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Trial of the Crusader? Yes please!

Posted in Mage stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2009 by solomonx

Alright so no doubt by now most of us have read up on the new 5 man raid, Trial of the Crusader. (If you haven’t you can check it out here, at wow.com. but be aware it does contain spoilers). The thing is, what are everyone’s first impressions?

I’ll tell you mine:

I think it’s awesome.

For anyone that has a new level 80 (which I am on my way to attaining), this instance offers the perfect bridge from quest greens to raid viable gear, without having to grind naxx for multiple weeks. The normal version drops Heroic / Naxx 10 level loot, and the Heroic I can only assume drops gear of a greater ilvl than that (Confirmed, it drops ilvl 213 gear, the same as Naxx 25 bosses not including Saph and KT). This means that after just a few days of running both versions of this instance, one could easily hop into a naxx 25 raid to finish out gearing up your character. However, if said raid is requiring achievments for entrance….well….good luck with that…

Anyway, some actual mage related stuff. You may be wondering what sort of loot drops from this instance that will be beneficial to us fireballin, arcane blastin, ice lancin folks. Well, all I could dig up so far in terms of loot was the gallery available at wow.com, but there’s still some good information. Check out some of this nice entry level raid gear available from a simple non-heroic run. An awesome belt, A great neckpiece, and some sweet gloves. All of this is yours for the taking, my fellow mages. Just go out and get it.

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Tier 8 Analysis

Posted in Mage stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by solomonx

Alright so I’ve had this blog for about 45 minutes so far and I’m ready to post my first serious article, specifically, an analysis of the mage tier eight armor set. Even more specifically, I want to comment on the set bonuses. So, here’s the first one:

“2Piece Bonus — Your Arcane Blast, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, and Fireball spells have a chance to grant you 350 spell power for 15 sec.”

Now, this is awesome. It’s essentially a trinket effect built into the armor set. Extra spellpower = Extra dps. Yes Please. This sounds good to me and I look forward to getting this bonus.

However…this brings us to the four piece bonus:

“4Piece Bonus — You have a chance for the effect of your Missile Barrage, Hot Streak, or Brain Freeze talent not to be consumed when you cast the spells which benefit.”

This one I have mixed feelings on. It seems like Blizzard had only one spec in mind when this set bonus was created: fire (and I suppose frostfire, so make that two specs)

If you are a mage and you are fire or frostfire spec, go for this bonus. This bonus gives you a chance to get off multiple instant pyroblasts in a row (I’ve heard tales of people casting up to six or seven pyros at a time) which equates to a significant amount of damage, and a good dps increase.

However, much of the mage community, including myself, plays an arcane spec for PvE, in which case, this bonus doesn’t do much for us. Sure, we could cast multiple Missile Barrages in a row, but do we really want to? The answer is no. The Arcane rotation involves getting three stacks of Arcane Blast  up any mob before casting any other spell, Missile Barrage included. Without this damage increase, Missile Barrage is not your top priority spell.

So, if this bonus were to proc, I would not use it immediately. I would stick to my rotation and start casting Arcane Blast again, which, without the tier 8 bonus, would probably proc Missile Barrage anyway.

That make sense? I feel like I started to ramble a bit…

Anyway, in conclusion, I intend to attempt to get the two piece bonus, but not the four piece. Instead, I’ll keep the tier 7 two piece bonus. This means I get a chance for extra spellpower off of my main nukes, extra mana from gems, and spell power from gems as well.

Sounds good to me.

P.S. – I neglected to include frost in this analysis because if you’re raiding as frost, let’s face it, you have other articles to read than this blog. Might I suggest ElitistJerks?