Please, Rip, make haste to the PTR.
Tell me this makes arcane viable again.
ARCANE IS BACK BABY!!!!
ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT I GET IT.
So you want to know, how’s arcane doing? How does it stack up? How’s it going.
Come one guys, it’s just a PTR. It doesn’t
Now let’s… let’s all just calm down here. There’s no need to incinerate my flesh quite yet. Besides, Ice Block is off cooldown and it wouldn’t work anyways.
Alright, ladies and gentlemen. Gather around.
You might want to sit down for this. The news is pretty huge.
Arcane and Fireball are equal.
Naturally there’s some fluctuation, as fire is still dependent on RNG and arcane is far less forgiving of screw ups, and you can go into all sorts of debate about which brings more utility, which has stronger AoE, and so forth. But the simple fact remains that Arcane and Fireball produce equivalent DPS.
Now don’t take this to mean that they are equal on every fight, or even every part of every fight. The two still have vastly different styles and skill sets. There’s still lots of factors to take into account, like whether you’ll get more mileage out of multi-target LB or more controlled, on demand damage.
If you are a true raiding min maxer, you will have to have an arcane spec AND a fireball spec to be good at every fight. For the rest of us… some fights you’ll be a little behind the fire mages, other fights you’ll be a little ahead.
And isn’t that exactly how it should be?
Essentially, it has come down to this: which do you like more?
You wanna be arcane? Go for it. You aren’t holding anyone back. You wanna stick with fireball? Rock on, you burning mage you.
I’m… really not sure what else to say here.
Congratulations mages, we now have two perfectly viable and equal end game raiding specs?
Congratulations Blizzard, you’ve managed to do what all thought impossible?
Congratulations cryomancers, there’s hope for you yet?
In any case, Merry Friday, amirite?