In our interview with Blizzard in the course of BlizzCon 2021, we had already learned that Blizzard wants to adjust the drums of leatherworking in WoW: Burning Crusade Classic. The goal is to keep the drums an important unique selling point of the profession, but not to make 20 out of 25 raid enthusiasts feel compelled to take up the career of the leatherworker in order to keep the powerful tempo buff active around the clock during a fight.
Then yesterday, we reported that a new "Big Drums" variant had been discovered in the beta's install files. Today, we can follow up with concrete details about the useful consumable items in TBC Classic (via Wowhead).
The following new recipes have been discovered so far:
- Pattern: Great Drums of War: Increases attack power by 60 and spell damage by 30 for party members within 40 yards. Lasts for 30 seconds. 2 minute cooldown. (Requires Leatherworking 375, 50 charges)
- Pattern: Great Drums of Speed: Increases movement speed by 15% for party members within 40 yards. Lasts for 30 seconds. 2 minute cooldown. (Requires Leatherworking 375, 50 charges)
- Pattern: Great Drums of Restoration: Rest ores 600 health and mana to party members within 40 yards over 15 seconds. 2 minute cooldown. (Requires Leatherworking 375, 50 charges)
- Pattern: Great Drums of Panic: Underground tremors cause up to five enemies within 8 yards to flee for two seconds. 2 minute cooldown. (Requires Leatherworking 375, 50 charges)
- Pattern: Great Drums of Battle: Increases melee, ranged and spell speed by 80 for party members within 40 yards. Lasts for 30 seconds. 2 minute cooldown. (Requires Leatherworking 375, 50 charges)
Let's now compare the new Great Drums of Battle to the original Drums of Battle adapted for TBC Classic:
- Drums ofBattle: Increases melee, ranged and spell speed by 80 for party members within 8 yards. Lasts for 30 seconds. 2 minute cooldown. (Requires Leatherworking 365, 50 charges)
Also importantly, the normal Drums of Battle cost 6 x Heavy Knotskin Leather and 4 x Thick Grudgehide Leather to make. For the Great Drums of Battle you need 8 x Heavy Gusset Leather and 6 x Thick Grudge Leather. So the latter are a bit more expensive to produce.
The crux of the matter so far, however, is that nothing has changed with the new drums. Raid groups can still pack 20 leatherworkers into a 25-player raid to guarantee the buff throughout. As such, we expect Blizzard to make further adjustments to the drums. As soon as that's the case, we'll keep you posted.Support buffed - it will only take a minute. Thank you!
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