Alright, so I've been trying to figure out my magic system for my story, and I'm trying to figure out how I could have water mages that were actually powerful. My fundamental idea behind the magic system is that magic doesn't produce energy which subsequently effects the physical world, atleast not most of the time, rather they are manipulating quantum phenomena by selecting between possible physical states on a large scale which ultimately allows for their powers.
So, I was looking through intermolecular forces and learned about London Dispersion, the thing where the random position of electrons within an atome causes a temporary polarity that can induce polarity in other atoms leading to weak and very short lived intermolecular bonds. True, these kinds of bonds are weakest, but unlike the other intermolecular forces it is the only one that is entirely random, atleast if like me you believe the position of quantum particles is random and probability based. So, it seems that if my magicians caused matter to co-ordinate London dispersion on a large scale, but there seems to be atleast some limitations.
The most notable limitation seems to be that my mages will have a very hard time influencing gases. Controlling the exact position of electrons seems far more powerful the denser your material happens to be as the artificial polarities you create would affect atoms more powerfully the closer they are. Because of this, it seems like they could do things such as:shoot lightning bolts, cause rocks to split in two, make massive waves, create salts and chemicals that should not be possible, etc... But, gas? With how not dense has is, it seems like at some point the london-dispersion mages wouldn't be able to meaningfully affect it.
What I am wondering is if controlling air via London dispersion at earth-like pressures would have a practical purpose in my magic system or if they would really only be able to affect liquids and solids.