This is going to be an indepth review of the coming changes to the talent system, specifically for us mages. First, a quick review of the changes, then I’ll go over the new talents, and finally, my thoughts on the whole shebang.
The first major change is that you have a talent point every 15 levels, and you have 3 options to chose from. The next change is that the choices are not dependent upon your tree, this means you can have Living Bomb as an arcane or frost mage.
Your choices, at level 15, include Ring of Frost, Cone of Cold and Frostjaw, this tier is effectively a frost tier. Since pictures speak louder, I give you an image, showing the details of each spell, courtesy of MMO-Champion.
Personally, I’m rather optimistic about these new talents. I like the potential of being able to go to my talent tree and say “this looks fun” *click*, instead of “Okay, what did EJ say would give me that extra bit of DPS?” There will probably be some tweaks here and there, however I think this could be the start of a great talent system.
Though it does seem a talent system such as this is slightly biased towards pure DPS in terms of being able to choose. A fellow blogger had some thoughts on the talent system from a druid perspective which should put things to light, http://www.restokin.com/2011/10/wow-class-design-and-the-illusion-of-choice/.
With that said, see you next week with a new post!