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7-30-2011 @ 2:56PM
Fire will become better when Mages get more crit available to them. Even though Fire is still competitive, it's just less reliable than Arcane as long as the current crit numbers are small. Fire still has the far better AoE and mobile damage, so the moment its single target DPS doesn't fall so much at the mercy of RNG it will pop up again.
7-30-2011 @ 3:40PM
The problem with T12 fire is that the 4 set bonus actually becomes less valuable as you get better gearTier One Hot Streak (the talent it interacts with) procs less often as your crit rating increases, meaning the more crit you have the less DPS the 4 set bonus addsIt's still a nice upgrade but that reverse scaling is not very intuitive
9-03-2011 @ 3:15PM
@imnickGood thing haste is the best stat for fire, then, isn't it? We'll already have lower crit so the 4 piece bonus stays valuable.
7-30-2011 @ 4:16PM
Arcane has some pretty decent scaling, however. More int not only means more spellpower, but the larger mana pool increases the length of burn phases and the potency of mastery. It's the same sort of positive-feedback that Fire has with crit.
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