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Arcane Brilliance: The state of the fire mage {WoW}

Jul 30th 2011 9:29PM I don't even bother with AB AE spam for AoE fights anymore. Even talented its still too easy to get urself killed with cleaves, fire and the random hits from mobs, even with ur threat being so low.

But saying that Fire is more complex is simply forgetting that arc (and frost) are not DoT specs, and any spec with multiple dots to keep track of is, of course, going to have a slightly increased difficulty... you kno, a whole 'oh man, are my dots up? Yes? Good." of thought.

I will agree that it felt like fire took more attention span to get right, but that was *all* due to timing combustion and spreading dots. In the end, practice makes perfect.

Arcane Brilliance: The state of the fire mage {WoW}

Jul 30th 2011 9:24PM Do respec frost, it is indeed fun. As long as you don't mind your main dmg dealing showing no graphic or sign that it hit the boss except for a quick, nearly obscenly big, number that pops up from an instant cast.

Saddly, even played well, you will do less dmg. If you go all out and reforge, gem etc for frost you will get close to fire, but no where close to the numbers a good arc mage can get. I personally enjoy the arc mini-mana game myself, but I have noticed many people who begrudgingly switched to arc putting up good numbers even if they aren't disciplined in the rotation.

I tell you what though, nothing beats being the most undergeared toon in a raid and still out dpsing everyone else *and* the other arc mage in the group too. Big smiles.

Arcane Brilliance: The state of the fire mage {WoW}

Jul 30th 2011 9:16PM Two issues with that suggestion:
1. It doesn't really help with the Hot Streak droughts being a harsh on dps or alleviate the major dependency on RNG. Sure, it does make it more likely, but fire's rotation wouldn't budge and no active thought on the part of the mage is needed with this change.

2. Granted, it would be a dps boon. It's basically the *original* combustion all over again, but made passive and always active. Even only effecting fireball, you know, our main nuke, puts this kind of talent far too strong to merit in my opinion.

What I liked about Frost (and yeah, PvE frost is lower, but played well its fun as hell and quite near viable) and would love to see brought to Fire is that it takes some active juggling of forcing your procs to happen while at the same time not wasting RNG procs as well.

Arcane Brilliance: The state of the fire mage {WoW}

Jul 30th 2011 2:58PM As far as the RNG complaints, I am in agreement that it can be pretty harsh, but that it shouldn't be removed out right. Instead I'm hoping that they change around some of the talents so that it becomes possible to "force" the RNG in our favor, kind of like Frost.

For those who are unfamiliar, remember that Frost dps depends heavily on FoF procs. However, FoF doesn't suffer nearly as much from RNG droughts like Hot Streak because frost mages can spec so that their pet's frost nova will trigger 2 stacks of FoF and can continue to have good dmg even if lady luck is hatin' like a beast.

Point is, if Fire were given the ability to, occasionally, force a Hot Streak proc then Fire's love hate with RNG would be calmed down a bit and Fire players would feel a lot more control over their dmg. I personally prefer the idea to give fire a FoF-esque ability to make scorch instant cast and be a guaranteed crit. So your blasting away, holding on to a "Fingers of FAYA" (NNF) proc, when you see your last fireball nail the, oh, lets say warlock, for a big fat crit. You then smack em with an instant-crit Scrotch, BOOM, Hot Streak proc pyroblast to the face/Combustion/roflmao and scene.

Course, easier said than implemented, and a new balancing around the mechanic would be needed, but ain't that always the way?

Two Bosses Enter: Foe Reaper 5000 vs. Commander Springvale {WoW}

Jul 25th 2011 4:51PM I can not decide on this one. I am at a loss and can not find the way... probably because both of these bosses are pretty meh when it comes to substance and style. Robot with AoEs, undead with adds. That's it really, not nearly enough for me to lean ether way.

So I'm totally going to go the fanboy route instead. The one who gets the most kick ass fight sequence in the stories that will be written up here will get my vote. Cause one vote totally matters ;)

Arcane Brilliance: Magery within the Firelands {WoW}

Jul 23rd 2011 9:56PM Giving it a 3/10 on the trolling scale. Weak execution of an otherwise inspired piece. Quite frankly, the warlock did it better with his "mages are all going to be rolled into imps" post.

Sidenote: have not Bren paying attention, or is AB the only class posting that gets trolled every now and again?

Two Bosses Enter: High Priestess Azil vs. Cookie {WoW}

Jul 19th 2011 11:45AM The "for the luls" crowd that votes on these articles will push cookie thru this, no question. Which is too bad, because even IF we do focus soly on substance and style, it would have still been a close fight even tho cookie is nothing but a joke boss with a good amount of important lore happening around him but not to him.

Even ignoring the mechanics and such, I still have to go with azil.

Two Bosses Enter: Ozruk wins Cataclysm Season 1 {WoW}

Jul 5th 2011 4:04PM It may be too late to really make an influencing vote at all, but I got to go with Mandokir and his trusty dead companion Ohgan. I mean yeah, the Decapitate mechanic will have to go bye bye (or else those priest will follow him to the arena, and that's just silly) but the rest of his abilities would make for a real interesting fight.

Failing that, give Lord Godfrey a take two, he's too badass to stay down for long.

Ask the Devs 10: DPS answers revealed {WoW}

Jun 24th 2011 4:09PM Seriously, try Frost mages. Try Subtlety rogues. Their DPS is honestly pretty competitive."

I second this motion... err, I mean forth. But no I always did like frost and arcane the most out of the specs and even though I still put up stronger overall as arcane, I was happily surprised when I experimented with frost and found it put up very similar numbers.

Except Subtlety rogues. I can tell you right now why their tests are different than the reality: the maintenance of slice n dice, recup and rupture with the current talents leaves a micro-sliver for error and is simply too exact for it to be equal to the classic Combat spec and the lawls-easy assin spec.

If you manage to put up Sub in the same crowd as the other two specs, more power to you, you crazy diamond you.

Two Bosses Enter: Whitemane and Mograine vs. ... wait, what? {WoW}

Jun 20th 2011 1:34PM "Don't call it a comeback (Venessa)'s been here for years..."