Guide to a Mage

				   By DoNu7

				 Version 1.92

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Version History

3. Definitions and Acronyms

4. Skills
   4.a. Arcane
   4.b. Fire
   4.c. Frost

5. Talents
   5.a. The Talents
   5.b. Template Builds

6. Professions
   6.a. Manufacturing Professions
   6.b. Gathering Professions
   6.c. Secondary Skills
   6.d. General Tips

7. Combat
   7.a. PvE
   7.b. Small-scale PvP
   7.c. Large-scale PvP

8. Disclaimer

9. Helpful Sites

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1. Introduction

Thank you for choosing this mage guide! I have played my mage for a while now, 
and I have found this class to be very intriguing and fun. I would like to 
make a few notes before we begin. 

First off, much of the information in this guide is opinionated. Some people
may disagree with the facts, while others heartily agree with what I have 
written. However, whether you agree with the facts or not, I hope that you 
will find some use in this guide.

Another note that I would make is that we mages have burst damage. This does 
not mean we are the highest damage dealers. Rather, we deal damage in a short 
period of time, but if the fight lasts longer, well-equipped Rogues and 
Warriors would outstrip us badly in terms of damage.

While we do not have many abilities that directly help our allies, such as 
healing spells, or the ability to tank, we help others by quickly finishing 
off enemies, and therefore making the battle safer for everyone. In addition, 
we can polymorph enemies and help control large crowds. Finally, we can also
make food and water for party members.

Mages are also very fragile. However, each class has their problems, so 
there is no reason to think that mages are a weak class for in fact, we can 
solo very well and we can kill enemies with quick succession.

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2. Version History

1.00 Release

1.01 Tiny update, fixed a couple of minor errors and edited the disclaimer,
     added new section (this one), fixed some incompleteness that I missed.
     Might add Battlegrounds section at one point, but so far I have never 
     tried one yet.

1.02 Few errors fixed. Fixed Disclaimer a bit.

1.12 Changes to a couple of sections.

1.22 Fixed more errors. Added new information. Hope I haven't missed out 
     on anything...

1.32 Many changes to PvP section. Removed part of the group section which
     didn't seem to be very useful, but rather a huge waste of space.

1.52 BIG fix, mainly to Combat section (which I pretty much revamped). Note 
     that I skipped all the way from 1.32 to 1.52, and this was intended as I
     considered releasing 1.42, but decided I had more to add.

1.62 Phwew, it's finally out. Made some changes. Added "Ice Block"  Fireball crit > POM Pyroblast crit > Fireblast crit > 
dead target.


The Frost Junkie **


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With this spec, you go deep into the frost line. As you may notice, you will
rely on Improved Blizzard for aoe.
This is a great build for group fights, but excels for aoe-farming. A tactic
for aoe farming with this spec is to mount up and aggro all enemies in the
vicinity. Then frost nova them, step back, use blizzard, Ice Barrier use
blizzard again, frost nova again, blizzard, etc until they are all dead. This
spec is a bit lacking for pvp in that you miss out Improved Counterspell,

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6. Professions

There are numerous professions in this game, as well as numerous 
combinations of professions. So you're probably wondering, which profession 
or profession combo would suit a mage the most? The fact is, any profession 
would suit a mage. This even includes Blacksmithing, since in that profession,
you can create keys that help you open locks, and some of the one-handed 
swords and daggers that can be made through this profession may have 
some aspects that will benefit you. Here is a list of professions and how they 
will suit you as a mage. Following that is a section on tips for professions.

6.a. Manufacturing Professions

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Alchemy

Best profession to pair this with: Herbalism

Benefits at a glance: Potions to increase mana/health pool for short periods.
Potions to instantly recover mana/health. Increase run speed so you can make a 
quick getaway, or speed you up on a delivery quest.

Cons: Some of the potions do not have very important effects. Potion effects
are temporary.

Alchemy is a solid profession to take for a mage. Most of the effects are
instant, short-term effects rather than long-term effects. For this reason,
potions can be notorious for quickly turning the tide of a battle. If you
take part in a lot of grouping and PvPing, Alchemy is definitely the 
profession to take up. In addition, there are potions that damage enemies, and
potions that increase your movement speed whether above ground or underwater.
There are also potions that increase your stats, however these aren't very
important. Since you will rarely go into melee, strength and agility potions
are out of the picture. Intellect potions are useless too because your 
intellect buff does not stack with them. There are potions that add spirit
and stamina (or they add directly to your health) and these are somewhat more
useful. Possibly the best types of potions are those that increase your spell
damage. Although some of the potions are useless to you, they may benefit 
others, so you can go around selling potions you wouldn't use normally and
bring home the money.

