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Tier 8 Analysis

Posted in Mage stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by solomonx

Alright so I’ve had this blog for about 45 minutes so far and I’m ready to post my first serious article, specifically, an analysis of the mage tier eight armor set. Even more specifically, I want to comment on the set bonuses. So, here’s the first one:

“2Piece Bonus — Your Arcane Blast, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, and Fireball spells have a chance to grant you 350 spell power for 15 sec.”

Now, this is awesome. It’s essentially a trinket effect built into the armor set. Extra spellpower = Extra dps. Yes Please. This sounds good to me and I look forward to getting this bonus.

However…this brings us to the four piece bonus:

“4Piece Bonus — You have a chance for the effect of your Missile Barrage, Hot Streak, or Brain Freeze talent not to be consumed when you cast the spells which benefit.”

This one I have mixed feelings on. It seems like Blizzard had only one spec in mind when this set bonus was created: fire (and I suppose frostfire, so make that two specs)

If you are a mage and you are fire or frostfire spec, go for this bonus. This bonus gives you a chance to get off multiple instant pyroblasts in a row (I’ve heard tales of people casting up to six or seven pyros at a time) which equates to a significant amount of damage, and a good dps increase.

However, much of the mage community, including myself, plays an arcane spec for PvE, in which case, this bonus doesn’t do much for us. Sure, we could cast multiple Missile Barrages in a row, but do we really want to? The answer is no. The Arcane rotation involves getting three stacks of Arcane Blast  up any mob before casting any other spell, Missile Barrage included. Without this damage increase, Missile Barrage is not your top priority spell.

So, if this bonus were to proc, I would not use it immediately. I would stick to my rotation and start casting Arcane Blast again, which, without the tier 8 bonus, would probably proc Missile Barrage anyway.

That make sense? I feel like I started to ramble a bit…

Anyway, in conclusion, I intend to attempt to get the two piece bonus, but not the four piece. Instead, I’ll keep the tier 7 two piece bonus. This means I get a chance for extra spellpower off of my main nukes, extra mana from gems, and spell power from gems as well.

Sounds good to me.

P.S. – I neglected to include frost in this analysis because if you’re raiding as frost, let’s face it, you have other articles to read than this blog. Might I suggest ElitistJerks?