02/12/2013 10:36 AMPosted by skywalkerfxI guess they had to have a reason for making RD, because I certainly don't remember RD being around in the early days. And if it was, it wasn't bugged like it is now.
It was always there. In the early days very few people did enough damage for it to reflect back more damage than you could mitigate, and therefore no one noticed it. It wasn't until fairly recently when high-DPS enabling gear became widely available (you can get 150+ Prime, 7.5% CC, 30%CD gloves for under 1 mil for example) that people started to notice a problem. Even then, reflect only really hurt high DPS Witch Doctors because our class can't stack enough damage mitigation and Life sustaining stats to nullify the damage being reflected once a certain DPS threshold is reached.
To a lesser extent, non-CM/Perma Freeze Wizards also had a tough time with RD, for the same reason as WDs. Couple that with the fact that (until WD was discovered to be "the" brawling class) very few people played a WD or a non-CM/Perma Freeze Wizard, and it is easy to see how RD's broken mechanics flew under the radar for so long, and why its modification caused such an uproar once it was announced that it was going to be "nerfed": very few players were aware it was a problem.
I think RD is in a good place now, and I don't consider it "nerfed" or "dumbed down". Now, it requires planning and spatial awareness, as the enemies cycle it on and off independently and (at least to me) in no sort of rhythm. The damage is still high enough to make you feel it if you spam high damage attacks against it, but it isn't so pervasive that you have to build around it, or stand around watching until Spirit Walk is off cool down.
Waller + Jailer with Arcane and or Frozen though? Yeah, that can be tough if you had to waste your Spirit Walk on something else. "Argh" indeed. But, the insidious AI is what I love the most about this game. Silky smooth, exciting combat + an AI that sometimes I swear is the digital manifestation of a malevolent trickster god = A game I love to play.
02/12/2013 09:21 AMPosted by ImpKingfast invulnerable minions anyone?
No. Not even for nostalgia's sake : p.