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12-31-2011 @ 5:47PM
@moonfaxx"I've said this for a long time, and you're spot on. It is easy to play arcane to 80% or 90% of its potential. But to squeeze out that last 10 or 20%? That's where the 1-1-1-1-2ers and the "burn phase/conservation phase is easy" mages fall flat on their faces without realizing it."I mostly agree with this, but the problem with it is 90% of a mages potential being reached by people like me just spamming AB all fight long was still outdpsing a lot of other players putting in a LOT more effort.My first time playing a mage beyond level 40 was playing my friends arcane mage in a full clear of heroic firelands. I had no issue whatsoever staying in the top3 dps, and no, thats not just good gear, everyone in the raid was pretty similarly decked out at that point.All I was doing was hitting a macro to pop cooldowns, spamming AB until low, mana gem, AB spam until I have to evo. I think on one or two fights I managed to actually get low enough on mana w/o evo up and started weaving in AM sometimes.I know I wasn't playing at 100%, but I was still putting in numbers far FAR higher than my warlock would put out if someone tried to play it with as little of an understanding of how warlocks work. Hell, even playing my warlock to the best of my ability I still barely do more dps than just sitting there spamming AB on the mage.And that is why it is broken. Or was, maybe, I haven't played any other dps class since DS came out so I don't know if arcane is suddenly not putting out ridiculous numbers for how little effort you have to put into it.
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