Each week, Arcane Brilliance stirs you up a delightful goulash of Mage news, opinion, tips, and info, and seasons it all with an unhealthy sprinkling of Warlock hate. Mmmm. Tasty, delicious Warlock hate. Enjoy!
My formative years fell mainly within the late-80's and early 90's, back when Double Dare
and Saved by the Bell
were a daily afternoon ritual and it was perfectly acceptable to show up to school wearing parachute pants and looking like Brian Austin Green from 90210
(I'd be careful about clicking that last youtube link, the video contained therein quite literally made my brain bleed). My family was...um...frugal
, so school shopping was always an exercise in humility.
"But Mom, all the other kids are wearing Bugle Boy
, why can't I?"
"Everybody else will have a sweet Trapper Keeper
, why do I have to get this crappy notebook?"
"My friends get to play Crystalis and Life Force, why am I stuck with Destination Earthstar
I know that last one isn't at all related to education, but even while school shopping, my mind was on games. A lot of my best memories involve the Playchoice 10
display at Montgomery Ward.
All of these questions and many more elicited the same response:
"Chris, you shouldn't worry about what other kids have. You can't compare yourself to other people."
Oh Mom, how wrong you were. How very, very wrong.
In World of Warcraft
, the late stages of the game revolve
around how your class compares to those around you. Your raiding
value is determined by how much healing you can muster, how many other classes and specs can out-DPS you, or how well you can hold aggro and mitigate damage. PvP
is essentially a caste system so rigid and brutal India would be proud of it. So now that we've had the Lich King around for a solid two months and the classes have begun to settle into their roles, how do Mages stack up? Where do we rate? Can we walk down the cool kids' (Death Knights
) hallway? Or are we the nerds, staying in the library at lunch to avoid getting beaten up because we bring Dragonlance novels
and issues of Nintendo Power to school? Join me after the jump and we'll discuss where Mages stand.