Why would you want to use magic post 1.1 update??
In all my games since 1.1 update, i have not used 1 single combat spell, ever! The reason being that by the time i have any decent combat spell, i am well past the point of actually needing it!!!
There are plenty of hero's with special combat abilities, these could be construed as 'spells' and make up for the destruction of magic post 1.1 updates.