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I am currently a 662 frost mage and I am trying to maximize dps. Currently I am using IN, MI, and PC for my last three talents. I've been doing a lot of research about frost bomb because apparently it provides better long term dps. I was wondering if this is true and how to properly use FB to maximize dps. I am doing many personal studies on FB and IN with prismatic crystal and frozen orb.
I understand from reading Icy veins that frost bomb is only triggered by FoF and should only be used if you have two charges of FoF for regular rotation.
My question is, what is the best way to use Frost Bomb with prismatic crystal and frozen orb? what is the proper casting sequence? I am currently doing PC, FO, FB. Is there a better order?
What are some other tips that you give me to make Frost Bomb give the most dps?
My mage has been my main since WoTLK. I'm just curious as to why haste has gone from being our No. 1 stat priority, to dead last. Is it not still beneficial, more so than crit and mastery?
We have great crit chance with Shatter and haste increases pet dmg as well as lets us pump out FB faster which directly results to the possibility of more FFB procs. At the moment I'm sitting on 336ilvl and feel so sluggish getting frostbolts off, especially with fights requiring a lot of mobility.
With Patch 6.0 dots no update dynamically, thus the topic is outdated.
An exception for mages is Nether Tempest, which damage is increased by each Arcane Charge by 50%.
Magebomb Snapshotting is an important factor when it comes to optimize your DPS, regardless the spec/build you choose. Since neither the frost mage class guide here on icy-veins nor Akraen's Comprehensive Frostmage Guide covers this topic, I decided to create this guide.
In nearly all cases, I am not the source of information. All I do is gathering the information and try to present it in a decent way. Some Sections are still under construction or need approval. I will mark them accordingly.
I like this guide to become as plain as possible while still covering all aspects.If you miss something, please reply and I try to fill in the blanks.
Before we go to the definition and necessity of snapshotting, I'd like to point out that by magebomb only Living Bomb and Nether Tempest are meant, but not Frost Bomb.
"Snapshotting is refreshing your mage bomb after getting an intellect/haste proc and refreshing your bomb again, before that proc expires."
The damage of each bomb tick relies not on your stats at the time the bomb ticks, but on your stats at the time you casted the bomb (snapshot). By refreshing your bomb after getting a major int/haste proc, bomb DPS is higher even though you spend a gcd for refreshing.
2. Howto snapshot
This section explains when you have to refresh your bomb. The rules are different between Single-Target and Multi-Target fights. I assume the use of Living Bomb for single-target and Nether Tempest for multi-target fights. See Koviko`s Magebomb by Encounter List for magebomb choice in SoO.
2.1. Single-Target (General)
"Snapshot (refresh) your bomb, if your current bomb has less than 6 seconds left."
Toxic Power from Kardris' Toxic Totem
Expanded Mind from Purified Bindings of Immerseus
Extravagant Visions from Frenzied Crystal of Rage
Potion of the Jade Serpent from Potion of the Jade Serpent
Jade Spirit from Enchant Weapon - Jade Spirit (Under discussion)
2.2 Single-Target (Exceptions)
Wrath of the Darkspear from Black Blood of Y'Shaarj
This one is tricky but basically the best DPS itself comes from refreshing a single target DoT at 4 sec, then refreshing it again at < 1 sec. This allows you to get stacking effect in the middle and a huge one before it expires.
Tempus Repit from Sinister Primal Diamond
Snapshot immediately and before proc expires
Bloodlust / Time Warp
Snapshot immediately and before proc expires
2.3 Multi-Target (General)
"Snapshot every proc immediately."
All procs from Single-Target (General + Exceptions).
2.4 Multi-Target (Exceptions)
Some Minor procs are not worthful to be snapshotted immediately in Multi-Target Fights. This would be:
Jade Spirit from Enchant Weapon - Jade Spirit
4. Differences between spec/bomb
I am not sure about this section, but I could imagine that snapshotting with mastery build is slightly different to haste build.
For optimal snapshotting you need to monitor your procs and their internal cooldowns, so you know when to snapshot. There a several addons available which help monitoring your procs:
Power Auras Classic
Weak Auras 2
If you want to know, how much stronger your bomb would be after getting a proc, you can use affdots with mage plugin. WARNING: This addon will not tell you when to snapshot! (Even if the colors indicate otherwise). It just gives you the information, how much stronger your bomb would be, in comparison to your active one. You still have to use your brain and monitor your procs.
6. Questions & Answers
Q: Snapshotted Toxic Power, immediately after that, Expanded Mind procs. What shall I do?
A: I don't know, need help from community.
Q: 2 Fingers of Frost are up and I get a Proc. What do I cast first, Mage Bomb or Ice Lance?
A: I would say refresh Mage Bomb, than cast Ice Lance because you can't get another FoF in the meantime (except Frozen Orb is active)
Just looking for some help to get better. I feel like I am below where I should be for my guild on the Garrosh fight I posted in logs.
1. Armory: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/deathwing/Grotluz/advanced
2. Logs: http://www.worldoflogs.com/reports/rt-xcnpgealcfzk4oc1/details/3/
3. Rotation: I am using the one you all advise
Thank you for any help you can give me.
Hello all!! I had not play WOW in about 4 years. I knew it has had expansions and upgrades and I tried my best to keep up. I upgraded my account to mists of pandaria and my level 23 Mage shot up to lvl 80. I need help with overall dps and aoe if that matters. I never ran an instance and I want to learn the ropes. I am currently running quest in hopes to get my Mage strong enough to run instances. My gear level is 252. My specs are below:
Health:29750. Mana 18000
Stamina : 2178. Spirit: 225
Intellect : 1754 Mastery: 24.58
Spell power: 2768
Haste : 12.66
So am I weak? What should I work on!? I just need tips on this and what gear shall I get. I have gone into the auction house and bought some gear.. I need help!! Lol