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Don' t know about you but i am sticking with arcane. With arcane i can always properly micro manage and control to ensure fairly consistent dps. Fires rng is just too much for me. Also the T13 4piece looks to be more to the benefit of arcane.
That's where knowing how to play arcane matters. Sometimes you extend/shorten a burn slightly to evo safely between boss mechanics.
Also the 4p will be godly, but so many mages are accustomed to the 10% reduction atm, that the increase to mana during AP (especially with a 75% uptime) will be alot more difficult to mana for any Arcane Mage that isn't running SoW.
You can prevent every mechanic from interrupting your Evocate... Just hold off until the mechanic is used. :P
SoW isn't getting replaced for Arcane Mages... it's BiS as it's scaling is going to be put into overdrive with even more int (Larger mana pools) and a 75% uptime on Arcane Power.
I'll be going fire for the patch for two reasons. I like fire more than arcane, and the amount of movement that is going to be required of me on these bosses would make playing arcane a nightmare. Hagara's ice phase will make arcane mages weep.
edit- Also, I don't have a SoW and I don't really feel like forcing me guild to farm Sinestra to get one for me.
Edited by Wyln on 11/28/2011 3:49 PM PST
I'm staying Arcane for tonight since I'm used to it and then reforging for Fire for the second night, or for our Firelands day, sticking with it after that.
If we get to Hagara tonight I will probably request a break to go reforge. :)
Except fire and frost can just switch to mage armor for a bit and pretend nothing ever happened. Losing 3-5% crit is nothing.
Depends on the fight and what your role is really,
1st boss, arcane if you are not on crystals, fire if you are
2nd boss, Fire lots of movement and AoE
3rd boss, either works well
4th boss, fire WAY to much moving for arcane
5th boss, arcane if you are there to DPS, fire if you are made to stay during hour of twilight (sucks to be you)
6th boss, fire, way to much moving and adds, and AoE, and !@#$ going on
7th boss, arcane and arcane only, you dont want LB going off here
8th boss, unknown to me.. I would think fire from all the jumping and such.
So, Really, be prepared to have both specs ready to go for raids!
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