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8-14-2008 @ 12:47AM
What, exactly, is the reasoning behind killing down-ranking? The practice never seemed particularly game-breaking for me, it just seems to be a convenient way to add a little more depth to your spell selection. Can anyone explain why Blizzard would want to do this?
8-14-2008 @ 1:45AM
The main reason is that mentioned in the article of using Rank 1 AoE effects to bust stealthers. Rank 1 Arcane Explosion breaking stealth on a level 70 practically for free is often cited by the developers as a side effect they never intended.I'm sure all the rogues out there are grinning gleefully in anticipation as the only thing keeping them from getting off their opener on mages is killed.
8-14-2008 @ 2:00AM
Blizzard seems to really, really hate classes that cast spells. Surely this can't apply to heals as well?Is using rank 1 AOEs to unstealth rogues really that detrimental to rogues completely owning casters?
8-14-2008 @ 2:04AM
I'm not sure what the justification for this new change to down ranking is, but pre-tbc the reason why they nerfed down ranking was because with all the +heal on gear, you could feasibly cast the lowest rank of your heal spells, still heal for a decent amount, and never run out of mana.
8-14-2008 @ 2:26AM
sooo another PVP change that affects PVE, now resto shamans will think it twice before using Earth Shock (Rank 1) to interrupt casts (first example that came to my mind of a lot that can be found)
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