I feel your pain! I tested it out and reported it in the bugthread throughly - I feel sorry for you every time I notice this thing, and am actually hyped to see what YOU do when they finally fix it ^^
Never mind my antics - the constant struggle of sidestepper against the burning bug is the ongoing serious drama I'm actually tuned in at the forums. Hmmm, the burning bug would make a fine boss form for the unity bug to revive into
(As for the codex EM bloodmage, once it's operational, I think halfling's the way to go. You can blow health pots on ridiculous IMAWAL backed catapults that way. Taking vine form and stoning plants isn't bad either, and spamming entanglement is also a good move because spamming plantantion isn't an option).