Skip to Content
4-24-2010 @ 4:56PM
Being an arcane mage as it stands now just doesn't feel right to me. I'm supposedly a master of the purest magical knowledge, gleaned from years of studying musty tomes at the top of some tower. Yet when it comes time for me to stand on the battlefield and unleash my staggering intellect from behind bloodied, muscular fighters dressed in metal, I utter the same one or two spells over and over until I'm exhausted. Fat lot of good all those years of study did me; Mage State Community College teaches those same two spells to anyone who walks in off the street with a few silver pieces.One thing I will say about the comments on this article: The definition of what is fun varies from person to person. Some find fun in seeing big numbers, others would enjoy a more complex rotation. I personally believe the concept of the arcanist jives well with the latter, and those desiring a "big boom" spec will drift to whichever (hopefully fire) ends up satisfying the former.On the topic of a "burn" phase, I'm sure Blizzard could think of much more exciting mechanics, but what about a spell with a 3- to 5-minute cooldown that allows the mage to delay casting costs for ten to fifteen seconds? Something along the lines of "When activated, all damaging arcane spells will cost no mana for ten seconds. At the end of this period, all mana that would have been spent casting is consumed. The mage cannot cast a spell that that they would otherwise not have the mana to cast." Except worded better. Every few minutes you'd be able to "burn now, pay later." Ideally you would pop this ten seconds before the boss dies and blow your whole mana pool, except you'd still register as having a high level of mana, allowing Mastery to boost your damage. And if timed right, the effect would wear off right as the boss dies, suddenly leaving you with an empty mana pool when all those casting costs catch up to you.
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.