Yesterday's Class Discussion Panel at BlizzCon
2009 didn't go over all the classes like previous years, but instead focused on major changes to two classes. One of those classes is the Warlock
, which finally gets its long promised Soul Shard
mechanic overhaul. The change, as Ghostcrawler had mentioned before, is extremely cool and wasn't something that could be implemented with a minor patch. The revamp is huge -- it overhauls the entire Soul Shard system in two significant ways:
- Soul Shards are no longer items in the inventory (at last!) but are part of the Warlock UI
- Soul Shards are not consumed by any Warlock spell other than the empowering ability, Soul Burn
I'll let all you Warlocks have a moment to digest that. When I first saw the changes, I was completely blown away and completely stoked -- the Warlock class will play completely
differently from Mages
, and indeed from any other class. Soul Shards will become a new resource mechanic akin to Death Knight
runes except that they aren't used for spells but for "power moves"
. It makes a visual impact to playing the class, with the UI showing the Soul Shard resource.