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12-10-2011 @ 1:55PM
So, new revision, and it's starting to shape up, but here some of my... thoughts.Tier 1: This tier is looking fairly solid, although the numbers could be adjusted further. It's a really hard call to take either PoM or Ice Flows when you are able to use scorch 100% of the time (not that you're going to move 100% of the time, but I think the CD's on these two could be lowered to about 45 seconds or so. A minute and a half is pretty damn long).Tier 2: Looking over all the mana %'s all spells got, and the way Mage Armor now works, I'm still leery on Mage Shield. It's nice that all mages will get the chance to have a knock back, but until I see our new mana pools at 90, and what regen we're talking about then, I'm holding my breath. CD on Blazing Speed could use a small reduction, considering all mages get Improved Blink, these two will work great hand in hand.Tier 3: More situational choices to be made. Do I need to lock out a group of people for a bit, slow em down, or lock one down? Nice to see RoF with a smaller CD.Tier 4: Cold Snap still is weak compared to Cauterize or Greater Invis. Only thing that rubs me the wrong way with GI is the 5 minute CD (regular Invis is up to 5).Tier 5: Yuck. I like the concept of this tree, but I have a hard time seeing anyone taking Sickly Polymorph. If we're talking PvP, why oh why would you CC someone at low health? I'm sure someone is going to use it for Rated BG's, maybe, but why take that when you can use Heavy Polymorph, or heck, Double Polymorph 2 people out of the fight for 9 and 6.75 seconds?Tier 6: Really curious about Arcane Bomb. Honestly, going to wait to see this one in Beta. The discritption leaves it lacking on what behavior it actually performs.
12-10-2011 @ 2:48PM
"...but until I see our new mana pools at 90..."You're aware that Mana Shield has no casting cost, right? If you're concerned about mana, Mana Shield is a better choice, since you only pay for it if you take damage (unlike Ice Barrier which sucks down your mana at casting time whether you end up needing it or not) and it costs less mana to boot. The only disadvantage is that it doesn't block as much. But if conserving mana is your concern, Mana Shield currently is and will continue to be the more mana-friendly alternative.
12-10-2011 @ 5:02PM
With sickly polymorph, you could essentially use polymorph to interrupt a healer without worrying about refilling his own health immediately. Obviously, CS or even FJ might be a better choice, but imagine chaining all 3 together. PvP isn't really my cup of tea, so I doubt I would pick it up, but it does have it's [limited] uses.
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