Thursday, October 9, 2008

Greatly Concerned With Mage Armor

Reposting from here http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=10971908989&sid=2000


First of all I completely agree that Mages needed a leg up against Warlocks. Master Demonologist: Felhunter, and just the Felhunter in general has given you guys quite the rough time against us. You needed some love and you got it.

That being said I can't help but just stare at the screen with a blank look on my face as one class-wide, undispellable ability essentially invalidates most of my entire talent tree, Affliction, by simply causing our DoTs to not be worth casting at all. UA isn't even worth casting- it ticks only twice (down from 5). Corruption ticks 3 times. Haunt lasts a mere 6 seconds...maybe boosting the damage of 2 ticks. Drain Life ticks only twice (down from 5) Immolate ticks only twice. Fear lasts half duration (I don't have a problem here, really, that's more than fair) Siphon Life is really the only one worth using. Shadowpriests, likewise see the same effect. The only thing is this doesn't have nearly the impact on other classes/specs.

I guess what I'm trying to say is it essentially removes the whole "DoTer/debuffer" playstyle when we're in the arena or battleground against a Mage. Please don't misconstrue my complaint as losing to a Mage- I get steamrolled over by Rogues, Warriors, Ret Paladins, Deathknights all the time- but that doesn't bother me even a fraction as much as fighting a Mage and not even being able to use the abilities that define my character, essentially turning into a Destrolock with zero points in Destruction who has zero interest in playing a nuker. I've stuck with Affliction through thick and thin, even raiding BT/Sunwell with it when Destruction is clearly god mode and Affliction even wimpier than Mages =P

Anyway, just putting in my $0.02 in hopes that this ability will be reworked to still bring Mages out of their funk, but without acting as a complete playstyle killer to Affliction and Shadow.

14 comments:

Expopp said...

Sorry man, but UR TEARS R DELICIOUS

Seriously though, I think they'll tone it down a bit. Locks will still pwn us mages' faces.

Draele said...

Was posting in that thread and seems like a couple of Mages agree it's a little extreme. Maybe we'll see it reduced to 30% Mindflay ticking only once was a little silly, lol.

Anonymous said...

Could you put up a description of the spell? I can't access wow's official site from work because they have an internet filter in place (hoping they don't block out blogspot soon )

Draele said...

Increases your resistance to all magic by 40 and allows 30% of your mana regeneration to continue while casting. In addition, the duration of all harmful Magic effects used against you is reduced by 50%. Only one type of Armor spell can be active on the Mage at any time. Lasts 30 min.

Anonymous said...

I'd be fine with it if it also increased the debuff duration for their frostbite talent (or whatever that one is called that is like the pallies' forebearance and doesn't allow them to iceblock for X amount of time).

Maso said...

Mage Armor is a little overboard. I was still able to kill a mage 1v1 in Nagrand Arena though, but he could've just been a bad mage. DoT's + Felhunter + LoS still messes them up pretty bad.

Maso said...

BTW, I was specced 54/17/0 at that time.

Anonymous said...

Looking at most of the other classes' reduction talents...most of them reduce time of curses/disease/silences/stun duration by 30%. The mage armor should be put into the same category as these imo @ 30%. 50% is just too much. It's especially OP for spells that only tick 3 times (mind flay) cause they get screwed out of actually 66% of their uptime.

Fusoya said...

Although I can't comment on how effective it will be, I don't think it's fair that dots with an odd number of ticks lose over 50% of their damage. This does seem like a serious blow to the affliction lock in pvp against mages. I guess the actual end result will determine it's balance.

If Warlocks can kill Mages and have full life after the fight, will a Warlock that is half as strong kill a Mage with half life remaining?

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