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Fire mage : Fireball vs Frostfire bolt

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lots of people say fireball must be the main nuke for fire and frostfire is not worth it, but why?

in Cata it was certainly true, but now they've changed it so both spells have the same damage and the same cast time, so why would they not be equal? and then you get glyph of frostfire which reduces the cast time by .5 sec, why would this simply not mean an equal amount of damage with a lower cast time, therefore slightly better dps??

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=44614

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=61205

besides frostfire is much prettier looking : D

but seriously if somebody knows why they insist fireball is superior , then please illustrate it for us.

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Fireball has a 2.25s cast time while Frostfire Bolt has a 2.75s cast time. So using the glyph only makes Frostfire Bolt to have the same cast time as Fireball and enables you to replace Fireball with Frostfire Bolt in the rotation. It does not increase your DPS whatsoever. Basically, this glyph adds a slowing effect to your main spell.

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Using the glyph for the frostfire bolt would mean you would likely be sacrificing dps because it would be taking the place of a potential dps-increasing glyph, as mentioned in the fire mage guide here. http://www.icy-veins.com/fire-mage-wow-pve-dps-spec-builds-talents-glyphs

If needed, I would say firing one frostfire bolt (unglyphed) to slow a target may not be so bad and then burn the target down with fireball. In raids or dungeons it is better for me to allow the melee classes worry about slowing mobs since I can target and fire while they may have to chase things to hit them.

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