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Mage Tier 8 Set Unveiled

MMO champion this morning  has the new screenshots of the Mage Tier 8 gear.

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Best looking set to date.  I have always felt that the Mages have had to play second fiddle to some of the other class sets out there…none really seemed that exciting to me.  Over at Not another Warlock nerf, there was a contest to vote for the best looking Mage set.  Tirisfal seems to have won but I think thats only because its design is based off of a famous character /group  in Warcraft Mage lore.  That still doesn’t account for how “plain” it looks to me.

This new Mage Tier 8 set is perfect.  Shoulders are cool, not overly huge or pointy. Chest(robe), Gloves, are decorated with the “eye” associated with Dalaran Mageiness.  The Helm…I just can’t exactly place why I think the Mage Tier 8 helm is so bad ass.  I think its because you can’t see the face of the one who is about to Frostfire you into twisting netherness.  I knew this was going to be a set sooner or later ever since I saw Archmage Aethas Sunreaver of the Krin Tor standing around in the Violet Citadel in beta.  Interestingly enough, I suppose only official Kirin Tor have the rights to skip out on the typical Mage dress chest piece.  Lucky guy.  Click here for a closer 3D model view of his Mage Tier 8.

Here are some screenshots of the new Mage Tier sets.  I’m not quite sure which is which on the color pallets though.  There are now 3 tiers for PvP and 2 for PvE.  I would guess the color pallet on the left is 10man (usually light), middle is one of the PvP sets (usually darkest), and right is 25man.  Perhaps the Mage Season 6 will have its own unique style and won’t borrow from these models.  If that were the case I would suppose one of these colors is NPC only rather then there being 3 different options on which set to build.  Its not like our class needs a caster set and and tanking set. What do you guys think of the new threads?

 

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  • Adreanna January 1, 2009, 2:04 am

    I like it. I think all of the previous sets looked a little "blah". And the helm is awesome… it gives a sense of power or something.

  • Pyrotekk January 1, 2009, 2:25 am

    Sweet! I like all the eye things on it. Sort of "egyptionish". and the crown-like part of the helm is pretty cool. maybe they'll have a special effect on the shoulders like past class sets

  • Pyrotekk January 1, 2009, 2:25 am

    Sweet! I like all the eye things on it. Sort of "egyptionish". and the crown-like part of the helm is pretty cool. maybe they'll have a special effect on the shoulders like past class sets. but i gots a long way to go to get it.

    • isheepthings January 2, 2009, 2:55 am

      You're right…the eye does seem rather Egyphonish "Ra" like. I that might be what I like about the whole thing…Its the helm that makes this set look so tight to me. Mysterious and powerful are the two words I'd use to describe it.

  • Desdarii January 1, 2009, 12:52 pm

    Goodness! Where is their face? How can they see out of the bag that's over their head? I agree about the non-pointy shoulders though. Not that I'll ever be wearing any of this :D

  • Euripedes January 1, 2009, 11:10 am

    It’s also possible it might be a non-set re-skin, in the same vein as the Illidari Shoulderpads and Mantle of the Elven Kings.

    Blizzard did state they were going to have the PvE and PvP gear have unique skins… then again, it’s not like they’ve never changed their minds before.

    There has been some criticism of this set, namely saying it makes the mage look too much like a robot.

    I, for one, fail to see how that’s a bad thing.

    Bring on the awesome skins!

  • Prelimar January 2, 2009, 2:41 am

    the helmets make them look… bird-like to me.

  • isheepthings January 2, 2009, 3:05 am

    Savage, Hateful, and Deadly are the names tacked on to the PvP sets at the moment. PvE sets are Heroes and Valorous which describe where their tokens are dropped from (10 man Heroes, 25 man Valorous) .

    Also if we decide to dissect the naming convention further in WotLK, PvP sets seem to be "Regalia" and Tier 7 is dubbed "Garb". So these could be "Heroes' *** Garb" or "Valorous *** Garb" if they are the new Tier, or perhaps a new prefix word on the PvP would give us "*** Gladiators Regalia".

