Frost Mage PvP Guide, Stay Frosty

 

Frost Mage PvP

Draenei Female Frost Mage

Updated for Warlords of Draenor 6.2

This page is for Frost Mage PvP, see the links below for other Mage info.

Of the three mage specs Frost is the only one with a pet and that pet can add quite a bit to your damage and control. How is Frost doing at the moment? Just fine, thanks you, but that really depends more on you than anything else.

Frost has always been the “goto spec” for Mage PvP, for good reason. You have the damage, the control, and all the tools. Next week’s Hotfix or patch may change that a bit, but probably not a lot. So we’ll cover “How to Frost” here and leave the “flavor of the month” discussions for the forums.

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Frost Mage PvP Contents

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Some Warlords Changes for Frost

You can see all of the changes in our Mage Changes in WoD post. Basically, Frost came through the changes just fine.

  • Presence of Mind is now Arcane only, as is Evocation.
  • Blizzard is now available only to Frost Mages.
  • Ice Lance replaces Fire Blast and is now only available to Frost Mages. Ice Lance’s base damage has been increased by 100%, since you no longer have access to Fire Blast, but its damage multiplier against frozen targets has been reduced by 50% (it’s now 2x instead of 4x.)
  • Shatter is now available only to Frost Mages (My Fire Mage cries…) and it now multiplies Critical Strike chance by 1.5 (down from 2.)
  • Frost Armor is now a passive effect and is available only to Frost Mages. It will increase your Multistrike chance (8% MS instead of 7% Haste) and slows enemies who hit you in melee. You no longer have access to the other armors.
  • The Brain Freeze effect now increases Frostfire Bolt‘s damage by 25%, and can now stack up to 2 times. It also no longer triggers from the Bomb Talents, and instead has a 10% chance to trigger from Frostbolt casts. Each Multistrike of Frostbolt increases that cast’s chance by an additional 25%. (Total of 60% on double-Multistrikes).
  • Deep Freeze is now available only to Frost Mages, plus it can now be broken by damage (by the same amount as Frost Nova.)
  • Glyph of Icy Veins now causes Icy Veins to provide 35% chance to Multistrike instead of 20% Haste.
  • Patch 6.2 just buffed a couple of things.

 

 

Frost PvP Talents

Different talents will fit different situations, for example: if you’re on a team or solo. Fortunately talents are easily changed to fit the current situation. Click the new talent, spend one Tome of the Clear Mind, and you’re good.

Descriptions are below the image and our picks are checked, Best talent.

Frost Mage PvP Talents for Warlords of Draenor

Tier 1, level 15

  1. Evanesce – replaces your Ice Block. You get 3 seconds of immunity to everything, except that it does not clear debuffs already on you. DoTs already present will continue to deal damage, and Spells that have already been cast will still damage you. 45 second cooldown Vs Ice Block wiping everything that Evanesce does not. Ice Block is still the major clutch ability and Evanesce replaces it.
  2. Best talent Blazing Speed can be used as a short burst of speed every 25 seconds (saving a blink,) an escape from snares (saving a blink,) and a gap closer. If you’re playing against a team that throws enough snares then this is your pick. More mobility is generally a pretty good thing to have. Of course you can use both Blink and Blazing speed back to back to get behind that pillar…
  3. Ice Floes – Not so hot when compared to the others, especially given your number of instant spells. Just kind of clunky to use.

Tier 2, level 30

  1. Alter Time, now a talent and lasting ten seconds, was nerfed such that it no longer affects the Mage’s mana, buffs, or debuffs. It can be used to avoid damage, snares, etc by resettng the lest (up to) ten seconds. It can no longer be used to extend your DPS. Playing against a team that will remove most of your health in seconds and cannot purge your Alter Time? This might be the way to go, as you’ll get it all back.
  2. Best talent Flameglow is best used against opposition that will DOT you up, eg: Affliction ‘locks. That is, situations that provide constant damage, rather than large bursts. Even with the patch 6+ nerfs it’s still the best pick. It’s passive, not purgable, and blocks a lot of damage over a long fight.
  3. Ice Barrier just blocks a chunk of damage, such as lots of little stuff or a big chunk of a big hit. Can be purged, costs a global cooldown to use, and doesn’t block that much.

