Tier 15 was the best set we've had for at least 2 expansions and the first one in a long time that looked mage-like. It embodied the feel of a dragon-mage perfectly and I was really looking forward to seeing what Blizzard could come up with for Tier 16.
Very disappointed. I'm totally over the space-mage/futuristic style of some of our tier sets (Tier 8, Tier 13 and now 16).
I yearn for a more elegant, intricately designed set that has the typical Archmage style look and feel to it, but is unique and powerful.
I would like to make one simple suggestion:
STOP with all the crap enclosed helmets for our tier sets!!
We are MAGES...give us cowls or wizard's hats or circlets. Anything but these stupid face-covering helmets that may be well suited to DKs, Warriors, Paladins, etc, but look about as un-magelike as it gets.
Yes, Tier 15 had an enclosed helmet and I loved that set, but that's a lone exception as it had the whole dragon shape and matched perfectly with the robe and amazing shoulders.
Generally, helmets suck for mages.
Just throwing it out there, but maybe consider a different head piece for us for future tier sets, such as:
1. Cowls - worked brilliantly for Tier 5.
2. Circlets - Unique simple circlets with magic runes on them or even magical circlets (such as a circlet of pure fire or pure ice).
3. Wizard's Hats - They don't have to be plan single coloured blue or red hats we're used to seeing - they could be much more elaborately designed, but wizard's hats embody what mages represent beautifully.