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10-03-2008 @ 11:03AM
My guess is the 300% will be reduced, but in truth it doesn't have to be. Here is why:1. Arcane has been buffed with some mana improving talents2. Arcane Blast keeps the 6% extra crit talent (but now from t1 of the fire tree) and gains 6% more damage, and 6% haste for a total of 12.36% more dps because they stack multiplicatively3. The old Arcane Blast increased your mana per second(mps) on the first buff even if you let the mana penalty fall off. This is because haste decreases your mps. The new Arcane Blast should have 15% more dmg at all times without an extra mana cost if you are only applying 1 buff (debuff?) and letting it fall off during your next cast. You still get a damage bonus without an extra mana cost.The only real change is that it doesn't scale so nicely with mana consumption. True, you will take the hit mana-wise much faster if you let the buff apply multiple times. But then again, you could only afford to do this in high end raid situations anyways and it really made damage ridiculous. Many classes get new toys to improve mana gain for the whole raid, so it may be by the time you get to high end raids, you could afford the extra mana required to apply those extra buffs. Though I would like to see 300% reduced, I think that it will work out fine. That will be more obvious when people have more time to theorycraft and show some numbers. I have a few, but this is already a long comment.
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