Each week Arcane Brilliance cooks up a feast for Mages everywhere, just like your mom does. Well...maybe your mom cooks for Druids--I don't know--but my mom always cooked for Mages. Especially at this special time of year, she wanted her little Mages to eat well and give thanks for the bounty they had been given. She taught us to always be grateful for Pyroblast, and Polymorph, but most of all, for Mirror Image. Oh, and she also taught us to kill Warlocks, but that's a whole other story.
So I assume that you're all about sick of leftover turkey at this point (at least, those of you who happen to live in America, I guess), and are ready for a heaping helping of something...Magier. Fear not, for Arcane Brilliance is here to serve a steaming pile of Mage directly to you. If you top it with enough gravy, it tastes pretty good.
Last week we went over some of the new Wrath factions and the rewards they offer for Mages. If you missed that first part, you can find it here. As quite a few of you pointed out in the comments, the stuff from those factions was a bit...underwhelming. Fear not, fellow Mages, the best is yet to come. This week, we'll hit the rest of the new expansion's reputation rewards and highlight those that you'll want to start grinding for now, if you haven't already started.
If you haven't already taken your Mage to Dalaran (and seriously, if you haven't, what are you waiting for, exactly?), get them there and look up the Kirin Tor. As a Mage, you begin at friendly with them, so you have a leg up on everyone else, but you still need to get started. Buy their tabard, and start wearing it when you run a level 80 instance. If your Cooking skill isn't high enough, raise it so that you can do the Cooking daily quests, because they, like the daily Jewelcrafting quests, grant Kirin Tor reputation. You can find this faction's quartermaster in Dalaran, in the Violet Citadel.
aren't supposed to be stacking critical strike rating. Sorry, Fire and Frostfire Mages, no crit for you. It isn't as if you depend on crits for most of your DPS or anything, right? I really hope Blizzard is planning on adjusting their itemization a bit as we go along here, because all of this spirit and haste just isn't doing it for me. Seriously, guys. not all casters want the same stats. The Boomkin shouldn't be rolling on my cloth gear. He just shouldn't.
You can pick this up at honored and equip it at level 78.
Burning Crusade, Blizzard had to itemize for every kind of caster. With the spellpower stat consolidation, now they think they only have to itemize for certain broad "roles" instead of for various classes and specs. Somehow, I guess they think that an item like this one would work just as well for Mages, Warlocks, Priests, Paladins, Druids, Republicans, Democrats, and Ralph Nader. No, Blizzard. Just...no. Homogenizing stats isn't going to make the classes balanced, guys, and I think we all know it.
Anyway, if you aren't wearing something with more class and spec-appropriate stats, this isn't a bad upgrade. It does have a ridiculous amount of intellect and spellpower on it, though, so snatch it up, by all means. It requires exalted and level 80.
Knights of the Ebon Blade
Though this faction is made up of rogue Death Knights, they have a couple of surprisingly Mage-friendly reputation rewards for sale. You'll find their quartermaster in Icecrown, at the Shadow Vault.
The Sons of Hodir
You're going to want to start grinding rep with these guys as soon as you reach their base of operations way up north in the Storm Peaks. Not only do they offer some very nice shoulder enchants, they are also giants. As my mom used to always tell me before sending me off to school, it's always a good idea to be friends with giants. She used to tell me other things too, but years of therapy have made me forget most of them. Also, Mom? I'm totally just kidding.
You can locate their quartermaster in Dun Niffelem in the Storm Peaks.
healer-ish version, complete with mana per 5.
The new and improved version of the Argent Dawn, this faction's quartermaster can be found in Icecrown, at the Argent Vanguard. And find him you should, because exalted with this faction will earn you a very nice ring...
I hope this has been of some help to you as you budget your rep-grinding time in this wonderful new expansion. If, like me, you have very little time to spend making all these disparate groups of folk like you enough to engage in commerce with you, or you couldn't be bothered to read the rest of these two columns and skipped straight to the last paragraph, let me sum up all 3,000 or so words of it in three setences:
Grind reputation with the Kirin Tor. They like Mages. We here at Arcane Brilliance fully support that sentiment.
Every week Arcane Brilliance teleports you inside the wonderful world of Mages and then hurls a Fireball in your face. Check out our recent look at how long your gear will last you in Northrend, or our guide to leveling builds to get you through Northrend. Until next week, keep the Mage-train a-rollin'.