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Except that one works, and the other one doesn't.
Polymorph Macro (Works):
Counterspell Macro (Doesn't)
Side by side comparison here; it's a bit wide, so I didn't want to embed the image. I don’t see a bit of difference in the parlance, if you discount therandom bit of the polymorph macro, and that shit’s only there because I want pigs and turtles. I have been using these macros since BC, and come WOD the counterspell one is like lolnope. I’ve taken to having to switch targets each time I need to counterspell, and that annoys me. I know that there are other macros posted on the mage page, but I want to know.... Does anybody have a clue why the counterspell macro is not working??
Macros for mage talents in 6.0.2, just putting it out there: #showtooltip [talent:1/1] Evanesce; [talent:1/2] Blazing Speed; [talent:1/3]Ice Floes /cast Evanesce /cast Blazing Speed /cast Ice Floes #showtooltip [talent:2/1] Alter Time; [talent:2/2] Flameglow; [talent:2/3] Ice Barrier /cast Alter Time /cast Ice Barrier #showtooltip [talent:3/1] Ring of Frost; [talent:3/2] Ice Ward; [talent:3/3] Frostjaw /cast Ring of Frost /cast Ice Ward /cast Frostjaw
#showtooltip [talent:4/1] Greater Invisibility; [talent:4/2] Cauterize; [talent:4/3] Cold Snap /cast Greater Invisibility /cast Cold Snap #showtooltip [talent:5/1] Nether Tempest; [talent:5/2] Unstable Magic; [talent:5/3] Supernova /cast Nether Tempest /cast Supernova #showtooltip [talent:5/1] Frost Bomb; [talent:5/2] Unstable Magic; [talent:5/3] Ice Nova /cast Frost Bomb /cast Ice Nova #showtooltip [talent:5/1] Living Bomb; [talent:5/2] Unstable Magic; [talent:5/3] Blast Wave /cast Living Bomb /cast Blast Wave #showtooltip [talent:6/1] Mirror Image; [talent:6/2] Rune of Power; [talent:6/3] Incanter's Flow /cast Mirror Image /cast Rune of Power #showtooltip [talent:7/1] Thermal Void; [talent:7/2] Prismatic Crystal; [talent:7/3] Comet Storm /cast Prismatic Crystal /cast Comet Storm #showtooltip [talent:7/1] Overpowered; [talent:7/2] Prismatic Crystal; [talent:7/3] Arcane Orb /cast Prismatic Crystal /cast Arcane Orb #showtooltip [talent:7/1] Kindling; [talent:7/2] Prismatic Crystal; [talent:7/3] Meteor /cast Prismatic Crystal /cast Meteor
Edit (11/17/2014): Added Tier 7 and Specialization Talents
I have been messing around with creating a macro where Mutilate, Dispatch, and rupture are all on one key...and have had little success in creating one (although I'm new in macros relatively) The old macro I had been using looked like this..
/cast [nomod,stance:0/1/2/3] Mutilate
/cast [mod:shift,stance:0/1/2/3] Dispatch
/cast [mod:ctrl,stance:0/1/2/3] Rupture
I would like to be able to modify this macro so that dispatch automatically hits when It procs and at >35% health, as well as having rupture on a shift modification. If anyone could help me out with this...would be greatly appreciated! I think im losing a lot of dps by doing with the above macro setup. and want to clean up my rotation a bit
(I use the above macro for most my abilities. That current macro is set up on key "s" is this and ok efficient to set up my keybinds? any tips would be good)
Thanks again! your friendly Ghos
In a horrible excuse of moderation, to save space, I have combined FAQ & Macros. One of the 3 mage mods will keep this updated. Love, Akraen:
This FAQ made by me and Oltier intends to answer some commonly occurring questions. If anything is unclear, inaccurate or if you feel a question should be added then please tell us. All information here is correct, though at times simplified for clarity.
