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9-18-2010 @ 9:22PM
I was strongly considering rolling a Mage in Cata (have a 60 Mage on a non-main server), so I copied a premade to test the class at endgame. While I was initially planning Frost, I'm definitely going Fire (at least after hitting 85, maybe Frost levelling). Frost feels much the same as it does on Live (at least Frost-80 on PTR feels like Frost-60 on Live), which is still pretty good. I found Arcane to be drop-dead boring. Fire was freaking awesome. Also, the damage would seem to agree. In the template gear, I could only get about 3.5k DPS in Arcane/Frost, and nearly scratched 8k with Fire (all on a target dummy, figuring out the rotation by carefully reading talents and seeing how spells interact). Will definitely be rolling a new Mage when 4.0.3 hits.
9-18-2010 @ 9:24PM
I should clarify, the damage results would seem to agree with my playstyle, as I was able to catch onto the spec and spells much better than the other specs, and my DPS suffered greatly for it. In comparison, I couldn't beat 2.5k with premade Fury Warrior and Affliction Warlock, two other classes I've yet to level and competing with Mage.
9-18-2010 @ 11:14PM
He reads talents and forms his own rotations, which he then holds to rigorous testing.He analyzes his performance and finds a playstyle he enjoys with the numbers to support his raid.He plays a mage.He is the best man in the World (of Warcraft).[Seriously - I wish all players were like you. /salute]
9-19-2010 @ 5:14AM
@Iirdan: Props to you for the Chandler reference.
9-19-2010 @ 9:23AM
@Iirdan Thanks for the complement! I do try to avoid theorycrafting research when I can, in particular with rotations and whatnot. It always seemed like something that people should get fairly obviously levelling a class from the start, and something that can be figured out from careful talent/tooltip examination.
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