Tier 3, level 45

  1. Best talent Ring of Frost – the old, the tested, the immensely useful in all kinds of places. Especially useful in the BGs for blocking pathways and grabbing groups. Works even better when you team has abilities like Gorefiend’s Grasp, which will pull all enemies into your ROF, just in time for your team to unload A of Es on their frozen selves. PolyMorph the DPS, Deep the healer, then Ring him. He can’t free the DPS and your team kills #3.
  2. Ice Ward – Melee gets in your face and gets frozen (Frost Nova,) allowing you to get away and/or set up for the kill. Best choice for kiting melee, duels, etc. Casts Frost Nova even if you take the Ice Nova talent. Cast Ice Ward on your healer if he’s being trained.
  3. Best talent Frostjaw – Single target ranged freeze and your only silence. Has its uses, especially when followed up with a shatter. Can be dispelled and Dwarves can Stoneform it. It’s also a backup freeze if your Deep Freeze is unavailable or undesirable at that moment. It’s not on the same Diminishing Returns table as the Deep, so can extend your CC chain.

Tier 4, level 60

Cold Snap wins 99% of the time.

  1. Greater Invisbility – Nice for wiping away effects and escaping (repositioning.) Broken/blocked by various effects, such as Faerie Fire or too many DOTs. Can also be used to position yourself to set up for a Ring of Frost or whatever.
  2. Cauterize – Nice if you anticipate occasional lethal damage. Most useful if you have a healer with you, though Ice Block will stop the DOT and Temporal Shield will heal it. Better for PvE than PvP.
  3. Best talent Cold Snap – Small heal and resets important cooldowns, the latter making it the pick here. Usable while stunned, etc. Can be used if you are locked out of your Frost-tree to enable Ice Block.

Tier 5, level 75

Ice Nova all the way.

  1. Frost Bomb Is no longer actually a bomb. It has no cooldown, it does not explode, it does not trigger Brain Freeze. You place the bomb and then use your Fingers of Frost empowered Ice Lances to attack the target. Each Lance that hits does damage to the target and lesser damage to all other targets within ten yards. The bomb does no damage by itself and your other attacks do nothing. This talent is much weaker than the other two. Breaks CCs. 
  2. Unstable Magic gives your Frost and Frostfire bolts a chance to explode on impact, doing 50% more damage to the target and also  doing damage to all targets within 8 yards. Being a random chance it doesn’t lend itself to coordinated burst attempts like Ice Nova does. Breaks CCs.
  3. Best talent Ice Nova has two charges on a 25 second recharge. The main target takes 300% Spellpower damage and all targets within 8 yards are frozen for two seconds, giving you a nice Shatter chance with an immediate second Ice Nova (within that 2 second window.) Try to fire that off at the peak of your Incanter’s Flow. Replaces your Frost Nova. Hits very hard and you can Deep off the root. Breaks CCs, but you can easily control when and where, unlike the others. 

Tier 6, level 90

  1. Mirror Image –  Summon up some copies that start blasting away for you. Nice burst every two min., which might be just the thing where the burst is the most important thing.
  2. Rune of Power – Pretty useless for most PvP, since you have to stay close to use it.
  3. Best talent Incanter’s Flow – stays on until you turn if off or the enemy does. Average of a 12% buff at any given time. Cycles from a low of 4% to a high of 20% buff over 5 seconds, then another 5 to drop to 4%. Ten seconds from peak to peak. You can track the buff and fire your best shots at 20%.

Tier 7, level 100

A longer Icy Veins buff Vs the Crystal Vs Orbital Bombardment.

  1. Thermal Void: Casting Ice Lance extends your Icy Veins by 2 seconds.
  2. Prismatic Crystal puts a crystal at the targeted location. Only you can attack it and it takes 130% damage from your attacks. Any time it takes damage it instantly releases that damage, splitting it evenly among all enemies within 8 yards. This makes it very nice for single target damage. The only problem is that your enemies have to stay in one place for the duration (max of 12 seconds or so.) If you can place it right and dump your burst into it you can do some serious damage.
  3. Best talent Comet Storm: Comets! Orbital Bombardment! 7 icy comets bombard the target area, each one doing damage to all enemies within 4 yards of the impact point. Easy to use, which is why it’s the pick. Damage is pretty decent. It’s instant, does good damage, and can be used while silenced.

