The magic basic attack needs a slight buff because of how unreliable it can sometimes be. I believe that the melee basic attack is just better than the magic basic attack, especially if we put it through the eyes of a new level 10 mage.
For those who have experienced this magic basic attack, although it’s not the worst thing ever, you know that it’s simply not good in terms of both PVE and PVP. However, the benefit to this magic basic attack is when you’re fighting the Yeti or the Spider Queen. In both of those boss battles, there’ll probably be a warrior or a melee hunter that tanks the damage for you or distracts it for you. This allows you to completely avoid taking damage and being able to hit the Yeti/SQ from a far place. This sounds similar to a class called the Ranger, which can shoot from even more far away. Of course, since Rangers rely on their bow and their only ability is Barrage, it’s justified that their basic attack is better than the mage’s.
However, in literally every situation that’s not a boss battle, you’re going to lose, lose, and lose if you use your magic basic attack in the same situations as a warrior would normally.
here is a list of bad (it’d be better if you had melee basic attack) situations:
Imagine you’re in the Great Crossroads and have entered one of those scarecrow pit thingys and have piled a pile of perhaps 3-4 scarecrows in front of you. If you use magic basic attack to kill them all, you will take significantly more longer than if you used melee basic attack.
PVP, it’s significantly easier to hit someone with melee basic attack than magic basic attack. The magic basic attack can be easily dodged and it doesn’t have that much range. If you simply run backwards with a mage running at you spamming magic basic attack, you’re basically immune to magic basic attack and have only their abilities to worry about.
SQR spiders (When it’s just one spider, its simply not worth thundercalling it)
Bats (but thundercall exists, but yeah it’d be easier with melee basic attack compared to magic)
If you are low level, your mana is low. Remember that each magic basic attack is 3 mana to cast (melee basic attack is 0). Yeah, you’ll be spending money on purple potions or rest after grinding for a while if you want to farm monsters.
here’s when it’s actually beneficial
- yeti/sq (However, SQ’s venom and spiderlings are still capable of attacking you, making it so you’re worser than a ranger if you use just magic basic attack. I’d add yeti’s attacks as being a problem as well but its probably because i suck)
Sure, mage is an ok class, but early game shouldn’t be unsmooth, and nothing in Vesteria should be unsmooth, even if it makes it more balanced if mages are left alone (i think mages aren’t the most powerful, but still isn’t the weakest class)
so here are some solutions:
- Give mages back the melee basic attack
- Let it pierce or maybe make projectile bigger
- Make it do small AoE that can attack 2-3 enemies at once (credit: SiulChan)