Frost has received new target caps on a total of three abilities. This is both big nerfs (Guadaña de Escarcha
) but also big buffs (Aliento de Sindragosa
).Guadaña de Escarcha
is now capped at 5 targets, a significant nerf to the ability on multiple levels.
- Damage doesn't scale past 5 targets.
- Cuchilla de hielo application isn't done as effectively (Previously spread to all targets with Cuchilla de hielo equipped on your mainhand).
- Fewer hits means fewer crit opportunities. Setelo 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 Máquina de matar
buffed Guadaña de Escarcha
on 5 targets is only ~25% more than a single target Asolar Máquina de matar
Critical Strike. With Dual Wield, the damage difference is 55% in Guadaña de Escarcha
's favor. This will definitely open up for other talent combinations. Neither Avalancha
nor Pulso congelado
has an AoE cap. Cuchilla de hielo
application can be done with Avance glacial
instead, pushing this talent forward in the new meta!Aliento de Sindragosa
and Explosión aullante
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, Explosión aullante
will be somewhat better at 3 or fewer targets, equal at 4 and worse beyond. Aliento de Sindragosa
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 Aliento de Sindragosa
will be the king of cleave in Shadowlands!