The GCD has been a point of contention in the Battle For Azeroth beta.
The beta has had numerous abilities go on and off of the global cooldown (GCD). You can find a comprehensive list of what is currently on the GCD and what isn’t on it here. However, all things are subject to change in the beta, and Blizzard recently announced that they will be removing all racial abilities and on-use trinkets from the GCD.
Josh “Lore” Allen said in a blue post, “Yeah, we agree that having racials on the GCD isn’t feeling great. Having to press multiple buttons in a row that don’t do anything but increase throughput isn’t particularly engaging. While we can resolve that issue within the context of a spec’s toolkit, racials (as well as on-use trinkets) add an extra layer on top of that. So, in an upcoming beta build (likely next week), we’ll be taking racials and on-use trinkets back off of the GCD.”
What did Lore mean by resolving the issue within the context of a spec’s toolkit? It depends on whether or not you know the spec you are playing within your class. One commenter, Slant, tried to clear the air on what Lore meant by his statement. “They acknowledge it’s still a problem for some specs but they can fix that. Fixing racials and trinkets shared across multiple classes is a much harder nut to crack.”
Another commenter, Bladelocke, echoed the sentiment of a portion of the player base. “It is not fun to hit buttons that literally do nothing but apply a buff during your DPS rotation,” he said. This sort of logic may apply to people who are attempting to achieve high parses.
What do you think should be on the GCD? What shouldn’t? Let us know in the comments below!