Why did Gregg Street and his crew nerf the FIRE mage so hard for no reason using a hotfix?
Essentially mid tier making it undesirable....? I mean 50% of the combustin damage destroyed the fire mage class... 50% is alot for ANY class + also CRIT was reduced again FIRE MAGES are based on crit...
It is common knowledge Warlocks are OP.
This has been easily evident to even the average player since MOP released.
But then they proceeded to buff locks?
So my question is: Why did Blizzard post a Smiling Face picture of Gregg Street saying "MAGES ARE FINE" when OBVIOUSLY mages arent fine....
And you can use your EYES to see the damage they do in RAIDS and PVP?
Well, I think it is very clear that Blizzard buffs and nerfs based largely (but not entirely) on the number of people who play a certain spec. Pre-MoP there were very few people who played locks outisde of PVP scenarios with a resto shaman combo...so they buffed locks to get people to spend their 15 dollars a month leveling a new lock toon up to 90 so they could play the FOTM.
As for fire mages? One can only assume that a TON of people were playing fire spec as compared to frost or arcane so they nerfed fire down to encourage people to play other specs. This is nothing more than a repeat of what has gone on in WoW history...In TBC, every hunter was a BM hunter...behold...BM spec is nerfed to oblivion and people are forced into other specs.
One thing is true about fire mages...they had their moment in the sun in mid to late Cata...top of the chart for months on end....Another thing is true...the spec is not "weak" atm. It suffered when the most talented mages went to arcane...leaving behind lesser talented mages to show off less than spectacular numbers in the current raid tier. But, that being said, fire is still performing better than a lot of other specs. And contrary to mage class belief, there is no sacred tome that dictates that mages must always be the best class in the game. You are where the devs want you right now. Greg Street says you are fine. Deal with it and move on.
Finally, I find it completely disgusting to hear a mage whine, calling another class OP and questioning whether the class should receive buffs. The mage class got away for the entirety of Cata being OP in two of three specs in both PVP and PVE and yet mages still insisted that the class was NOT OP and railed against any argument calling for mage nerfs. The devs told you that your class was being nerfed in MoP during the expac development...I guess they meant it. Let another class enjoy its time in the sun and stop the incessant whining brought on by previously unchecked OPness. The nerf bat caught up with the fire spec...deal with it and STOP complaining about other specs. It is childish and borish.