Mar 15th 2008 9:45PM The mages in my guild do very good damage, although its a bit behind locks. Mage pve survivability seems a lot higher now with all mages getting iceblock so I don't really see why you'd expect to outdistance the other dps classes.
Dec 11th 2007 1:40PM While heavy affliction / destruction is a very popular build, the build you list in the article is a hybrid PvE / PvP build. If you want to spec to maximize your potential for one aspect of the game I would recommend the following:
For raiders, you'd be better off picking up Malediction and Dropping Improved Curse of Agony which you won't be doing on raid bosses anyway. This decreases your own dps but increases the raid dps, and raid utility is what makes affliction so great. Also, for 25 man raids its nice to have 1 lock with 5/5 Shadow Embrace (some people think this isn't worth 5 points, but -5% damage from raid bosses is nice). I'd recommend dropping a few points from fel concentration as well since 5/5 seems overkill for PvE since the points are better spent elsewhere. Also, consider a point or two into improved HS so that the raid can have up to 3 different HS.
For PvP, I'd recommend putting 5-7 points into demonology (HS + demonic embrace) and losing destructive reach as well as a few points from devastation or perhaps the excess talents, over 41 for UA, from affliction.