A Blog by Bajingobomb, Horde US-Malfurion

My Glyphs Suck in WotLK, too!

Blizzard has really outdone themselves with the new Inscription profession.  In case you’ve been living under a rock, Inscription is a new for Wrath of the Lich King and allows the scribe to make scrolls (which don’t stack with buffs aka are useless) and to create glyphs.  Glyphs modify your existing spells and abilities to increase their power or add new effects.
Yeah, I know, 99% of you know all this already.  But you’d be surprised how many people actually don’t read anything about the upcoming changes to the game, so shut up already.

Moving on!

Despite an overall lack of attention throughout legacy WoW and TBC, Mages ARE technically a player class, and therefore Blizzard had to come up with some glyphs for them.  I thought it would be fun to check out the Mage glyphs and discuss all the one’s that are awful (there are many, but these are my top five).  Here’s a sample of the absolute worst:

1.  Glyph of Evocation – In what way is this NOT useless?  15% of your health?  You’re a mage, a couple of renew or lifebloom ticks is 15% of your health.  Not like you’re gonna be hurting for HP and suddenly realize you can get 15% of your health over EIGHT SECONDS.  Seriously, you know what would have been amazing?  If this instead gave some percentage chance for Evocation to not lose 80% of its duration when the wind blows on you.

2. Glyph of Ice Armor – A Major Glyph that applies to a useless spell.  Moving on…

3. Glyph of Ice Block – Ok, I understand how this MIGHT be nice to have in PvP, like, one out of every 1000 times.  Even if you are a frost Mage, you still cannot double up IB anymore, you’re stuck with a 45 second minimum cooldown.  Frost Nova has a 20 second cooldown, so if you can’t cast Frost Nova again by the time you pop out of that seocnd Ice Block, God is likely out to get you.  What’s more, if you’re sitting in Ice Block for 8 seconds and waiting on the Frost Nova cooldown still, chances are you blew your existing cooldown at a pretty lousy time.  So good job, this glyph is there to counter-balance you being bad.

4. Glyph of Improved Scorch – This one is just like Blizzard slapping you in the face with their collective dicks.  The last post (I know it was three weeks ago, I’m busy, sorry) outlined the complete and utter raping of the Improved Scorch talent, and now Blizzard goes and hands us this glyph.  The problem with this glyph is that it does not help you at all past the first 8 seconds of any fight.  Whether you’re stacking Scorch five times on the pull or twice, you’re still casting it again every 30 seconds to keep the buff up.  Couldn’t they have made this something that improves the duration of Improved Scorch?  Or something that refreshes the buff when you cast another spell?  SOMETHING WORTH HAVING?  Using a major glyph slot to save yourself at most 4.5 seconds of cast time in a boss fight is completely retarded.

5. Glyph of Polymorph – Congratulations mages, you can take up a major glyph spot to counter-balance all those idiots in your raid who put dots on your sheep!  You struck the glyph jackpot here!  Why not make a Warlock glyph called “Glyph of Don’t Be a Retard and Put Curse of Agony on Sheep”?

Now yes, I know there are good ones.  Although they even nerfed the ones that were good so they arent quite as good now.  Most notably, they changed the Glyph of Fireball to give 5% increased critical strike chance instead of 5% additional damage.  Remember kids, Mage damage scaling in any way is ALWAYS unintended.


9 responses

  1. Lollers McPhee

    I found your blog looking for information on mage glyphs. You should have acquired a clue before you set up your whine blog. If you’re going to narrowmindedly focus on how changes affect PvE then at least know what you’re talking about 🙂

    October 3, 2008 at 6:01 pm

  2. Healius


    You’re Bad.

    Here’s why (and I’m just a lonely priest):

    Glyph of Evocation – Are you magically not going to be hit for 8 seconds? I mean I get the whole 1v1 polymorph evocate. But do you really think that in any bg or arena you evocating isn’t a gigantic sign saying “HIT ME ONCE PLEASE” you’re retarded. So yea its better than a kick in the nuts… but just by a pubic hair.

    Glyph of Ice Armor – No words can describe how bad this Glyph is. If it upped the base slow percentage than maybe it would be good for PvP… but yea Armor and Resistance ain’t doin poop for ya.

    Glyph of Ice Block – Yeah! You can now be bad and Pop Iceblock to get your Nova up. Granted its ok for PvP… but not life changing.

    Glyph of Improved Scorch – Worthless for PvE and I’m sure every PvPer out there is gonna spec into Fire now for the PvP awesomeness that is casting one spell to make another spell do anything decent.

    Glyph of Polymorph – I actually like this one for PvE or PvP. Horray Mages you can now counter morons dotting your sheep.

    I still think http://wotlk.wowhead.com/?item=43361 is the best Glyph. I mean. Its 100% effective in both PvE and PvP and it furthers the Gimmickiness of the mage class.

    October 3, 2008 at 7:26 pm

  3. NotYourMommy

    Actually the Glyph of Evocation gives 60% health back, not 15%
    It seems you are concentrating your dissapointment on pvp specs and arena specs. If you are doing pvp and arena spec arcane, you will start enjoying your mage again.

    I do agree that so far the glyphs for mages have no wow factor (except for the evocation one in pve environment). The penguin and the polar bear are a waste… Fun… for shits and giggles… but a waste.

    October 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm

  4. QQ

    Wow you’re a negative little whinge. Delete your mage and be done with it. If not, find the positives of it, and move on. You’re bad.

    November 26, 2008 at 4:44 pm

  5. your all gay

    December 8, 2008 at 12:21 am

  6. Dan Williams

    I agree, frankly. Mage glyphs are weak.

    January 1, 2009 at 12:51 am

  7. glyph of evocate is #1 on my list of mage glyphs

    a mage specced into maxxed first aid+evocate glyph just doesnt die

    you’re stupid

    March 3, 2009 at 8:51 pm

  8. Brodoch

    Glyph of ice armour increased it in my spell book but reduced it from 970 down to 630 in reality. Wow !

    May 27, 2009 at 2:09 am

  9. anonim

    I have seen that your mage sucks at everything.. lol

    just kidding 🙂

    February 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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