So after a lot of trial and error, it seems the only way you can play a pure mage with crazy power is to mod your game and leave yourself at level 1. Even on adept and expert, you're actually able to kill things in 1 to 2 hits of say, incinerate or thunderbolt. That's versus something like 10+ hits of the same spell when you're level 50+ on the same enemies on expert or master level. It does seem as though you get punished as a pure mage/destruction if you level to high. Maybe others have had better luck at running a pure mage without having to spend 2 minutes killing things. Now, when I mean pure mage, I'm talking about not using companions or summons. Seems odd that this game, with master level spells you can't just go toe to toe without it taking you ages and using all your mana. Even if you glitch your mana to be never-ending, you're still taking forever to kill something with a great spell like incinerate. So please posts some ideas on how, if possible, other ways to run a pure mage. I've not seen any console commands to up damage and as far as I know, there are no enchants to up destruction spell damage either.