 

Glyphs for the PvPing Frost Mage:

More or less in order of interest. The first two are pretty much required.

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  1. Glyph of Polymorph: Removes DOTs from the target.
  2. Glyph of Deep Freeze: Take DF off the GCD, allowing for immediate follow up with Ice Lance or whatever. Polymorph target A and immediately Deep Freeze target B.
  3. Glyph of Regenerative Ice – heal while in Ice Block. Note that Priests can dispel the block and Warriors can smash it, so you don’t get as much healing. Exclusive with other ice block glyphs.
  4. Glyph of Ice Block – when IB breaks a Frost Nova goes off and you’re immune to spells for 3 seconds. Exclusive with other ice block glyphs. Very nice Vs caster teams. Ice Block, cancel, and you have 3 seconds to Poly the enemy healer with no chance of it being interrupted. 
  5. Glyph of Spellsteal – adds a small heal when you steal a spell. Stealing a HOT isn’t a bad idea either.

Some other options.

  • Glyph of Splitting Ice – Your Ice Lance and Icicles hit an additional target for 50% damage. This glyph feels really good with Prismatic Crystal, test it out for yourself.
  • Glyph of Cone of Cold – Targets take 200% increased damage from C of C.
  • Glyph of Icy Veins: your Icy Veins now grants 30% Multistrike instead of Haste.

Minor Glyphs: 

 

 

Frost Abilities in Warlords of Draenor

These are the abilities that define you as Frost.  You will be generating a fair number of “procs” as you fight (Fingers of Frost, Brain Freeze, and Icicles,) giving you a chance at some pretty major burst damage if you can unload all of them at the same time.

Some abilities that were general to Mages are now uniquely yours, such as Shatter and Ice Lance. You also get perks, instead of a new abilities, once you get past level 90.

Frost Spec
10 Summon Water Elemental
12 Frostbolt
16 Shatter – Higher crit chance vs frozen targets.
22 Ice Lance
24 Fingers of Frost – Various abilities, and Blizzard ticks, have a chance to grant “Fingers of Frost.” This increases your Ice Lance damage by 100% and it acts as if the target were frozen.
36 Icy Veins – 20% Haste and ignore “pushback” for 20 seconds. The glyph changes this to Multistrike.
52 Blizzard
54 Frost Armor – +8% MultiStrike, attackers are slowed.
62 Frozen Orb – damages targets in the area and briefly slows them. Grants one Fingers of Frost proc.
66 Deep Freeze – Stuns a frozen target.
77 Brain Freeze – A chance for your next Frostfire bolt to be free, instant, more powerful, and act as if the target were frozen.
80 Mastery: Icicles – Frost and Frostfire bolts creates and stores icicles which are unleashed with your next Ice Lance.
90 Ice Shards – +5% Multistrike from all sources
Perks: Unlike previous expansions you gain no new abilities past level 90. What you do gain, instead, are Perks. These are enhancements of current abilities. All of the Perks are passive, so will add no new buttons to your bars.The perks are learned randomly. You will eventually get four perks, starting at 92, but they will be learned in random order. At level 98 you will have them all.
  1. Enhanced Frostbolt – Small reduction in Frost Bolt cast time.
  2. Improved Blizzard – Casting Blizzard reduces Frozen Orb cooldown.
  3. Improved Icy Veins – 10% more Haste from Icy Veins
  4. Improved Water Elemental – Your elemental learns a new spell.

Pet Abilities

Your Water Elemental has:

  • Freeze  – Root enemies in place and generate two Fingers of Frost charges (on enemies that can be rooted).
  • Water Jet – Channelled. Auto-cast by default. Use against enemies that cannot be rooted, such as raid bosses. Your Frostbolts that that hit the target, while it’s being watered, generate a Fingers of Frost charge.

 

Frost Stats for PvP

  • Priorities: Int > Haste >= Versatility > Multistrike >= Mastery > Crit
  • Gear: Int plus Haste & Versatility

More about your Stats

Int directly improves Spell Power. It’s your #1 stat since it adds damage to everything you do. Never trade Int for any other stats. For example, item A has more Int, but poorer secondary stats than item B. Go with item A.

