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11-12-2011 @ 6:08PM
As someone who has always preferred Frost but played Arcane for DPS, I support a lot of these changes, however, I am concerned that things like Living Bomb being removed from Fire, for example, just waters down the individual specs. For instance, one of the issues right now is that Arcane has no ranged AOE. Instead of solving that issue, we're getting access to another's school's ranged AOE. Arcane has little mobility, so we'll be able to choose another school's mobility spell. I'm sure Blizz will balance these items accordingly so that Living Bomb does the same damage across all three specs, that's not my worry. My worry is that basically the specs lose their individual flavors at least during certain encounters or phases... I mean if a mage is casting Scorch on the move regardless of the spec, or is Living Bombing/Flamestriking/Blizzarding during AOE... what's the point of the specs at all at that point?
11-12-2011 @ 6:58PM
I know what you mean. For some reason I've never had too much of an issue mixing frost and fire (probably coz of frostfire bolt and them being opposite ends of the same spectrum) but arcane using fire for instance just feels inherently wrong. I do feel sad that those awesome flavourful spells like living bomb and cone of cold, which used to be trademark of a spec, will just be for whoever.That said, if ends justify the means, I'm happy to have all the specs at equal levels.
11-12-2011 @ 7:04PM
I kind of agree... it seems very weird that an arcane mage, which is always about raw damage and never any dots or passive damage, would get access to a fire aoe dot spell. Very weird.
11-12-2011 @ 7:19PM
That one fight in Stonecore where you need a DoT to break you out of the stun came to mind when they said all specs will get Living Bomb...I always switched to fire just for that fight even though I sucked at it haha...I did better dps since I wasn't stunned all the time lolBut I think that it is good for all specs to have a DoT for fights like that, but I wish it wasn't just Living Bomb...maybe they could make Living Bomb work slightly different for each spec or make a different DoT for frost/arcane?Just a thought
11-13-2011 @ 12:33PM
I suspect that there will still be a role advantage to each spec.The obvious roles that I see are AOE, static and movement. Each spec will still be "best in role", but the difference will be smaller.For example,AOE - Fire will still be king, especially with AOE/cleave situations which last longer than 10 secs. Arcane will still be better in short AOE fights (IF they have 4x AB debuff), and Frost will still be more reliable, consistant, but less than both in their suited roles.Hopefully frost will become the movement spec (it has more instant casts after all).However, despite all this, I just want creative measures to be made for all three specs. Arcane can be really interesting if the debuff was fully embraced as a resource mechanic that affected every Arcane DPS spell, but in a unique way. Likewise with fire and it's DOTs and Frost with it's chills, but with Scorch and Living Bomb being changed as they are, I do share your doubts, but I'm just not convinced by them yet.
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