Wizards are my favourite class, but for the most part, this is due to their outfits and their potential, rather than what they are right now.
I am quite sure anyone who's played a wizard has noticed the many flaws they have, however, the more I look at them, the more the class feels like an afterthought, as if though it had been made last and with little patience.
The purpose of this topic is to summarise these points so that they will hopefully be fixe din the future, but I will not be delving into too much detail, particularily with the skills, as I have seen many topics by now in regards to the subject.
On that very note, it's well-known that wizards have the most shallow skill tree off of all classes. Something surprising, considering how versatille they were in RO1, though alas, there's no such thing as elemental weaknesses to exploit in RO2.
Most of the skills you get are there to make your Fire Ball and your Fire Bolt better. Then you have a wide area Damage Over Time given by a basic Inferno and a mastered Firestarter, and probably the most remembered wizard skill; Meteor Shower. Other than that, Frost Nova, Ice Wall and Teleport are the only worthwhile skills for a wizard.
How shallow and simple this skill tree is can be very sad sometimes, because not only is it boring, it even falls weak when you compare it to a DPS Sorcerer or Priest. Although this doesn't mean wizards have a bad DPS at all, their lack of flexibility renders wizards frail and vulnerable to most environments.
Without a doubt, skills are the first thing Wizards need rebalanced, or revamped altogether into a more fun class.
In regards to skills, however, lies the main point of what makes me think Wizards are afterthroughts in general; The animations.
Wizards have the most boring and mediocre animations of all classes out of what I have seen. They are not exactly unfitting, but they are dreadfully simple and usually are recycled from other classes or other skills they own themselves.
When you look at Sorcerors, you can see how livid their movements are even for quick spells. Wizards, however, are very stale and look as if though they were bored when they fight; particularily with Meteor Storm or Frost Nova. Even Flame Explosion is pitifully simple.
On a related note, is the fact that wizards never use their rods for anything whatsoever. In fact, their rods look identical to Sorceror's staves in every way.
For how they cast barehanded, you'd think Wizards would use books, tomes, or something of that effect as weapons. Not that it'd make much of a difference, considering how they never unsheathe their weapons during battle at all.
The wizard classes were always my favourite back in RO1, and here, I really feel they could become something good. So far, whata ppeals me the mos tabout them would be, like I mentioned before, their wardrobe (Aside form the fact that male wizards lose their pants when donning their robes starting at level 40), as well as their moderate DPS, but it really is no secret that this class is in serious need for attention.
Edited by SorcerousPhantom, 17 May 2013 - 06:29 AM.