O' great lords of mabi please hear my plea
Share with us lowly peasants your godly intellect
And show us all how to use this skill
By recommending to use other skills
That don't even have a similar effect
Or really a similar feel.
I'm sorry but you're probably braindead if you think this skill is good. An npc wand with nothing on it aside from chaincast 4 will out dps a step 7 staff because you're gonna spend most of your time running around trying to charge hail. I challenge either of you to find one situation where hail is better than any other magic skill, and prove it.
From the way I see it, Fire is knockback and burst damage, Lightning is stun and AOE with quick cast times, and Ice is repeated hits and conserving mana. When you use Hailstorm it drains a fixed amount of mana and lets you basically magic final hit until the duration runs out. CC Firebolt on the other hand drains you dry of mana faster and has no AOE.
So just to be sure I tested this with 272 magic attack. Firebolt with a step 6 Fire wand for me is doing about 9800 damage with a critical hit. Hailstorm with 5 charges hits for 16000 damage with a critical hit. At 4 charges, Hailstorm out damages Firebolt with 10800 damage with a critical hit.
In solo play, Firebolt might feel more useful because you can move around with it charged but in party play with a teammate defending you, Hailstorm is going to win. Now maybe there's some 50mil reforge item that lets firebolt beat Hailstorm in damage and mana cost but I'm not seeing it. So just use other skills if you don't like Hailstorm.
If you can complain about Hailstorm being weak, why not focus on why Icebolt and Lightning bolt aren't as cancerous as Firebolt. Let's just make every magic skill into CC Firebolt..
I know it's a little late into the thread, but please try to remain on the original topic.
I guess that makes me somewhat sadistic. =P
Spoiling a plot that has been over 10 years in the making to a large public space just because someone else did it to you isn't just sadistic: it's borderline crazy. You shouldn't contribute to that cycle out of respect for others who have been wanting to be unspoiled on such things.
Hailstorm is fine the way it is. You just need to know how to use it.
Revamp culture is terrible. It's good to have a few odd skills that not everyone can figure how to use effectively. If you want a big Ice AOE, there's Ice Spear. If you want an ice gust, there's Frozen Blast with AOE upgrades.
Um, excuse me but you're wrong. I know this because I'm an endgame human 1k buffed max, total 11k I'm the strongest in my guild of 3 people and my final hit doesn't have AoE at all, and final strike has a higher number.