Remember a couple of days ago when I was enthusing about my future fire mage in Cataclysm? Well, last night I "remembered" that I already had a mage on another server, on the Horde side. He's a level 27 Undead. I decided to hop on him, spec him fire and join a random dungeon to see how it goes.
Since I hadn't played this guy in like 2 years, all my talents were reset. I won't even detail the fire spec I picked because the talents are going to change in a few days anyway, with patch 4.01. But I got the standard stuff.
While queuing for the random dungeon, I tried to set my skill bar in order. It was cluttered with all the crap from way back when I played this guy. Back then I used all the spells in my inventory, and I was specced something weird like an arcane-fire-frost hybrid. The queue wasn't long, and I barely had time to re-arrange my spells before I entered the dungeon.
It was Razorfen Kraul. The run was longish and the funniest thing that happened was when the tank died in the bat cave from some mobs who silenced both him and the healer. I was left with 3-4 elites beating on me so I did the only thing I could: used all the abilities at my disposal to try to put as much hurt on those mobs as possible. I had no illusions of surviving that fight. I had a hairline of life left and thought I was a goner but the healer kept healing me and the other dps were banging on the mobs. Finally, incredibly, we managed to kill them all and survived!
For all practical purposes it can be considered that this is the first time I'm playing this mage. I was surprised to find out that my dps wasn't bad at all. I was in the top 3. The tank and druid did about 52 dps while I did 48-49. This in spite of my really crappy gear. The shadow priest was terrible, barely above the healer.
The only thing that I didn't dig about the mage was that I spent all of the time between battles either drinking water or Evocating.
So there goes my short mage adventure. I wanted to try him before 4.01 and then I'll probably try him again after 4.01 to see how it compares. I don't think I'll play him after that, but instead I will concentrate on my new mage. I can't wait to equip him with all those heirlooms. If my poorly geared mage managed to be among the top dps, I'm sure a fully heirloom-equipped character will be king of dps.
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