Posts Tagged ‘Mage’

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Mailbox Chick checks in

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There’s this mage on my realm who’s always at the mailbox around the corner from the main Auction House in Stormwind right about the time I play another of my alts. I’m not talking about any of the mailboxes right there in the little square — I’m talking about the one through the archway by the canal, toward the fishing quest area. Yeah, kinda out of the way, right? It’s always at odd hours, when not many people are around. I can’t help but notice her when she’s there.

For a long time, I assumed that Mailbox Mage was just another banker alt, but then I noticed that she’s actually leveling at a glacial pace. Now, as someone currently bringing up several alts simultaneously to try to sample all the revamped leveling storylines and zones, I can attest in no uncertain terms that sneezing too many times in a row nowadays will cause you to level. Mailbox Mage, though, plays pretty regularly. From what I can see, she logs in for a couple of hours at a time several times a week. She comes and goes, always heading off in different directions; she’s obviously busy doing something. So I took a peek at her character profile — instance runs and activity galore! I’ve come to the conclusion that that she’s periodically freezing her XP, gobbling up every last bit of content in each level range before moving on.

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The player behind the mysterious Mailbox Mage originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Mage character creation screen

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. this week, we seek to aid those of you who have made or will make the noble decision to level a mage in the coming months.

In the past, we’ve done our leveling guides here at WoW Insider as sprawling, multi-post epics, spanning ten or twenty levels a week over the course of a month, covering every aspect of every facet of everything you could ever want to know about leveling each class in the game. The problem with that approach is that you could probably just go in blind and level your mage from 1 to 85 faster than I could tell you how to do it. The simple fact of the matter is that the leveling game just isn’t terribly difficult. The process has been streamlined over the years to the point that I don’t believe such detailed leveling guides are really necessary anymore. Most of this game is intuitive and user friendly now, and the part of the game that really requires in-depth strategy doesn’t really start until after the experience-gaining part of it has stopped.

Knowing this, I won’t be filling this guide with talent analysis, ways to optimize your level 45 boss fight rotation, or a detailed travelogue of every quest hub you’ll be traipsing through along the way. This will be a more stripped-down endeavor, focusing on the parts of leveling that I think are important: not the spell coefficients and spreadsheets, but the basic concepts your mage needs to learn while leveling, not only to make the process easier and more enjoyable, but also to help them step from mage adolescence into mage adulthood so they can shoot Deathwing in the face with a Fireball of wisdom and maturity.

Continue reading Arcane Brilliance: Guide to leveling a mage in Cataclysm

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Arcane Brilliance: Guide to leveling a mage in Cataclysm originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 17 Dec 2011 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. This week, we take a look at the newly announced and quickly revised mage tier 13 set bonuses. I’ve provided a picture of the tier 13 helm above. Also, I am a liar.

So yeah, that isn’t really the mage tier 13 helm at all. No matter how desperately I want it to be.

Still, any clothing that makes me look like a time chicken wizard is welcome. But we’ve spent enough time in past columns discussing the appearance of our tier 13 set. It’s high time we started the conversation about the actual set bonuses this gear will provide. And what a conversation it will be …

Mage tier 13 set bonuses:

  • Two-piece bonus Your Arcane Blast has a 100% chance, and your Fireball and Frostbolt spells have a 50% chance, to grant Stolen Time, increasing your haste rating by 50 for 30 seconds and stacking up to 10 times. When Arcane Power, Combustion, or Icy Veins expires, all stacks of Stolen Time are lost.
  • Four-piece bonus Each stack of Stolen Time also reduces the cooldown of Arcane Power by 7 seconds, Combustion by 4 seconds, and Icy Veins by 6 seconds.

All right — let’s discuss, shall we?

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Arcane Brilliance: Time to talk about the mage tier 13 set bonuses originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 01 Oct 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, September 25th, 2011
final fanatsy III white mages

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. This week, we talk about the concept of mage healing, which in my opinion is like the concept of warlock winning. It simply isn’t a phenomena that occurs in nature.

