Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Undispellable Fel Armor

So I get home, patch up and immediately go into an AV. Fel Armor didn't get dispelled every time I encountered a Hunter. It was a wonderful feeling and I'm sure Mages feel the same way. I'll admit it will royally suck when Mages have an undispellable Mage Armor that reduces the duration of all magical effects by 50%...but it is what it is and I think it's a change for the better.

On that note I truly believe the undispellable nature of self buffs needs to be extended to other classes. Any long term (which I would consider 5 minutes or longer) self-only buff should be undispellable. Why? Well, as I see it if a buff is of a long enough duration and is only able to be cast on oneself then it is an aspect of that class that should be considered permanent. These types of abilities are intended to cover up glaring class weaknesses or buff up a class strength in order to effectively compete. To simply be able to remove one of these abilities is just silly.

Water Shield
Lightning Shield
Inner Fire
Omen of Clarity

Wouldn't that negate the ability to dispel for other classes? I don't think so, really. Dispelling will still continue to be a valid tactic for short-term and non-class specific buffs. PWS, PWF, Paladin Blessings (on that note Paladins would do well to get a self only version of BoW since they really *do* need it) Earth Shield, MotW, BoP, Innervate, Eradication, etc.

Again, I simply feel that the long-term self buffs are far too vital to a class' performance be so easily removed. I would not, however, be opposed to Mass Dispel effecting them as it does require significantly more effort than spamming Purge, Devour Magic, Arcane Shot, etc.


Hakawne said...

If it hasn't yet (and I have not checked), I know for a fact that Omen of Clarity is going to be a passive effect or otherwise undispellable.

Another example may be Righteous Fury for Paladins.

Altaholic said...

WS, IF, OoC - I agree with these. Not so much Lightning Shield, as it is a purely offensive buff (as opposed to Armors, which have defensive particulars about them).

On the other hand, it does need to be fixed that certain things also need to not be dispelled:

Backlash procs, Nightfall procs, OoC procs, etc. Though situational at best, getting NF or OoC procs dispelled is insanely annoying, at best. I do think that they should not be dispelled by Mass Dispel, either, but the actual self buffs, I'll agree with you (Armors, OoC, etc.).

Fusoya said...

"(as opposed to Armors, which have defensive particulars about them)"

*cough* fel armor *cough*

If it can't be dispelled why not just make it permanent? Like paladin auras but only on yourself.

Altaholic said...

The defensive particular about Fel Armor is the increased healing taken. The offensive part is the extra spell damage.

Demon Armor doesn't really have an offensive component to it, though. But who uses Demon Armor?

Hakawne said...

"But who uses Demon Armor?"

Pretty sure plenty will be with the changes coming up. :d

Draele said...

I will probably use Demon Armor while soloing. If only because I have more than enough spellpower to drop most everything with a tripledot SL/CoA/Corr. The extra armor/health gain will do a lot more good IMO, at least until we start getting gear with spirit on it.

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