Archive for December 29th, 2008

Torment the Weak! And Stuff…

I’ve been waiting a while to talk about this, just to see if there were going to be any further adjustments to how TTW works.

Apparently, there aren’t any, so here I go.

Torment the Weak

Frostbolt, Fireball, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Blast, and Arcane Barrage deal 12% more damage to snared or slowed targets.

This, this little talent right here, is likely to be the biggest change to the arcane tree this up and coming patch.

The current version of TTW only activates on snared targets. A snare is something along the lines of, say, Frostbolt, Slow, Mind Flay, Concussive Shot. Thus, the talent is very powerful in PvP where it’s nearly a guarantee that your target is affected by some sort of snare.

The problem is that it isn’t viable for raiding. Bosses are, of course, immune to nearly every single snare in the game. In fact, the only snare that actually worked was… Slow.

And so arose some strange strategies. A deep arcane mage, for instance, could guarantree themselves an extra 12% damage as long as they kept Slow active on the boss in question.

It is here that the term “Slow slave” originated. (more…)

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