Binkenstein’s Elemental 8.0 Redesign

My recent writing project has been to put together a base redesign for Elemental in Battle For Azeroth. I haven’t gone as far as having a detailed outline for talents, mostly because they’re secondary to getting the core mechanics sorted. I’ll post a copy of this to the WoW Alpha/Beta forums whenever they go up (assuming I have access, of course). Read more of this post

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Uniqueness of Abilities & Mechanics

This started off as the first two sections of a much larger post, but I think the subject is better served with a stand alone article.

Let’s start off by talking about “uniqueness”. Usually in WoW Class design/discussions this is a rough indication of how unique a certain thing is across other specs & classes. The idea is that as an ability becomes more prevalent among a role type the less unique it is, and then class or spec identity suffers as a result. I can agree with the first half of this, but find that linking this to diminishing class/spec identity is ignoring a few key points. Read more of this post

Weak Aura Design Part Two

In a previous post I looked at design philosophies, and how I set up the core of my weak aura sets with key resource information. This time around I’ll run through the way I approach the HUD section of my sets.

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Weak Aura Design Philosophy

Aka “Bink tries to explain the logic behind how he creates Weak Aura sets”

I’m not a master at making these things, partially because I lack the art skills to make custom images, while also only having rudimentary LUA skills to be able to take something & modify it slightly. However, the things I throw together seem to be semi-popular, by which I mean I get a few likes/replies when posting work in progress & a few thousand views on wago.io.

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Deconstruction of a Rotation: General Rotation Logic

There are a few misconceptions about how abilities should be used. Most of these follow the “use your biggest hitting ability first”, but this fails to take into account a lot of subtleties in rotations. To try to explain these I’ll use the Elemental rotation as a basis for explaining the logic. Read more of this post

Echo and the Missing Charge

In the initial 7.1.5 PTR Echo of the Elements was changed to 3 charges.

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In the latest build it was reduced to 2 charges, which disappointed a number of people. Read more of this post

Elemental Makeover Musing

One of the things that has been on my mind lately has been “How would I redesign Elemental in a fair & balanced way that would make me seriously consider switching back?”. Thus, this post.

The idea is to give more control over the rotation, clean up some of the complicated but ultimately meaningless choices and make Mastery more important. Read more of this post