I’m really starting to love the mage class. After having played three different mains, two of which have been hybrids, it feels good to play a “pure” class again. And of all the classes I’ve played so far mages easily has some of most fun spells and abilities, and if applied correctly, useful as well.
Imagine this scenario. Some lonely gnome is guarding the stables in Arathi Basin. I sneak up out of line of sight, then just before I get within his line of sight, I pop invisibility. Then I will run up to the flag and use mirror images and my water elemental. At this point the poor gnome is running around like a headless chicken, trying to figure out which target is the right one. Usually, the gnome will be dead before it realizes he should be looking for the one with ice barrier (little tip if you play against a mage who uses mirror images in PvP). I once used this technique against a slightly tipsy friend in a duel. Poor thing thought she had completely lost it and decided it was best to head for bed.
There is also a lot of silly uses for various mage spells. Take slow fall for example. I’ve turned several heads by using slow fall and jumping down on summoning stones (in Azeroth of course) and removing the spell at just as you’re floating over the stone.
My fellow mage, Vorla, over at The Echo Isles-blog has been slacking recently. You might remember him talking about doing an interview with his noob friend, about how he was experiencing the game while leveling up his first character. Well, Mr. Noob dinged 80 last night. We ran him through Trial of the Crusader (heroic, then normal with a 79 priest who never had jousted before either) and Culling of Stratholme (heroic), leaving him baffled and confused, and with a shiny new necklace. The plan is, if Vorla doesn’t get off his blue arse soon, I’m gonna nick his noob and do a Q &A with him. I’ve got a few ideas on what to ask him, but I would love it if you would pitch in with some questions and/or ideas!
As for my plan to PvP. It’s going alright. I’ve managed to pick up both some decent PvE and PvP epics, and started to see my self like a threat. That was until I tried arenas. Me and a rogue in the guild decided to try some skirmishes. The guildy is a PvP-nut. With his main being a mage with a 2000+ 2v2 team and over 1500(!) matches, it’s fair to say I was afraid too feel like a noob. The first thing that struck me is the amount of reaction and awareness needed in arenas. There is a very small margin for error, and the matches usually last until either teams makes a mistake. Panick and confusion are the first words to pop into my head when thinking about the first two or three matches. After some input from PvP-nut we managed to win our fourth game against a DK and a shaman (perhaps not the best combo?). After that we went up against a series of 800+resi teams, among them a Disc Priest/Resto Druid team which were just impossible to take down. We eventually decided to take a break, and try again another day.
In other news, 3.2.2 hit today. As you may or may not know, arcane got a serious buff. Although, not in the way I would have liked. Still I’m glad that I won’t have to specc fire to be viable in raids. Rather than making the mana management of arcane (which is the fun part of it in my opinion), they boosted the damage and made it more mana efficient instead. Previously you had to time your potions, gems and evocations perfectly or else you would find your self out of mana. If you tried to play it safe and preserve your mana, your DPS would suck. I was hoping for these tools to be change/buffed somehow to make this more manageable and less dependant on RNG (random AOE or something during evocation… ARGH!). Perhaps make the improved evocation similar to a shadow priests disperse? Making them immune to damage while channeling, this would also make arcane a more viable in PvP.
With 3.2.2 we also got to visit an old friend. Onyxia. As expected she was a loot piniata. Since she was added to celebrate WoW’s 5th anniversary I think it’s fair that everyone should be able to have a shot at her. What I didn’t expect was that she would drop 232 and 245 loot. Nevertheless, it was fun seeing old content tuned for level 80. I’m already looking forward to giving Ragnaros a visit when Cataclysm hits. Lastly, please leave any questions you may have for the noob in your comment.