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2-22-2010 @ 2:16PM
IA is not as OP as everyone seem to think. Arcane Mages sacrifice over 5k-6k mana everytime that mana shield goes down. For an arcane mage thats a hefty amount of mana espacially if you have been waiting for the extra SP boost to blow your CDs. Once Arcane Power/Icy Veins/BL is on, mages become mana hungry and that 5-6k mana goes a long way. Mana gems only grant about half of the mana lost and it has a 2 min CD. Some other classes regain mana over-time without stopping their routine DPS, evocation takes 10 secs which might not seem a lot but it is when BL is up. I still think its a good change overall so mages don't abuse PW:S. Raiding arcane mages are already familiar with 2pts in frost warding. This talent will be great since there is no SP restriction.
2-22-2010 @ 2:36PM
Mana Shield? Really?I'm going to chalk this up to our own Archmage Pants not educating the masses. Here it is in a nutshell:In PvE, NEVER cast mana shield. EVER. There is NO reason to cast mana shield in any PvE situation. In PvP... yes. Definitely. PvP is 100% about survival, and I've spammed the heck out of mana shield to absorb whatever I could to get away from a hairy situation to cast invis and then evocate my health and mana up. So for pvp... yes. With PvE, it's a wasted GCD and mana to cast it to proc IA, you'd be better off with your ab/mbam rotation.You proc IA with warding only (after the patch), while currently PW:S and Val'anyr procs are the main way mages are gaining IA buffs.Also, evocation is an 8 second channelled spell affected by haste. Timed correctly with IV, 2pcT10, assuming wrath of air totem, and if you can catch it at the end of a BL, your evo can take about 3.5 seconds.Someone before mentioned mage dps as being wildly inconsistent. Get ready for this to be even moreso after this patch. We're gonna do 20-30k dps on koralon, and will be lucky to break 10k on festergut (which involves almost the same amount of movement).
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