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10-13-2010 @ 6:42PM
Sadly, even with Improved Arcane Explosion it might be better to just use Blizzard. I'm not even talking about melee-range issues either.http://www.wowhead.com/spell=1449vs.http://www.wowhead.com/spell=10Blizzard is 74% base mana over 8 seconds, which is basically 9.25% base mana every second.Arcane Explosion is 18% base mana per cast, which is 12% base mana per second without the talent (as it's over 1.5 seconds), or 18% mana per second with the talent.So Arcane Explosion is already much less efficient than Blizzard 12% vs 9.25%, but then the talent makes AE even less efficient. As Arcane depends highly on Mana Adept, I think you'd find it hard to get Arcane mages to AoE in general, much less use the more awkward, less efficient AoE spell. Even worse, AE's coefficient is about 1/5 of Blizzard's, which makes it likely that even the 25% damage from Arcane specialization won't make it better.It could change, though, and I dearly hope it does. AoE is going to matter much less in Cataclysm, but having your subsequent single-target damage suffer because of needing to get rid of a wave of adds isn't very appetizing.
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