Hey Fury Warriors.
There's no doubt that this beta has had quite a lot of turmoil for Fury. I'd like to talk about an upcoming change that is surely going to be controversial.
"A furious berserker wielding a weapon in each hand, unleashing a flurry of attacks to carve his opponents to pieces."
What sorts of gameplay do you think of when you read that description?
To us, it means "relentlessly dishing out attacks as fast as you're able". Not "conserving your resources to tactically use controlled attacks", which is more of Arms or Protection's style – Fury is all about pure, unbridled bloodlust.
We've had a lot of problems with the rotation and talent combinations, and most of it comes down to interactions with Colossus Smash. Fury's rotation is heavily influenced by Colossus Smash, almost entirely in ways that go completely against the true spirit of being a Fury Warrior. Colossus Smash very much epitomizes Arms' style, not Fury's. So, a long-term goal of ours has been to transition Fury out of Colossus Smash.
We had been planning to try to fix these rotational problems primarily with small changes over time (which we viewed as "bandaids" to some extent), and then eventually remove Colossus Smash. But, that would involve significant changes down the road, adding even more turmoil to the future of Fury. We'd rather get everything done now, instead of changing this up on you every couple of patches. So, we've decided to 'rip the bandaid off' now, so to speak. In the next build, you'll find that Colossus Smash is Arms-only.
This is not something we're doing lightly. We believe that the added complexity of the new talents will ensure that Fury stays engaging, and results in a theme-matching gameplay experience, where you're attacking in a frenzy, and reacting to procs. We'll be keeping an eye on whether the gameplay remains complex enough to satisfy players, and make changes to ensure that if need be. This is definitely more disruption, and we realize that you guys are looking for a stable platform to play on; we just think that it'll be better to get the whole disruption out of the way now, instead of doing some now, and then having to go through it all again in the future.
This is clearly a significant change to the core gameplay style of Fury. We know that some of you have grown to enjoy the pool + dump style of gameplay. And that's great; we think that pooling and dumping Rage and procs during the right time is a very solid gameplay style. But it's not the right style for Fury. We encourage those of you who really like this gameplay style to try out Arms and Gladiator (which is a fully-competitive DPS spec now). And we encourage Arms and Gladiator Warriors who disliked that gameplay to try out Fury as well. This is certainly going to result in some reshuffling of where many Warriors' preferred specs lay, and that's OK.