Firstly I would like to say that I agree with some of what I read on these forums. Mages are definitely not in an ideal position right now. Nerf's, especially recent ones, have really hit us hard and I have to admit I have to switch on when my guild raids, simply to justify my place in the team (if only to myself.) I went from putting in maybe 80-90% effort, talking some smack with guildies and just general tom foolery and still found myself pulling top numbers and progressing with the boys. Now I really have to focus to get my job done, and despite this I could easily be switched out with a hunter or something that can do the same as I do, plus more.
However... it will be a black day in hell when I quit my mage for something else. Not because I have a preference for mages, but simply I have pumped too many hours, NAY... MONTHS, leveling this guy and, moreover I have grown to love him. Yes he isn't as powerful as he has been. He cant pull great numbers anymore and has almost zero utility. But.. he's my dude... you know. He's my mage. Sure I chuck a few hours into alts, but I always come back to my main. It does bother me a little when I read people's threads and they say things like " I will quit my mage if Blizzard doesn't do this..." or " rerolling a lock cos of mage nerfs." Wasn't there more loyalty to classes in the early days of WOW? Or was it my imagination?
So... let me ask you all, dress wearing cannons of glass. Whats more important? Playing a class that you love and have spent so much time with and gotten to know like an old friend. Breached new content with and decked out with some sexy garb. Or just pulling the absolute best numbers possible. I know I don't play WOW to see pretty numbers scrolling across my screen... how about u?