If one were to start completely from scratch with the intention of doing this, what would be the optimum way of doing it? I haven't really done much with mages before (41 WHM, 28 BLM, 28 SCH, 19 RDM), and I lack a lot of skill, gear, and general knowledge about them.
One thing I do have, however, is time. And Minikin Atma, though I lack basically any other decent mage atma.
I do have a friend with RDM 65 willing to finish it up to 90 and merit Phalanx 2 5/5. Since I can basically utilize that at any time, I'm thinking /SCH would be an easier approach due to less need to spend a lot of time skilling up, but I'm not sure if there are negatives to that being overlooked.
Edited, Jan 17th 2011 8:19am by Calessa
Now am BLM82, working on collecting spell scrolls and skilling up (elemental 267, enfeeble 140, dark 120, still work to do...) and have a pop set for Beyond NM. Picked up a couple of HQ staves and the Teal set. Working on a PDT set (farming Dark Rings while skilling up, too) ... am I at least heading the right direction here?