Players argue over the “right” way to play Elden Ring: “Magic is the easy way”

Players argue over the “right” way to play Elden Ring: “Magic is the easy way”

Elden Ring provides its players with a wide range of tools that can be used in battle to survive. But some of these tools are considered “easy mode” in parts of the community and are rejected.

In the Elden Ring Action RPG, players can try out different builds and customize their playstyle in the way that suits them best. In addition to melee builds including swords, spears, sabers, clubs, and similar weapons, there is also a wide range of magic.

And this magic is currently a point of contention within the community.

This is discussed: Elden Ring has been out for just over a week and there are now countless clips and videos of players snapping their mouths or calling every animal in the game a dog.

However, clips also surfaced where magic users take on difficult bosses without a hitch. They just keep their distance and attack their slower opponents with spells, like one of the first bosses you encounter in an optional dungeon:

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In the comments and reactions to such videos, it is often said that the magic in Elden Ring is too OP. It makes boss fights, which are supposed to be sharp and difficult, too easy. Therefore, people must play the game “well” by engaging in close combat, learning the attack patterns of bosses, and gaining victory.

  • “The guy talks shit and defeats the boss by sending magic.”
  • “Use magic and projectiles and pretend you’ve done something. Try melee and see who complains.”
  • “Babber shit while keeping his distance with magic lmao ok”

Some players view melee builds as the “real” Elden Ring experience because fights are often more challenging with them.

Strategies that make boss fights easier are therefore “not correct” or “easy mode”. Even if the developers included the tools for these strategies in the game.

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The video caused quite a stir on the Elden Ring subreddit. The player defeats a tough boss with a single spell. But the player already has a very high level.

The other party argues: Complaints about magic users in the Elden Ring sparked heated discussions on social media. Consequently, there were also strong counter-reactions to claims that magic is “cheating”.

Another part of the community did not agree that everyone can play Elden Ring the way they want. The developers didn’t put magic into the game for nothing and made it much more diverse than previous SoulsBorne games. So it’s very fair and it’s okay to use them.

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It was also emphasized that in the past there were bosses and opponents that had strong resistances to magic or individual elements. Wizards don’t always have it easy, according to this part of the community.

Also, magic users have to split their potion between healing and SP regeneration and thus receive more debuffs.

Other players posted videos of their own mage builds, which they had a lot of trouble with, for example very aggressive bosses. These bosses attacked relentlessly, leaving no time to cast magic effectively.

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Therefore magic is only OP in certain situations. Depending on the opponent, mages sometimes even have a harder time than players who rely on strength and progress through the game with big swords and heavy armor.

What do you think about the controversial issue? But what do MeinMMO readers say about it? Do you think magic is too strong in Elden Ring? You can cast your vote in the poll tool below.

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Tell us what you think about magic in the Elden Ring. Is it unfair to rely on magic because it makes the game too easy, or is it totally fine? Do you play as a wizard and do you have experience with him? Or do you prefer to be in close combat?

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