I believe there have been similar ideas around the Dorms here and there so forgive me if this had been suggested recently.
I believe there is more we can do with our schools of magic than simply offer them stronger spells along with higher pip cost. This concept loses it's touch as you get your 2nd shadow enchanted damage spell, which are incredibly powerful. Therefore, I would like to suggest the integration of Hybrid School Spells.
Hybrid School Spells are unique spells that borrow certain aspects common in both schools and share it with each other through the spell's utility.
What originally brought me to this idea of merging school spells are the crafted gear recipes offered between levels 10 and 55. Many of the recipes create gear that benefit the stats for your own school and another school of your choosing. Even the game suggests using training points to train a secondary school.
Most people say that you should only train spells outside your school that will support the spells you do have. Mostly everyone follows: Train to feint, to tower shield, ele/spirit blades, and to satyr. I believe this takes away from the potential to create a really unique skill set capable of more than just the mainstream wizard with their school specific set.
I am suggesting to take the concept of a secondary school and put a unique twist (using the game mechanic of crafting) to create spells from two different schools and personalize your own unique play-style. As well, add hybrid crafted gear again up to max level to accommodate these spells.
Scenario 1: I want my life wizard to be more viable in shorter enemy encounters. My Life wizard has crafted gear that gives me gear boosts to support those schools. I also trained up to Meteor Strike so I have an efficient 4 pip hit-all spell to benefit from my fire damage. I have both Nature's Wrath and Meteor strike trained, so I can combine Nature's Wrath TC with Meteor Strike TC as well as other reagents to create the hybrid card: Forest Fire 4 Pips 275 damage + 275 damage over two rounds to all enemies
Hybrid cards can benefit from the hybrid gear boosts and give a school like life a useful low-pip hit-all. Scenario 2: I want my death wizard to be more viable as a healer. My death wizard has crafted gear that gives me gear boosts to support those schools. I also trained up to Satyr to benefit my role as a healer. I have both Scarecrow and Satyr trained, so I combine Scarecrow TC with Satyr TC as well as other reagents to create the hybrid card: Soul Connection 7 Pips 300 damage to all enemies, convert half to , 200 damage to all enemies, heal all allies damage dealt
Perhaps the hybrid spells should be no-pvp to maintain some sort of balance. Hybrid spell crafting is available at level 50 to prevent lower level confusion. I hope you like this idea, create some of your own, or explain why it may not work. Probably won't happen but we can dream
UPDATE: I'd actually like to update this thread investigating an error I made in my statement about available crafted gear with dual school stats.
Originally I stated: "What originally brought me to this idea of merging school spells are the crafted gear recipes offered between levels 10 and 55."
There is actually crafted gear recipes for dual school stats offered between levels 55 and 96, but only for robes and boots. As far as I know, hats do not offer these stats past 55. You can also find dual stats on crown shop packs and bundles, but I wanted to focus on crafted gear.
While I'm here I'd like to offer some other examples for hybrid spells
Scenario 3: I want my myth wizard to be more viable in a supportive role. My myth wizard has crafted gear that gives me gear boosts to support those schools. I also trained up to Donate Power so I can share pips with my teammates. I have both Draw Power and Donate Power trained, so I can combine Draw Power TC with Donate Power TC as well as other reagents to create the hybrid card: Minion Reversal 2 Pips Gain the ability for the next 3 Rounds to use spells listed as "minion only" spells on yourself and allies
This hybrid card can benefit myth in group play to increase their supportive abilities through blades (Buff Minion), heals (Mend Minion), and shields (Shield Minion).
Scenario 4: I want my storm wizard to be able to deal with shields more efficiently. My storm wizard has crafted gear that gives me gear boosts to support those schools. I also trained up to Minotaur to help bypass single shields that can halt my strategy. I have both Sirens and Minotaur trained, so I combine Sirens TC with Minotaur TC as well as other reagents to create the hybrid card: The Three Muses 8 Pips 50 damage and Prism if enemy detected, 500 damage to all enemies, Dispel to all enemies