This living document is intended to be a reference for the mechanics and peculiarities of being a Mage in World of Warcraft. It is not intended to teach you how to play a Mage; its purpose is to answer questions about how abilities work. Originally intended to be a sticky post on the official Mage forum, it quickly became clear that there was far too much information to maintain in forum posts with any practicality.
Most pages will allow comments; please feel free to suggest improvements and corrections. Please note that comments in the Compendium will be fairly strictly moderated; suggestions for corrections to objective matters of mechanics or outdated information are welcomed, but I do not want this to become a forum for debate about design quality and balance.
Quite a few new and changed mechanics and spells are being introduced in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Special attention will be paid to those abilities and mechanics which have changed from the versions we have all become used to over the years.
I'll be making these pages public long before they are complete — in fact, they will probably never truly be complete. Please feel free to submit suggestions for additional topics and subtopics; I can't promise to get to them all, but I'll do what I can.
May you find this information useful, and may your spells never be resisted.