Its annoying convincing people to let me use my Mindcontrol. I think sometimes they think I just want to muck around. I don’t think of it as reliable as a sheep or a trap, while its much like a Warlocks enslave it doesnt let the Mc’er do anything but stand there in a trance . “I’d rather you DPS” is the most common response, and are I am therefore passed over for other dpsers with better forms of CC – I do agree that given its limitations it can be a poor mans CC – but its saved hides in ZA and MT when I’ve done it.
Depending on the situation/instance some positives can be
1) It reduces the load off the tank if its a melee Target. ( gives the healer some breathing room)
2) Your MC mob can try and tank another mob.
3) It can stop them from healing other mobs therefore making them easier to kill.
Sure its fun in a combat situation to grap someone with completely random abilities and read what they are before either throwing something, causing an AOE that breaks all the other cc’s or Blasts an enemy for a whole 300 damage. Randomly pressing buttons on your CC’d mobs spell bar does not help.
and somtimes when it breaks you need to throw sheild up on yourself and pray to Elune that you can either re Mc or someone stun the target and try and give you a chance to drop agro. ( Try… HAHAHA )
It does take practise – positioning and knowing what abilitys and target is best for you to use. You have limited spells to use, sometimes 2 – i think Ive seen 4 once. Some of these are fears, which can be bad – So who picks what spells on a mob we get to play with eh ?
Alot of the spells available to the Mindercontroller have extended cooldowns, so I end up meleeing on alot of them with casters, and find that they can melee alot more damage then cast.. eg in MgT and Botanica . In addition they also have Mob only self buffs, so you can’t buff you, the mind controller, and you have just buffed the mob you have control over and that will make him harder to kill when the MC breaks.
Some have buffs that you can get, can be directed to buff yourself.. I will MC Ogre Shamans and get them to heal me when I’m in Shadow Form, if farming for Basilisks I will visit the arakkoa and one of their casters gives you a Mana cost reduction spellbuff. On the WOW Forums there is a Mind control fun thread Mind Control Funwhich gives more details on other people experiences.
I mind control people in BG’s sometimes, the duration of the MC has been nerfed so its not as fun or effective, its hard to get the cast off without interruption and then and then when you do, avoiding any damage whatsoever so that you can actually force the person you have control over to do something like jump off a cliff.
There isn’t much you can do to another player mindcontrolled. You have limited time and distance, and no spells. If you run them too far away they go out of range for the spell to work. They can also trinket out of it
Most of the battle is convincing others that we can do it… but using mind control does require a bit more ‘planning’ and the understanding of the team that it may break.