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3-19-2011 @ 4:12PM
"When the status quo has flaws -- even if those flaws are comparatively minor -- then maybe the status quo simply isn't good enough."Because someone had to say it: "The status is not quo."...sorry.Having filled my pop culture reference requirement for the day, all I can say is that I agree completely with all of this. While I'm a diehard arcane fan for life - hell, this column led me down that path - I have to say that playing my fire mage feels more dynamic, reactive, and just plain more fun than four rounds of BLAST followed by PEW PEW PEW PEW. Here's to hope that someone at Blizzard is listening.And y'know what else? You're right about the facelift thing, or lack thereof. It would be great if, next expansion, we mages got swept off our collective silky-booted feet and got some nifty new mechanics. We're mages, we can learn new stuff and still be damn good. Challenge us! ^_^
3-19-2011 @ 4:25PM
I personally think a full on revamp would be nice. Combine fire and frost to make an elementalist tree perhaps? Then add in a tree that would have more of an abstract magic focus as opposed to the mage who can only cast one type of energy and/or physical matter. Perhaps leave fire and ice and then work the arcane tree into said abstract magic tree. Perhaps I'm just jaded at seeing so many games turning magic into "Fire, Ice, Wind, Earth, Life, Death"
3-19-2011 @ 9:01PM
Dear God, no. No major facelift. That would fucking suck.Every mage who says something like that should be forced to read the Paladin forums for a day. You will thank the Sunwell, Archmage Pants AND Raptor Jesus our class has largely been left the hell alone.Ret pallies cry themselves to sleep at night to the sounds of "Holy Power" being whispered in their ears by Yogg-Saron.
3-19-2011 @ 9:25PM
Kylene beat me to it. You guys seriously need to look at what happened to some of the other classes that 'seemed to be too simplistic'. Would you like to have an arbitrary new resource to manage? Or how about slapping on a ton of new spells just for the sake of having new spells?The beauty of arcane isn't its simplicity. Knowing how to manage your mana and use it properly in each encounter is the difference between a truly good arcane mage and one who complains that it's just one button DPS. In almost every case, the latter mage is not maximizing her/his DPS.
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