I absolutely love Solid Fog. Right after savants were released, people looked at me funny when I used it and sometimes complained, but it's totally justified and I cant see a good evocation build without it.2) an helpless mob (held ones for example) is not entitled to a reflex save to save against my damage spells (this means he always fail) and most of epic elites mobs are nukable with 47 evocation DC if you have a solid fog ongoing or some other debuffs (crushing despair for example) and they fail very very often (must remember you that -5 reflex saves gives my 47 a virtual boost to 52). The thing is very simple ... on raid bosses i exploit the solid fog ... on trash if i'm not able to hold the mobs i exploit the combination of solid fog + ice storm which gives a consistent movement debuff and allows me to kite and nuke down my targets. To finish this nice picture, air savant have more mobility and this helps me even more.
If you are raising the issues of our damage, not DC, then you should also raise the issue with the TOD rings, too. They dont stack with anything else, the +6 stat is outdated, and the belt that goes with it is all-around terrible. Being as all sorcerers should aim to get one, it seems reasonable to either introduce a new savant set, or simply boost the old one.
This is where I have to disagree. I have as many wizard and sorcerer lives as you (will be doing a 4th sorcerer life to complete). Quicken is a useful feat. Situational, yes. Necessary? No.Why Quicken? If there is just one thing i learned from playing Sorcerer all these years that Quicken is a must. I do not use it always because i'm not specced to have a consistent discount on it: the use i do of Quicken is situational. Sorcerers, because of their high AOE damage can draw very often unwanted aggroes: under the enemy fire you do not want your spells to fail their concentration checks. If you want to shield tank something you need quicken. If you want to nuke epic elite drows (often they range as well) you need quicken. If you want to put some aoe CC down on the floor during a stress situation, you need quicken. If you want to cast a massprotection to lessen the elemental damage the fire elementals do to you in isle3 of EVoN6, you need quicken. If you want to tank the shadows in Elite ToD you need to renew your protection each time you can, drink silver flame pots and of course have quicken. For me a Sorcerer that runs without having this feat havent played the class enough. It is true that a Sorcerer if dodges with the right timing, if he jumps in the right spot can cast without Quicken, but for some stress situations Quicken is mandatory and is difference between life and death.
I dont kite the shadows (for long) simply because I dont move fast enough to heal myself and drop spells in between, so I can agree in that situation it is needed. We both play fleshes, so I must say you're admirable if you can do it better.
However, I hardly ever see a concentration check being made, and they seldom fail even when I'm a wizard. And I get clustered like you might and probably do all the same things, but my solution is different. Moving a lot or kiting has always worked well, even blocking and rolling, and I also make really good use of Diplomacy (which even works on some epic bosses). So I am not seeing that being a requirement at all, but situation for playstyle.
Any way, if everything you are saying is true, then I agree sorcerers need a boost. I was unaware barbarians are doing the same bust damage, and I encourage you to make everyone aware of this as much as possible.
Would you say raising the capstone to 50% from 20% damage would be a start?