Haste provides for faster casting and shaves precious fractions off of cast times, especially your CC cast times (eg: Polymorph.)

Multistrike takes a hit because in PvP you get one shot at an additional strike, in PvE you get two. This makes your PvP Multistrike about half as effective as in PvE. You will have a base 13% with your Frost Armor and Ice Shards anyway.

Versatility adds to your damage, any heals you do (LOL,) and your damage reduction. Pretty much improves everything you do.

Crit – Your Shatter ability multiplies your crit chance against frozen targets by 1.5 and adds another 50%. With a 30% crit chance this means that you have a 95% chance for a Shatter crit. Note that Crit is 150% damage in PvP, not 200%.

Mastery generates Icicles as you cast other spells and it also increase your Elemental’s Waterbolt damage. More Mastery increases the power of the Icicles, not the chance to generate them, as well as more Pet damage. Most people consider Mastery to be the weakest of the secondary stats, the rest consider it to be essentially useless.

Spirit, Agility, and Strength are useless for you.

Warlords note: Hit and Expertise are dead, Resilience and PvP Power only appear on non-Draenor gear. Reforging is also dead. You have the two new stats, Multistrike and Versatility.

Int no longer adds to Crit, but you now start with a base 5% Crit. See our Mage Gearing guide for gearing up in PvP, also our Frost Mage damage post.

 

 

Frost Mage Gems

Warlords note – Gem sockets in Warlords are few and far between. There is a small chance for them to appear on raid gear, perhaps there will be some similar chance for them to appear on PvP gear. As of now there are no gem sockets on Warlords level PvP gear.

Offensive gems for pre-Warlords gear.

You should try to match Int socket bonuses (if any.) Gems with secondary stats (eg; Haste) have twice the value of primary stat gems (eg: Int) and socket bonuses are nice enough to make matching them worthwhile. “Perfect” gems have the same values as the regular gems, but one or the other will be much cheaper. Go with the cheap one.

Your Mage bonus adds to any Int gem bonuses, making them worth 5% more Int. That bonus does not add to other stats. This makes Int gems that much more valuable.

Gemming in Warlords, Assuming Gem Sockets Become Available

  • Gem sockets on PvE gear are few and far between, sockets on PvP gear are not yet actually available, but perhaps they will be as the expansion progresses.  For the sockets that are available, there are no meta gems or meta sockets, there are no socket bonuses, and all sockets are “prismatic,” which means that they will take any available gem.
  • The gem themselves are actually available. They are all prismatic, meaning they fit into any socket. None have Int, they all have secondary stats (Mastery, etc.) Apparently there are no Meta sockets or gems.
  • Older (Mists of Pandaria) gems work until item level 600, but the item squish cut them down a bit. What used to be 160 Int is now 10, for example. The new Prismatic gems are 50 points of Mastery or whatever.
  • Older gems (Mists of Pandaria and lower) that used to code for Hit now do Crit, gems that had Expertise are now Haste.
  • If PvP sockets appear: Gem for Haste or Multistrike or Versatility, whichever you’re focusing on. Only gem for the one thing.
Gems for Warlords of Draenor
Prismatic Greater Multistrike Taladite: +50 MultiStrike
Multistrike Taladite: +35 Multistrike
Greater Haste Taladite: +50 Haste
Haste Taladite: +35 Haste
Greater Versatility Taladite: +50 Versatility
Versatility Taladite: +35 Versatility
Mists of Pandaria Gems, for gear under ilevel 600.
Meta Courageous Primal Diamond: +20 Intellect and chance on beneficial spell to make your spells cost no mana for 4 sec.
Sinister Primal Diamond: +20 Critical Strike, and chance on spell damage to gain 30% spell haste
Capacitive Primal Diamond: +20 Critical Strike, and chance on melee or ranged hit to gain Capacitance
Burning Primal Diamond: +14 Int & 3% Increased Crit Effect
Ember Primal Diamond: +14 Intellect and +2% Maximum Mana
Forlorn Primal Diamond: +14 Intellect and 10% Silence Reduction
Red Brilliant Primordial Ruby: 10 Int
Yellow Quick Sun’s Radiance: +20 Haste
Fractured Sun’s Radiance: +20 Mastery
Smooth Sun’s Radiance: +20 Crit
Blue Rigid River’s Heart: +20 Crit
Lightning Wild Jade: +10 Haste and +10 Crit
Orange Potent Vermilion Onyx: +5 Int & +10 Crit
Reckless Vermilion Onyx: 5 Int, 10 Haste
Green Sensei’s Wild Jade: +10 Crit and +10 Mastery
Piercing Wild Jade: +10 Critical Strike
Purple Veiled Imperial Amethyst: 5 Int and 10 Crit
Cogwheel Requires an engie helm, such as this.
Quick Tinker’s Gear: 38 Haste
Smooth Tinker’s Gear: 38 Crit
Fractured Tinker’s Gear: 38 Mastery