Of course you can also take Alchemy for other reasons. Grab this profession
along with mining and start farming Arcane Crystals. Then convert the 
Crystals and Thorium Bars into Arcanite bars and watch as your money piles
up. This can be a very fast way to earn money without needing to spend tons
of time farming mobs.

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Blacksmithing

Best profession to pair this with: Mining

Benefits at a glance: Open your own lockboxes! Create one-handed weapons that
add bonuses if you wish to take up an off-hand weapon. Create different kinds
of fine equipment with which to sell to others to make large clumps of money

Cons: Most of the equipment created through this profession cannot be used by
mages.

Normally, mages don't take this profession because it has very few attributes
that will benefit you. However, it does have some pluses. One of these is that
it can help you earn large amounts of money simply by auctioning various
products. Some of the equipment that you can make later on, such as Phantom 
Blade, will really get people to dig into their pockets. One of the direct
bonuses of this profession is that you can open lockboxes by yourself without
the need of a rogue. Blacksmithing also allows you to create sharpening stones
that increase your melee damage by a small amount. Therefore, if you wish to
take up a bit in melee, then these stones are a perfect choice.

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Enchanting

Best profession to pair this with: Any, but mages usually take it with 
tailoring

Benefits at a glance: Increase the effectiveness of your equipment. Earn tons
of money by selling enchants, likewise you will not need to spend tons of
money by purchasing enchants from others.

Cons: Big money sink at the beginning where people generally don't wish to 
purchase your inferior enchants. Takes time and practice to get customers,
although the amount of time and effort taken is often worthwhile.

This is a very good profession to take up if you are a mage. It allows you to
marginally increase the effectiveness of your equipment by placing enchants
on them. You can also earn lots of money later on because usually, people are
willing to spend huge amounts of money on your enchants. Some good examples
include the Icy Chill enchant, which usually sells for around 80 gold, and the
Firey enchant, which usually sells for around 45 gold. Note that this 
profession is a big money sink if you cannot get customers. This is because
the reagents you get for enchanting are from disenchanting items that are
uncommon or better. This means that instead of being able to sell such items, 
or auction them at the Auction House, you must instead disenchant them. To 
sum it up, you will run out of money quickly if you don't find customers fast.
There is however a way to make money even if you don't have customers by
simply selling the enchanting materials on the auction house. On some servers,
enchanting materials sell for quite a bit and you can still stack up a lot of
money.

Most people who get lucky off this profession can purchase their mounts 
earlier than others because they were very successful through their enchanting 
profession. Enchanting effects you over a period of time, so it will not make 
dramatic changes in a battle like what Alchemy can do. 

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Engineering

Best profession to pair this with: Mining

Benefits at a glance: Bombs to help damage, disorient, etc. Cloth head armor 
that provide high intellect/spirit/stamina/spell-damage. Numerous nifty
items that help groups and solo. Provide some laughs.

Cons: Big money sink, and once you dive into this profession, there's no way
you can redeem that money, unlike enchanting where you can sell enchants. This
is because most of the engineering products can only be used by other 
engineers.

This is also a very good profession to take up. You can use the bombs to 
increase the damage dished out during a group fight, but the biggest reward
for this profession are the goggles. These cloth headgear are perfect for
casters, and the attributes that they have can help improve your stats even
more. Of course there's also nothing like a stun with a bomb to disrupt
enemy spellcasting should your counterspell still be recharging. There are 
many other pluses as well. A main addition to this profession is that you
can summon pets. Mages have very few options in order to protect themselves,
so a combat chicken or an arcanite dragonling will seriously help defend you
should you get attacked by multiple mobs and you need some backup. One serious
problem with engineering is that it uses up gobs of money. The reason for this
is because the reagents needed for engineering becomes very broad toward the
end. Unless you have alternative characters who have invested in other types
of professions, you will need to go to others to buy reagents from them. This
will cause you to spend a large amount of time and money. Ultimately, this
will be worthwhile and you will well appreciate it. 