List of questions:
What spec should I play? Why should I use orange gems instead of pure intellect gems? Why do you put expertise gems into your gem slot? How much DPS should I do with 5xx item level? How much haste should I have if I have PBoI? What is snapshotting and how do I do it? How do I use Alter Time properly? What trinkets should I use? What bomb to use on which encounter? Does Mirror Images' damage snapshot? Which addons do you suggest for tracking buffs and mage bombs? Fire:
Is Crit>Mastery>Haste viable for Fire mage? When can I switch to Fire? Should I use the 4 piece set bonus? Frost:
Why should I NOT macro Alter Time and Icy Veins? Should I use the 2 or 4 piece set bonus? Which frost build should I go for? What is 14242 haste in Mixture build? What is the next break point? How do I set up 14242 haste rating in AMR? Does Frozen Orb's damage snapshot? Arcane:
Should I use the 4 piece set bonus?
What spec should I play?
You can achieve almost the same numbers with all three specs. However, as a Fire mage under 40% crit chance, you might not get the numbers you would expect. Keep in mind that while gear matters, correct gameplay is a very important factor. If your numbers are low, post some logs with a request for help rather than respeccing immediately.
Why should I use orange gems instead of pure intellect gems?
Because 2 secondary stat points are stronger than 1 intellect stat point, and gems give twice as many secondary stat points than they give primary stat points. However, you do not want to break socket bonuses, that is why you will gem orange in red sockets.
Why do you put expertise gems in your gem slots?
As mentioned above, gems give 2 secondary stat points, and expertise counts towards hit rating for casters, so you are actually gemming hit. This means that you can then reforge hit away on your equipment, to a different secondary stat, making the orange gem worth more points because you don't "waste" budget on intellect.
How much DPS should I do with 5xx item level?
That is a difficult question to answer, because item level does not accurately predict your potential DPS, for not item slots are not equally powerful. For example: you have 570 item level, but your trinkets and weapon come from raid finder; your DPS will be a lot lower than you would suspect.
If you feel that you are underperforming then the culprit is primarily bad gameplay. In this case, if you send us a link to your armory and a warcraftlogs.com log from one of your Malkorok kills, we will be more than happy to have a look at it and give you some pointers.
How much haste should I have if I have PBoI?
Purified Bindings of Immerseus adds a passive amount of haste rating based on the rest of your equipment(Unequip PBoI, your haste rating will drop), so you do not have to worry about haste.
What is snapshotting and how do I do it?
Check this amazing guide for a detailed explanation of snapshotting: http://www.icy-veins...shotting-guide/
How do I use Alter Time properly?
Frost: capture Icy Veins and your strongest trinkets and buffs, let it run its full course.
Fire: Use Alter time to save a Heating up proc and a Pyroblast! proc together with your strongest int procs(both trinkets ideally) and Presence of Mind. Sidestep and spam pyroblasts, manually reset alter time when you run out and spam pyroblasts again, press Combustion before the presence of mind pyroblast hits.
Arcane: Once you are at 4 stacks with both your trinkets up, activate your mana gem to get to full mana, active Arcane Power and then activate Alter Time. Cast your missiles accompanied with arcane blast, shoot Arcane Barrage before AT ends.
What trinkets should I use?
Purified Bindings of Immerseus is a definite must for any specializations.
Your other trinket choice depends on the item level and spec. For fire, if Black Blood of Yshaarj is the same or a higher ilvl than your other trinket, equip it. For frost and arcane, if the item level of your Kardris Toxic Totem is the same or higher than your other trinket, equip it.
Of course, there are no clear-cut winners here, and every build with its own theorycrafting might suggest a different 2nd trinket, so it is possible that you'll read that somewhere. As a rule of thumb though, this is correct.
What bomb do I use on which encounter?
See here: http://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/3037-siege-of-orgrimmar-mage-style/
Does Mirror Images' damage snapshot?
No, Mirror Images' damage is being updated dynamically.
Which addons do you suggest for tracking buffs and mage bombs?
For tracking buffs we suggest either TellMeWhen or Weakauras. Both addons are very easy to configure and very powerful, their functions range from basic buff/cooldown tracking to advanced events and conditions.
For multidotting you can either opt to go for TidyPlates and multidot using plates, or use ForteXorcist or MageBombTracker to multidot using a list of targets. Keep in mind that you will always need to apply your mage bomb first using the latter 2 addons. You can also configure your boss frames for bosses such as The Fallen Protectors.
We highly advise the use of a mousover macro found here: http://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/4796-mage-macros/
Is Crit>Mastery>Haste viable for Fire mage?
