Well, I've tinkering around with several and have flipped through the books-- but today I created a level 5 mage named Eruantien-- which is "Matthew" in Tolkein
Overall I am very satisfied with it and think Essentials has some strong alternate options for players. In many regards he will be easier to run and there is somewhat less to track. I might get pummeled, but I actually like the CB layout as well. It will be fun to play around with him in a game. I'm curious to see what others think.