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2-28-2012 @ 6:34PM
Yes and no. I agree that the current design is allowing for a fairly monstrous list of possible combinations. If I'm reading it right, it's not Druid + Paladin but Resto Druid + Prot Paladin or Resto Druid + Ret Paladin or Feral Druid + Holy Paladin . . . and that can lead to a very long list. I doubt anyone (or at least very few people) will ever memorize every single possible combination and it will be left to AddOn makers to keep that sort of information available to the average druid. My suggestion to Blizzard (if they read this) would be to place that information in the tooltip when you mouse over someone, much like the way Soulburn's effects are in the tooltip of any ability it effects for a warlock. Mouse over the Arcane Mage in your group and see "Symbiosis: Mirror Images" or something like that. That way we don't have to keep spreadsheets handy. However, I think that the really game changing uses for the ability will only occur in the heroic raiding and competitive PvP scenes. It will be -nice- if Joe-Schmoe bear tank knows that putting Symbi (I'm putting that up for consideration as the official short version of the name, it's just fun to say . . . symbi symbi symbi symbi) on the hunter in his random dungeon will give him access to Ice Trap for when said hunter is too inept at using it himself, but I doubt we'll ever see a situation in casual content that not having it will result in a wipe. I also don't think the ability will be scrapped anytime soon unless it proves to be way, way over powered (unlikely since it's a utility spell) and they just can't find a way to balance it properly. Even if the average druid doesn't bother to figure out all it's uses (and let's be honest, the average player doesn't bother to figure out -most- of their abilities), there will still be enough videos, articles and theorycrafting going on with it's possibilities to generate enough hype to keep it in the game. We saw the same thing with Dark Sim and Leap of Faith in the Cata Beta.
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