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8-14-2010 @ 4:38PM
To be honest, I think the mana problem isn't there even now for the leveling mage. I'm leveling one currently ( 61 at the moment) and I've barely had to drink. At all. Still though, finding the mage experience madly fun, topping the DPS with my frostbolt and water elemental.Oh, never going to play a warlock. Cant beat the fun I've had on that mage.
8-14-2010 @ 5:11PM
Soloing a lot? I recently started a new mage to level with a friend, and one thing I've noticed is that I never stop to drink while soloing, but we both do have to from time to time while we're playing together. That seems counter-intuitive at first (working together, shouldn't it be easier, and thus require less mana?), but what happens is with it being easier, we move from encounter to encounter much more quickly, so you end up blowing through mana more quickly. So, even today, a level 17 mage can drain her mana pool -- at least if she's playing with friends.
8-14-2010 @ 9:41PM
Leving as a frost mage, you can't go OOM unless you are spamming blizzard. This is in the current incarnation in the game... the replenishment itself really does the job, plus the pure mana efficiency of frostbolt and shatter combos is icing on that cake.In my not so humble opinion, frost mages are by far the best, easiest, and fastest to solo while leveling up; the only thing that gives it a run for the money would be a blood death knight (talking about current live servers and not cata). The AOE ability is by far the best of any class while leveling, making it a breeze to grind all those birds you have to kill for quests in hellfire peninsula. The skill cap is a bit higher than a DK, but if you know what you are doing, you can just go nuts doing that stuff.
8-14-2010 @ 9:45PM
@Pyromelter: This is a good point. My level 80 mage is frost though (with arcane on the secondary spec), so I decided to go with fire on the new one.
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