It happens to the best of us.
You roll a mage, expect for ZOMG damage, get exactly that, rock face in raids and PvP, then TBC comes out, and none of it seems to count anymore. People invite you to groups, not for mad killing power, but for mad piggy power. People whisper you every day, not to talk to you, but to simply demand baked goods and water. Then they turn around and charge you three hundred gold so you can learn how to summon a bloody cinnamon roll. No thanks, y’all can go burn to death in a German blimp. Then you find yourself out-DPS’d by warlocks you clearly out gear, and wonder why.
So you visit the official wow forums, ask the community what you’re doing wrong, the community politely let’s you know you’re inferior to warlocks in every way, your gear is terrible even by pre-Kara boomkin standards, and that you should have rolled a shadow priest if you wanted to be helpful to a raid. And then the game developers politely tell you that Mage Armor is getting a BRAND NEW UNIQUE ICON!
It can get very taxing from time to time, leading up to bitchfests of the highest orders. Almost daily on the WoW mage forums, there’s a thread of a mage leaving WoW forever, fed up with the needless frustration and sadness of his class. And these aren’t whinos who’ve been playing since April of last year. We’re talking troll mages with the rank Warlord, gnome mages proudly sporting “Scarab Lord”, people with over 60k lifetime kills, mages who have Illidan on farm. All of them done. Just done. Burnt out. Finished. Or rolling warlocks.
What these people need is a wee bit of cheering up. What these people need to know is that, at best, they are being whiny bitchez. What these people need, above all, is a community of people to carefully point out the flaws in their argument, cleverly avoiding the parts of their argument that is painfully right. (Seriously. Spirit and Spell Penetration. GAWD WHY?)
So. After having a weekend filled with sadness and utter disillusionment, I decided I needed to get my act back together. Nobody likes an emo troll, even the troll in question. Which I guess is the point of being emo… uhh… where was I?
So yes. Cheerful stuff, f’sho.
STEP 1: Read comments to the bitch post, decide I’m being unreasonable, and have faith that Blizzard will fix the problems eventually. Maybe. Hopefully. I mean, they’ve had copious amounts of spirit on mage gear for a long, long time, they gotta get around to fixing it someday. Maybe by World of Warcraft 2?
STEP 2: Listen to some happy music. The Strokes, and this song in particular did it for me quite nicely.
STEP 3: Watch something, preferably a cartoon, that contains a character much more emo than you. For me, the character Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender did it rather nicely (“I MUST capture the avatar and restore my honor).
STEP 4: Once you have gotten over yourself and your stupid pity, do something CRAZY AWESOME FUN, that others would construe as absolutely moronic. Kiting a Fel Reaver to Shattrath… as a SHAMAN, for instance.
In my case, I got the PTR client up and running, copied Rippy, and proceeded directly to the Mage trainers, and respecced to this.
Hello, Elementalist! I’ve been wanting to try out this spec for some time, and… well, it’s fun. Incredibly so. Think of it like engineering is relative to the other professions… PRE-TBC. Everybody looks at you funny, and smile and nod whenever you say something.
And the whole “walking bag of tricks” thing is awesome. Cold Snap, 10% chance to stun whenever I’m hit by anything, Blazing Speed, Icy Veins, powerful Shatter combo, Blastwave, all wrapped up into one sexy arse troll. It’s not optimal for anything, to be sure, but I haven’t had this much fun since… well, level 49. My god, I’ve missed this facet of the game.
And Shatter combo as Fireball / Ice Lance is just plain mean. I lurv it.
Next step is to pair up with an enhancement shaman for some sexy 2v2 action.