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12-29-2011 @ 6:49PM
I'm not up to raiding level yet, but I've been playing arcane a bit in heroics, and here's what I've observed:-I can theoretically do very well. My DPS is very competitive. I'm easily being at the top of the DPS meters in many fights.-Arcane mages falter in high movement fights. I have to stand still while casting Arcane Blast. And once it's stacked, I have to juggle movement with the Arcane Blast duration. This can make some fights very tricky to do right.-I do have a ramp up time for my DPS because I have to stack our Arcane Blast. I rarely see my max DPS during trash pulls.-Arcane is focused on single targets. I'm great during a boss battle, or when there's only a couple of adds. But large groups I have issues with. I tend to do much better with large groups as Frost.-I still am having issues with my conservation phase - once I'm in it, I'm usually in it for the rest of the boss battle. Sure, I may be a "one button wonder" during the burn phase (although I do toss in things like Arcane Power during a boss battle), but it becomes a bit more complex once I reach the conservation phase. Sometimes I can find time to evocate for another burn phase, but not always.
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