 

Frost Mage Enchants

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Helm enchants are gone in Mists of Pandaria, shoulder enchants are provided by the Inscription profession.

In Warlords your only enchants are for rings, neck items, cloaks, and weapons. They also, as with gems, only provide secondary stats. (Possibly this will change as things progress.) If things remain the same as Mists then you will be able to use these enchants on any lower level gear, where they will scale down appropriately.

Warlords of Draenor Enchantments
Weapons,
Main & Off-Hand
Warlords:

  • Enchant Weapon – Mark of Warsong – Sometimes increase Haste by a large amount, but it then diminishes by 10% every 2 seconds.
  • Enchant Weapon – Mark of the Frostwolf – Sometimes increases your Multistrike by 500 for 6 seconds, this effect can stack twice.
  • Note: There is a “Glory of” version of each of these enchants which looks just the same as the above, so they are not included here.

Mists:

Cloak Warlords:

Mists:

Rings Warlords:

Neck Warlords:

Enchants for item levels below 600.
Shoulders Greater Crane Wing Inscription: +15 Int and 5 Crit
Chest Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats: +9 to all Stats
Bracers Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect: +15 Int
Gloves Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery: +25 Mastery
Belt Livingsteel Belt Buckle: Gem slot for a nice Int gem
Leggings Greater Cerulean Spellthread: +19 Int and +11 Crit
Boots Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step: +10 Mastery, slight run speed increase.
Enchant Boots – Greater Haste: +12 Haste

 

Frost Mage PvP Gearing

See our Mage PvP Gear page for alot more detail, but the basics are below. You will want to get all PvP gear and the PvP trinket pair gives you an added 10% damage reduction (from players) as a set bonus.

See above for stat priorities.

See above for Gems and Enchants. Gem and enchant for offense. Also see the notes in those sections for Warlords gems and enchants.

If you are not yet 100 then gain honor to the cap, spend it, and have at least 3,500 Honor ready to go when you hit 100. That will let you get your weapons first, since that will likely be, by far, your best upgrade after questing.

At 91+ you can put on the crafted gear. These pieces are 630 for the weapons (from the Inscription profession) and 640 for the armor (from Tailoring.) You are limited to three of the crafted items, so we suggest the weapon and then chest and legs. Buying the items will require a nice chunk of gold, making them will require a lot of mats. Note that these items can be upgraded (costly) or have their stats shifted.

When you first hit 100 start working for the honor gear. There are actually three levels of gear in Warlords Season 1.

  1. Primal Aspirant is level 600, 660 for PvP (“warforged” adds 6 item levels)
  2. Primal Combatant is the honor gear. it’s 620/675.
  3. Primal Gladiator is the conquest gear. It’s 660/690.

In place of PvP Power the PvP gear has two ratings, one for PvP and a lower rating for everything else. This should make the PvP gear much better than PvE gear for any PvP combat and probably weaker than PvE gear in raids.

Mage PvP chest - regular Vs PvP item levels

For any given gear slot there are two pieces of gear available, so you can play with stats a bit. If you get the rep with the leader of your faction (Vol’jin shown in the image) then you get access to a third piece with other stats.

Gearing up:

  1. If you don’t already have an escape trinket (such as: Primal Combatant’s Medallion of Cruelty) then your #1 priority is to get one.
  2. If some of your gear is weak, compared to the rest of your gear than that is a priority upgrade. For example, those three green pieces that you hadn’t updated to blues or better.