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Leatherworking

Best profession to pair this with: Skinning

Benefits at a glance: Armor kits to provide massive boosts to your armor. 
Ability to create numerous leather and mail items to sell to others. Cloaks can
be created through this profession, and these benefit everyone.

Cons: You will not be able to use most of the products.

Leatherworking isn't a very good choice when you are a mage, but it does help
in certain ways. One of these is that you can create armor kits out of it.
The armor boosts provided by these kits will overlap any enchants, but if
you don't have any enchants on that particular item, then it doesn't hurt to
slap on an armor kit. These kits can only be used on the chest, hands, legs,
and feet, but when you put the bonuses on each of these items, the effects 
will stack and the overall amount of added armor will be extreme. A good 
example are the rugged armor kits. These provide 40 armor each, and 40X4 would
equal 160 armor. Casters generally don't get more than 1000 armor at level 60,
so even 160 armor would help a great deal. Another benefit of this profession
is that you can earn lots of money by creating leather products and selling
them to others. Some of the later leather armor and mail armor are quite
diserable, and many people will surely dig into their pockets in order to buy
one off of you. The last bonus of this profession is that you can create
cloaks. As you know, cloaks can be worn by anyone, so this is one type of 
leatherworking product that you can wear. The bad part about leatherworking is
of course the fact that you won't be able to wear most of the products. They
will either have to go to the vendors, or to the hands of another person.

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Tailoring

Best profession to pair this with: Any, but most people pair this with 
enchanting. Skinning is not a bad choice either.

Benefits at a glance: Create your own high-end armor! Create bags, which just
about everyone needs. Create high-end items to sell to others for a profit.

Cons: Slightly less cash income, due to the fact that instead of being able to
sell your cloth, you'll have to use them, and cloth generally sells for quite
a bit. Also counters with First Aid because First Aid also requires cloth.

Tailoring is probably the best profession for a mage to have, in fact any 
caster class would benefit greatly from Tailoring. One big reason is that you
can create some high-end items later on with Tailoring. A couple of these are
bind on pickup, so it becomes even more important to grab this profession 
because you will not have a chance of having those items if you did not take
up Tailoring.

In addition, you can also create bags from this profession. 
Everyone loves bags because it gives them more room to store their items. At
the Auction House you will generally find many bags that are being auctioned
for. Don't be discouraged, make a ton of bags and stick them in. Most of them
will sell because so many people wish to have bags. Possibly the best 
profession to take with this is enchanting. The reason is that you can create
items from this profession in order to level it up, and you can disenchant
these items to get reagents for enchanting. Therefore, the two professions 
help each other out. The biggest problem is that you will need cloth to make 
your items, and these generally sell for quite a bit. In addition, this 
profession also counters First Aid because in that secondary skill, you will
need cloth to make bandages. While you use cloth for that, you will also need
the cloth for your tailoring.

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6.b. Gathering Professions

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Herbalism

Best profession to pair this with: Alchemy

Benefits at a glance: Gather herbs which are required for alchemy.

Herbalism is best taken with alchemy. The reason is because almost all the
products require herbs. This is a relatively easy profession to take up, and
your herbalism skill will go up in no time. 

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Mining

Best professions to pair this with: Blacksmithing, Engineering

Benefits at a glance: Mine ore, and transform them into bars for use in
blacksmithing and engineering. Also gather rare gems that are also needed in
some of the recipes.

Mining is definitely the thing to take when you have Blacksmithing and 
engineering. These two professions solely rely on mining, although the 
ingredients needed for engineering tends to be quite broad. Note that you can
also get some rare gems that are required in some recipes. In addition, the
stones that you sometimes get through mining will also help as they are used
in certain other recipes. 

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Skinning

Best professions to pair this with: Leatherworking, Tailoring

Benefits at a glance: Skin the hide of beasts in order to get leather for
certain recipes. Also a great way to bring in large amounts of cash if that
is what you are going for.

Skinning helps leatherworking the most. This is because leatherworking is 
mainly reliant on the leathers gathered through this profession. In addition,
skinning also helps Tailoring. One of these is that at certain times, when you
skin a sheep they will drop you some wool. Another thing is that certain 
tailoring products will require you to get some leather. Some of the more 
popular recipes, such as Small Silk Pack will require leather, and since you
will be making large quantities of them, it will mean requiring large 
quantities of leather. In addition, skinning is a great way to bring in the 
cash. You can generally make large amounts of money in a short period of time
by selling your leather.

