When did you start playing your mage? What do you remember about playing "back then"? If you just recently started, what's got you wanting to play the mage?
For me, I started play in Classic. Warcraft realms has this particular character first listed on August 14th, 2005, only about a month after Battlegrounds were released and just before the ZG plague... The cities were lined with skeletons... I remember having to run to my brother, a paladin, who was cleansing anyone who ran by him. He wasn't raiding at the time, but I was.
I also remember wanding the bosses for mana after a paladin had judged wisdom... Which they had to do from melee range, back when holy paladins were considered more along the lines of battle clerics than true healers.