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8-09-2009 @ 2:15PM
In all seriousness though...the people at Blizz get paid to sit around a table or a computer and test this stuff out. They probably have access to simulations and data that would make the people at EJ crazy with envy. If they decided that this was "too powerful", then it must be. I -highly- doubt that they sit around thinking about ways to screw each individual class out or that they make a change like this without some sort or reason other than "ehhh...we feel like it".
8-09-2009 @ 3:08PM
Pfft. Give me a break. The spell was on the PTR for how long? They tested it for how long? And within two days, it's nerfed?So spare me that. If their devs are too stupid to figure out they don't want something in the game before it goes live, they need to hire better devs. This isn't something like, "This encounter's been around for X amount of time, no one's succeeding, let's nerf it so they can." This is a spell that was on the PTR, people were playing with it, and they didn't manage to figure out until now that it works apparently too well?So yeah. Spare me. The Living Bomb spell still got some much needed love, because of the multiple target ability. It still is an additional way to pop Hot Streak, because of all the extra bombs detonating. But for once, I was where I belonged -- tops on the DPS fighting multiple targets with equally geared players. I had noticed something was wrong in last night's Naxx raid, but wasn't sure what it was -- all I knew is that once again I wasn't tops. I was in 5th. In a 10-man.That blows.
8-09-2009 @ 2:51PM
While I believe it may have been too powerful in rare cases, it was highly situational and could have been handled in a more sufficent manner. I saw ridiculously pve damage on ignis cause we don't kill adds we have enough dps to burn ignis in 3 minutes so we tank and spank, So we tanked adds right under ignis with him, living bombed every one of them and spammed endless pyroblast procs at him and did such ridiculous damage to him I was number 2 on damage. But guess who was number 1, a fury warrior. But never the less it was nice to be above the rogues and hunters and warlocks for a change. On XT, For single target dps, for the first time ever, a mage was on the same playing field as the other 3 pures, I was not out dpsing them, but I was not 1-2k under them (rogues particularly) either. the top 5 spots were shared by 2 rogues, 2 warlocks and a mage. Hunters probably lost their dps edge that fight simply cause of the traps they were setting for over 9000 adds (patch weeks are great).But in all seriousness, mage fire dps is pretty pitiful in comparison to other classes. In fact according to several tests done 3.2 actually has LOWER fire damage now than it did in 3.1. On top of documented nerfs they put in they added another one too to make it even worse than 3.1 (and not the same). In 3.1 if you procced hot streak, then successfully crit with it, you could proc another instant hot streak because technically your fire spells still crit twice in a row. the RNG of critting 3 times in a row wasn't high enough where this was a big issue either so it wasn't unfair to proc with only 1 crit after last hot streak. But blizz felt it was. Effective in 3.2 is any time you proc hot streak, the counter is forced back to 0 and you must now ALWAYS get 2 in a row. This change has made fire dps even lower than 3.1. I've done extensive testing and found that as pitiful as it sounds, frost did more pve damage on most fights than the current state of fire since frost had subtle buffs while fire had undocumented nerf.
8-09-2009 @ 2:55PM
"While I believe it may have been too powerful in rare cases, it was highly situational and could have been handled in a more sufficent manner."The Forebearance hotfix was how they fixed Paladins when they felt triggering their Bubble and Avenging Wrath was too powerful, with a better fix coming the patch afterwards. It was also how they fixed the Warlock Conflagarate spell after (I think) 3.1.Blizz hotfixes things to prevent them from being abused until they can come up with a better fix a patch or two down the road.
8-09-2009 @ 4:52PM
For some reason, your comment didn't show up until AFTER the other person's, Invierna. WTB a decent comment system for Wowinsider, PST.Lemme preface this by saying that I don't play a mage. But if your entire DPS revolved around the buff to ONE SPELL, there's clearly something either fundamentally wrong with your talent tree or your playstyle. Maybe the change to the Hotstreak/LB was in preparation for something bigger a patch or two down the road?
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