04 May, 2006

Mage Talents Released

Click on the title to visit the IGN story listing the new mage talents. To all my mage friends out there - welcome to the land of crappy talent reviews. They at least got evocation converted to a trainable ability, and some of their points freed up with an number of previous 5-point progressions converted to 2 or 3.

Where's the silver lining in this? We can hope that the Shaman review slated for the same patch is equally as lackluster, with maybe even a nerf or two. I expect a number of totem changes to make Shamans less of a headache in PvE, but that's about it. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Update: It turns out, IGN originally had misrepresented the Shatter talent. It has been corrected and now no longer appears as a huge nerf. Overall, it's a very toned-down review befitting a class in less need of major changes.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Ghmou, 60 Pally, Darkspear, Retired said...

While the changes aren't that impressive, at least Shatter wasn't nerfed. In fact, it was buffed.

Used to be 5/5 for +50% crit on frozen targets with only frost spells. Now it works for ALL spells on frozen targets.

Link:
http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.aspx?fn=wow-customer-service&t=3811&s=blizzard&tmp=1#blizzard

Tseric says:

P.S. - Shatter was a miscommunication. It is 5 ranks of 10% increments, not one rank as initially reported. We have contacted IGN with the appropriate update information.

So, at least they can;'t complain about that. With the "shatter nerf" aside, I don't know quite what to say.

The changes aren't massive, but they're ok.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Expand the blog window to see the full link.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous snow said...

Worse than the druid review? Yes.
Better than the pally review? Yes.

No nerfs, only improvements. Nothing huge, no big ability revamps, but an all around buff. 2 Talents moved to skills...

Paladin changes for 1.11. Who wants to bet on nothing?

11:17 PM  
Blogger Thoma said...

It's not exactly a hard target to hit to do better then the Paladin review.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with everyone who says this was a bad review. In fact, this is probably one of the most "the way a class review should go" reviewes to date. The power of a mage wasn't nerfed and wasn't buffed, balance remains the same.

Instead, Blizzard focused on things that frustrate players while playing a mage, such as aggro management, freeing up of talent points, and less downtime.

I could only wish upon such a spot-on review for paladins.

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I play a 60 mage and a 60 paladin. This review is much better then the paladin review, it actually covers a LOT of issues mages had in raids (needing evocation to raid, needing IMP AE to raid, to much threat due to crits, uselessness of elementalist builds in raiding)

This is a great update.

3:16 AM  
Blogger L'Emmerdeur said...

This review makes a good class even better.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Suicidal Zebra said...

Interesting to see the number of Mages which now seem to hate the Arcane Tree...

Anyway, more fun times ahead - Shaman review details are likely to be posted early next week. Expect the mages to bitch like crazy if they perceive the shaman review to be superior (never mind that Shaman Talents are in a far worse than Mages), and the forum Paladins to go ape-shit if key things happen:

1) 2-handed weapon becomes trainable
2) Mana-Spring/Mana Tide are buffed significantly and/or made trainable
3) Stormstrike becomes trainable or moved earlier in Enhancement.

So, keep ones eyes open I think.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do think one of their 31pt talents will be trainable and replaced with Bloodlust?

Blizzard always wanted to add that for em .. soooo

3:57 AM  
Anonymous Vaelin said...

Personally I think Windfury should be a talent as long as Seal of Command remains a talent.

The 2H weapon thing I can easily foresee as it would be the laziest way for Blizzard to fix the bug where speccing back out of it dumps the skill points from 300 to 0.

10:07 PM  

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