The Gear, In Order of Acquisition:

Why this order? It will give you the best results and get you into the set bonuses ASAP. this order applies for both Honor and Conquest gear, though only the latter is shown. Also not that while the gear shown is for Horde, the Alliance uses the same item names.

Reforging is dead in Warlords. So are Hit, Expertise, and Resilience. Stacking stats will come from gear choices, enchants, and the few available gem slots.

The honor gear has no point or skill requirement to buy weapons. Your first 3,500 honor points should go towards your staff (or sword and off-hand.) Conquest gear, on the other hand, does require 7,250 points to be accumulated before you can buy the weapons.

  1. Honor: Get the weapon(s) first.
  2. Conquest: Your first 4k honor gets you a big piece (head, chest, or legs) and your gloves. That’s the two piece set bonus and the glove bonus (in season 15 that bonus reduced the Blink global cooldown by .5 seconds.) You could also get the “on use” trinket instead of the gloves, for the burst. (example: Primal Combatant’s Badge of Dominance)
  3. Conquest: The next 3,500 is for your weapons
  4. Honor: Get those two items mentioned above.
  5. DPS trinket.
  6. Take two from Chest, Legs, Head, or Shoulders, for the 4 piece bonus.
  7. Finish out the “big” pieces.
  8. Cloak, neck, and rings, because all three can be enchanted.
  9. Bracers and boots.
  10. Escape trinket.

Conquest gear will follow the same pattern of acquisition. The Elite Conquest Gear, if it becomes available, will likely be a simple color change, as it was in previous seasons.

 

 

Professions for the Frost Mage

Draenei Frost Mage

Professions bonuses in Warlords are gone. All of them. There is no more reason for mages to take Blacksmithing. Use the professions for items or making gold.

  • Engineering has lots of interesting toys, some of which have situational use
  • Blacksmithing – about the only use will be for the mage weapons.
  • Tailoring – You will be able to make your own starter gear for PvP, perhaps saving some gold over Auction House prices.
  • Leatherworking has nothing for you.
  • Jewelcrafting might let you make some nice gems, rings, and neck pieces before they PvP equivalents are available to you.
  • Enchanting offers nothing special.
  • Inscription lets you make glyphs, some caster items, and some misc. other stuff.
  • Alchemy better living through chemistry, except that you can’t make seaforium or pour acid (or freezing potions) on your enemies.
  • Skinning, Herbalism, and Mining provide raw materials for appropriate professions or sell the stuff for more gold.

 

 

Races for the PvP Frost Mage

Not that race is a replacement for skill, but some have certain advantages. Orc for the burst or Human for the trinket ability might be “the best.” Play what you like.

In Warlords all racial abilities that had anything to do with Expertise or Hit are now gone. Some races have new abilities, such as the Draenei +Int.

  • Gnomes and Goblins have 1% Haste. Night elves also do, but only at night.
  • Draenei have more Int.

Pandarens

  • Melee range stun, better food buffs, longer lasting rest XP, less falling damage.
  • Can be either Horde or Alliance.

Alliance Races

  • Humans:
    • Escape ability allows use of two DPS trinkets.
    • Faster rep grinding with Diplomacy
    • Human Spirit adds Versatility
  • Gnome:
    • Decent escape,
    • Slightly bigger mana pool than the bigger folk get
    • +1% Haste
    • Small size helps (really.)
  • Night Elves:
    • A bit harder to hit.
    • Shadowmeld has possible ambush potential and can break incoming spells if you time it just right.
    • +2% run speed
    • +1% Crit by day, +1% Haste by Night.
  • Dwarves:
    • Stoneform washes away bleeds and effects and take less damage.
    • +2% critical effect.
  • Draenei:
    • + to Int (and Str and Ag.) 65 Int at 90.
    • a small heal, both are nice and the Hit makes reforging a bit easier. (6% needed for PvP.)
  • Worgen:
    • +1% crit is Ok,
    • Sprint-like ability is always useful.

Horde Races

  • Orcs:
    • Blood Fury is a nice cooldown for increased burst (put it in a macro,)
    • Stun resistance helps a bit,
    • Increased Pet damage is nice for your elemental.
  • Undead:
    • Remove Fear, Sleep, and Charm.
    • Eat defeated players.
    • Drain Life (passive) and be healed for the amount drained.
    • Indefinite Underwater Breathing might be of some use somewhere.
  • Trolls:
    • Berserk increases casting speed (stick it in a macro,) and
    • Trolls are less affected by roots and slows.
  • Goblins:
    • 1% Haste is nice,
    • Rocket Jump is a nice escape.
  • Blood Elves:
    • Arcane Torrent restores some mana and silences casters who are too close.
    • +1% Crit rating.
  • Tauren don’t believe in Magery.

