My name is Arenaceous. I startet playing PWI on the Dreamweaver server when the highest level there was 7x. My first class was a wizard named Xegeth. I was level 97 when they introduced hyperstones, I joined my first TW faction at around level 90 and the most fun thing I ever did PvE wise where those GV gammas I did with lke 3k pdef and around 3k hp selfbuffed. I went sage along with great mages like Mizuoni, Ursa, MageFizban, Stormyyy and later SurferGirl. Later I rerolled on Lost City, rolled a Sin, was disgusted by their PvP skills and rerolled mage. Again I went sage. I was always happy with my cultivation, but lately I stopped to think a bit more. I got a dex genie with spark, I got my full R9 set and things changed. The way I killed people in open PK changed with the time and I started to think that I might benefit more from demon than I do from sage. So I wanted to write down this analysis and be as unbiased as I can be. I am asking you, all experienced mages of any server - demon or sage - to agree where it's worth agreeing with me and to disagree where I make mistakes and logical fallacies. So let's begin
Why change? - Reasons for going demon.
1.) Rank9 makes me use less chi in open PK.
Most of my kills are with simple hits of Nuke skills. I do not use many ultimates in one on ones. Most of the time, the use of sutra with genie spark is prefered which leads me to my next point.
2.) Genie spark changed the way I kill.
A crit from Divine Pyrogram with undine and genie spark hurts. A LOT. It can bypass most players charm with ease. Also one of the strongest sage skills - Sage BIDS - suffers from genie spark. Why? Because Blade Tempest combined with spark is a devasting skill and more reliable than praying for a BIDS crit. Demon offers less channeling time on Dpyro and an ever faster use of the skill with demon Wellspring Quaff. It is also less predictable than a sparked sutra - And costs less chi.
3.) Wizards are lacking control skills.
The first two points mainly talk about why I think sage lost it's punch for me. Now here is why I envy demon mages. In the situations where you need chi you are fighting tough opponents. That means you will be kiting a lot. Of course kiting is more than possible as a sage, but your only change to land an ultimate usually is to wait for the 2 minute cooldown from your Sleep Skill. A demon mage has more possibilities. The occasional Stone Rain stun lets you cast an ultimate. The freeze on Hailstorm is far more reliable and the freeze on pitfall makes it worth to use the skill instead of gush. Demon Emberstorm is a nice extra bonus. I usually use that skill to knock out sins when I think there might be some. And not only knocking a sin out but also stunning them in the process seems quite useful.
4.) Demon offers more pdef.
Demon Stone Barrier, of course.
5.) Demon spark is superior in PvE
Now that I run caster NV a lot, I could really use the -channeling from demon spark. Of course sage let's me spark more often, so this i not a really strong point.
All in all, demon supports the way I kill in open PvP. Faster channeling on your nukes, especially dPyro along with more disables seem really good. Also defense wise you win with Stone Barrier.
Staying a sage - Reasons to stick to my cultivation.
1.) A sage mage is a TW mage.
A sage mage is build for TW. The ultimates are without a discussion far superior to the demon ultimates. TW is were mages are best and in TW you will be spamming ultimates. Also the chi conservation supports the plan.
2.) Always having chi is a good thing.
I said before that you need chi when facing really good opponents - or just good geared ones. A sage mage always has chi, whereas a demon has a harder time building chi. My PvP genie does not have cloud eruption, I will miss the ability to build and conserve chi a lot.
3.) 5% more damage is superior to 3% crit.
This is just an opinion I think, but with the firepower of rank9, 5% extra mastery is a lot.
4.) Changing cultivation costs a lot of money and time.
I need to get all the books again, I am losing all my sage skills I farmed/bought over the last year. I am talking about ~100M loss and ~100M for the demon skills. Luckily, I did the culti quest already.
Summary: I already got all sage skills and I can support my faction better in TW. Also the ability to always have chi makes me handle surprise attacks better.
So what should I do? Go demon? Stick to sage? TW is once, maybe twice a week - at 5 am for me. So I PvP more than I TW, on the other hand we shine in TW.
If I went demon, I would collect all the important books first of course. I don't wanna stand there with just demon spark.
Some general questions about changing culti:
Do you lose your lvl 100 culti? Do you have to do it all again? What is with level 100 skills, are you able to use them after you changed if you got them before the change? Do you have to run your lvl89 and lvl99 FBs again?
Thank you for reading the wall of text and thanks in advance for your input.
Erik aka Arenaceous
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