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Monk Nerfed – Diablo 3
The first of many hotfixes that Blizzard will release for Diablo 3 concerns nerfing the Monk. More specifically, the hotfix will be removing the benefits of the rune Boon of Protection for the spell Mantra of Healing. In a statement, community manager Bashiok said that the “amount of damage absorbed is now capped at the amount of healing provided by Mantra of Healing in the first three seconds after activation…the Boon of Protection rune was a mistake on our part.” Basically, the Monk class was a very powerful self-healer, way more so than the other classes, which has given Monks a noticeable survival advantage over other players. This nerf will ensure a more equal difficulty curve for all players.
Players familiar with Blizzard, more particularly WoW, will know that these hotfixes are standard procedure of the company and are ubiquitous post-launch. Class balancing takes time, and will never be 100% perfect and equal, but with little tweaks and adjustments, Blizzard hopes to create as much of a level playing field as they possibly can.