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7-01-2008 @ 11:28AM
This mechanic isn't new, it's what engineers get with their 'Gnomish Poultryizer' trinket. It turns the target into a critter (chicken) which can run around but cannot cast spells or attack. It can actually attack with a simple melee attack, but getting pecked for 1 damage isn't really what people consider an attack. Whether this will be the case with a frog is debatable, but frog critters can attack in the game (simple melee for negligible damage) so I can see that happening with hex too.Why mention it? Only reason to consider the attack is for sake of possible pushback on spell casting if the frag attacks a caster. However, I don't know much of an impact there would be.
7-01-2008 @ 2:07PM
So if they can move and do damage, even if its only 1 point of damage, they can attack the shammy and break their CC on his/her lightening shield, or a druid (thorns) mage (molten armor) or Pally (ret aura) for that matter
7-01-2008 @ 2:16PM
One of the reasons this kind of mechanic is so poor, is that for any melee class you will have auto-attack on. So if we forget about damage shields for a moment, just having auto-attack on means that unless you cancel auto-attack just before you cast, you may end up breaking the CC if they run back at you into melee range. So a key use for this spell will be to make sure you get out of range of the mob since there is a 75% slowing debuff added to the CC. (which was probably added to prevent a CC'ed mob from just running at the nearest person with a damage shield.)
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