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    Default Casters Are Dead.

    Seriously. I hope I am wrong, really really wrong, and am missing something key. But, at the moment, casters seem to be absolutely useless in the majority of the new content.

    A spell with a DC? Even on normal it is landing less than 50% of the time. No, I'm not capped yet, but nor am I seeing anything in the loot tables to significantly change this the way the Napkin did either. Maybe +1 from a better tome and +1 from a leveling point to bump up 1 DC? That is not going to make a difference when on normal nothing is sticking. Please note, I'm not talking about trailing to Wail everything by any means. I'm specifically referring to the most likely spells to stick (hold, web, etc). The only CC spell we have found to really make a noticeable difference is actually sleet storm.

    So what does that leave - nuking? Mildly beneficial - but another well equipped melee is going to be more reliable DPS most of the times it counts. Buffing? I'll run my bards - theirs are better - and they can DPS/heal as well.

    Please tell me how I am wrong so that I can adjust my strategies accordingly. Thanks.
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    CC, Acid Fog, Sleet, Energy Drain / Hold / Stone/ Max Emp Chain Miss / Otto irresistible dance.

    This so far working out for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kudesnik View Post
    CC, Acid Fog, Sleet, Energy Drain / Hold / Stone/ Max Emp Chain Miss / Otto irresistible dance.

    This so far working out for me.
    Please define "working" in terms of a percentage.

    If you are energy draining a mob just to hold it, you are wasting both mana and time, as far as I can tell. There are far too many mobs vs. the amount of mana you have to use this combo in any of the new Yugo quests.
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    In the vale i can destruct even rares fairly reliable with my cleric.

    At least at lvl17 i got a destruct success rate on the trogs in the new explorer area of like 5%.

    Seems to me the casters are more easy to destruct than the other stuff.

    Edit: Greater command worked only one time and curse 1 or 2 times.

    At the moment im back to maximized BB's.

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    Heighten permanently on, enervate/drain atleast once before any save spell, or ottos irresistable. Web has a ~20-40% success rate for me @ 18
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    Ok, at 38Cha:

    None DPS:
    Orthons Drain/Hold works almost always on normal.
    Bearded Devil more of an issue, they warded against dance and so only option is to Energy Drain or Enervation few times ( BD have high SR ) so 70% of the time spell working - then stone.
    Tieflings easy, ball dance or Otto's irresistible works in 90%. or CloudKill.

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    Acid Fog and Sleet Slow motion.

    Max/Emp Chain Miss yes drains mana fast but if u have lots of mobs close to each other it's a killer spell. and sorcs. can almost spam it.

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    Again just to say you need to have well balanced party - good cleric - WHO can HEAL and good DPS. I ran same quest Iron Maw ( Bastion.. ) twice one with PUG - took us 130 min to finish lots of death. and next day with ppl I played before - 40 min. almost clean. New contect will kill PUGS till everyone get to lvl20 and get used to "how to..."

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    I think the game is moving beyond simply zerging through insta-killing everything as fast as your little finger can hit the nuke button..... It'll take a bit mroe work and bit more party coordination, as well as some.... Yep, it's likely that the days of total sorcy domination 6 minute zerg-fests are over.... I'm finding on my non-pure wizzy that level drains the finger, and even PKs on certain mobs are working fine though. But melees are carrying a big part of the load so far as I can see in the new stuff.

    Thank god, they're learnign yet again to mix it up, to give more classes a role..... Theyr'e getting away from the stupidity of 1 class rules them all, zergs them all boring BS, I'm so uber look at me go game play....

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    Ran Genesis Point the other night on my 17 Wiz. When we got to the part where people were running through the maze, I went up to the control room to throw the switches and dealt with all of the respawning orthons on my own. If they appeared one at a time, I'd throw an Enervation and FoD, which took care of about 80% of them without needing to toss another spell. If they appeared in 2s, I'd either hit them with Mass Hold (worked about 50% of the time), or I'd throw down a dancing ball and kite them through it until both stuck, then, in either case, I'd beat them down with a Dreamspitter. Went through a bunch of orthons with no real problem.

    Also, monster HP has dropped enough that one or two CoC can take care of most of the trash stuff. Then if we got swarmed with enough stuff, I'd toss a Wail and hope to take out one or two things--worked most of the time: 5 things attack, 1 or 2 die.
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    point form... tired...

