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[WoW] Fire Mage Haste in 4.3

January 30, 2012


Fire mages and haste have a complicated relationship.  As a caster class, haste is always good to reduce our GCD and shorten our cast times, but more importantly, as a DoT class, there are several crucial haste values which increase the number of ticks several of our abilities will apply.  In this article we’ll first […]

[WoW] Gearing in 4.3

January 6, 2012


Sorry for the long delay between posts – I picked up WoW again and have been madly gearing my mage and paladin to catch up.  Today I take that experience and share my insights on how to gear characters in 4.3.  Without further ado: Section A: Gearing for Content Like the Zandalari instances of 4.1, […]

[WoW] Mage Ability Flow in MoP IV

December 8, 2011


Blizzard updated the Mists of Pandaria talent calculators today with a number of significant changes.  Because I am now tracking multiple layers of change, all abilities will display their full descriptions.  Red text will indicate Cataclysm stats that have changed, Blue text will indicate ability changes made in the first talent calculator, while green text will indicate changes […]

[WoW] Mage Ability Flow in MoP III

November 23, 2011


Last night, Blizzard released the first rough version of the Mists of Pandaria talent calculator, complete with ability progression, for each class and spec.  While the information released is far from what will ship with 5.0, it is an incredibly valuable insight into how things will be changing in the new expansion and, of course, […]

[WoW] Mage Ability Flow in MoP II

November 13, 2011


This past week, Blizzard held a Developer Q&A session regarding class design in Mists of Pandaria. A lot of questions I had in my previous post, Mage Ability Flow in MoP, were addressed. This article observes the answers and goes on to predict a leveling bonus distribution.

[WoW] Out-of-Game Factions

November 4, 2011


As seasoned roleplayers and PvP veterans can tell you, faction conflict can be an even greater source of motivation than rallying against the end of the world. The upcoming return of focus to Horde-Alliance warfare in Mists of Pandaria could see this fervor spread throughout the general population, most of whom have lived their end-game experience based out of Shattrath, Dalaran, and the LFD. Will this in-game surge of war be powerful enough to reach into other areas of players' lives?

[WoW] Mage Ability Flow in MoP

October 29, 2011


During Blizzcon's Talent panel, mages were cited as the class whose current design best fits the new talent system. The proposed talents for mages were almost entirely familiar abilities which sorted themselves nicely into Blizzard's new tier design, backing up their official statement. At the same time, with many of our familiar abilities simply transitioned into the new system, we'll have more gaps than other classes in terms of spells learned through the leveling process.