Since those heady, halcyon days of 2004, when mages began to walk to wilds of Azeroth and players were introduced to their glass cannon awesomeness, the topic of mage healing has from time to time emerged, poking its strange and intriguing head up into the mage conversation and usually disappearing just as quickly. The idea has precedence. Healers in Final Fantasy lore are called White Mages. More recently, Dragon Age has its Spirit Mages. Archetypal wizards have had access to magical healing in one form or another throughout fantasy gaming and literature, though rarely is it their strongest focus.

And just lately, the idea has been gaining some unprecedented traction among the WoW mage community. Recently, I’ve seen the concept presented with consideration and clarity on the official forums, among my own contemporaries in-game, and even right here in the comments section of this very column. It bears thinking about. Though the idea is extremely unlikely to ever be implemented, its increasing popularity and the improving practicality with which its proponents conceptualize it warrant attention. Mage healing, whenever it is brought up, is immediately interesting and always at least a little bit tantalizing, even for its most vehement opponents.

Like me.

Continue reading Arcane Brilliance: On mage healing and other miscellany

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Arcane Brilliance: On mage healing and other miscellany originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 24 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, September 17th, 2011
mage tier 13 set

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. And by “every week,” I of course mean “every week when I’m home, have access to the internet, and do not find my time entirely monopolized by my day job.” Which, as you may or may not have noticed, did not include last week.

We have some things to discuss today, most notably the recently posted mage class feedback thread on the official forums. It’s always interesting to see how mages respond when given an actual, legitimate forum to air their grievances with the promise of actually being heard by the developers in charge of designing our class. I have some thoughts, and if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share them with you.

But let me get this out of the way first and foremost: I love the tier 13 mage set. That’s it up there in the picture. So steampunk, but in a good way. I love the goggles, the quilted armor, the gnomishness of it. I can tell you right now that I’ll be transmogrifying back to this set for many tiers to come.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, I suggest you visit the official site and take a look at that mage tier 13 preview and visual retrospective. It’s really kind of cool to see all of our past tier sets in one place, though I have to feel bad for the poor lone Undead mage in his tier 9 gear, surrounded by all of those Humans. I can feel the racial tension from here.

Continue reading Arcane Brilliance: Mage wishlist, late 2011 edition

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Arcane Brilliance: Mage wishlist, late 2011 edition originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Blizzard has been on a spree of patch 4.3 raid information recently, first showcasing the new warrior tier 13 Colossal Dragonplate Deathwing-inspired armor as well as the warlock tier 13 General Vezax/Faceless Ones called the Faceless Shroud. Druids and shaman also got to see their new gear. Mages are next up for a tier 13 sneak peek as well as a retrospective on the previous tier sets to showcase all the past mage regalias for transmogrification when the patch hits.

This new set, Timelord Regalia, looks absolutely awesome, with crazy explorer goggles and a nice color scheme. Mage tier sets have always been pretty cool, in my opinion, but this takes the cake. I love the goggles. Cataclysm armor design has been top notch throughout, and this final raid’s epic sets really bring home the weight of our actions at the end of the expansion.


Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Look at what’s ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing — from astride his back!


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Blizzard reveals mage tier 13 raid gear originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. This week, we talk more about transmogrification, that oh-so-exciting upcoming feature in patch 4.3 that allows us to make our sweet tier 17 sets look like greens we got while questing in 2004. The aught-fours are so in right now!

Last week, we started our epic journey into old content to find some sweet retro threads for our totally trendy mages to wear at all the hottest mage events of the season, be they spellstealing soirées, Polymorph parties or warlock-wienie-roasts. This week, we delve into slightly more recent content.

Before we begin, we should point out a few important transmogrification details we’ve learned since we convened last week.

  • Apparently only items with stats are candidates for transmogrification — and by stats, I mean “other than armor.” That rules out most cosmetic items. So no running around wielding a fish in each hand while raiding, I guess. Unless you can find a pair of fishes with stats on them, I guess.
  • Weapons and off-hand items can only be transmogrified into similarly slotted items. That means no running around with two staves or dual-wielding daggers or perhaps a lantern in each hand. I don’t know what you people are into …
  • Heirlooms are eligible, so good news for you speed levelers. Now you’re not stuck for 80 levels with a single armor model.
  • The gold cost isn’t set but will probably be similar to reforging, meaning it will scale, being more expensive the higher the level of your equipped item happens to be — so maybe not as much of a massive gold sink as I originally feared.
  • No legendary items, which I sincerely hope changes at some point. I feel like if you earned a freaking legendary item, you should be able to keep that model on your upgraded gear if you want. Forever.
  • All of this is still entirely subject to change.

