Jul 5th 2008 3:04PM That was meant as a reply to kamolahy...
Jul 5th 2008 3:03PM To address some of your comments:
"You forget that Mages have the best AoE skills in the game."
Unfortunately, no. Ever heard of Seed of Corruption? I don't say it is necessarily better than Mage AoE, but (even as Blizz devs stated at the WWI) it is too powerful compared to mages.
"You can sheep for god knows how long. "
That will be less of a necessity to bring a mage with you in Wrath. With buffed Sap (can be used on anything with a brain), Root (can be used indoors) and the arrival of Hex for the shamans (I don't say they don't need it!) Sheep won't be one of the things why you take a mage with you. There are many other classes who can perform that duty as well.
"A lot of classes that have very powerful single abilities lack skills in other areas. JUST LIKE MAGES with their DPS."
The problem here is that mage DPS isn't what is was before TBC. Rogues, Hunter and Warlocks regularly out-dps mages when they have equal gear level.
Mind you, I'm not a mage myself, but I really see a problem here. Mages can give out food/water and AI before the raid and a portal afterwards, but in combat itself there isn't a lot of reasons to take a Mage with you. Mages need something that makes them needed in raids again (or at least appreciated). What about a raid-aura that gives some spirit? Or increases damage? Nearly every class has some point why you want them in combat, Mages won't have one when Wrath comes out.
But I agree with you, there can be a lot of changes, but from what I heard in the WWI Blizzard seems to be very content with the Mage class right now and don't seem to see the problems.
Jun 29th 2008 9:39AM You had another stream than I had? Because I never saw KJ, no cinematics, nothing. The only thing I saw was a sideway glance on the screen of Hath and and some faces.
It was really disappointing. And they even talked while a conversation ingame (KJ or Kalecgos (spelling?)) was going on. This thing would have been really interesting...
Jun 28th 2008 10:56AM I just thought the same when I watched the live raid before (and now the Starcraft II panel). They always show the persons instead of the raid. Or now in the panel there are movies shown, but we only see the speaker (and the slides aren't readable, since they don't provide the original slides, they show the slides on the screen). Why not provide the original picture?
They have to work on that issue for sure. But I still think it's a very good thing they do that. Else I wouldn't see a single thing, and it is even free.
Jun 28th 2008 10:52AM I guess Octoshape never had that many users on a single live stream. Unfortunately you can't test that in a lab (well, you can, but is hell to do it) so problems are pretty natural.
But I'm not sure if all problems come from Octoshape, the missing audio or video problem could also come from Blizzard. Maybe they have problems with the recordings in Paris itself.