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8-20-2008 @ 8:25AM
Valanar,"Downranking has been a game mechanic since day one. The few problems it causes are easily fixed with small changes."It's never been an INTENDED "game mechanic" (this is kind of like calling walljumping a game mechanic, lol...)The problems it causes is that with high levels of +healing and MP5 allowed through high-level items, gems and enchants it allows healers to heal for huge amounts using downranked spells, while spending very little or no mana due to regeneration matching the expenditure.I don't know what your 'easy fix' would be that does not entirely break downranking - which is what Blizzard has done now - since the problem with downranking is the downranking ITSELF. It's inherently flawed.And if you still don't want to understand why downranking is problematic, try entering a battleground sometime and watch healers in high-resilience gear and outrageous bonus heal values outheal multiple DPSers attacking them. See wallhugging druids run around obstacles for a full minute if not more casting instant heals, his mana and health barely budging even with three enemy players on his tail.It's, a terrible, TERRIBLE "game mechanic".
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