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The idea of leveling is a simple one. You need experience to get to the next level. That’s it.

To that end, the most efficient leveling comes from being able to kill monsters rapidly, with as little “downtime” as possible. Downtime here defined as time forced to spend recuperating mana or some other resource.

For mages, this means that the choice of a leveling spec is basically between deep fire and deep frost. Sadly, anything arcane has to offer from a leveling sense, the other two do better, usually several times over.

With the exception of Arcane Concentration. That talent is awesome, and highly recommended for any leveling build.

Before we get started here, I’d like to point out the following:

Frost has become the best tree for leveling purposes.

I know, I know, and I’m sorry to the advocates of the other trees. But really, did you still think it was a contest? Leveling is all about mana efficiency and killing monsters as fast as possible without getting killed yourself.

So here we have the most mana efficient tree, with the most powerful snares in the game, it’s offensive talents have been conveniently reworked to cost less talent points, it has the most powerful defensive spells, and now it has a stun. There’s really no competition to that. (more…)

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The Race Card

It’s a question that crops up with an obscene level of regularity on the mage forums. Look through the archives, and I can guarantee you there are just as many “what race should my mage be?” threads as there are “warlocks are overpowered” threads.

As a blogger, I have to say that you should go with whatever race suits you the best. Me, personally, I think it’s obvious. Troll mages are the best thing ever conceived in the history of everything, with the possible exception of Christopher Walken.

But if you absolutely must know, read on. (more…)

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What follows is a complete analysis to all of the talents in the frost tree. Each talent will be discussed from a Raiding (PvE), Leveling, and PvP standpoint, and finally, given a rating on the following scale:

  • Must have
  • Solid
  • Okay
  • Poor
  • Skip it

All talent descriptions are assuming you have the maximized talent. (more…)

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What follows is a complete analysis to all of the talents in the fire tree. Each talent will be discussed from both a PvE and a PvP standpoint, and finally, given a rating on the following scale:

  • Must have
  • Solid
  • Okay
  • Poor
  • Skip it

All talent descriptions are assuming you have maximized the talent. (more…)

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What follows is a complete analysis to all of the talents, old and new, being released in patch 3.0 and moving forward into Wrath of the Lich King. Each talentis weighted for it’s use “raiding” (end game group content), “solo” (leveling, random quests), and “PvP” (battlegrounds, arenas). Each talent is given a rating as follows, for each area of the game:

  • Must have
  • Solid
  • Okay
  • Poor
  • Skip it

All talent descriptions are assuming you have maximized the talent. (more…)

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Hi there, my name is Euripedes, and today I will be showing you how to be a successful troll on the mage forums. Without further adieu, let’s get started!

Be 70

Contrary to popular belief, you actually do need to post on a level 70 character to be a successful troll. While many feel that one should post on an alt, say, a level 2 Warlock named “Skillcoil”, this is actually counterproductive.

As a troll, you want people to listen to you, and then argue with you. If the little avatar to the left of your post is anything besides a level 70, you will be completely ignored on principal.

By posting on a level 70, you guarantee that other forum goers will read what you say.

If, for instance, you post a guide to mage forum trolling on an alt, you will be ignored, and recieve responses such as “Post on your main”.

But, if you post a guide to mage forum trolling on an actual level 70 mage, you open up a whole new field of responses: ascii art of Ollie, QFT’s, stupid arguments, and even other people on their alts trolling you! (more…)

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M&M: Us Versus Us?

Ahh, mages. Arguably the squishiest class in the game, and yet capable of terrifying power, solid crowd control, and the most powerful burst capability of any class in the arenas.

Enter maniacal laughter here.

Enter maniacal laughter here.

Overview

– Almost all arena mages are specced deep frost (either a 17/044 or 0/0/61 build) due to that specs superior survivability and control to the other specs. This appears to be changing, but for now, frost is still the go-to tree for arena mages.

– Similar to hunters, a mage left without pressure can deal a massive amount of damage very, very quickly, to any class.

– Decent mana longevity, due to Evocate and mana gems.

– Has the longest spell school lockout ability in the game, which just so happens to be off the GCD, instant cast, and ranged. Counterspell is devastating.

– Very strong crowd control, via polymorph and multiple snares/roots. Even a few seconds of successful mage CC can completely turn the tide of a battle.

– Invisibility, as much controversy has surrounded it, is still a very effective tool.

– One of only two classes that can render themselves completely immune to focus fire. (more…)

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