Your arguments sounds an awful lot like "they are op, so we should also be op!" And no, a 12 sec cd instant cc is not comparable to polymorph. As a peel it is way worse, but as a healer cc, it is infinately stronger. You can't chain it, that is correct, but on the other hand, mages usually can't land polymorph off DR on healers. All in all, this change will make healers sit in cc literally 1/3rd of the game, and this is without any other cc than Frost Trap. Mages cannot match that cc, unless your teammates does nothing to stop their cc.
You are telling me that we could go into Durotar right now and you could Duel a Warrior while spamming orbs under me as I am 40 yards away, trying to avoid them?
What percentage of orbs do you think you'd hit? Would you like to place a genteman's wager?
If it isn't about Mages vs Hunters overall, what is it about? Beta? No, it's theoretically about just having Freezing Trap and Counter Shot vs Counter Spell, Deep Freeze and Polymorph. Even without PoM, it's so obvious that having a spammable Polymorph is better than even an unavoidable, targeted trap on a 12 second cd.
Know why? Because you can't chain it. So there's 4 seconds of time where the enemy can do anything, no matter what. How do you not view that as an inferiority? Oh yeah, because you're a Mage and the whole world should basically be given to you. Nah, but you're right. 12 second CD, unavoidable Freezing Traps would actually let Hunter compete with Mage, assuming all the changes actually make it to live.
Polymorph and Freezing trap would be comparable, under that circumstance. Like Silencing Shot and Counterspell are comparable. Powerful for slightly different reasons, used for similar purposes. Those are the distinctions that are balanced. But what about the rest of them, you know where.. actual design comes into play?
Camouflage vs Invis, FD vs Mirror Images, Aimed Shot vs FF Bolt, Arcane Shot vs Ice Lance, Roar of Sac vs Pet Nova, Frost Nova/CoC vs Conc Shot, Blink vs Disengage, Ice Block vs Deterrence, Spellsteal vs Tranq Shot, Evocation and Spirit Bond?, Mage Armor and.. Aspect of the Iron Hawk? and, finally, Chimera Shot vs Frostbolt.
Which of those comparisons did the Hunter win?
That's what I thought.
Once again, do you honestly think that an instant cc with a 12 second cooldown is good design This might not be the new Blood Fear, but it does come close.
Edited by ottishen, 17 July 2014 - 10:07 PM.