I am wondering, who do you think would win in some kind of arena battle, fighter (of any flavor) or a mage? I guess there are three possible scenarios of the battle:
1) Only basic gear is allowed, no potions
2) Best possible gear for a class is allowed, but no potions
3) Best possible gear -and- potions are allowed
A separate scenario is also whether pre-buffing is allowed.
Also, there are probably thresholds for levels where the outcome would change. For example, a low level fighter would probably easily beat low level mage in all three settings, with or without pre-buffing but a high level mage would probably beat fighter in all settings apart from 3?
I guess it comes to the question - can a fighter without potions break through the mid- to high-level mage's defense (PfMW, PfNW, PfME, Stoneskin, Spell Immunity) and can a mage break through the defence of a fighter who took a potion of magic blocking?
So, at what levels and in what setting (1,2,3, with and without pre-buffing) do you think each class would win?