I've been blogging on and off about the desire to start a Mage but you've probably missed it. At any rate, I had more or less reached the conclusion that I would start one in Cataclysm and I was looking forward to a Worgen Mage. I'm not sure it's the best race-class combination but Worgen are damn cool and Worgen spellcasters are not unheard of.
I can't wait to play in Gilneas and the Worgen starting areas. Apart from that, Mages are just about the only class left that I haven't played seriously yet, that I still have an interest in. There are also Warriors and Druids but for some reason they have never attracted me. So basically there are 2 things that I want: to play a Mage and to play a Worgen. Luckily Worgen can be Mages in Cataclysm.
Even though I have picked the race for my future Mage, I still have this nagging feeling that perhaps I'm not choosing the most efficient race for my Mage. Truth is, I do tend to favor Humans, since I play on the Alliance side. Humans have a big racial advantage: the 10% bonus to reputation gained.
So what are the races that can play a Mage on the Alliance side?
Human - very desirable trait in the 10% reputation bonus.
Gnome - I don't care what racials they have, I refuse to play one.
Draenei - some healing and some extra chance to hit. Both of these are marginally useful.
Worgen - apart from the looks (which are a killer IMO), the most useful racial they get (and one which is perfect for Mages) is the 1% extra damage. That's what we know so far, things may change.
Now of course, the scope of this article is pretty moot since I've pretty much made up my mind already. Chances are I'll be playing a Worgen Mage come Cataclysm. I'm curious, though, what would you do in my place?
What race would you pick for your Mage if you were to roll a new one? What class will you pick for your first Worgen character? Do you go for looks over utility or vice-versa?
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