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Arcane Brilliance: Building your Mage, part 2: PvP

Each week, Arcane Brilliance attempts to give Mages something to read. Immediately thereafter, Warlocks also get something to read, only their reading material is instant cast, applies a DoT, and can turn into an invincible demon from the nether-regions of Hell. Mages complain, and Blizzard responds by giving Arcane Brilliance a 2 second stun. The catch? It only works if the reading material crits, and only if the target is a frozen sheep.

Alright, it's Saturday, and by now you've hopefully had time to make the trip to Theramore or Stonard to pick up your new Portal and Teleport spells. If early, unconfirmed info is your thing, you've no doubt taken a look at the leaked WotLK Alpha talents and formulated your own opinions on what the future may or may not hold for Mages. If not, well, there's no time like the present. Go ahead, I'm not going anywhere.

All set? Good, because we have lots to talk about. Last week we discussed some basic, flexible talent builds you can use to get your Mage ready for raiding. This week, we're exploring the PvP side of things. After the jump, We'll go over a few templates you can use to begin building your PvP Mage, including my own Mage's spec, so be sure to click the blue text below this sentence. I mean, how can you pass up the opportunity to mock my spec and tell me what a noob I am? Get going...clicky, clicky!

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Filed under: Mage, Analysis / Opinion, PvP, Classes, Talents, (Mage) Arcane Brilliance, Battlegrounds, Arena

Arena talent guide for baby mages

Shaan on the European forums has taken the time to write out a guide to building a mage Arena spec. Although the guide itself is not new, the information within it is still extremely valuable. Now, while PvP pros out there probably know all this information, this is the sort of post that gives me the massive amount of information I need as an Arena beginner. Think of the thread as a spec buffet, only each dish is laid out with pros, cons, and a rating on a scale between 1 and 10.

Shaan not only talks about PvP builds in the thread, he also gives some pretty sound advice for those of us new to Arena battles. For example, he suggests using rank 1 spells for many of the standard mage actions: Polymorph, Frost Nova, rank 1 Frostbolt and rank 1Cone of Cold keybound for kiting. Yes yes, I realize that you've already got a 1800 rating and this is all baby stuff to you, but there are plenty of us out there that simply need direction when it comes to the Arena, myself included. It's a good enough guide that Salthem recently added it to the useful mage sticky thread, which is how I found this gem of a guide. Do you have any suggestions to add to the guide now that Patch 2.3 is changing things up a bit?

Filed under: Mage, PvP, Talents

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