Just another pointless nerd moment with everyone's favorite nerd!
Anyone else feel that in WoW, Arcane Mages just feel absolutely underwhelming for a class that is supposed to be the absolute masters of magic? Don't get me wrong, they can polymorph things, teleport, make portals, and have plenty of "kill you dead" magic, but their spells almost seem universally based on blasting things until they stop moving, with no art, no subtlety.
As a disclaimer, I haven't played WoW in like... five years. I have no idea how much things have changed since I played other than based on what I saw on WoWhead's display of Arcane Mage spell animations.
I got to thinking of this watching aformentioned spell animations for both Warlocks and Mages (because I love magical stuff) and as I watched I realized that Warlocks, despite their generally dark themes, simply felt more magical than Mages. Their spells were flashy, and yet more subtle than those of the Arcane Mage. Outside of the Destruction school, they're not based entirely on blasting things. Spells like Soul Effigy, Dimensional Rift, and Endless Resolve just look downright fun and far more strategic (not to mention visually appealing, as compared to the weird eyesores that arcane magic tend to be) while also being the kind of thing you'd think a mage should be able to do - if carrying a somewhat lighter undertone.
I don't know, for me it just feels like Arcane Mages just feel so impractical in comparison to Demo/Afflic locks, with spells designed to be more flashy than anything. That's not to say they can't be useful, of course, but that they feel less practical (a word I feel I used too much already).
Of course, as said, I haven't played the game in years, so I could have no idea what I'm talking about. In the end, Warlocks and Mages seem to embody different types of magic, and not shadow vs arcane, so much as practicality (warlocks) vs flare (mages).