Combat resurrections are an extremely powerful tool that players have while in combat. Naturally, we apply some limitations. In Mists of Pandaria, that limit was 1 resurrection during a given raid boss encounter for 10-player modes and 3 for 25-player modes. With Flexible difficulty introduced in Patch 5.4, we erred on the forgiving side, and gave Flexible Raids 3 resurrections regardless of raid size.
In Warlords of Draenor, the Flex tech has expanded to more difficulty levels, and we needed a new system to handle combat resurrections more fairly. We knew that continuing with a constant 3 would encourage using the smallest possible raid sizes, while scaling with hard breakpoints would discourage specific group sizes just under those points. Additionally, the limit is not shown anywhere in-game, so it can be easy to lose track of how many resurrections the raid has available (or even know that the limit exists).
So we've built a new system to be more transparent, and improve usability.
- During a boss encounter, all combat resurrection spells now share a single raid-wide pool of charges that's visible on the action bar button.
- Upon engaging a boss, all combat resurrection spells will have their cooldowns reset and begin with 1 charge. Charges will accumulate at a rate of 1 per (90/RaidSize) minutes.
- Example 1: A 10-player raid will accumulate 1 charge every 9 minutes (90/10 = 9).
- Example 2: A 20-player raid will accumulate 1 charge every 4.5 minutes (90/20 = 4.5).
- A charge will only be deducted when a combat resurrection is successful (when the target accepts the resurrection).
- Raid frames now show a debuff indicating that a dead player has a pending combat resurrection available.
- Outside of raid boss encounters, combat resurrection spells retain their normal cooldown behavior.
With Flex Raids capping at 30 players in Warlords of Draenor
, the largest possible raid size will accumulate a combat res every 3 minutes. The base UI tracking all of that information is a great addition and perhaps not something Blizzard would have done in years past -- raiders often rely on addons for tracking that sort of thing. Of course, the raid leaders won't necessarily be the ones with the ability to combat res, making addons necessary anyway.
Whether that's a problem or not is debatable -- raiding has always made certain addons near-mandatory. If not for raiders as whole, at least for raid leaders or role leaders. Still, this system creates a more transparent environment.