Kingsbane fix/nerf in latest 7.1.5 hotfix

In the most recent 7.1.5 hotfix applied on January 31, 2017 Blizzard has changed Kingsbane so that it no longer double dips from Agonizing Poison.

This was a bug that needed to be fixed but it also represents a sizable nerf to the damage of Kingsbane.

Depending on the amount of mastery that you had Kingsbane was doing anywhere from 9-16% of your overall damage on the fight.

(Pre Hotfix)

Kingsbane at 14.49% of overall damage

(Post Hotfix)

Kingsbane at 8.15% of overall damage

Because Kingsbane is no longer double-dipping from Agonizing Poison we can estimate an approximate 45-50% damage decrease. This was obtained by looking at some post-hotfix logs as well as using napkin math.

Using very rough napkin math we can estimate an overall 5-7.5% damage decrease.

Some quick takeaways:

  1. This increases the possibility of Exsanguinate becoming competitive
  2. Alacrity value also increases
  3. Despite an overall 5% damage nerf Assassination Rogues are still one of the best DPS specs in Nighthold.

Note: Estimates were obtained using very unsophisticated napkin math and looking at different logs. Please wait a few days until the theorycrafters are able to sim the changes and provide better data before making any changes to your gearing strategy

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