 

Frost PvP Tips

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Counterspell – No longer has a silence in Warlords. Interrupts a spell and locks that school for 6 seconds.

The Frostjaw talent is your only silence (and it’s a root.)

Invisibility & Greater Invisbility (talent) – cast this before the gates open or, if in BGs, when you can break line of sight. It’s very important in the current game to get the first shatter, as it can drop someone to 30-40% with it’s ridiculous burst damage. Remember to use the on-use effect Trinket before your first shatter combo.

Mirror Image (talent) – Say if you’re going for an enemy healer and you use Ring of Frost + Mirror Images, it’s going to be very hard for him to escape all the slows/snares and whatnot, I also like the fact that Mirror Images + RoF equals a mess on the enemy screen and it can confuse the enemy, even the advanced players.

The extra slow from the Mirror Images can also act as dispel protection for Ring of Frost.

Frost Macros and Keybinding

Are you clicking your abilities instead of setting them to keybinds? You’re gimping yourself. Here’s a nice tutorial that will show you the why and how of keybinding.

Macros

Add /petattck to any damage macro and you won’t have to worry about whether your pet is attacking your target. For example:

  • showtooltip Frostbolt
  • /cast Frostbolt
  • /petattack

In Arenas your targeting macros are crucial, as are your focus macros. You will no longer have to click through an army of pets to get your target(s.) Note that there are no spaces in ‘arena1.’ You can also use higher numbers if you’re doing 3s or 5s. ‘arena4’ for example.

See our macro post if you need help getting started. Check out Impulse if you want some more heavy duty macro and keybind assistance. For example:

  • /target arena1
  • /cast whatever

Sets your focus to arena target 1:

  • /target arena1
  • /focus arena1

Or just as an interrupt (or sheep or…)

  • /cast [target=arena1] stormbolt

Heal your water elemental:

  • /cast [target=Water Elemental] Frostbolt

This one removes the curse from your mouseover target, otherwise it removes it from you.

  • /cast [target=mouseover,help,exists] [target=target,exists] [target=player] Remove Curse

Remove Curse from your team mates, one for each team member, including yourself.

  • /cast [target=’your partner’s name’] Remove Curse

Cancels your current cast and casts Counterspell on your focus target if SHIFT is held, otherwise on your regular target.

  • #showtooltip Counterspell
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast [mod:shift, target=focus] Counterspell; Counterspell

Mash your Ice Block key without worrying about instantly canceling your IB once it pops.

  • #showtooltip Ice block
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast !Ice block

Drop Ice Block – this will cancel Ice Block so that you can use another ability

  • /cancelaura Ice Block
  • rest of the macro

Cancel Alter Time – Why? You find yourself in a better position a few seconds into A.T. than you were when you entered it. For example, the other guy died and/or you were healed.

  • /cancelaura Alter Time

Stop casting – nice for interrupts or any other “right now” casting. Stops the other spell and allows casting of the new one. Pefect for interrupts.

  • /stopcasting
  • rest of the macro (eg: /cast Counterspell)

Special Macros

Vs Fire Mage – Steal his Pyroblast! proc, cancel it, and he can’t steal it back!

  • /cast Spellsteal
  • /cancelaura Pyroblast!

 

How to Burst as a Frost Mage

Shows a routine to put down a lot of damage real fast.

 

Skill-capped also has a bunch of Frost Mage PvP videos (PvP is all they do) as well as forums and such.
Check ’em out, here.

 

Fast and Frostie Mage Leveling Guide

Level Fast in Warlords of DraenorTired of the grind? Want to level up yet another alt quickly? Brand new to the World of Warcraft game or decked head to toe in heirloom gear and want to be “up there?” Then get leveled the easy way.

