Being Mage Appreciation Week, I decided to let you all in on something i’ve kept to myself this whole time. I was always one of those people that cried about how powerful mages were, you know the ones that say such things as ‘Mage are always getting buffs’ and ‘Oh, no nerf to mages again?’ or ‘Blizzard loves mages’. I admit it! I’m not proud of it, but I admit it.
Mages (were) probably one of the hardest classes I ever came up against while PVPing for quite some time. I soon realised I never actually knew what they did, I just kept imagining that they sheep, or deep freeze and blow you up with stuff – which I guess in a way they do.
Back in Cataclysm I decided to roll one just to get a better understanding of how they work. I got it to 85, and never touched it again until Mists of Pandaria in which I then leveled this sexy female blood elf to 90.
I got my Dreadful gear and jumped into BGs with the egocentric attitude I usually have when I come up against alliance. I knew it would be easy, and I knew I was going to top the charts and confirm all the thoughts I had about this class since The Burning Crusade. I knew they were OP and I was going to prove it. I knew I would win against any class that came at me with their Swords, Axes, Daggers or Spells!
I was wrong. Very wrong. I got stomped, time and time again. What was happening to me? This cannot be right! How on earth is this even possible?! Being the rage monster I am, after a few battlegrounds I simply…stopped playing her.
You’re right readers, I do love PVP. The fact of doing so terribly sent me to a dark, dark place that I have never visited before. I just had no interest in playing my mage anymore. They were not as faceroll as I thought. I was wrong for all these years! But good things came from this experience – I learnt exactly what mages were capable of and they are now not as powerful as they used to be when I come up against them.
So what am I saying? I’m saying I love mages. Regardless of what people say, they are by no means super-duper easy to play, and they sure as hell aren’t loved by Blizz (okay maybe a teeny bit). The player behind the mage makes them good, not the power of their abilities.
I’d like to make a promise that i’ll spend more time with her and maybe one day I will…but for now I just can’t. I’m still traumatised by my experience.
Happy appreciation week, mages.