Most Wizard players seem to like the changes, or at least the huge damage potential of the set as it’s currently showing on the PTR, but opinions are far more mixed about the usability. Here’s Timesink offering a much more critical view of the set than did our podcast guests, with most of his disapproval focused on the extreme button-mashing control system.
Diablo 3 Forum Watch: Tal Rasha’s Set Changes
There are many issues but the main problem is simple to explain. The new Tal Rasha 6-piece bonus is to add a stack of a buff on the wizard for each elemental attack. The problem is the current implementation defines an attack as a button press. This means you gain a stack, for example, when you press your key to lay down a hydra and don’t gain anything when the hydra actually attacks.
The effect of this on game play is severe and extremely negative. With a 4-stack you can do tremendous damage — meteors can hit for 5 billion. So the goal it to get to a 4-stack as quickly as possible. This means you want to cast 3 skills of different elements and you really don’t care if they do any damage or not. If you are truly trying to optimize you will pick skills like explosive blast that don’t have a cast animation so you can mash keys and get the stack maxed as quickly as possible. You then have 3 seconds to spam a main attack skill before the stacks falls off and you have to start over again.
It is hard to describe just how awkward this playstyle but is immediately evident as soon as you try it. Remember how they changed the monk set to not require spamming a mantra every three seconds? Well Tal forces you top spam four skills as fast as possible every 5 seconds or so. If the monk set was changed do to complaints of finger fatigue than this version of Tal’s cannot go live. (If you read the PTR forums the few people who aren’t complaining about Tal’s suggest a macro keyboard is the only way to play it.)
That’s an excerpt from his full-sized article of a forum post. Click through to read the whole thing, or check it out in our Wizard strategy forum.