Cataclysm Talent Tree Primer
July 22, 2010 5 Comments
Before any lengthy discussion of the new Rogue trees, I thought it might be nice to talk about the format changes to the new trees. I know that not everyone has MMO-Champion bookmarked and checked multiple times a day, so here’s the basics for anyone that isn’t familiar with them yet.
7 Tier Trees – That’s right, instead of adding another tier to the increasingly complicated and lengthy 11 tier trees we’ve become accustomed to, Blizzard has decided to shrink the trees down to 7 tiers. They’ve pared down the trees and in turn made them a bit easier to read. Because of this, you won’t receive a new talent point every level, but you will get a total of 41 points to spend by the time you hit max level.
Hybrid Specs – These are a thing of the past. There will be no more Mut / Prep PvP specs, because of the way the redesigned trees work. Before you can put any points in multiple trees, you must first complete (get to the bottom talent) of a single tree. This was never a requirement in the past, and should solve the perceived issue that hybrid specs were a problem in PvP. I personally was a fan of the ingenuity of that players used when creating them, but never enjoyed fighting against them.
Tree Bonuses – Every tree will get 3 bonuses for their primary tree. These bonuses are acquired at level 10 when you spend your first talent point. This makes leveling a new character much easier in many cases, as several of these bonuses were once abilities that took many levels to earn. For instance, a Retribution Paladin will now get Divine Storm at level 10 instead of needing to spend 61 points in the Retribution Tree to get it. Having leveled a Paladin early during Burning Crusade, I would have loved a real offensive skill at level 10.
Anyway, that’s the basics of the new trees we’ll be seeing. Talents are likely to change and shift around while the expansion is still in beta, but I doubt that the structure of the trees will. It’s relatively easy to rearrange a tree. It’s a huge task to add back the half of the tree that they recently stripped.