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4-24-2010 @ 12:26PM
This seems like an interesting idea, but when I think about it, my main problem is this: the disappearance of a burn rotation. You'll be able to use the optimal rotation to stay at max mana and pull optimal dps, but if the time comes where there are only 20 seconds left to the enrage and you need to go balls-to-the-wall, you won't have an alternate rotation for that. Spamming Arcane Blast would deplete your mana rapidly, and consequently lower your damage. Maybe the rate at which it lowers your damage will not be enough to prevent using such a rotation in emergencies, but then it seems like the Mana Adept mechanic wouldn't be worth anything. With the addition of more mana recovery options, it could in that case emerge that the best dps is achieved by burning and recovering.If the coefficient is significant, then when that situation comes and the raid leader calls out for the most dps you can squeeze out, arcane mages will have no change in their rotation, because they'll already have been doing the best possible dps the whole time.I feel like cooldowns such as arcane power should be modified, or talented, to give a short time mana free casting time. Or a talent that says, while under the effects of time warp/bloodlust, your damage spells cost no mana. That way, when the sh*t hits the fan, you can use some mechanic to get to full mana, pop your cd and just blast away at max damage.Wishful thinking really. I can't wait for more information.
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