That explains kinda well what gear snapshot monks using for their different sets.
Yes i have a basic understanding how sw + gear swapping works.
The only time a barb (with BIS items) can compete with the damage output of a "min maxing" exploiting monk is when the fight/measurement last under 15 sec (Azmodan)
To be able to compete in those 15s the barb need to use WOTB Insanity + Earthquake (120sec cooldown on both). While the monk can sustain that damage output.
And this is without even taking into consideration the difference in EHP/substain vs a glass cannon 15sec barb and a min maxing sw gearswapping monk. (the monk cant be killed in hes post snapshot gear)
Please not that i dont want blizzard to nerf/change the sw skill itself, i just think they should make it so gear swapping ain't possible anymore. (while keeping the sw buff)
The best solution:
When you switch gear with sweeping wind active, it automatically de-activates. Pretty simple solution, no drawbacks ?
Hum, looking at the datamined notes, a ~30% buff to sweeping wind, guess that means they'll remove snapshotting completely and this is to compensate for blinding flash.
Too bad the developers don't seem to know how blinding flash works or they think non-TR monks need a nerf, seeing that flash adds way more than 30% with even little AS and dual-wield.
Meanwhile TR gets a buff and doesn't actually lose SW dps as they have next to no AS anyways, lol.
Thing is with buffing spirit spenders, I don't really use spirit spenders. Because Mantras cost 50 spirit, and in about 3 seconds I can generate about 50 spirit. So all my spirit goes towards keeping mantra up (Just pure observation really no data to back this up). I haven't got another 75 spirit to spend on a different skill, because I'd much prefer to use that spirit to keep up the 3 second 48% dmg buff to all my skills instead.
Dmg wise in High mp, overawe spam will still be king.So buffind spirit spenders isnt going to fix anything.Removing snapshot was a mistake made by rookies.They should not allow gear swapping like that, that would've been better.
But in the end if u really look at it.Basically absolutely nothing has change for monks. FoT/Cyclone + mantra spam still king in high mp.
As a Monk myself (Plvl 68), I am so happy about snapshot being taken away, I have difficulty finding the words to explain my joy.
FINALLY, monk gear with skill bonuses will become more valuable than just being the "snapshot-shit" you carry in your bags. This re-enables some of those affixes to become balanced and desirable on gear for more than just a quick activation.
Good change imo. It was a clear oversight, abused by some - and it was hightime that blizz fixed it.
Add to that, thanks Blizz for the buffs; My TR farming build/gear appreciates it.
Not so much my ubers stuff, but I am quite ok with the tradeoff.
For those behind the curve, WoL buff (and LTK) is HUGE. You can still easily spam WoL-Empowered Wave (40 spirit) AND Overawe by picking up Quickening or Rising Tide (high mob density). The slight fewer Cyclones is more than made up for dropping 800%+ bells usually more than once a second.