Each week Arcane Brilliance endeavors to give you a tiny peek into the vast and mysterious world of Mages. This peek comes at the cost of your very soul. Really, it totally does. Ok, so I'm lying. Your soul will be fine. No soul-related problems will come from reading Arcane Brilliance. That we're aware of.
Mages complain a lot. We do. A stroll through the first couple pages of threads over on the official Mage forums
is more often than not like a guided tour of QQ central. For instance, as I write this there's a four-page topic on quitting the game over not being able to downrank spells anymore
. Yes, it's terrible, but apparently a level one Warrior
is considering leaving the game because he can't save a bit of mana on his main by casting rank 1 Frost Nova
. I sense a great disturbance in the Force
, as if one first-level Warrior cried out in terror and was suddenly silenced. I think we all share a great sense of loss here.
To be frank, in these heady days of Living Bomb
spells that look like they might actually be useful, Frostfire Bolts
that have the potential
to be very, very powerful, Deep Freezes
that have become instant cast and do nice damage, an Arcane tree that looks as if it can stand alone
as a high-DPS tree, and of course Polymorph: Penguin
, I feel as if there simply isn't much left for us Mages to complain about. In fact, as the Wrath beta
progresses, I find more and more about our class that inspires an overall sense of optimism.
Still, I dream of better things. I'm happy at the direction we appear to headed in, but there a few things I wish for our class--a short list of improvements, most of which I have wanted for a very long time. I'm not finding fault, just wishing. A Mage can dream, can't he? Join me after the break for a brief Mage wish-list, the things I dream of when I'm not setting fire to Fel Orcs.
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