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Something I've been thinking about. Retardation is a fun skill to have in certain situations. However, Retardation also makes it impossible to balance the class in any agreeable way because 99% of the game dreads and fears Retardation, the very thought of the skill being the focus of tales to make bad children behave, "Else the Ret Monster will eat your toes!"
First, I will preface this with saying I love fighting in Retardation. I find it fun and challenging. What I don't like is having to fight -other- people in Retardation. What I mean by this is that dropping ret quickly because a game of "spam the brazier", which makes it no fun at all, or "cheese the sleep lock", which isn't any fun for the opponent.
I want to suggest something radical: remove retardation from the game. Why? Because the top 1% of the top 10%... erm, uhh... I mean, I want to make changes to Magi to make it a more dynamic class to play, and to open up more options for magi to have defensively and offensively. Without the looming threat of the Ret Monster above our heads, it'll be easier to make suggestions to make healthy changes to the class. What are everyone's thoughts?