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Frost Mage DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Feb 13, 2017 at 07:33 by Furty 165 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Frost Mages. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5.

The other pages of our Frost Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Kuni, one of the best Frost Mages in the world, who raids in Midnight Sanctuary.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Early Point Investment

After acquiring the starting point,  Icon Shattering Bolts, take a small foray into the left path and acquire  Icon Let It Go, an essential basic trait. Backtrack through  Icon The Storm Rages and get  Icon Chain Reaction, another power point. Move up into  Icon Jouster, which offers some nice damage reduction, and grab your first Golden Trait.  Icon It's Cold Outside offers a nice passive damage boost, making it a good place to start.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

Continue upwards into  Icon Frozen Veins, an overall potent trait which further enhances the value of crit.  Icon Clarity of Thought is next, offering additional chances to cast Flurry Icon Flurry. Take a detour to the right and put a point into  Icon Icy Hand, an amazing power point which allows for up to 3 charges of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost. Continue upward into  Icon Ice Age for some free damage and acquire your second Golden Trait,  Icon Chilled to the Core, which is exceptional for burst.

1.3. Final Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

Go down into  Icon Icy Caress for some free filler damage. Return to the beginning of the tree, following up the left path, and grab the  Icon Ice Nine passive.  Icon Shield of Alodi makes for some great defensive utility before snagging your final Golden Trait,  Icon Black Ice, which is even more passive damage. Your final trait will be the extra critical damage from Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb via  Icon Orbital Strike.

2. Relic Choice

  1.  Icon Let It Go is overall the best/most versatile relic
  2.  Icon Frozen Veins ranks for the Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins CDR are also very valuable
  3.  Icon Ice Age is strong for the Flurry Icon Flurry damage
  4.  Icon Clarity of Thought for Flurry Icon Flurry proc chance
  5.  Icon Icy Caress for more filler damage
  6. Any remaining damage relics
  7. Any defensive relics

You should prioritize item level over the trait quality if the relic is at least 3+ item levels superior.

3. ChangeLog

  • 13 Feb. 2017: Updated relic priority.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated description of It's Cold Outside.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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