Originally Posted by theJesus
I haven't played since like December, but I remember having a fireball spell that made a big explosion. The damage per mana-cost ratio seemed better with just the standard firebolts though.
firestorm takes a while to build up and the whole time you're being attacked, also certain attacks can break the charge and you have to start over. However it does make a nice big pretty blast that looks cool.
Fireball has a small area of effect and is launched from a distance, it's damage is weaker than firebolt2 but works better against a group of enemies.
I did a mage and found that squishiness wasn't an issue so long as I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off while spamming spells. It's the old greek mantra "speed is armor"