Sergeant Stonzgrinda wrote:"Magic requires both talent and education."
Nevertheless, every caster in the game practices magic, and virtually everyone is festooned with amulets. Magic is common place, even if trifling unless the Hand of Metzen makes the casters gods-in-a-pocket.
It's important to remember that our characters, plentiful as they seem due to subscriptions, are NOT the norm. We are heroes -- privileged and wealthy -- by virtues of game mechanics alone. In all the 'epic' cutscenes for the defeat of world menaces, it's just a handful of heroes who finally win the day.
I will also point out that your rebuttal does not in any way contradict my statement:
LEGION wrote:I think that grandmaster level magic is as rare as the top-tier engineering.
Chances are good that Joe-Blow-The-Farmer is not going to be out doing more than a rain-dance that may or may not have any effect whatsoever.