Please keep in mind that this post revolves mainly around PvE. This change and its impact on PvE mages is nonexistent.
So the developers over at WoW central have decided that downranking spells is a bad thing, and have amalgamated everything to cost a percent of base mana, rather than having different mana costs per rank.
Obviously there are differing opinions on it, so here’s mine.
Removing the ability to use rank 1 spells at a cheaper cost will destroy a mage’s utility in PvP.
Any arguments to this simply do not understand the way a mage functions in PvP.
It’s certainly possible that PvP will change, rendering my current frame of mind that this is a massive nerf to be irrelevant. It’s quite possible that things like snares, crowd control and dispel protection will no longer matter in level 80 PvP.
Somehow I doubt that. (more…)