Informative Mage OP!Last Update: July 2nd, 2010
A while ago I decided to take the responsibility of keeping up the mage (and shaman) thread here, noting any patch notes coming down the line, and more importantly and advice repeated often by the community (talent builds and such). Since having quit the game, I've done a super bad job at that. I'll try to work on keeping things up to date but I need you guys to PM me whatever info / links are relevant.
As of April 9th, 2010, everything should be considered out of date unless it has a date mark next to it.Cataclysm Info and Previews:
(updated July 2nd)
The NDA has been lifted on Cataclysm now that the expansion has gone from Alpha to Closed Beta. While I could keep up a log here on things as they come, I'm going to save myself - and you! - the trouble and give you two very useful links. WoWTal is MMO Champion's new Talent Calculator site, and the second link is a compilation of all Cataclysm info for the Mage, including the preview from this past April.
(touched up May 28th)
Q: "What should I spec for leveling?"
Recommended Talent Builds:
A: Frost seems to edge out as a favorite, with fire close behind. Both work well. This is likely to change to all specs being viable in Cataclysm.Q: "Why is Arcane spec good starting at 64?"
A: At level 64 Arcane Blast is learned, and it is a staple of arcane spell casting. It can be argued that even prior to the spell, the spec is good to level on. That would require nullifying channeling loss through talents, since arcane missiles will be your life for a while.Q: "Why should I play a mage?"
A: Because it's fun to either kill things before they get near you or fun to AoE a group of mobs with little consequence. Take your pick.Q: "What about the mana issues?"
A: There's no such thing as mana issues really. Mages have access to mana gems, conjuring their own drinks, and evocate (which has significantly improved over the course of the game's history) to regenerate their mana. Downtime may be a 'problem' at lower levels, but as you level higher it will go away (unless you blow your load mana-wise in some PvP shit). In groups, replenishment?Q: "OMG we can polymorph things into bear cubs and penguins?"
A: Yeah, but those are for bitches
. Real men polymorph things into turtles
(reset button pushed May 28th)
recommended builds forthcoming
Resources For Mages:
(recommended UI mod links, websites with info, etc) (updated May 30th)
Latest News / Patch Notes:
It gives you timers for many mage buffs and debuffs. It tracks improved scorch, living bomb, winters chill, mirror images, hot streaks, and brain freezes. Allows you to easily see if improved shadowbolt is active in place of the improved scorch debuff. And also allows you to make sure there is a slowing debuff up on your target for your torment the weak talent.
Very flexible mod which you can set up to alert you visibly and audibly when certain buffs or debuffs are on you or your target. Many mages find this mod useful in alerting them when hot streak or brain freeze procs. It can also be set up in various ways to track AB stacks.
Cool little mod for mages who cast living bomb with a mouseover macro. Displays a timer for the living bomb currently on the target you are mousing over.
Recount UI Mod
This UI mod tracks damage and your DPS rating, good at measuring and testing your spell casting order.
Omen Threat Meter UI Mod
This UI mod tracks threat. OP has not used this himself since he knows yellow around your portrait in the base UI means "stop!"
Elitist Jerks Mage PvE Info
If you want to know details regarding mage specs and stats associated with end-game raiding, crunched down with theorycrafting like a motherfucker, go here.
Not mage specific, but if you want to get the latest news yourself on the game, go here. Their talent tool is quickest to be updated on new patch info, and includes glyph positions.
A very clean index of all WoW information possible, including quests, spells, talents, tradeskills, etc. They have a talent tool, which updates slowly to patch info, but probably loads faster and looks purdier than anything else. Also fuck Thottbot.
(out of date)This will only track news regarding upcoming or recently implemented patches / changes.Nobody here but us chickens!