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6.c. Secondary Skills

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Cooking

Benefits at a glance: Create food to eat. Generally, such foods also provide a
short bonus to certain stats.

Cons: Mages can already create your food, being able to create additional 
sustenance is not very impressive, although generally turning a pile of meat
into a steak will increase its sell value.

Cooking is definitely unnecessary. Sure it provides some statistical bonuses,
but these aren't very useful in the long run. Plus, you can already reduce 
your downtime through your conjured food and water. A good thing about cooking
is that it will increase the sell value of an item than when it was raw. For
this reason, you can actually increase your income by a small amount. Plus, 
it's quite fun to see what types of food that you can cook, and some of the
foods such as Dragonbreath Chili are outrageously wild.

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First Aid

Benefits at a glance: Allow you to quickly regenerate health in or out of
combat.

Cons: When you have downtime, you also need to replenish your mana, and this
will not help decrease your downtime since you still have to sit down and
drink. In fact, this will increase your downtime because you cannot bandage
and drink at the same time, while you can eat and drink at the same time.

First Aid isn't very important in some cases, it won't help reduce downtime, 
and generally mages die so fast that if they try to bandage themselves, they 
will get killed before they regenerate a decent amount of health with their 
bandaging. In addition, it will grab off cloth from your tailoring profession. 
One of the pluses to this profession is that you can bandage others, so if you 
have an injured warrior who is not getting hit, you can bandage him and save 
the need of having to have the healer use their mana supply to heal him. 

However, for a Mage on a PvP server. First Aid may benefit a mage more than 
any other class in the game. When a rogue comes out of nowhere and 
ambush/backstabs you to 1/4 health, you're going to want to polymorph him and 
use a bandage. First Aid and evocation coupled with polymorph can basically 
reset any fight, except against druids (and to some extent shamans, since 
they're so hard to polymorph).

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Fishing

Benefits at a glance: Fish up fish that can be eaten or sold. Also allows you
to hook up fish that are needed in certain alchemy potions. Sometimes, you 
might also get a rare object that will help one way or another.

Cons: Raw fish sells for very little, although cooking tends to nearly double
their sell value.

Fishing benefits your mage depending on which professions you have taken. In
general, this skill helps no matter what you have taken. Fishing can always
allow you to fish up something needed for alchemy, but there are times where
you just might get lucky. One of these are the health and mana potions. These
are generally hard to come by. Another thing that you can fish up are clams,
and just like clams dropped from mobs, they might contain a pearl inside. Then
there are the times when you can fish up a Venture Company crate that contain
various engineering parts, therefore helping you out if you are an engineer.
There are also the times when you get REALLY lucky and you can fish up an 
uncommon sword!

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6.d. General Tips

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Bringing in the Money

There are certain people out there who just like to bring in the cash. There
is nothing wrong with this approach. Generally, these people are able to buy
many quality items from the auction house, and they usually get to purchase
their mounts earlier than others. The matter with this is how to bring in the
money. The most straightforward approach is to take Mining and Skinning. 
Leathers from skinning can sell for a ton. The ores, stones, and gems go for
quite a bit at the auction house, especially the high-quality ones. Cooking is 
also good to take up. It will help increase the sell value of many of the 
items received from beasts. Another, but riskier way of bringing in the money 
is to take Tailoring and Enchanting. Enchants can sell for tons of money later 
on, and if you get costumers to buy those enchants, then you will get even 
more rich than if you were to take Mining and Skinning. The only problem is 
the risk involved. You must be able to find costumers, otherwise you will end 
up quite broke. Make sure that your enchants are reasonably priced also, so 
that people will actually be willing to get your enchants.

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PvP Professions

If you are going for a PvP mage, then the best thing to take is Alchemy and
Herbalism. This combo is very nice at changing the way a battle is going. 
The potions that regenerate health and/or mana are the most worthwhile. In
addition, the flask effects, as well as the potions that increase damage
or do damage themselves will greatly help too. Just note that with this
profession combo, you will not receive very many long-term effects. Another
good profession is engineering. There are many gadgets and such with this 
profession that help change a battle also. The main difference between these 
two is that potions tend to center more on defense, while engineering is all 
about damage and harassing the enemy.

