Three Weeks a Fire Mage
Frost was okay, but nowhere near the big hits I was used to on Draenor, so I decided to do something decidedly boring. That’s right, I swapped to Fire. Like, apparently, every other bloody mage in the entire game.
The problem with Fire for me was that I had gotten Ebonchill pretty far down the ol’ upgrade tree, then swapped out to Felo’melorn; running around with a child’s dinky in an adult’s body, as it were. At 110, you’re expected to be toting a 110-level weapon and gear to match.
So I held on to Ebonchill for those moments when I needed to swap out, but concentrated on Fire whenever I could. After all, practice, practice, practice.
As one might expect, survivability is not a thing with Fire mages. We’re not really designed for that. But Felo’melorn does have some tools for us, such as a thing that causes Blink or Shimmer to heal you for a little bit. So your rotation often consists of taking a quick blip right after Dragon’s Breath. And sometimes that brings more to the party.
The next piece of the puzzle was getting Belo’vir’s Final Stand from an Emissary loot box (Highmountain, if you must know, but WoWHead isn’t telling how many times it comes from what). I’ve often been a critic of people blaming gear for their lack of <your thing here>, but I am here to tell you now that that robe made a world of difference in my damage output and survivability.
So I guess, for great differences, you do see some significant effects. Shut mah mouth.
Of course, changing specs calls for a new transmog. All those blue tones just don’t go with my flaming balls of doom, after all. So I borrowed from the past. Long time ago, Jasra made the Robe of Power(1) to wear – that was before she found something more sensible for her line of work – and it was available, so I grabbed it. And then I reached for the Mantle of Three Terrors and … hey, where is it? It’s not in the box!
Okay, so you know that there is a thing that any armor appearance you may have had in the past is available to you and your entire account provided they can wear it. So Jasra’s robe was available to me, but anything class-specific wasn’t. The Mantle of Three Terrors, however, is not class bound, and Flora once had it. We even have pictures. Hell, she blogged about it. With pictures.
Let’s be clear – there has never been a more perfect shoulder piece for a fire mage. Two large dragon heads with little flames flickering in their maws and eyes, flanked by two more little dragon heads each. Fierce. And unique, too. There’s only one of these in existence, nothing that looks like them drops from anything else in the worlds.
So when I pinged Blizzard customer support, I was expecting a “wow, not sure how that happened, we’re restored it to your account”. What I got was “our records do not show that you ever had it, have a nice day.”
Thanks a lot, @BlizzardCS.
So what’s a mage to do? Grind, that’s what. When possible, I’ve been hitting The Black Morass to try to get Chrono Lord Deja to drop the things. First note here: the drop rate on WoWHead is deceptive. I suspect it is for the Heroic version of the instance, which you cannot repeat more than once a day. You can reset the instance all you want, but it won’t actually reset. So you have to run it on Normal, and you get only so many tries if you’re efficient at it (nine to ten, generally). Long story short (too late!), it took forty tries, but I got the damned thing. (that’s 2.5% for those keeping score)
Still not happy with the sword mog, but it’ll do for now – most sword models are so elaborate and fussy that they get caught on … well, everything. Brandishing the thing about during casting is an invite to any number of mishaps if you don’t manage it properly, and, let’s be honest here, bladecraft is not normally high up on a mage’s training regimen.
At any rate, let this be a warning to you – not all things you won in BC might have made the trip to the future with you. You might wanna check now and try to get @BlizzardCS to help out if you can figure a way to make that happen. Too late for me, at this point, but if I can help somebody fend off a last minute panic, so much the better.
At this point, fire magely speaking, I’m pretty satisfied with the spec, though I haven’t tested it in an instance or anything. The DPS is pretty impressive compared to the frost spec with better weapon, though, so I’m hopeful.
An interesting thing about Felo’melorn is that I’ve been getting accosted by NPCs, only Sin’dorei so far, asking to look at the weapon. Once they do, you get +50 artifact power, which is helpful. I wonder how many other NPCs there are wanting a gander at the blade? And I wonder how many there are out there interested in other class’ weapons? Ebonchill never got this sort of attention. Then again, this is an important part of Sin’dorei lore. However that plays out, it’s a nice touch.
1 Hipster mode: remember what a gigantic pain in the ass it was to get that pattern and the mats to make it? WELL I DO.