Therefore, I would like to suggest a few changes to some of my favorite WD spells to make them more popular and, ideally, (since we all know Blizz won't see/care about this) get a little approval from my fellow denizens of Sanctuary.
I. Love. This. Spell.
It's hilarious, is great for CC, and every party loves % dmg buffs. However, two of it's 5 runes are extremely underwhelming and almost never used.
Hedge Magic - "Heals for 1861 hp (at lvl 60)"
While ths rune is quite effective in normal difficulty, 1861 worth of healing loses its value at around level 30.
My suggestion: Change it to "Heals for 8% of the targets max HP."
Reasoning: The fetish only really heals two-three times max during his tenure. Having the heal be a % of max life keeps its utility throughout all levels, and can really help party members in a 'healing-support' class function. I mean if Monks can heal party members for 10k, why can't THE SUPPORT-MAGE actually support?
Unstable Form - "Hexed target explodes for 135% weapon dmg w/in 8 yards"
135% is just not enough damage considering the utility of other spells or even the Jinx rune, and at 8 yards is rarely effective. On top of it all, chickens can be extremely hard to see and the hexed enemy is actually 'saved' for last by a party simply b/c it is rarely seen.
My suggestion: Make it explode for either 80% of THE TARGETS MAX HP; or 255% weapon damage within a 15 yard radius.
Reasoning: Something has to change. Overall, the rune does too little damage to too little of an area. Buff one (por que no los dos!?) and profit. And considering the Monk has the Exploding Palm move for 50% of targets max life, I don't see this being terribly OP as a CD spell.
I actually feel solid on this spells runes, so the change I am suggesting has more to do with its mechanics, rather than it's effectiveness.
My suggestion: Make the fear proc CONTINUOUSLY while it's being cast.
Reasoning: This is 2nd best "Oh-Poop!" button in the WD arsenal behind Spirit Walk. Having it proc throughout the duration ACTUALLY GIVES YOU A CHANCE to weave out of combat. As it stands now, the closest enemies back up a few paces, are now shoulder-to-shoulder with the enemies that were outside the fear range, and actually can make it HARDER to escape.
This is arguably one of the more popular spells in WD arsenal right now, especially in mp 10, because of it's Paranoia rune debuff of 20% additional dmg to targets w/in the radius. However, this single rune effect is the only reason this spell is used at all and even points out the glaring issue with the spell; CONFUSED ENEMIES DON'T DO JACK-DIDDLY!
My suggestion: Confused enemies have their AI changed to that of an actual pet[/b]
Reasoning: The confusion proc is already based on a % chance, so why not have the instances WHERE IT ACTUALLY AFFLICTS AN ENEMY create a real benefit for the WD. I frequently cast MC in massive packs to have maybe two at most out of 30+ mobs stop targeting me. What's the point of the little blue spiral over their head if they are still tyring to kill me?. This ACTUAL utility would even make the other MC runes more viable since their benefits would vastly improve with the confused AI actually working.
TL;DR: If you think Hex, Horrify, and Mass Confusion are cool but underwhelming, bump this post.