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PvE Professions

The best thing to take for a player versus enemy mage is Tailoring. When 
fighting mobs, you'll generally want things that last. Tailoring will allow 
you to create items that will benefit you over time. For this reason, any
mage that like to fight mobs will generally like this profession since the
benefits are so useful. Enchanting is awesome too. When you receive a high-
quality item and you wish to put it on, enchant it to improve it further. For
example, if you receive a staff that adds a large amount of spirit, put an
intellect enchant on it so that not only will it provide spirit, but that it
will provide intellect too.


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7. Combat

In this section, we will discuss various tactics on playing as a mage. There
will be many tips concerning what to do to handle various situations. Note
that there are many exceptions, so any of the scenarios that are stated will 
not always be what they are in this guide.

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7.a. PvE

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Arcane

When playing arcane, much of your fighting revolves around Arcane Missiles. As
an arcane mage, this is your main ability, and fortunately, it is suitable for
a variety of situations. It does have its problems though. For one, it is not
mana efficient. Compared to spells found in the fire and frost line, this 
spell is quite inefficient; you will not be saving much mana. Another problem
is that to me, it is outrageously boring. It's just... spam Arcane Missiles
and throw in fireblasts to complement. Still, for the simpler, casual player,
or for the person who just wants to mindlessly kill, there's nothing wrong
with taking this line.

Start off all fights with a Frostbolt. It does a nice burst of damage, and it
slows them down. Then arcane missiles, fireblast, scorch (squish this in),
frost nova, skirt away, arcane missiles, arcane missiles, fireblast. This 
should be enough to effectively take out most of the enemies that are around
your level.

In group settings, just keep on spamming arcane missiles and mix in
fireblasts. Scorch if the enemy appears to be dying, it is not a good idea
to waste this spell on a target with only a hundred hitpoints left. 
When multiple enemies are out in the field, spam arcane explosion. This is a 
solid way to take out a large number of enemies at once. Although it does leave
you low on mana, it's worth taking the risk.

If the situation becomes tough, numerous adds are coming and the leader calls
for sheer kill power, fire up Arcane Power, use a Presence of Mind followed
up with fireball or Pyroblast (if you have it) and let the damage fly. This
talent drastically improves kill rate and on the bright side, you won't be
using extra mana as the mana cost and damage increase by the same percentage.

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Fire

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Fire is more complicated than arcane. Rather than having literally only two
offensive spells, you get a whole smorgasbord of them. I find this line to
be much more fun than Arcane. Plus, this is more efficient. 

I like to start fights with either fireball or pyroblast. After the initial
hit, follow up by fireball, scorch, frost nova. Then, gain some distance 
Scorch, fireball, scorch again and that will usually be enough to finish 
them off. 

Blast wave is an awesome spell that is learned through fire talents. It does
heavy damage and provides a daze, which is a 50% speed reduction. 
Unfortuantely, its 45 second cooldown limits its use. Still, it's a great
spell to use during aoe sessions and as another plus, it has a nice visual ;).

When AoEs are called for, I like to start off with a preliminary Flamestrike.
I then follow up with frostnova, another flamestrike, blast wave, and arcane
explosion the rest of the way. Use Cone of Cold as necessary to keep the 
enemy snared while you blast away at them with instant AoEs.

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Cold

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Cold, frost, ice, whatever you like to call it is perhaps one of the best mage
builds so far. It allows you to stay on top of the damage and recieve higher
defensive bonuses. There will certainly be rebalances where fire and arcane 
will be improved so that they are up to par with frost.

Like arcane, solo with frost is also quite simple. Start fights off with
frostbolt, and repeatedly do so until they are point-blank with you. Frost
Nova, retreat a SHORT distance and fire some more frostbolts. This should
usually be enough to kill your enemy.

In group settings, I also like to continuously use frostbolts. They won't
generate too much aggro for you, but they will still deal heavy damage.

When AoE's are called for, I like to start with a Flamestrike. Followed up is
Frostnova. I then use Cone of Cold and then trade off Arcane Explosion and 
Cone of Cold until they are dead.

