Frost has received new target caps on a total of three abilities. This is both big nerfs (Frostsichel
) but also big buffs (Sindragosas Hauch
is now capped at 5 targets, a significant nerf to the ability on multiple levels.
- Damage doesn't scale past 5 targets.
- Schneidendes Eis application isn't done as effectively (Previously spread to all targets with Schneidendes Eis equipped on your mainhand).
- Fewer hits means fewer crit opportunities. Eiskappe CD reduction now doesn't scale past 5 targets.
The damage reduction is in itself very significant. With a 2H equipped, the total damage of a Tötungsmaschine
on 5 targets is only ~25% more than a single target Auslöschen Tötungsmaschine
Critical Strike. With Dual Wield, the damage difference is 55% in Frostsichel
's favor. This will definitely open up for other talent combinations. Neither Lawine
nor Gefrorener Impuls
has an AoE cap. Schneidendes Eis
application can be done with Unaufhaltbarer Gletscher
instead, pushing this talent forward in the new meta!Sindragosas Hauch
and Heulende Böe
now follow the sqrt-formula
The total damage output of an ability that scales with the sqrt-formula is the following:
damage ~ 1 + (n - 1) / sqrt(n)
Where n is the number of targets. The abilities deal the same amount of damage to a single target, but scale differently on subsequent targets. This used to be linear.
In our case, Heulende Böe
will be somewhat better at 3 or fewer targets, equal at 4 and worse beyond. Sindragosas Hauch
will be significantly better at low target counts. It's only at 11 targets that it'll deal less damage than the BFA version. The overall output at 2 targets is 30% higher
compared to BFA. It looks to me like Sindragosas Hauch
will be the king of cleave in Shadowlands!