Well it certainly seems so. In the recent past, we have had the situation with resists being capped, or as Mythic said, you are rewarded with diminishing returns. This obviously had the knock on effect of increasing the damage that certain characters types have been doing (Think magic users). The response to this, is not fine tuning the dps (The longer job) to take into effect this resistance change, but stopping certain spells from overlapping. The current short list is rain of fire and pit of shades. So now if you want to use these spells, you better be quick with the good old trigger finger, since you could be utilising this spell and seeing bugger all happen. Now that’s going to be rewarding eh? Yeah yeah, I know you are going to say, that you can’t reactively redo a massive retooling of these spells, without an out pouring of hate. I refer you to my blog title.
In the good old days of DAOC and I do think of them as the good old days, AOE spells covered a wide area but didn’t really do massive damage. The only way you would ever die to AOE in DAOC, was to be AFK and stupid. The AOE spells in DAOC, were excellent in sucking up group heals. Which meant the healers would be hard pressed to do single target heals as well. Which meant that single DPS characters could be more effective.
DAOC did have spells which weren’t allowed to overlap, but these were on long timers. Not these 60 second cool downs, more like 10/15 mins. So you were always waiting for the right time to use these special abilities. Funny thing is, that these none overlapping spells, like Thornweed Field, initially on release were allowed to overlap, until people realised the damage you could do with stacking them.
Now, you begin to see my original point. Mythic have had a lot of experience of RvR, yet have tried so hard to avoid the label of recreating DAOC 2.0 in a warhammer style, that they seem to have thrown their previous experiences to the wind. Thankfully keeps made it in, as did upgrading keeps. Just need to wait for them to reflect a graphical changes to indicate these changes.