And with that out of the way, on to some more of the armor sets you and I should both be hunting down and squirreling away right this very second.

Continue reading Arcane Brilliance: Old mage armor sets and how to get them, part 2

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Arcane Brilliance: Old mage armor sets and how to get them, part 2 originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011
female mage blizzard official art

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. This week, we’re talking about the stuff I now pledge to spend all my waking moments and most of my sleeping ones farming outdated content to obtain: old mage armor.

So what’s this I hear about some newfangled patchamajigger? Transmogrifica-hoochawhatsit? Whachama-void storage? You kids and your crazy doodads and gizmos.

There’s a buttload of info being released about patch 4.3, but the following literally leaped from the web page as I was reading it, plunged through my widening eye sockets and jacked directly into the pleasure centers of my brain:

  • Patch 4.3 will be bringing us at least two massively important customization options.
  • We will be able to replace the look of our current gear with the look of any other mage gear we possess.
  • We will also have new storage space in which to store all of that gear.

There are more details, and you should go read about them if you haven’t already. But what we really need to discuss here is how we can best start doing what I’m positive we all desperately want to be doing right this very second: hunting for sweet-looking gear sets. I don’t know about you, but I am going to transmogrify every single bit of my tier 12 set the very instant it is possible for me to do so. I will log out on patch night in front of the spot where the transmogrifier guy is going to spawn; then when the servers come back up, I will log in and shove my gold in his pockets as forcefully as I can, so that I don’t have to look like a stupid mage candle any longer than absolutely necessary.

But the questions I’m asking myself between that magical moment and this one are these: Which gear set do I want to replace it with, and what can I do right this moment to get that gear set in my inventory and ready to deploy the moment such a deployment becomes possible? Click through to see me attempt to answer my own questions.

Continue reading Arcane Brilliance: Old mage armor sets and how to get them, part 1

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Arcane Brilliance: Old mage armor sets and how to get them, part 1 originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 20 Aug 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. This week, we’ll be talking about ways we can make something that is already awesome (being a mage) even better. It’s like when you take heaping bowl of Joss Whedon and add in a liberal sprinkling of Nathan Fillion. Yummy.

I know, I know. We already get to fling massive, flaming boulders at warlock faces. Also, we wiggle our fingers and delicious cake spontaneously appears. Being a mage is already as close to nirvana as mortals can hope to aspire to. How can that experience be improved?

The answer is simple: more warlock-killing. And more cake! Also?

Addons.

They come in all shapes and sizes, and your particular load-out may differ greatly from those of other mages you know. I’m not here to tell you you’re wrong. I am here, though, to spotlight a few of those addons that have improved my experience the most of late. Join me, won’t you? I promise both brevity and wit. Mostly brevity. Cake and warlocks are available in the foyer. Only one is edible, but both are cooked to perfection.

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Arcane Brilliance: Addons your mage should probably be using originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 13 Aug 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. This week, though, we’re all about frost mages. In case you aren’t one, frost mages are the spec to be when fighting anything in Molten Core in 2005.

Just kidding. I kid because I love, guys. If the joke hits a little too close to home, though, it’s because there’s a very real, very prevalent, very false perception out there. It goes something like this:

Frost is for PVP. It isn’t viable for raiding.

This sentiment has been around at various levels of general acceptance since patch 1.1, and even in the most enlightened corners of Azeroth, you’ll still find those willing to perpetuate it. But then again, you’ll also find people still willing to perpetuate things like racism and gender bias, so I guess ignorance, like a weed or a cockroach or a warlock, is remarkably resilient.

At any rate, in today’s State of the Frost Mage address, you’ll no doubt discover a recurring theme. That theme is this:

Frost is absolutely, positively viable.

Continue reading Arcane Brilliance: The state of the frost mage

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