PTR Patch 3.1.0 – Newest Build Give Mages Buffs

The newest PTR Build (9733) gives Mages a passive buff for our Improved Scorch and Winter’s Chill talents, as well as buff the new version of Molten Armor. The list of all changes can be found at MMO-Champion as always.

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Fire

  • Living Bomb AoE damage has been greatly increased. Rank 3 now deals 690 Fire damage (up from 306) to all enemies within 10 yards.
  • Molten Armor now increases your critical strike rating by 35% of your spirit. (Up from 25%)
  • Improved Scorch now Increases your chance to critically hit with Scorch, Fireball and Frostfire Bolt by an additional 1/2/3%. (Old – Scorch only, 3/6/9%)

Frost

  • Ice Barrier now prevents spellcasting from being delayed by damage. (Old – prevented spells from interruption)
  • Winter’s Chill now also Increases your chance to critically hit with Frostbolt by an additional 1/2/3%.

Glyph

  • Glyph of Molten Armor – Your Molten Armor grants an additional 20% (Up from 15%) of your spirit as critical strike rating.

We pretty much knew we were going to see some sort of passive self-buff to our Imp. Scorch and Winter’s Chill talents and here they are. We now also get an increase chance to critically strike by 3% for our main nukes.

So now we only see a 2% decrease to our crit with the change to Imp.Scorch/WC while other casters see a 5% decrease.

As I said before, I was fine with the last Molten Armor change, but I’m not going to complain if Blizzard is going to make it even better. Molten Armor now increases your critical strike rating by 35% (55% with Glyph) of your total Spirit. This is a pretty big buff, and I could see Blizzard making further adjustments in the future.

The Spirit required to “break even” with our current Molten Armor w/ Glyph will be 417.3636 (repeating of course) Spirit.

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If you go back to my last post and recalculate how much critical strike rating I would gain with just raid buffs, Molten Armor is going to be a big buff. In my current gear, I have 747 Spirit raid buffed. With the new changes, that would give me 8.949% Crit with Molten Armor!

To get 10% crit with Molten Armor, we would need 834.7272 (again repeating) Spirit, which I can see us getting that easily within a few Tiers of gear (with raid buffs of course).

I know I’ve been harsh against all the Mage QQ lately. I know I’m not the only person that gets mad after reading some of the WoWInsider posts and comments, or even the Mage forums. I was getting sick of it, and apparently so was Vaneras.


4 Comments

  1. Dynasor March 27, 2009 10:01 am 

    The original numbers on Molten Armor were bad, this is much more balanced. Whether you agree with that or not determines whether you consider the complaints QQ or accurate criticism…. Either Blizzard caves to QQ or, more likely, after enough testing they agreed it needed to be buffed….

  2. Daniel March 28, 2009 11:42 pm 

    The molten armor changes confuse me but my concern is Imp Scorch.

    the wow PTR notes say
    Improved Scorch: Increased critical strike chance is now 1%, down from 2% per application of the Improved Scorch effect

    sourced from: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/test-realm-patchnotes.html

    but you say
    Improved Scorch now Increases your chance to critically hit with Scorch, Fireball and Frostfire Bolt by an additional 1/2/3%. (Old – Scorch only, 3/6/9%.

    so bliz says it goes down but you say it goes up, im a fire mage and i really hope your right but right now im really pissed at bliz.

  3. Tuna March 29, 2009 2:49 am 

    The Improved Scorch DEBUFF will be down to : 1% increased critical strike chance each application, stacks 5 times. The current debuff is: 2% each application, stacks 5 times.

    On top of the debuff we get from the talents, we will also get a self only passive buff of additional 1/2/3% increased critical strike chance with our Scorch, Fireball, and Frostfire Bolt.

  4. Daniel March 30, 2009 1:54 am 

    oh ok i think i get it now, thanks for the clarification, thanks for all the info.

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