    36 intel, heightened to level 8:
    finger of death - pretty much useless
    web - working fairly well.. maybe 30-50% depending on target
    irresistable dance -


    Sins of attrition went fairly smothly with constant webs/displacements on party...
    Firewalls work fine for tieflings, trogs, and elementals in a new invastion... spam nuking the endboss seems to be the game plan atm...

    Going to try mindfog/dancing ball to see how that works... maybe mass hold monster when i get to 20...


    IMO good CC (and mass displacements ) is vital for saving cleric resources... especially when running with lower levels (16-17)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samadhi View Post
    Seriously. I hope I am wrong, really really wrong, and am missing something key. But, at the moment, casters seem to be absolutely useless in the majority of the new content.
    You're not surprised, right? It looks like a fairly predictable progression:
    Shroud: Keep up the haste and fogs, plus maybe some heightened web. Oh and kill those gnolls.
    VOD: Keep up the haste and fogs, plus maybe some heightened web. Oh and kill those bats.

    The times when a mage could contribute DPS against devils in Shroud or later were uncommon, and depended upon a ring of melees already clobbering the boss. As a melee in these quests, I can contribute simply by moving in a clump with the other melees and swinging around at whatever gets close... but if there's a mage with us, too often it doesn't make sense for him to even bother trying. With effort and luck he can steal some kills, but that's not a true contribution to the party.

    The devs will have to try and find a way to fix the problems you experienced, and I tell you, I don't envy them the job. Part of the solution could come automatically when you move on to mobs who don't have so many fire-immune teleporters. Part of their attempt will be adding non-spellpoint spells to casters, so they can join in DPSing trash without burning points needed for a boss. But it'll take a lot more than that, and some of the changes would definitely have to upset one category of players or another. It'll be tough!

    (A few other things that could help would be Dimensional Anchor as a self-buff aura, and something like Energy Substitution or Searing Spell. Aggro scaling by distance threshold could help as well, as could a Intim and Diplo skills that integrate with Hate points. But those topics get very complex very fast. And hey, Mass Enervate!)
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    Energy Drain/FoD/TtS FTW.

    Sure more things are immune to fire but it's all about a change in strategy.

    I've been using Trap The Soul more and more and it generally yields better results than FoD, and half the time you don't have to Energy Drain things first. They sell Tiny Khyber Dragonshards in Amrath now that you can buy and crunch up into Smalls and Averages, and they also sell Soul Bags in Amrath to hold all the gems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smatt View Post
    Thank god, they're learnign yet again to mix it up, to give more classes a role..... Theyr'e getting away from the stupidity of 1 class rules them all, zergs them all boring BS, I'm so uber look at me go game play....
    Ya know smatt...your a great player but your posts are annoying as hell.

    As for the OP...it seems to me to be a matter of over correction. Mod 4-5 Casters ruled them all...Mod 6-8 Casters lost a lot of their uberitude but were still very effective thanks to managable SR and DCs and effective use of run-n-burn tactics. Even in the shroud Casters can contribute to the Harry fight. Debuff, cloud and nuke, doenst seem to unbalanced to me.

    Mod 9 seems to have taken it a bit too far due to the overly difficult spell DCs and high SR. Hopefully enough posts like these will either lead to better caster items or an adjustment to the mobs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cm2_supernova View Post
    Ya know smatt...your a great player but your posts are annoying as hell.

    As for the OP...it seems to me to be a matter of over correction. Mod 4-5 Casters ruled them all...Mod 6-8 Casters lost a lot of their uberitude but were still very effective thanks to managable SR and DCs and effective use of run-n-burn tactics. Even in the shroud Casters can contribute to the Harry fight. Debuff, cloud and nuke, doenst seem to unbalanced to me.

    Mod 9 seems to have taken it a bit too far due to the overly difficult spell DCs and high SR. Hopefully enough posts like these will either lead to better caster items or an adjustment to the mobs.
    Sorry dude, I do take a different view than many on th subjec tof what casters became around Mod 4, when they did indeed need a boost in power. But it went over the top, and perhaps they've taken it a bit far back the other way. I think it's too early to pass judgement on the deal though. Remember that people are being mana conscious right now, simply because they aren't capped. Everybody is a bit on edge, new content, way new targeting and all, new spells. Nothing has setteled in yet..... I think once people hit cap, move gear around, get more confortable, then things will be a bit different. I'm seeing it not being all that hard to land stuff, but it is expensive at this point. But blowing mana and getting mroe will be pretty easy once everybody is at cap.

