Make Blizzard IV instant. Here's why
There is no reason for Black Mage to be this frustrating to play. Black Mage is not a class that has best in raid damage balanced by a tricky mechanic.
It is an adequate damage class, easily inferior to, say, the Dragoon, and easily superior to, say, Bards and Machinists, at present. I don't think I need or should do more damage than a dragoon. I'm content to trail a Dragoon of equal skill by 50 dps, or so.
.. Or I would be, if Enochian didn't cause me such constant, mouth-foaming nerd rage by virtue of the incredibly fickle Blizzard IV.
To those of you who don't know and don't care, here's a bullet list of things that will cut your Black Mage's damage down from "worse than your Dragoon" to "possibly worse than your Bard" for a whopping thirty seconds:
A boss disappears, canceling Blizzard IV
The Black Mage is forced by a raid mechanic to move during a crucial Blizzard IV cast
The Black Mage is incapacitated by a raid mechanic during or before a Blizzard IV cast
A boss turns invulnerable just as Blizzard IV lands
Due to one of the above factors, Astral Ice wears off During a Blizzard IV cast
Due to one of the above factors, Enochian wears off during a Blizzard IV cast
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There is a limit to individual skill when faced by randomized mechanics. A good Black Mage compensates for this by playing conservatively, weaving whatever instant casts he can with movement, firing off that second Blizzard IV a step earlier in his rotation, and generally anticipating at what points an encounter can disrupt the re-application of Enochian.
But sometimes you just get hosed - you're singled out for AOE's consecutively. Maybe Manipulator decides he's going to quarantine you every single time that fight. Maybe the tornado spawns under your butt and juggles you, helplessly. We've all been there. What does that do most dps classes? Interrupts their rotation, forcing them to start from scratch.
What if you weren't allowed to start from scratch? What if you were forced to play exclusively with your 2.0 toolkit for a full thirty seconds? That's what happens to a Black Mage who is locked out of reapplying their Enochian buff by random mechanics. They're not allowed to start over.
Do I think that punishment mechanic should go away? No. What needs to go away is weaving valiantly between aoes, juggling mechanics, and then, on the line, banging off a Blizzard IV that should have successfully refreshed Enochian had the server not ticked off Astral Ice III a tenth of a second sooner than my client.
That's pure rage. And it happens constantly. The best laid plans, and all that. It needs to go away, and an instant Blizzard IV is the best way to do it. Give it a cooldown, reduce the damage - whatever. Just make it so that if I press that god damned button, I get my Enochian refreshed. Period.
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