Current Overkill: Abilities used while stealthed and for 6 seconds after breaking stealth cost 10 less energy.
New Overkill: Talent redesigned. Now increases energy regeneration by 30% while stealthed, and for 20 seconds after breaking stealth.
It does have a significant PvE impact as well. It should decrease our damage on the AoE trash pulls in raids.
I have posted before about rogue AoE dps. Key to these high numbers was the Overkill talent, which reduced the cost of Fan of Knives from 50 energy to 40. In a previous post, I detailed the mechanics of starting in stealth so that Overkill helps you to get off 4 FoK in the first 6 seconds of combat.
With the new Overkill that will no longer be possible.
Here is an opening sequence for a group trash pull with the new Overkill:
Start with 100 energy, stealth into place and
FoK! Now you are at 50 energy
Wait on GCD during which you regen 13 energy (10 + 30% bonus from Overkill) so you are now at 63 energy, and then…
FoK! Now you are at 13 energy.
Wait on GCD during which you regen 13 energy so you are now at 26 energy.
You will have to wait for some Focused Attack procs off of your autoattacks, or pool energy for about 2 seconds before you can get your third FoK off. Then you’re going to switch to single target dps rather than stand around and wait for more energy. So with energy pooling you got 3 FoK off in the first 4-5 seconds of the pull.
With the old Overkill we could do three FoK in the first 2-3 seconds of combat and hit a 4th at 6 seconds. With the new FoK we can only get two FoK in the first 2-3 seconds, and get a 3rd by waiting to pool energy. Effectively, this will cut our AoE dps by about 25% on fast-kill trash pulls like the spider packs in early Naxx.
Even Vigor doesn’t help (not that raiding specs have Vigor, anyway)
I’m OK with that. Rogues shouldn’t be the top AoE class anyway. I am still a little embarrassed when I out-dps warlocks and mages on AoE pulls. Maybe they will pass me, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve still got them beat on single-target fights.