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12-06-2010 @ 10:22AM
Allow me to explain. The trouble with Grounding Totem is that it USED to survive crowd control spells. Somewhere along the way, it was reworked to blow up with any harmful spell that came its way, which reduced its effectiveness by a whole lot.In a long engagement environment, absorbing a random attack every 15 seconds isn't going to do much for your survivability. If it's used to absorb a crowd control spell, you just wasted the totem because most crowd control spells can be recast immediately.Changing the mechanic of the totem to a spell reflect makes it more utilitarian. In PvP, utility wins out. Personally, I would much rather reflect a Cyclone once than absorb three offensive spells. The ability to use Grounding Totem both as mitigation (since the spell won't hit you) and to reflect crowd control warrants the longer cooldown.Yes, this is a blog, and that's my opinion.
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