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7.b. Small-scale PvP

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Before I start off on the pvp section, I must admit that regrettably, there
is no "easy" class to fight against. You can't sit on any class to kill them,
you must execute a specific series of spells to vanquish your enemy. That's
what makes playing mage hard, and that's what makes mage the class that 
requires the most skill to play.

Normally it is not a good idea to try defeating other players by yourself, 
unless it is a duel. When PvPing, you never know if there are other players
nearby. Also, when PvPing, you won't be able to defeat enemies of a higher
level. If you had a higher level person to help you, then you can go for 
players of a broader level range. 

The following will contain strategies for killing each class of enemies. Note
that situations will change depending on your talent line and depending on 
the level of the enemy as well as the talent line that they picked.

Druid	Difficulty: Medium/Hard

Druids can offer a pretty difficult fight, mainly depending on your spec. If
you're fire or arcane specced, you may have an easier time since you don't 
need to rely on your snares and roots so much. With frost, druids are nearly
impossible.

Start off simply by blasting away at them. Polymorph won't hold them off for
long unless they're a newbie. Druids can pick and choose from three different
trees. Two of them focus on ranged damage, the third one (feral) focuses on
melee damage. Either way, they are both very tough. Ranged druids often spam
moonfire on you. It's very annoying because it causes you to lose a ton of
casting time. Feral druids have some nice melee damage, but what's scariest 
feral charge, which is similar to the warrior's intercept, but can lock down
the type of the spell that you're casting for several seconds.

Use roots and snares even though they can break simply by shapeshifting.
Not all players have lightning-quick reflexes, and your frost nova my be able
to you buy you 2-3 seconds.

Concentrate on throwing as much damage in their face as possible. Once they
begin attacking you, use arcane missiles. This ability, when improved with
talents, cannot be interrupted, so you are free to cast this without losing
casting time. Also use scorch. This spell has a fast cast time so you may be
able to get it off between hits. If you have burning soul, then heck even 
better.

If you can manage to bring their health down to the point where they have to
heal, counterspell their healing and that'll bring their end.

Hunter	 Difficulty: Hard

Hunters can make a very difficult fight. Polymorph them first, then, when 
their pet gets close, frost nova the pet and let off a flurry of shots at the
hunter. If you can, Polymorph the pet afterwards. Hunters have a region where
they cannot fire at you, and they cannot melee you. This is between the 5-8
yard range. Most hunters won't let you get into this secret spot, so it's 
imperative that you frost nova the hunter at some point (provided that it has
recharged) and get a few moments where you won't get damaged. Marksman 
specced hunters have a nasty trick where they will use scatter-shot, feign
death to get them out of combat, and set a freeze trap at your feet. There is
no way to combat this unless you are frost-specced and you decide to blow an
Ice Block. Even then, the hunter's scatter/feign/trap is only on a thirty
second cooldown, compared to the five minute cooldown of Ice Block. So the
next time the two of you battle again, you won't stand much chance. After you
are frozen, the hunter will move away, use Aimed Shot followed by Volley and
a regular Auto-shot. Usually, this is enough to wipe away one-half of your
health if they don't crit, and you'll probably be dead if one of them does 
crit.

Use instant abilities or Arcane Missiles when they can fire at you. Hunters 
can shoot very fast, preventing you from using timed casts. Also make sure to 
have mana shield or Ice Barrier on. If they get lucky on their crits, you'll 
lose in no time. 

Mage	Difficulty: Easy to Hard

The difficulty of fighting another mage is quite varying. If two mages have 
similar builds, it will mainly come down to resistances and stamina. For 
example, if the fight is between a mage with an arcane build and a mage with
a frost build, then it's almost a no-brainer. Arcane builds have too much
burst damage, and they'll most likely win over the frost mage. On the other
hand, skill and equipment, which is stated above, are also involved. Maybe 
the guy behind the mage with the arcane build doesn't even know he has 
presence of mind. Maybe the person with the frost mage has all these 
extreme spell damage gear and deal 1k damage frostbolts. It really is 
varying. However, there are a few key things to know. First off, remember to
use Counterspell. If there appears to be a spell that the other player uses
often, counterspell that and force them to try something else. This breaks
them off their rhythm as they attempt to find an alternative. In addition,
never forget your ward spells. If you are getting pummeled by frostbolts,
throw up a frost ward to reduce some damage. Make sure you are buffed up at
all times. I prefer Dampen Magic, Arcane Intellect, and Mage Armor when
fighting other mages. The damage reduction, intellect boost, and resistance
improvement really help. 

