On mobile, replied only to the first point. Thanks for you PoV on the restA) Personally, I don’t think a change to 9+ CV would have such a meaningful impact, specially since the spell is not repeatable.
From 10+ to 9+ most times you’ll use same number of dice. Primarily, it would mitigate failed cast probability, which I think is good to reduce “bad luck” feeling and would be a welcome change. 2-dicing would be a bit more achievable but still quite a risk for a BoM master or a BoAP adept.
So, overall, going from 10+ to 9+ is more about reliability and not peak power
I disagree. 9+ required on the dice to 8+ required on the dice is the sweet spot in the probability distribution. It is one of the two most important single steps in casting value in the game. I talk about this a little bit in my tactics for beginners link in my signature.
For Wiz master it would be from 8+ to 7+ which is not as relevant step. What you say is true for non-BoAP adepts only
Let’s think about it: if it was lowered to 9+, to cast it with MoCT on 2 dice you would need:You can't drop it to 9+, because that's effectively an 8+, which then goes off on a 6+ with the BoAP from a support wizard (like the MoCT); and its absolutely ridiculous for a 2 dice effect despite the slight fail risk, especially when you consider that it ALSO heals a wound.
Realistically, the spell has 3 different requirements of dice score based on who its coming from - currently needing 7, 8, or 9.
Considering that the lowest one is the most uncommon scenario, but you also cannot have it drop to a 6, the CV can't really be going anywhere.
Range can't go lower or the spell becomes too restrictive (like the druidism fortitude one currently is), it can't go higher or HbE start comfortably playing too spread out SE style rather than act as a battleline.
So the only real variable that could be fiddled with is whether the spell adds 1 veil or 2. Not that I think a buff is necessary.
1) pay 60pts for BoAP and giving up therefore on other items (i.e. Elu)
2) Assume you have a 28% chance to miss the casting, which not only has the potential to compromise your magic with phase but also wasting the BoAP effect that turn. Plus, you’re forced to cast it as the first spell, which can affect your cast strategy
Certainly not a “no-brainer” in my view, as in a large % of cases you’d still be casting it on 3dice, in which case the change just makes it more reliable to cast
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