So.. Bright Wizards and Sorcerer will get some nerfing in patch 1.3.5. In general this is a good way.
The question is, is this the right way to nerf bombing? Reducing the damage output of the PBAE-attack is not necessarily the right way as it could bring the spell to uselessness. Another route which could have worked is reducing the stacking of those pbae-attacks. So let those bombs build up combustion.. let them hit for 2-3k with their pbae-attack (maybe even less), but let it not stack with the other pbae-attacks from the same career. Maybe even make this a rule for all direct aoe-damage. This would enhance the damage of the Magus und Engineer with their ae-dots too, as they now have a chance to do damage and not apply the dot and see their target bombed away. So it would level the rdps-careers to some extent.
What would be the result? Well.. AE would still be useful, because you can still deal a good amount of damage. But putting two bombs tightly together wouldn’t mean that they’ll be effective enough to kill whole warbands. So this nerf would affect only those bombing-warbands. Bombing in small-scale fights is not affected that much and I think that this is ok. Bombing remains somewhat useful, but isn’t the ultimate weapon for every situation.
We’ve seen that sort of nerf to Rain of Fire and Pit of Shades and it changed the way they are being used quiet drastically. I think that this kind of change would be good to the PBAE-attacks of the Bright Wizard and Sorcerer..