Paladin	    -Medium

Paladins can prove to be a somewhat easy fight. Most people get the feeling 
that Paladins don't die, and that they are the most difficult things to beat.
While this is very true for a warrior, it's definitely not true for a mage.
As always, start off with Polymorph, then let fly as many spells as possible.
By the time they reach you, they'll most likely be down to 1/3 of their health
and they'll have to shield and heal. Gain some range as they patch themselves
up. Then turn around, and when their shield drops, Fireblast them and start 
shooting. Don't worry about taking a few hits, even if they have an 
Arcanite Reaper and their Seal of Command procs, you're not going to die 
instantly. Other things to remember are that they can despell DoT's, snares,
and roots. They also have something called Blessing of Freedom that makes
them immune to roots and snares. This can be problematic, so I like to slap
detect magic on them. When I see the blessing wear off (it has a cooldown),
I would attempt to snare/root them, but that's after I silence them first so
that they can't cleanse.

Priest	    -Easy/Hard (somewhere between)

Priests may seem easy, fragile beings, but they're not. They're Mind Blast 
does some bad damage, and they also have a shield as well as numerous 
healing powers. Holy priests are cakewalks; they don't deal enough damage 
and while they have some impressive healing, their damage can almost be 
ignored. Just concentrate on stopping them from healing and that's really 
all you have to worry about. Discipline priests are hard. They'll 
continuously shield themselves, and will mana burn you dry. Don't let fights 
against Disc. priests last too long, although that's quite inevitable. 
Shadow priests are tough cookies as well. They swap around between mind blast
and mind flay and deal a heck of a lot of damage. Don't waste your 
counterspell on their shadow spells. The damage might be threatening, but if
they manage to heal themselves, then you're in for the worse.

Rogue	    -Easy/Hard

The difficulty of a rogue is quite varying. If they're the type that uses 
Cheap Shot to open up the fight, they generally won't pose too much of a 
threat as you can just blink away to cancel the stun. If they are the Ambush
kind, then things will be tougher. Their Ambush, when used will most likely
drain 1/2 of your health, even with mana shield. Your best bet is to try and
reveal them with rank 1 Arcane Explosion. I like to use this against rogues
so that I may get a chance to detect them while stealthed. Once they are 
revealed, get some distance and polymorph them. If they chose to vanish, try
to find them again, or use bandages to regain any lost health. After they
come out of their second stealth, get distance, polymorph, and start firing.
Just don't let them get close enough to Gouge/Blind you and you should be
fine

Shaman	   -Run

Shaman are nearly impossible to beat, which leads to the saying that they are
"overpowered". Don't even bother to try and duel one. Run and come back with
friends. If in the event that you have to fight one, there are some things to
know. First off, most shaman will have Windfury Weapon up. This shaman buff 
gives them a chance to gain two extra attacks that have extra attack power. 
If their Windfury procs, be ready to face some major damage. It's a bit hard 
to stay away from a shaman because most of the time, they will use Frost Shock 
to slow you down then move in for the kill, so it is imperative to slow them 
down as well. Save up your counterspell as well. When you see them heal up, 
Counterspell to prevent their healing. Watch for their purging as well, they
can use it to strip you of buffs and can even remove your wards and shields.

Warlock	      -Medium/Near Impossible

Warlocks will be, by far, your toughest fight. While they probably won't pose
much of a threat if they have an imp or Voidwalker out (just polymorph caster
and kill the pet), it will be near impossible to kill a warlock with a 
Felhunter. The Felhunter can counterspell you somewhat like how you can
counterspell a warlock, and they can also eat your buffs.

Some warlocks also use the Succubus. What they will do is make the Succubus
seduce you, then they fear you and use Soul Fire or Shadowbolt. If they get 
lucky, you'll still be feared and they can fire some more spells at you
before it breaks, but by then, you'll probably be down to 1/2 health and you
won't survive much longer. So whether you're fighting against a warlock
using Felhunter, or one using Succubus, be ready to face a heap of trouble.

In large scale PvP, warlocks generally won't be using Felhunters because it is
a far to specialized pet. In this case, you'll probably have a leg up them and
they will most likely prove to be a medium-hard fight.

