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Balance Beta Changes: Analysis

On 06/19/2018 Balance received a few very important changes on the Battle for Azeroth Beta. If you would like a link to all the changes, so you can read them yourself, you can find them here. This is going to be a breakdown of the most important changes and how they affect your play moving forward.

Wowhead Post:
http://www.wowhead.com/news=285032/battle-for-azeroth-26871-class-changes-abilities-talents-azerite

Mastery: Starlight: Mastery Scaling was added to Moonfire and Sunfire Mastery Scaling on Fury of Elune was removed Stellar Empowerment was removed entirely

Starlord: Duration got changed to 20sec instead of 15sec

Stellar Flare: Now generates 8 Astral Power

Twin Moons: Range got decreased to 15yds from 20yds

New Moon Cooldown changed from 30 sec recharge to 25 sec recharge

How does this impact our talent choices?

Level 75 Changes
Soul of the Forest was overvalued in the previous builds of Beta Moonkin, and we were unaware until recently. This means, you will now want to take Incarnation: Chosen of Elune on patchwerk, 3 target, and 5 target situations. Even though Starlord: received buffs, it did not put it ahead in any category and by design gets impacted more by boss downtime than Incarnation: Chosen of Elune does.

Level 90 Changes
With the heavy nerfs to Stellar Flare:, you will now take Twin Moons: in all hybrid and 2+ target situations. The only time that it is profitable to take Stellar Flare: will be patchwerk single target encounters, because it is ~.8% damage increase over Twin Moons: on patchwerk.

Level 100 Changes
New Moon even at a 25 second recharge, is still worse than Fury of Elune without the mastery coefficient. You will continue to take Fury of Elune in M+ and up to 7 stacked targets sustained on multi-target. Alternatively, if the targets are not stacked, you will take Shooting Stars starting at 4 targets sustained as opposed to starting at 7 targets.

M+ Beta Talent recommendations:
Nature's Balance
Nature's Balance
Warrior of Elune
Warrior of Elune
Force of Nature
Force of Nature
Tiger Dash
Tiger Dash
Renewal
Renewal
Wild Charge
Wild Charge
Feral Affinity
Feral Affinity
Guardian Affinity
Guardian Affinity
Restoration Affinity
Restoration Affinity
Mighty Bash
Mighty Bash
Mass Entanglement
Mass Entanglement
Typhoon
Typhoon
Soul of the Forest
Soul of the Forest
Starlord
Starlord
Incarnation: Chosen of Elune
Incarnation: Chosen of Elune
Stellar Drift
Stellar Drift
Twin Moons
Twin Moons
Stellar Flare
Stellar Flare
Shooting Stars
Shooting Stars
Fury of Elune
Fury of Elune
New Moon
New Moon