Wow, Blizzard is still finding new and exciting ways to nerf the Fear mechanic? That saying about how "some things never change" certainly applies in this case. Good Lord, why hasn't it been removed and replaced with something more palatable. How long can you really have people crying over a crowd control mechanic before you just say... I won't say what came to mind. LOL
Should I be surprised that it’s been years of tears about a crowd control mechanic in World of Warcraft? As someone who played a Warlock from BETA, to release and then as my main for three years before choosing another class, I’ve heard all there is to hear about Fear. I played on a PVP server from day one and I’ve experienced more than I want to know about being stun-locked. No one complains about these mechanics in a PVE context. It’s all about how they play out in PVP that pisses players off.
I was not a "lead with Fear and DOT until you die" sort of Warlock, unless I had no other option. I played a Warlock back when they were a joke and the first thing dead on the field. I stuck with it because casters with pets are my favorite class and the Warlock was fun to solo. Playing with one doing PVE content was great. Fighting one was annoying once they became a wee bit OP, if I wasn’t on my own Warlock at the time. *Smile*
I think this boils down to something very simple that Blizzard can't easily fix. If they could, it wouldn’t still be causing so many tears all these years later. What works just fine in the context of PVE can become a huge annoyance in PVP. Mostly, PVP and crowd control don’t mix well. Dying while you’re not in control of your avatar or are immobilized sucks. You’re never going to make that go down smoothly. Something less annoying would be every class having a variant of a snare that breaks on damage or a skill that protects them for a short time. You can’t make someone feel okay about dying while incapacitated. Just ask Sister Fran about rogues in PVP and you’ll get an ear full. *Smile* Save the more flamboyant crowd-control spells for PVE and let’s call it a day.
I had to stop and laugh when I ran across that link while Googling for somethine else. It boggles my mind that crying about Fear is still going on in World of Warcraft.