    But I still believe that casters, and especially Sorcys have had it too easy for the last 2 years in this game. That's just me though.... I personally like quests where it becomes much easier when the entire party has a roll, be it out front or just as back-up,support.

    Casters aren't dead, they aren't worthless, they're fine I think .... Just a bit more reliant on the other classes again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by smatt View Post
    Sorry dude, I do take a different view than many on th subjec tof what casters became around Mod 4, when they did indeed need a boost in power. But it went over the top, and perhaps they've taken it a bit far back the other way. I think it's too early to pass judgement on the deal though. Remember that people are being mana conscious right now, simply because they aren't capped. Everybody is a bit on edge, new content, way new targeting and all, new spells. Nothing has setteled in yet..... I think once people hit cap, move gear around, get more confortable, then things will be a bit different. I'm seeing it not being all that hard to land stuff, but it is expensive at this point. But blowing mana and getting mroe will be pretty easy once everybody is at cap.

    But I still believe that casters, and especially Sorcys have had it too easy for the last 2 years in this game. That's just me though.... I personally like quests where it becomes much easier when the entire party has a roll, be it out front or just as back-up,support.

    Casters aren't dead, they aren't worthless, they're fine I think .... Just a bit more reliant on the other classes again....
    It's been beaten with a stick already but by level 20 casters aren't meant to sit back and be pocket buff/support bots.

    IMO things will indeed look a lot better @ level 20, and i won't get my nickers in a twist one way or another until well after i've capped and figured out what's effective, but if it turns out this is the case, then yes casters are essentially a dead class. Which would be a shame, because if all we do is buff and occasional crowd control, a bard with a few shroud clickies would be way more welcome then any caster.
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    What Angelus_dead said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smatt View Post
    Sorry dude, I do take a different view than many on th subjec tof what casters became around Mod 4, when they did indeed need a boost in power. But it went over the top, and perhaps they've taken it a bit far back the other way. I think it's too early to pass judgement on the deal though. Remember that people are being mana conscious right now, simply because they aren't capped. Everybody is a bit on edge, new content, way new targeting and all, new spells. Nothing has setteled in yet..... I think once people hit cap, move gear around, get more confortable, then things will be a bit different. I'm seeing it not being all that hard to land stuff, but it is expensive at this point. But blowing mana and getting mroe will be pretty easy once everybody is at cap.

    But I still believe that casters, and especially Sorcys have had it too easy for the last 2 years in this game. That's just me though.... I personally like quests where it becomes much easier when the entire party has a roll, be it out front or just as back-up,support.

    Casters aren't dead, they aren't worthless, they're fine I think .... Just a bit more reliant on the other classes again....
    Most people won't even let more than 1-2 casters in raid groups these days and you think they have it easy?
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    Saves on monsters have gone way too high.

    Turbine balance - hey new content is 2 levels higher? Add 10 levels to monsters.

    4 levels higher? (technically mod 9 is only 2 levels higher anyway since refuge was like 17) Make monsters 15 levels higher.

    My monk landed a single quivering palm in the battleground - after about 200 attempts over an hour. Not a single stunning fist (and gee weighted wraps not working on stunning fist what a surprise) - so all those 'useful' non-dps monk stuff? Useless. Fists of light the only thing with use.

    Looking at the save dcs - I really dont even want to run my wiz in the new content.

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    I started the new content with my sorc and it blew. Then i switched to my cleric and i felt useful. Finally i tried my barb and it was fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cm2_supernova View Post

    Mod 9 seems to have taken it a bit too far due to the overly difficult spell DCs and high SR. Hopefully enough posts like these will either lead to better caster items or an adjustment to the mobs.
    My experience is fairly limited at this point, but in Genesis Point I was bypassing SR on the orthons on a 3+, which was easier than a lot of the stuff in the Sub. Saves, however, are definitely out of whack.
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