What type of content do you focus on?
My primary focus is PVE, however I do enjoy playing a "pve hero" in random BG's on the weekend. My post will be directed to PVE unless otherwise noted.
If PvE, what type of PvE?
My PVE experience is almost exclusively raids.
If PvP, what type of PvP?
What are your biggest quality-of-life issues?Content
I feel that the nich that places like Blackrock Spire used to fill is now a vacuum. It is a nich that Karazhan and Zul'Aman filled in BC and was mostly absent during Wrath (the icc 5 mans kind of had that feel) and completely in Cata. There is currently no middle ground between raiding and "heroics" and it is a transitional phase that I miss. Basically I miss progressing each of my toons through each tier or phase of content instead of farming "heroics" for points to catch them up. I could still go through the "old" content, but the rewards feel cheap and obsolete when I can walk up to a vendor and purchase clear upgrades from 'easier' content.Class
I'd like less randomness to how the class(fire spec) plays.
What makes playing your class more fun?Frost
The utility the spec brings is what makes it fun for me to play. In wrath it was going for the slow effect on blizzard to control the adds on Gluth or in Cata to get deep freeze to add a stun to our raid comp for 10 man Ragnaros.Fire
Big numbers are fun. Getting off a perfect combustion and watching it tick brings a feeling of accomplishment, a feeling of "yeah, i'm a bad-!@#".Arcane
Nothing really screams "fun" to me. The mana management game is fun for a while, but its just a bit easy. That combined with a simple rotation leaves it a little bland.
What makes playing your class less fun?Fire
The randomness of fire is a pain. Given two equally geared fire mages how often hotstreak procs, when hotstreak procs, and whether or not the right Pyroblast!s crit can make a significantly larger difference in damage done than the skill of the two players. (I've gone entire raid boss fights with only 1 or 2 hotstreak procs at ~23% crit). Arcane
Boring rotation. 2 spells without much to manage. I'll elaborate below.
How do you feel about your “rotation”?Frost
Of the three specs I feel like frost has the most fun/dynamic rotation. Having to decide when to Icelance (2 Fingers of Frost, never* at 1) when to use my BrainFreeze proc (do I wait for that FoF or not?) and being able to use Frostfire Orb to fish for procs just feels right. And of course Deep Freeze = Big numbers: That's always fun.Fire
Spam fireball and pray for good hotstreak procs. The randomness is just frustrating. In frost, the randomness brings a nice pace to the rotation. For fire, it just brings tears. Part of the issue (for me) is that combustion has too long a cooldown: Wait for the right moment to use it and it may never happen. Use it at an okay moment and surely the perfect moment while occur while it is on cooldown. Combustion is an infuriating ability to be balanced around given its dependency on the stars aligning.Arcane
ABlast AB AB AB AB AM (or 4, 6, 7 ABs depending on your maximum mana) then spam AB until x% mana every 2 mins. It's not as frustrating as fire, but it's just a bit bland. The mana management game from Mana Adept was interesting at first, but its really just too easy. Once you've established your rotation its pretty much not going to change for the entire fight. Arcane Missiles IS going to proc by the time you need it to. I think the spec needs some different filler and given that perhaps a lower AM proc rate.
For me, arcane was at it's best place in BC with the 40 arcane, 21 frost spec. ABlast had a similar feel to what it does now, but there were options for the rotation. You could break your debuff with an AM or use frost bolt as a filler to maintain the AB debuff while lowering mana usage.
What’s on your wish list for your class?
- More rotation options for arcane
- Less RNG dependance for fire. (I like the dot hybrid style though)
- More pet utility for frost
What spells do you use the least?Fire
My least used spell is Scorch
. It *might* be used once at the start of the fight to apply the crit debuff but pyroblast takes care of it from there on. It's nice to be able to cast something while moving, but it doesn't feel like an integral part of the rotation and more often than not I'm able to time my Living Bomb refresh and a use of hotstreak if its up into my movement.ArcaneArcane barrage
. It is an option for casting while moving. It is also an option for clearing the AB debuff if AM isn't up, but that is a rare occurrence.