It means that I get to be the first to introduce you to your new Arcane spell rotation, and I really hope you like each other, as you'll be spending a lot of time together:
Arcane Blast-->Arcane Blast-->Arcane Blast-->Arcane Blast-->MIssile-Barraged Arcane Missiles
Repeat as necessary.
If the gods hate you and Missile Barrage somehow refuses to proc through four consecutive 40% chances for it to do so, you'll simply continue to spam Arcane Blast until it does. There you go. It's not sexy, but it's powerful, and mana efficient.
And to prevent wasting a Clearcasting proc on a spell that will already be free, we get this little change:
- Arcane Missiles: Casting this spell while both Missile Barrage and Clearcasting are active will cause only Missile Barrage to be consumed.
Now, there are many of you who are calling this boring, and you're right. Spamming Arcane Blast isn't any more engaging, really, than spamming anything else. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't beyond giddy about the fact that I can throw out mana-free machine-gun-missiles pretty much whenever I want to. The rotation will undoubtedly grow stale, to be certain, but until it does, I'm going to watch my DPS rise, and my mana consumption fall, and smile the whole time like the guy in the back of the bus who just cut one and is trying not to laugh while it works its way up the aisle. My only desire right now is for Blizzard to find a way to buff Arcane Barrage
just enough to make it PvE viable again but without making it overpowered in PvP. I miss that spell. It was fun.
And the third change is perhaps my favorite of all:Fire
- Combustion: This talent now also increases the critical strike damage bonus of Fire spells by 50% while it is active. In addition, Living Bomb periodic ticks will no longer interact with the count or the charges on the talent.
This means one thing and one thing only: Combustion--my single favorite talent from the pre-Burning Crusade
era--is back, baby.
Not only will it do what it always did--give you a stacking crit chance buff with three charges--it'll also be more reliable and
be a clear DPS boost. It'll be more reliable because you don't have to worry anymore about it wasting charges on a Living Bomb tic crit. It'll be a clear DPS boost because it will give those three crit charges a 50% damage bonus. Triggering Combustion used to mean "I am about to blow stuff up good." More recently, it has meant "I am about to get a couple more crits, maybe, to go with all the other ones I get anyway." Now, it'll mean "I am about to make that Warlock's corpse unrecognizable."
This patch is a positive one for us, guys. All of those changes are helpful. Nothing got nerfed. What do you think, Mages?
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