Each week, Arcane Brilliance puts a Mage-related joke at the beginning of a column about Mages. This week, though, after the class panels at the WWI, Arcane Brilliance is not in a joking mood.Warriors
are unique in that they are the strongest, most durable melee class, can use all of the biggest and best weapons and armor in the game, and make highly-sought-after tanks.Rogues
are unique in that they can Stealth
past almost anything, are downright impossible to hit
at times, and can contribute incredibly high single-target DPS in groups.Druids
are unique in that they can shape-shift into awesome animal forms that amount to slightly lesser versions of several other classes, can be excellent tanks, DPS, and healers, have incredible buffs
, and are the single most annoying Arena
class in the game.Priests
are unique in that they can be both an incredibly effective caster DPS class as well as the best (and surprisingly durable) pure healing class, while providing some of the best buffs around
are unique in that they can tame their own pets, then use them to tank for them while they sit back and provide top-tier ranged DPS.Paladins
are unique in that they are the only healing class that can wear plate, can perform the duties of the best multiple mob tanking class, the best single-target healing class, or an effective melee DPS class. Also, they have a bubble
are broken currently, but will soon have some of the best raid-wide buffs in the game via their totems, and are still sort of unique in that they can spec to provide both melee and caster DPS, as well as very nice healing, and have an incredibly nice panic button
are unique in that they can provide what is possibly the best caster DPS, both single-target and AoE, have Life Tap
, which makes their mana almost never-ending in groups where they have a healer willing to throw them a heal every now and again, have a pet which can add to their DPS, tank for them, destroy casters in PvP, or provide CC.
Mages...Mages are Warlocks without pets.
Ok, to be entirely fair, we can also make food
and open a portal to Shattrath
at the end of every instance.
Mages need help (Shamans need help too, but Arcane Brilliance isn't a column about Shamans
). Come back after the break and we'll talk about what needs to be done.