The biggest thing that I'm still struggling to get used to is the bombs. They're apparently critical for maintaining damage, and a complete pain in the !@#. Recasting them over and over like some sort of Paladin's Inquisition. If using frost bomb, interrupting all the other spells and procs for a big long cast every seven seconds or whatever the cooldown is.
And then there's the loss of our AoE. So far leveling has been a painful experience, and the days of being able to round up a small army and bring them down with well placed blizzards appear to be gone.
So, what makes mages fun to play? I'm working on getting over the changes and finding the joy in the mage once again, because I genuinely love my mage. He's been the flagship of my WoW experience, and though he seems like a cheap conjurer next to my warlock, he's got a lot of sentimental value. So what mechanics, tricks, or special spells that only a mage has make the mage your favorite character?
And how did you get used to those bombs?