>I totally agree with OP here. Over the top animations for mundane skills steal the limelight to magic.
See this kind of proves what ive been saying.
its not about realism, its all about "Muh magic":
This is was this entire topic is about. How dare the fighter do somehting cool.
How dare it have a good animation.
No! This is a game about wizards!
Its not about classes. Every character can run, jump or attack, including mages.
Non magic actions can and should look cool or powerful.
They just should not look too magic.