  • Grimkor January 2, 2009, 4:09 am

    I'm well impressed with the look to this set, I must admit I have taken a liking to alot of their tier sets since Tier 3. They've toned down the bright colours and taken our looks a bit more seriously then those Netherwind Shoulderpads.

    As for the helm I'm not sure if I love it or not, I've never been a fan of helms on any of my characters as it steals something unique about your character… But who knows, it definately does look amazing!

    PS. I love the constant use of the Kirin Tor symbol and I agree it does have a great Egyptian feel to it.

    • isheepthings January 2, 2009, 4:14 am

      I like how they've towned down the colors as well…all the bright contrasting stuff they originally gave us more or less made you that easier to spot as a "low HP clothy" on the battlefield.

      I just wish we had an option to opt for the chest piece to not be a robe. I'd much rather have the "Battlemage" look of Archmage Aethas Sunreaver.

      • Grimkor January 2, 2009, 4:54 am

        I actually play on an RP-server and have a friend who's character refuses to wear a robe (I've had numerous arguments with him about it but he's adamant) but I wouldn't mind some option as I actually like my Tabard of Flame/Frost etc. but they look horrible on robes. Having a Female character I honestly prefer robes though and sacrifice the face I can never wear tabards. If I was a male character I would probably have a different opinion on that.

        As for the colours, I couldn't agree more although nothing could match to benediction in a battleground. That thing basicly screamed "Over here, I'm that person healing those warriors!".

        • isheepthings January 2, 2009, 5:12 am

          /agree….they really should have some type of “Trade in” service if you want to wear a vest vs a robe. I think I'm so anti robe since its been forced on us so long. Some of the early tailoring items gave you a vest alternative to casting piece chests.

          • Magrathea March 23, 2009, 4:48 pm

            Wowhead has what appears to be the final release model, and mmo-champion has the same one. Good news for you vest-sympathizers, there's no indication of a robe alternative. I personally prefer the robe for high-end gear, because the whole concept of cloth armor is that it doesn't hamper spellcasting. If we're wearing paper anyway, I'd rather have as much on me as possible.

            While the option for vest might be nice, I can't stand the idea of being forced to wear something that looks like I could actually take a hit when it's all the thickness of the bandages my poor battered frame is held together by after a fight.

  • Prefix January 2, 2009, 12:03 pm

    PVP sets should be entirely different looking (or these are them). Blizzard has stated they want PVE and PVP to have different models from WOTLK forward.

    • Pyrotekk January 2, 2009, 2:42 am

      Ya, isnt the "Heroe's" and the "Valoriuos" sets the new PvP sets? cuz they look just like the old Frostfire sets dont they?

    • isheepthings January 2, 2009, 2:58 am

      I think your right…though I don't remember seeing where Blizzard stated that. I must still be in the mind set of TBC arena sets. Each used models from the primary Tier sets and then did a color pallet swap on them. I can vaguely recall something being said about Arean season 4 people complaining about their designs and Blizzard saying that the models team were working on Northrend stuff and those will blow everyone away. Although I think they were talking about sets in general and not just Season 5.

      • Pyrotekk January 2, 2009, 3:36 am

        Maybe the three colors are for the three specs….Left is Frost, Middle is Fire and Right is Arcane. just a thought.

        • isheepthings January 2, 2009, 4:07 am

          Well since the addition of spellpower being all one stat and not breaking up into elements anymore I don't think that would be the case…The only way I can think to break up a spell caster set is one to be based off of spell power, one based off of critical hit, and one based off of perhaps haste. Usually there is a mix of all three or perhaps 2 of the 3.

          They took the same strategy with the newHeirloom shoulders

          http://www.wowhead.com/?items=4.1&filter=qu=7;sl=

          One is PvE with base stats and spell power, other is PvP with stam, crit, and resilience.

