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10-31-2008 @ 6:24PM
Speaking as a fire PvE mage, I confess to the use of Blast Wave. Now, don't get me wrong I know its damn annoying (my alt is a tank druid) but it is needed in a mage's high dps aoe rotation. If there is a group of atleast 6 mobs all at once that cannot be controlled the situation merits the use of AoE abilities usually (depends how elite they are) to remove them quickly. The best rotation for this is an opening Flamestrike, run in and Dragon's Breath, if that procs World in Flames a second instant cast Flamestrike, then the only logical follow up for a fire mage is blast nova. Arcane Explosion isn't as high dps, Blizzard isn't as high dps, everything else is cooling down, so Blast Wave is the logical move.If you can think up a rotation that does as high dps without the knockback then please tell me, and quote numbers, but unfortunatly Blast Nova is a lot stronger than AE for a fire specced mage trying to AoE.
10-31-2008 @ 6:55PM
If that is how you PvE I hope we are never on the same server...
10-31-2008 @ 7:20PM
Well sometimes it isnt all about high dps. Sometimes it is about control. The main point of the article is that the knockbacks are making it hard for tanks to control mobs at times. I would rather have someone on my raid with slightly lower dps with awesome control than someone who lacks control and does whatever he has to have the highest dps.
10-31-2008 @ 7:56PM
DB and BW don't proc World in Flames, they proc Firestarter for the instant Flamestrike. Sorry to be picky, but I pride myself as a PvE Fire mage as well...
10-31-2008 @ 8:19PM
I have an awesome rotation you should use:Thunder Clap/Shockwave/Cleave/Thunder ClapAnother option would be:Avenger's Shield/Hammer of the Righteous/ConsecrationOr, if you prefer:Demo Roar/Swipe/SwipeI really think those rotations would work better for out of control mobs than your high DPS AoE rotation.
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