I read as much as I could on this site, regarding Arcane Spec and keeping it as viable as possible. I can't tell everyone how much I appreciate all of their input, which helps me to understand my class and spec more thoroughly.
That being said, I hopped over to Icy-Veins and saw the Daily Patch Section and began to read what's been happening on a daily basis.
I was stunned when I saw the link to the Blue Posts and the 57 pages of comments, regarding the nerfs, the buffs, the wannabe buffs (for a lack of a better term for them) and the overall percentages when everything is taken into consideration.
I am still seething over a nasty reply I received from a Blizzard Employee, when I questioned the prohibition against going into a cross-realm situation in order to join groups which were preparing to attack Oondasta. I was told that the Blizzard Development Team was all-knowing and that I, as a subscriber, had no business in questioning anything which was happening.
I made a post on the Blizzard Site ( us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/8197590653?page=57#1130 ) and am expecting to be banned at any moment (nothing new, from what I can see -- so very many people are banned when they make a well-thought post there).
My post is following. I hope that the Mage Community here might read it and have some constructive criticism about it.
Take care and thank you!
I don't know what to say or to think...
I'm still relatively new to WoW, working like crazy to learn how to play Arcane effectively, then, after finally, FINALLY, gaining the feeling of being a contributing member of a raid (185K DPS on Heroic Elegon with a kill burst of 245K), I get up the next morning and discover that I can barely pull 34K DPS, due to the poorly thought out nerfs and alterations to the Mage class.
I attempted Fire Spec, which is totally foreign to me (as is Frost; remember, I am a NOOB), and that was awful, as I didn't have the "feel" as to how Fire (or Frost, for that matter) should be played. My numbers were abominable and I was permanently sat out of the raid team, as the Raid Leader and the Guild Council believe firmly that if a Mage cannot dish out at least 125K DPS at ALL times, then the Mage need not come to the raid, as there are many other RDPS who are very good and who bring excellent utility to a raid.
Now, a week after this catastrophic change, when I am now completely ignored and shunned by my Guild (I changed to a new Guild two days ago, because of this ostracism), I see that the Great and Powerful Wizards of Blizz (I am being sarcastic here) have thrown a bone to the Mage community.
I am probably a one-trick pony, in that I do enjoy playing Arcane, even though I know that it is supposed to be a "turret" DPS which is penalized for moving, with the corollary of throwing out staggering amounts of DPS when allowed to sit still and do what Mages do best. I am disgusted that I am being forced to change Specs, due to the fact that Arcane just cannot bring anything to any current content raid, outside of a body which can be killed very quickly. The fact that I am being told by so very many people that I need to change to Frost Spec, until I am at least at ilvl 505, and then switch to Fire Spec, because of the brilliant scaling, is repugnant to me. I should not have to toss away all the work that I put into the Arcane Spec of my class, and to feel that Blizzard is doing it's level best to destroy a complete class by making them completely irrelevant in World of Warcraft raiding situation, is just not good.
I resent the fact that my questions, which I feel are relevant and pertinent, have been dismissed out of hand by the Development Team and that I have been verbally attacked by these same people who believe that nothing which any subscriber has to say about Blizzard Games is of any import.
Honestly, if the Development Team were to step down off their collective high horses and just LOOK at what they're doing, perhaps the ancient, worn out and poorly written base coding of the World of Warcraft Game might be re-worked, streamlined and be made much more effective, rather than subjecting the millions of people who pay their monthly subscription fees (which, when you think about it, pays the salaries of these people) to ridiculous scenarios which do nothing more than create bad feelings everywhere.
This is supposed to be a fun game, where we can all come together and share our mutual love for gaming and interactions. What it is becoming is an environment where people become so very dissatisfied with the entire genre that they end up taking out their frustrations in petty attacks on fellow players, because of the perceptions that some classes are being treated better than others.
Please, PLEASE, do something constructive, and LISTEN to the many people who actually know what they are about when they forward suggestions about subtle improvements. No one is saying that they are better or worse than the Development Team; rather, they are attempting to be helpful with cogent arguments and ideas which would, if looked at seriously and considered in a positive light, have a very good impact on this World of Warcraft of ours.