        • isheepthings January 2, 2009, 4:11 am

          Well since the addition of spellpower being all one stat and not breaking up into elements anymore I don't think that would be the case…The only way I can think to break up a spell caster set is one to be based off of spell power, one based off of critical hit, and one based off of perhaps haste. Usually there is a mix of all three or perhaps 2 of the 3.

          They took the same strategy with the new Heirloom shoulders

          http://www.wowhead.com/?items=4.1&filter=qu=7

          One is PvE with base stats and spell power, other is PvP with stam, crit, and resilience.

    • isheepthings January 2, 2009, 3:07 am

      I think your right…though I don't remember seeing where Blizzard stated that. I must still be in the mind set of TBC arena sets. Each used models from the primary Tier sets and then did a color pallet swap on them. I can vaguely recall something being said about Arean season 4 people complaining about their designs and Blizzard saying that the models team were working on Northrend stuff and those will blow everyone away. Although I think they were talking about sets in general and not just Season 5.

      I suppose actually knowing what the models were named might give us a clue…since MMO-Champion dubbed them Tier 8 I assumed they would be PvE. I can't think why Mages would need 3 versions of the gear so that lead me to believe one was PvP colored. Perhaps it is a NPC only color.

  • Mae January 5, 2009, 2:27 am

    I'm not sure how I feel about them, honestly. I agree that t5 was a bit blah. Priests always have the best sets, imo, with halos and wings and such. The eyes on the armor are very magey, but I don't think I like the helms. If I were to ever get it, I'd just hide it. The rest is really nice and I love the shoulders!

    All the sets are really very alike this time, I think. They seem to follow a very common thread. The priest set is also nice but the helms also leave something to be desired. Again, I'd just hide it. I don't personally like any of the helms this time, though. So, I could be a bad judge.

  • Esdras January 5, 2009, 11:09 am

    Agree as well, looks a bit like a priest set and we always have good looking ones.

    • isheepthings January 5, 2009, 2:00 am

      Na you guys are way wrong…Locks have always been set designers favorites. And somewhat warriors. The best Priest set was the T6 with the “Blindfolded Shoulders”.

  • exo March 4, 2009, 3:46 am

    The headpiece is pretty cool with the 'dalaran' eye. But at first sight, the tier 8 set makes us mages look like giant puffy birds. I strongly agree with the other posters about giving us the option to change the robe to a vest. It's unfair that other classes can show off their pants, but clothwearers have their pants hidden under their robes. And this robe especially (tier8), makes us look fat. not too impressed. I think the best looking mage tier set was T6.
    imo, locks have ALWAYS dominated in design. what other class has something even remotely cool as the lock's huge animated sprouting wings? (T6)

  • isheepthings March 4, 2009, 2:32 pm

    You are dead on with the animated wings…no class has ever been the recipient of such cool effects. Warriors make out pretty well with the “pointy” factor in their sets. Rogues and Hunters have had some cool looking sets in past as well. Shaman have always had pretty boss looking shoulders. Paladin's have really only scored on their Tier 2 in my opinion. Priest I think have only looked good in Tier 6.

    My favorite Mage set was 5 (because of its “normal” look and lore factor) but after seeing this set I may change that. The shoulders do need something different…I think that's where the Bird look comes from.

  • paellyjr June 1, 2009, 5:27 am

    t6 was not our greatest it made us look like a giant light bulb. our best was t5 with the hood and shoulders. btw the gnomes with the mohawks, the mohawks stick out the top which is epic. go gnomes!

  • Pavel June 4, 2009, 4:39 am

    I just recently got all but the robe, and I'm never going to equip that chest piece. It looks absolutely abysmal on an undead mage. Runics are cool and all unless you're an old school mage playing undead, in which case instead of pants you have short shorts and bony legs sticking out underneath. The hunched over look also means that very little of the front of the tunic is shown compared to other races so it just looks very very bad. Undead mages would probably hate this set more than any other.

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