Okay, really though. Calm, composed...
I'm already giving up 100 spell dmg and 100 stamina, among other things such as 50+ resil, for a little mobility and some extra survivability.
The backfire chance on the belt isn't really so bad because, well, when I use it, I'm usually about to die anyway.
Rocket boots, on the other hand, I often blow fairly early in the game in 2v2, usually to set myself up in position for free reign on the dps target and some freedom from melee.
A backfire that early in the game would be entirely gamebreaking.
Double dps is already vulnerable enough to RNG, and being the biggest arena target class, the one with a pet that is a liability and absolutely no escape....well, this might be where I throw in the towel on the lock.
Rolling into WotLK with Gladiator over my head is starting to look pretty bleak. At least I'll have a nether drake =[
I fully agree. I've had it on my hunter for a little bit, and I just got them on my priest a week ago. RNG is one of the worst things about arena, just make the backfire do more damage 100% of the time or something. You might as well give Stormherald a 15% chance to stun the user instead.
How many times have you lost a game due to triple mace stun improved hamstring from a warrior, and a double cyclone resist? Did that S-key allstar really beat you?
True you might say it's not skill that a priest rocket boot feared you, but he is giving up a great amount of stats, not to mention the chance to get an extra 40 healing from being an enchanter (well, I guess there's gonna be that one hardcore guy with both) but losing those stats, for a few seconds once every 5 minutes, downgrading to a low item level, with small backfire damage, even with all those drawbacks I still feel it gave us an advantage in games where it was used (and I didn't immedietely get intercepted, piercing howl, shadowstep shiv'd).
I'd have to respectfully disagree with Faction though. Yes, I'll openly admit it gave me an advantage in many games, however, by making this change, it's my opinion that the extremely high chance of backfire, and the severity of it, along with the loss of stats, it will no longer be worth using in any situation, and I don't feel that's a fair change to engineers. I'm not saying I want enchanting or blacksmithing to be nerfed, but it seems blizz is sending the message that everyone who wants to arena seriously should be an enchanter.
Edited by Bunbohue, 28 June 2008 - 05:20 PM.