I just noticed, BattleMages are off the charts.
I looked more in-depth into my Battle Mage, and now I notice they're absolutely ridiculous.
To start with, Warlord Leather Mastery is friggen ridiculous. Adds STR, INT, MP recovery rate, attack speed, physical crit rate. Nuff said.
Leather armor is pretty much light, and probably heavy armor with mana shield. (Really, every BM will have this maxed and always in use...) This thing mitigates damage so well, the only possible drawback is the mana usage, but even then, I don't see mana as a problem.
All physical BM spells cost next to no MP. And my MP pool is huge, and that MP regeneration bonus only makes it all the more harder for me to run out of MP.
(My BM is a spear user, so let's go with that flow.) The BM melee string has absurd range, the longest weapon range and movement range if I'm not mistaken. Either on par or better than the fighter string movement range, and likely longer, or equal weapon range than Battle Axes and Great Swords. On top of that, all 3 have very similar physical damage stats, yet BA's and GS's have very slow attack speed, and spears have slow attack speed. The spear only loses out in Y axis range, although the sheer X axis range seems to pretty much cover that up, and you move slower on the Y axis range anyway.
So far, all my BM skills are amazing. Absolutely amazing. The grab in particular, with incredible X axis range, speed, and cool down. My BM is only 22, and I definitely feel a difference compared to other melee classes. I'll only get better and better as the levels go up...
Where the hell is my nerf.