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4-10-2010 @ 2:59AM
Woot! Mages! :D
4-10-2010 @ 3:00AM
Perhaps I should note that I've fought sleep just to witness these changes!
4-10-2010 @ 3:03AM
Me too....I can finally dream happy...
4-10-2010 @ 3:02AM
i cansay im not quite happy with the mages talents coming to cata
4-10-2010 @ 3:17AM
Long live the fire mage! Down with the arcane tyranny! But in all seriousness, it sounds like arcane will at the very least be made interesting. It was more interesting when it was all about knowing how to manage your mana... and in a way, it seems like Blizzard feels that it should return to that.But I'm a fire mage at heart. Here's to hoping fire sees plenty of PvP love! And for my frost and arcane friends, some PvE love and greater-than-2-button love, respectively.
4-10-2010 @ 3:49AM
Yes! As a fire mage, I approve of this preview! Thrilled by the new spells! Definitely worth the wait!
4-10-2010 @ 10:48AM
ARE YOU TIRED OF YOUR USELESS MAGE? HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW YOU COULD CHANGE THE MOST STUPID DECISION IN YOUR LIFE?HI, BILLY MAYS HERE WITH THE CLASS CHANGER, THE PRODUCT THAT LETS YOU CHANGE YOUR MAGE INTO A WARLO-*beaten to death by mages*
4-10-2010 @ 7:54AM
Ive been waiting all day and most of the night for this! not very impressed.
4-10-2010 @ 8:37AM
...why, as an arcane mage, am I not as excited as I want to be....Oh right, I'll do my max dps at full mana, which means I'll never live up to my true potential.../wrist
4-10-2010 @ 10:07AM
I'm underwhelmed.The new spells sound neat but will be nerfed into the ground.Remember how cool mirror image was gonna be 2 years ago? Yeah,look at it now.How about FFB, that one was gonna be cool too.The arcane spec will be dead if the Mana Adept change goes live.Less mana = less damage? That's like telling a warrior the more rage you get the less damage you do. It seems like they are getting rid of some of the spellbook clutter by removing some basically obsolete spells, like low level food, amplify magic and the like.Spell ranks will be gone too.This, I think is a good thing. I have way too many pages to sort through when looking for something and too many useless buttons taking up space on my UI.They could keep frost/fire ward, but I don't use them much anyways.Time warp? I thought bloodlust was someone else's job. Meh, something else to keep me from casting a nuke.Its not enough I have to move and screw up my rotations every time a boss sneezes?Wall of fog? Yeah like that's gonna stop a rogue. Not!I guess I don't see what all the excitement is about.
4-10-2010 @ 11:02AM
You're complaining because mages are getting a BL, and you don't want to have to push one extra button once every ten minutes?
4-10-2010 @ 11:22AM
I didn't ask for a Bloodlust. I don't really want a Bloodlust.Like I said, I thought that was someone else's job.I'm pretty sure most mages weren't thinking yesterday,"Boy Oh Boy I hope we get a bloodlust."I already have enough things to keep track of and/or hit at the wrong time.I already have enough clickies to increase my spells.BUT, it isn't explained very well I guess and it says passive in the description, I guess I'll need more info on that one.I was hoping we were gonna get something COOL. Like the weapons in Naxx.Spectral Weapon - Summons a random spectral weapon to fight for you for a limited time.Maybe it could be like a minor mana drain, so you could summon more than one , but the more you summon the quicker your mana goes.That would be cool.
4-10-2010 @ 11:35AM
Hi all! plz re-read time warp, its NOT an on use haste. thx. (though it is worded badly) think of arcane empowerment. :)
4-10-2010 @ 12:11PM
@WowcoholicI think what they are trying to do is making the other two trees viable. They don't like it that 99.99% of the mages are specced arcane and honestly i don't like that either. They are doing this through a combination of arcane nerfs and fire/frost buffs. Personally, as an arcane mage I welcome this change. The arcane spec is too simplistic right now that dps is too dependent on gear and other issues (latency) rather than player skill.
4-10-2010 @ 1:08PM
@sumguy: "plz re-read time warp, its NOT an on use haste"Direct quote from the blue post: "Grants a passive Haste effect "Who needs to re-read, now??? Hmmmm??????
4-10-2010 @ 1:21PM
I actually agree with tomato....using health to power spells sounds like a warlock ability, not something a mage would want to do. But while we are at it, want a pet too?.....
4-10-2010 @ 1:45PM
Ugh, downrate my comment, please. I was reading an emphasis on haste, not on passive vs. on-use. *shame*Though I also admit some confusion in the wording of it all. It's a spell, not a talent, so it must be on-use to some extent, not constantly passive. It also says "temporary movement speed increase", so if it's always on, what determines when the speed increase happens? WTB clarification?
4-10-2010 @ 2:35PM
If it's a passive ability, won't that be worse than a click to use haste ability. Right now Bloodlust is used to get over certain humps in boss fights like the last 5% of health, leeching swarm etc. If it's passive, who's to say it won't happen during supmerge or some other worthless time. Now you get the exhausted debuff and can't benefit from BL or Time Warp. O.o I agree with giving another class a BL but I don't think it should be mages. Give it to a class that doesn't bring quite so much to the raid already. Bloodlust makes it so every raid NEEDS a shaman. Spread the wealth and give it to someone else.
4-10-2010 @ 2:58PM
@szassIt is true that some spells could be nerfed, but that doesn't mean that these ones will be - though I can say for sure that they will at least see some changes before the end.More importantly, I don't think you are really giving much thought in to how the mechanics might play out. Lets start with Mana Adept. We don't know exactly how much it is going to boost your damage. It might be entirely possible that at around 50% you might be doing comperable dps to other dps trees and at 100% you are doing double the damage of every one else. This will allow you to do one hell of a lot of burst right up front.Time warp might indeed be "something else to keep you from casting a nuke" but it will take you what? 1 gcd every ~10 min? OH MY GOD!! MY ROTATION IS RUINED! You are also forgetting the speed increase it will grant you for what ever perposes you have in mind.Finaly we get to wall of fog. It is true that it wont stop a rogue in his tracks but it is clearly stated that that is NOT the perpose of the spell to begin with. For instance, lets say you positioned the wall just right so that you cut off the enterances to the flag room, making it impossible to avoid if some one wanted said flag. Lets say you see a large mounted group charging your direction... bam! Wall of fog and get out of there. There are loads of ways of using this new mechanic. You are just fearful of something new.
4-10-2010 @ 3:00PM
But... but... but... I use frost ward!IF you absorb the damage of a spell, you can sometimes ignore the other effects of the spell, like not getting stunned by the last beast's breath in ToC.Hmm, if they're dropping useless spells, I guess we can say good bye to frost fire bolt.
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