all these features, all these things that worked so well, and just threw them out the window. From a business point of view, it’s completely insane. You had a phenomenal design and you just scrapped it. This week’s change to shuriken combo is just the nail on the coffin, turning sub into a boring, spammy spec with very little depth.
I confess I just don’t get it. I can only assume these decisions are due to something superlatively bad, i.e. incompetence, out of touch management, or just outright bad judgment as regards what makes a good game. Heck, perhaps it’s all three. In any case - shame on you guys. You took something great and turned it into something boring and forgettable.
This expansion is a disaster for class design.