Infraction: 7. Do not beg for hand-holding.
Message to User:
I'm going to go with a warning here, though honestly you probably deserve the point.
Our forums do not exist so that you can check up on your guildmates. I mean you certainly can, but that involves you searching for information already here or you using one of the sim tools provided to find your answer. Your post in summary is this applied to another person. Please by all means use the information provided, but don't ask others to do the work for you.
Okay, so I have barely ever played a mage myself, and when I have, it's been as TTW fire or PVP frost. However, having both a roommate/former guild leader who plays a mage, and a significant other / significant other's best friend that play mages, I can safely assume I know a bit about the class when trying to guide my own guild members.. or at least I can come here and do the research to 'catch up'.
My question is this. One of my arcane mages is complaining about mana issues (not uncommon) but seems to be using his mana gems efficiently. (He says he uses a gem after a full 'rotation', more on that in a sec.. Honestly I thought he'd need to wait till at least 2 rotations, but..)
He apparently does use evocation, I've seen him do it. He doesn't cut it off either, uses the full channel, which makes me think he uses it at low mana and feels the need for a full use.
My major problem with him - he keeps rolling on mp5 gear because he says it'll help his mana efficiency. When he rolled pretty quickly for the spellpower / use: restore mana trinket out of 10 ICC the other day (before my healers even had a chance to roll), and claimed he wanted it for the straight SP gain and the restore to mana, I sat down to figure out why he's having issues..
-Also-, he's calling out for Innervates from healers when the main point of this spec is to manage your own mana usage.. I can't say I wasn't miffed when he asked an undergeared (i.e. boomkin-geared, hah hah) tree, who did run a bit OOM during a longer fight, to Inn him when the tree needed it himself.
The reason he feels he has to do all this: He's using this as his rotation.. constantly.
ABx6;'6'MBAM no aBarr.
Meaning, he -always- goes to 6x AB, doesn't use a hasted Missiles if it procs prior to this, and doesn't generally cast Barr (not clear on the last point though it's not as significant). He clears the 6 stack with Missiles regardless of proc or not, so if he's doing it to fish, he's not doing it so effectively.
He says it's because from what he's gathered here, it's more DPS to just spam AB, but he's saying that regardless of mana.. he's running himself dry, and not swapping to anything like ABx2 or ABx3 to conserve.
What should I do besides tell him "I don't think that's how you should do it"? I did try to reason with him (as did another mage in my guild), but he pointed to EJ as the source of his rotation. I get the idea that since he knows I don't play a mage often myself, that I'm talking crap, but I know the mechanics and this seems really inefficient / careless to me.
Edit : His armory
The World of Warcraft Armory - Medeoan @ Misha - Profile
He doesn't appear to use the IA / Wards trick at all, seems. Also took Frostbite but I don't think he casts frost spells at all (except for his clones during MI).