Archive for January, 2009

Further Magus v. Engineer Discoveries

Posted in Observations on January 10, 2009 by dahras

I think I have found it. For a while I wondered just what the Magus had to make up for the lack of ranged Auto-Attack damage and armor of the Engineer, but I think I have found it. The Magus doesn’t have a minimum range. That’s the biggest change. It makes their 1v1 abillity so much better its unbelievable.

The biggest example of this is Baleful Transmogrification versus Incendiary Rounds. While Incendiary Rounds only have use when the enemy is far away (a rare occurrence in 1v1 PvP, as well as PvE), Baleful Transmogrification can be used constantly, in all situations. I have easily been able to take down Witch Hunters 1v1 by DoTing them up, snaring them, and running around, using my instant damage spell whenever possible. As an Engineer, I would have never been able to do that, as so much damage would be lost due to my inability to cast Incendiary Rounds up close.

On a side note, why the hell do the Engineer and Magus get Redeploy and Resummon so late. Those spells make demons worth summoning in solo PvE/PvP, and yet we get them at level 22! Its not like they couldn’t sneak them in earlier!


Magus v. Engineer: Compare and Contrast

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2009 by dahras

magus01_04Over the last couple of days I have tried literally 6 Destruction classes, most of which I got to level 5 (except for some… R.I.P. poor zealot). After this experience I have settled on one which will be my new WAR main, the Magus. I was a bit leary about trying the Magus at first. The class seemed like a squishy Engineer, and dispite the fact that I LOVED the engineer (I only left it because my buddies rolled Destro), I didn’t want to play the same class again, except an inferior version.

To my suprise, the magus and engineer have been vastly improve since the days of the ‘one-magnet-trick-pony’. Most specs are pretty good, and the classes both have the abillity to compete. Also, the magus and engineer, while similar, are definitely not the same. I find that the magus has quite a few AoE abillities, much more than the Engineer. They also have quite a few good defensive abillities, which are necessary becasue of the much lighter armor they wear (as compared to the engineer). Where as the Engineer’s Tinker spec has a lot of useless gimmiks, followed by the epic Electro Magnet, the Magus has a solid, PBAoE spec in Daemonology, reinforcing their “magnet spell” theme.

On the other hand, (at least to me) Havoc is not as strong as marksman, which has a stronger theme (single target, Direct Damage, lots of one person DOTs, with a AoE DOT that still works for one target). Havoc has good spells, good talents, but less of a theme. Of course I could be wrong, and their spells could be really great, but I’m not sure. Personally, I think that Fire Storm of Tzeentch should be traded with Indigo Fire of Change (from Changing). Fire Storm has a shorter range than most havok spells, as well as it is an AoE spell in a Direct Damage spec, where as Indigo Fire is a long-range, Direct Damage spellin a short-range, AoE DOT spec.

Changing and Grenadier spec seem to be the most similar, except of the aforementioned spell swap, and I really don’t have much to say about it. It is a strong spec, and probably one the majority of Magus’ will take, due to its versatility (it can PvP and PvE well) and relative simplicity compared to Daemonology.

Though the ‘feel’ and ‘theme’ of the Engineer comes through much better than that of the Magus, I have to say, the Magus spell effects and animations are some of the best I have seen in any MMO. I am especially impressed with the arc and throw of Flickering Red Fire, and the swirls from Rend Winds.

I personally like Havoc the most (even though I think it needs a few changes to strengthen its theme) and am really excited to keep playing. I should post some more soon!

I’m Back!!!!

Posted in Administration, Adventure Log on January 3, 2009 by dahras

I am finally playing WAR again, for real this time. Yes, the WoW monster still swollows me from time to time, but I am playing WAR on a regular schedule again. I am having so much more fun now that my performance has increased, and I am currently trying out a ton of new classes to see which I like the most! I was thinking of going back to my Engi, but I just couldn’t. I wanted to start fresh, The good news is that I have had more fun than ever before, and the game is going great for me! I’ll be posting new stuff soon!