Warrior	       -Medium

You can almost be sure that they'll start off with Charge. After the stun you
receive wears away, Frost Nova them. Polymorph them so that they can't shoot
you with ranged weapons and hit them hard. After this, you can be sure they'll
intercept you. If they don't have enough range, they'll scooch back a bit
to get their range. Note that Intercept also has a 3 second stun attached to 
it, so blink away immediately after they pull off this ability on you. Throw
some more spells at them, then when they close the range, Cone of Cold or 
Blast Wave them. Afterwards, start walking backwards or sideways (whichever
way to get a bit of range) and spam Arcane Explosion. If they don't have
adequate resistances or health, they'll go down fairly quickly. However, if
they have around 5k health and have modest resistances, then they'll be able
to close the range eventually, and give you a nice Mortal Strike. If you
don't have enough health, you can be certain that you will die.

8.c. Large-scale PvP

So far, I think PvPing with a raid party is the most fun. There are so many
people, and it is very chaotic and quite exciting. 

When PvPing in a group, the first thing to remember is to keep your range. 
Stay inside large crowds, or hide behind obstructions so that enemies will 
have a hard time getting at you. Use AoE's whenever enemies are clumped 
together in one spot. Oftentimes, if you use ranged AoE's such as Blizzard,
enemies won't really know who's casting it. If you use stuff like Arcane
Explosion, the enemy players will generally be able to home in on you. If you
get sighted, don't panic, try to dish out as much damage as possible before
you die. Frost mages and mages who take Alchemy and Herbalism have an upper
hand here. They can use an Invulnerability Potion, or an Ice Block to stop any
incoming damage. This buys them plenty of time, and by the time the effects
wear off, the enemy players will probably have lost interest on you and would
have gone after other targets.

There really isn't a right or wrong target to fight, so long as it is not 
labeled as "Civilian". However, you should consider which targets to take 
down first depending on their role in the battlefield.

Priests in the enemy group should be taken down first, or taken out of action
by polymorphing them. Priests not only can heal, but their AoE Fear can be
devastating. Once the priests are down, or put out of action, go after other
targets. Take out mages and rogues first to prevent them from doing their 
damage. In addition, take out Warlocks so that they can't start fearing when
their priest is gone.

Targets that can't deal much damage, but have high survivability can be put at 
the back end of the list since they won't pose much threat to your group. One
example would be the paladin, and being on the Alliance side, it is a pain to
see a paladin mindlessly beat on horde in an attempt to bring them down while
the horde almost completely ignore them and go after the softies, like me.


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8. Disclaimer

Copyright (c)2005 Josh Gregs.
All rights reserved.

This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a
violation of copyright.

I will grant www.gamefaqs.com, www.neoseeker.com, www.gamerstemple.com,
www.supercheats.com, and http://www.onlinegametrader.net to post a copy of s
this guide.

If you wish to post this guide at your site, or if you have suggestions, 
e-mail me at: lotr9_1@hotmail.com

I am open to any suggestions you have, because in order to create a perfect
guide, I must have opinion from readers! In addition, I might be able to 
learn something from others too.

Thanks go to:

-Noah Parquette for pointing out Blink can get you out of stuns. (Wish I had
known that earlier.)

-Valjiin who had a ton of suggestions.

-Craig Henderson and me Kender for giving extra suggestions on pvping 
against hunters and warriors.

-Ryan Thiessen for helping me with some warlock and shaman pvp tips.

-Joe Blow and Xalrath for more Warlock tips.

-tim hodges for additional Druid stuff.

-Bob Scheller for pointing out a missing component and for bringing blizzard
to me in a new light.

-Chris Lam for some suggestions. 

-A bunch of people who told me there was something wrong with my 
template builds, which caused me to realize that I haven't updated my talents
for 1.11. (woops)

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9. Helpful Sites

For additional information on mages, as well as information about the
wonderful World of Warcraft, here are some pages that you may wish to visit:

http://www.thottbot.com
(World of Warcraft information database)

http://wow.allakhazam.com
(Another World of Warcraft database, slightly different information)

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com
(Official World of Warcraft website)

http://ui.worldofwar.net
(Tons of World of Warcraft UI mods)

http://www.curse-gaming.com
(More UI mods.)