Friday, August 1, 2008

A tiny detail that I failed to miss...

Not a big deal, but patch notes from the beta regarding the Fire talent, World in Flames:

"World in Flames - Moved to Tier 2, Increases the critical strike chance of your Flamestrike, Blast Wave, Dragon’s Breath, Living Bomb, Blizzard and Arcane Explosion spells by 2/4/6%. "

Let's cut out a few irrelevant words:

"...Increases the critical strike chance of your Flamestrike, Blast Wave, Dragon’s Breath, Living Bomb, Blizzard and Arcane Explosion spells..."

One more cut:

"...Increases the critical strike chance of your...Blizzard...by 2/4/6% "

Wait, but I thought that Blizzard doesn't crit! Does this mean that Blizzard (the company) is looking to make changes to the mechanics of Blizzard (the spell)? They did say that they wanted to increase damage output by mages, particularly in the field of area-effect.

Let's suppose that Blizzard (spell) is programmed to have 0% critical chance, then WiF will increase the chance to 6%. That would mean your blizzard-based dps would increase by 6%, since each critical hit essentially doubles the existing damage assuming the mage has the talents for it, and adds 6 more hits worth of blizzard damage within a span of a hundred blizzard hit occurences.

Then again, it's more likely that critical chance does not apply to blizzard, since talents such as shatter and winter's chill do not affect it. But if that's so, why even bother mentioning the spell in the first place in the changes? Let's hope it's not scratched off due to a typo.

But still, a 6% damage increase? Not too shabby. But with WiF being a Tier 2 Fire talent, will it be worth it taking? Curse you, Blizzard! October is still miles away!