The only fight on which Crit > Mastery > Haste works well is on The Fallen Protectors if your guild stacks the bosses. Otherwise the loss of haste simply is too expensive. For a more detailed explanation visit http://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/4991-kvers-comprehensive-guide-to-fire-v10/
When can I switch to Fire?
For Fire we would suggest at least having the 4 set with the reasonable amount of 45% critical chance(AMR shows this as 42%). Any lower and you are subject to a large fluctuation in your performance.
Should I use the 4 piece set bonus?
Absolutely, it is just that good, it can help massively with smoothing RNG. You will want to include the 4 piece's buff in your Alter Time combination if possible.
The 2 piece is very powerful if played with correctly. You can "camp" at 5 stacks, but this is quite advanced. For more information, see http://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/4991-kvers-comprehensive-guide-to-fire-v10/
Why should I NOT macro Alter Time and Icy Veins?
With IV glyph you cast a triple number of Frostbolts, FFBs and ILs. (Without the glyph you still cast more overall)
This means that your trinkets have a 3x higher chance to proc since trinket procs are calculated per hit.
Consequently: More hits=higher chance to proc trinkets.
Then, you can use Alter Time more beneficially.
Should I use the 2 or 4 piece set bonus?
Check the flowchart in this guide for a detailed explanation: http://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/3678-akraens-comprehensive-guide-to-54-frost-pve-advanced/#entry41271
Which frost build should I go for?
All three builds mentioned in Akraen's guide are completely viable in all situations. Although on some fights one will pull ahead, on other fights, the other build will be better. This is all explained in Akraen's Frost Mage guide here: http://www.icy-veins...t-pve-advanced/
What I can suggest you is: try out all of them and play the one you like the most.
What is 14242 haste in Mixture build? What is the next break point?
14242 is the 50% haste rating, with Frost Armor and raid haste buff. This is basically the GCD cap for frost mages. If you choose the mixture build, you should stop at this rating and start stacking mastery.
If you go for the Haste build, then there is no "next break point". In that build, you just keep stacking haste.
How do I set up 14242 haste rating in AMR?
Click "Edit Weights". In Haste Soft Cap section, select "Manual". Insert the demanded haste rating.
Does Frozen Orb's damage snapshot?
No, Frozen Orb's damage is being updated dynamically.
Should I use the 4 piece set bonus?
Yes, you will want to keep the 4 piece equiped in general.
If you have 2 heroic tier pieces and 2 normal tier pieces then equip the 4 set. If you only have 1 heroic tier piece, or none at all, and the alternatives are heroic items, then break the 4 set.
This concludes the FAQ, we hope that this clarifies the most common issues and questions mages face.
I tinkered around with macros for my mage, so I came up with the following:
Now Evocation becomes spammable; stops you from clipping your previous evocation if you are using it to heal yourself.
#showtooltiptext Evocation /cast [nochanneling:Evocation] Evocation One button for summoning your pet and using Freeze spell #showtooltip /cast [nopet] Summon Water Elemental /cast Freeze
Opening Sequence Macro, after Mirror Images of course.
#showtooltip Potion of the Jade Serpent /use Potion of the Jade Serpent /castsequence Frostbolt, Mage Bomb, Frozen Orb
Normal Frostbolt + Pet Attack #showtooltip Frostbolt /dismount /cast [harm, nochanneling:Evocation] Frostbolt /petattack Most mages already has this, however I added a "nochanneling:Evocation" so that you don't clip your evocation. Also added "harm" so you don't heal you Water Elemental You can also add "nochanneling:Evocation" infront of your other spells like Mage Bomb, Ice Lance and Frostfire Bolt so you don't clip your evocate. Previously I had a line to target the next target if the current target is dead, but that didn't work so great as I started pulling other mob groups. This is one of the most basic macros for PvP, just putting it out there. #showtooltip /cast [mod:alt, @focus]Counterspell; Counterspell Using Mage Bomb (NT, LB, FB) on the enemy you have your mouse on, or just on the current target. #showtooltip Mage Bomb /cast [@mouseover,harm,nodead] Mage Bomb; Mage Bomb Ice Block macro, use once to Ice Block, use again to cancel iceblock #showtooltip Ice Block /cancelaura Ice Block /cast Ice Block Macro I use to summon and control my pet. /cast Summon Water Elemental /petfollow >[Commence discussion]<