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4-24-2010 @ 12:48PM
I think the mechanic sounds fun. It sounds to me that you'll have an initial burst at the start of a fight for being at 100%, and then the optimal rotation will likely be one that keeps you at 75%ish mana for a sustained period of time. Blizzard can and should balance a "burn phase" rotation for the end of the fight, where there is actually a way to burn out your mana from 100 to 0, doing massive DPS even with the falling Arcane Mastery buff. The cost, of course, is that you can only sustain it for a very short time, and then it leaves you without mana, making it hard to return to the optimal sustained dps rotation. Perhaps the stacking arcane damage buff from Arcane Blast can be the mechanic that enables this.
4-24-2010 @ 12:58PM
I was thinking along the same lines. Like, you know how paladins have Lay on Hands? I'm wondering if they will give arcane a similar ability for mana, with a 10 or 20 minute cooldown. So that like if you hit a 30% burn phase and cast BL/Hero, you hit that button to get to full mana. And maybe another talent like a warriors Last Stand that increases your mana by 30% for 20 seconds... so combine the 2, cast the mana lay on hands, and the mana last stand, get a temporary boost in mana AND damage... I could definitely see that as fun.Maybe add in another talent that reduces the mana cost of all spells to zero for 10 seconds? I think there are some good possibilities there at least (but again, we'll just have to see how it plays out).
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