The new mechanic is a skill called “Chill of the Throne”, and it’s applied to all enemies in the zone:
The spell, called Chill of the Throne, will allow creatures to ignore 20% of the dodge chance of their melee target.
Healers have grown accustomed to the heart-attacks caused by massive spike damage and carefully timed cooldowns.Â There is a thrill accompanied with the notion of needing to stay on top of things to an extreme degree like that.Â However, the reality is “Can the dps kill the boss before the healer runs out of mana spamming their biggest heals?”Â We’re pigeon-holed into praying and hoping our heals land at the right time so our main tank doesn’t eat two 25k hits in a row.
Chill of the Throne allows the size of the hits to become smaller, rather than huge hits that hit every so often (via a tank’s mitigation).Â If RNG fails, a tank is dead.Â We, as healers, now get to heal a steady stream of damage, instead of breaking down with panic attacks.
Where does this go from here?
Devs have been talking about introducing a way to incorporate expertise in new bosses.Â Although it seems that system isn’t viable for Icecrown, we may be able to see it in Cataclysm.Â TheÂ idea is for bosses to scale in skill, not just in health and damage done.Â This could definitely open up more possibilities for damage management in the future.