The developers of Blizzard have announced a hotfix for the upcoming ID change in WoW: Burning Crusade Classic, which not every player will like. As of Wednesday, it will no longer be possible to press the global cooldown (GCD) below a second.
Anyone who currently plays a magician in WoW: Burning Crusade Classic has probably already taken advantage of it: With Leap Gemstone, Icy veins or other sources of magic speed, you can push the global cooldown to less than 1 second, which allows you a huge number of spells in a short time. Especially in PvP, hardly anyone can withstand this burst damage. But also in raid instances, players use this again and again, for example in the Battle frenzy -Phase.
According to Community Manager Kaivax, we owe this to a bug that already existed in the original code of patch 2.4 (the Sunwell patch). With the upcoming ID change on September 29th, the Blizzard designers want to correct this bug or ensure that your magic speed can no longer push the global cooldown to less than 1 second. Here is the original post from Kaivax:
“With scheduled weekly maintenance (7:00 a.m. PDT, Tuesday, September 28 in this region), Spell Haste will now lower the global cooldown (GCD) to a minimum of 1.0 second. It has been possible for players to approach a minimum of 0.75 seconds since Burning Crusade Classic launched.
This hotfix is intended to bring the behavior of the GCD in line with version 2.4.0 of Burning Crusade, which the gameplay conditions of Burning Crusade Classic 2.5.2 are based on. Due to a bug in the original 2.4.0 code, players with high Spell Haste in original Burning Crusade were sometimes able to cast certain spells less than second apart, and they would also sometimes be delayed to over a second, based on how their actions were lining up with the server’s tick rate.
With this hotfix, we’ve decided that the fairest and most accurate thing we could do is to replicate the intent of the original game and enforce that Spell Haste cannot reduce the GCD below 1.0 second.
Thank you for all of your feedback on this issue.”
There is quite a bit of criticism in the forum for this. What do you think of this change?
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