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Boon of Protection Hotfix - 5/22(1)Category: GeneralMay-22-2012 9:33 PM PDT (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
We're in the process of removing the on-use benefits of the Mantra of Healing rune, Boon of Protection. The hotfix change is:

  • Amount of damage absorbed is now capped at the amount of healing provided by Mantra of Healing in the first 3 seconds after activation


We recommend discontinuing its use until the rune is replaced with a new rune and mechanic in a future patch.

The Boon of Protection rune was approximately ten times over its budget on the benefits it provided, and it was quite simply a mistake on our part to let the rune ship as it was. We don't intend to take these quick and drastic measures often, but considering the severity of the issue, we felt it important to correct it swiftly.

We're shooting to post a full list of recent hotfixes tomorrow, and will be looking to answer questions once that's live.
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Boon of Protection Hotfix - 5/22(29)May-22-2012 9:44 PM PDT (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
Posted by: Rhyno

I think it was a mistake to point this out specifically when I'm sure it will be one of many things hotfixed. Monks are going to think that they're the only ones being hit.


No doubt, but considering the change being made we felt it would have the greatest impact if someone was unaware, and a larger hotfix list couldn't wait. As I said we should have all the hotfixes we've been implementing in a post up tomorrow, and overall are working on our hotfix communication process for Diablo III.
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Boon of Protection Hotfix - 5/22(34)May-22-2012 9:46 PM PDT (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
Posted by: Blackwood

Wait, so you're going to take it out entirely?


It's essentially being nerfed to the point of obsolescence until we can implement a new rune in its place in a future patch.
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Boon of Protection Hotfix - 5/22(52)May-22-2012 9:57 PM PDT (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
Posted by: Churche

All great and dandy but now the Monk class is dead late game until some unknown time... Now what?


We've made a number of class changes (again, intend to post about all of them tomorrow) and we want to monitor how those shake out before we attack any content difficulty changes. Our intent is to get classes a bit more aligned, verify no new issues crop up from these hotfixes, and then considering all the factors we'll look at content. It's not a preferred method of operating, I'd say, but just because the game is so new we don't think quick decisions on overall balance is the right approach when the metagame is still shifting.
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Boon of Protection Hotfix - 5/22(216)May-22-2012 11:14 PM PDT (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
Let me follow up by saying that in general class balance is an ongoing investigation, and by no means do we believe the game is now perfect, but we're also seeing evidence that supports (with a few nerfs to wizard and demon hunter) the monk and barbarian are not as bad off as they seem.

A large part of the monk and barbarian designs are based on survival models that mimic the concept of the class itself. The idea of a monk is that he survives through being agile and difficult to hit, and his healing and survival scales particularly well by focusing on mitigation stats like dodge, resists, and armor. The concept of the barb is that he survives through a huge health pool, and healing himself through damage (%life on hit stats), which is potentially a bit obvious with all the life return skills but can't be overstated.

The game is young, there were some skills that threw things out of whack, and we expect the landscape to settle out a bit more evenly. Or at least change again so we can continue to monitor the impact. Maybe we're wrong, maybe there's no current chance for monk or barbarian to compete with ranged, but our current suspicion is that's incorrect and until we know for sure we're not going to turn any dials.
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