Rift announced today on their site that the new Mage soul coming in update 2.7 will be the Arbiter. Arbiters are a soul focused on defense and mitigation using air and water magic. With this new soul, Mages will become quite capable as tanks. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how a cloth wearing tank plays out, but heck, Rift broke ground with their Rogue could tank in leather armor at launch. Why not cloth next? The question that remains now; will every Mage be expected to have a tank build after 2.7 lands? Maybe. But either way, it’s a definite step toward balancing the game overall when every class can now be expected to be capable of fulfilling any role at any given time. You can check out the official announcement here.