Congratulations, you get to take a few days off the forums.
If the thread sucks, why are you posting in it? Of course it's speculation: that's the point. It can still be civil and educated spectulation.
Originally Posted by Kyth
No, they aren't buffing us -- that doesn't mean they aren't making changes, it just means we aren't getting buffs. Why in the world does everyone assume that this is the one wow patch without any nerfs?
It's a political choice -- optimize for optics, as my old employer used to say. They put out a bunch of positive stuff (for most classes -- almost nothing for mage and a paladin nerf, but outside of that everyone else is happy), generate good buzz, keep the conversation on the forums focused on the impacts of those changes, and then slip in the nerfs over time via smaller announcements and eventually patches on the PTR.
And I personally feel that mage mana issues are still a problem (especially after we drop 2pc T7), as are threat issues (threat management between the classes is wildly different -- what's the point of carefully balancing DPS when lock and mage threat management talents and tools are so out of whack relative to the rest of the pure classs, not to mention the hybrids?)
This is going to turn into a rant if I continue so I'll just end with: no, I don't think mages are so perfect that they don't have anything that could be improved upon, and no I don't think the issues are all so minor (looking ahead to other content, *not* looking at Naxx) that they're irrelevent.
Then why do you assume that we are going to be nerfed? This entire thread blows goats. They need to change the title to: Mage Change Speculation in 3.1