Seriously. Mages are the weakest class. Normally mages are the most powerful. But in this game, playing as a mage I feel completely useless. I don't do even close to half the amount of damage anyone else in my party can do. I basically spend most of my time baby sitting and setting up combos and making sure everyone isn't dying/doing what they should be. I don't feel like a powerhouse or a badass at all. The only time I can do major damage is if someone is weak to my element. Aside from that I can't do shit. And my attacks are mostly worthless because all the staffs I have found/been able to make, are completely worthless.
The best I have found is a schematic to make the First Enchanter Staff. That is the best I have found in 80 hours. And its fucking terrible. Even if you use the 40% master crafting bonus the best you can get out of it is 78 fire damage using the dragon materials. 78 per attack on something that has 0% fire resistance. 78. Seventy fucking eight. Now granted you do like 3 strikes in just over a second, and if something is weaker to fire you do like 120ish per attack. But come on. And if you add one of the masterclass runes you can do 50+ extra damage to either a demon, a dragon, the living or the corrupted. But you can only pick one. And so you only get the bonus in specific areas of the map. And ya, you can craft 6 of them and constantly swap them, but I wont remember do that every time I leave an area. Unless there is another schematic much later in the game I haven't found yet, this is all pretty lame in my opinion.
And yes, the spells can be crazy powerful. But you are constantly playing the waiting game for your mana to restore. It would be nice if a mage could have a decent normal attack. I can't even imagine how useless a mage is on nightmare.
Also all the best gear in the game is for rouges. Like they expect everyone to play as a rouge. I have found so many daggers that do 300+ damage per attack. Cole is a fucking monster for me. He has two daggers that do 322 per attack (one does 50 extra to living and the other does 50 extra to beasts). He kills most everything by himself. Couple that with the abilities. And me freezing enemies for him he just plows through everything. I just want to be the one doing most of the heavy lifting. And you can't do that as a mage. Unless you have to be a knight enchanter. Which I didn't go with, because the class looked weak to me overall. The Rift mage seemed more powerful. But is actually pretty terrible. I'm just bitter about this whole playthrough. 80 hours of playing a mage and I feel like I spent most of time being a baby sitter to health then actually being the inquisitor and kicking ass.
EDIT: I am a dirty, dirty nug loving liar!