With thousands of quests and a few bazillion mobs to mash the trip to the level cap can take a while. A long while. Warlords of Draenor has a  level 100 cap. You can boost to 90, at $60 a pop, but you still have to hit those last ten levels. Or save a lot of money, go 1-100, and get the appropriate gold, rep, etc.

Do what the fastest levelers do and grab Dugi’s Guide, an in-game leveling guide that almost “automates” the whole leveling path for your Frost Mage.You still have to play the game, of course, but the “where to go and what to do” part is nicely taken care of. And there’s a LOT of where to go and what to do with 100 levels.

You’ll follow the most effective leveling path all the way and skip the junk quests. You probably won’t ever have to open you quest log, much less consult some website for quest info.

Dugi’s is always updated for the latest patches and expansions, including Warlords of Draenor, and is never out of date. Grab your copy here and cruise to max level quickly and easily.

 

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  19 Responses to “Frost Mage PvP Guide, Stay Frosty”

  1. Very informative guide. Thanks again.

  2. Very nice article, very useful!
    Thank you.

    But why recommend Impulse? Imho that addon is definately not worth it’s money… It maps actionbar 1 to your numbers, actionbar 2 to shift-numbers, actionbar 3 to ctrl-numbers. Or it uses 1-5 then everything on the right of your hand. It does not map spells etc for your class specificly. It has a few useful macro’s, yes…

    The youtube video on keybindings was way more useful.
    I only bought Impulse because the rest of this article was so great. I figured it would be comparable…
    But unfortunatly i probably sponsored the wrong ppl 😉

    • “Very nice article, very useful!” Thanks for the nice words. :)

      Why impulse? Because it’s useful for those who want the easy way to get a pretty decent set of keybinds and macros. (And thanks for buying it, since I do need to pay the bills. There is a return policy if you’re unhappy with it.) It could be better, but it’s a good start. It’d be perfect for some people I know.

      As for me, I’m actually more along your line and use my own binds (such as ESDF for movement.) Boy, I hope Warlords of Draenor doesn’t make me make more of the things. :)

      • Well, if this is your app then the money is well spent and I didn’t sponsor the wrong people afterall 😉

        So why not implementa ESDF scheme perhaps? There is more then one scheme already, it shouldn’t be that difficult 😀 And a way to save your current spells would be awesome, i guess that’s why i was disappointed. I wanted my old ones back but i had to remap manualy. And I also like the way to control the modifiers with your mouse as suggested in the video too, it gives you an edge

        I could be a great app… don’t give up on it :)

        cheers

        • It’s not really my app, but I do like it and I get a commission if someone buys it. I’ll forward your remarks to the developers. They do like feedback.

          “It could be a great app… don’t give up on it:” I’ll pass that on, too. :)

  3. Now when fire bomb is viable in 5.3 for frost mages, is the haste 12,5% needed when using fire bomb?

    • I think the 12.5% is pretty close, esp since Living Bomb works well with Haste now. I’ll leave it to someone else to crunch numbers, but I’d stay with that 12.5% for now.

  4. Wanted to drop a shout out of appreciation myself. I just got my mage to 90, haven’t played this class as a main for pvp since early cata, and your note’s are especially helpful into getting back into the pwning swing of things. Thanks again, and well done.

    • Hey, Thanks.

      One big change though, with 5.3. PvP Power has been HUGELY nerfed. Gem for Int, instead, and gems for offense instead of resilience. You can see our post about it, here. I’ll do a page update soon.

  5. Love this page, use it every time I gear. Thanks!

  6. What about a good spell rotation for pvp Frost Mage?

  7. Just to Drop you a note I have spent most of my night going through your Mage PVP pages. I am currently reading On the Frost Mage PVP spec and noticed that you have the Prime glyphs for an Arcan build rather than a Frost build. So I figured I had better drop you a note b4 some noob reads it and put in the arcane Primes…

    On another note I have to say that so far i have not found a site for mages that is as informative as your. I thank you for having it here for old farts like me to use as a reference.

    Realm: Haomarush
    Level 85’s: Zecharia (Druid), Floren (Hunter), Meltori (Mage), and Manofhonor (Paladin)
    Guild: The Dragons Lair

    • Hey, thanks for the heads up and the nice words. As far as the glyphs, well… It must have been past my bedtime.

      Anyway, the glyphs are fixed and I tweaked the build a bit and addded some build options.

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