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Frost Mage DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Oct 17, 2016 at 21:32 by Furty 136 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Frost Mages. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Disclaimer

The guide has been updated for 7.1.5, but this page will be updated a bit later.

2. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Hood of Darkened Visions Icon Hood of Darkened Visions Elerethe Renferal
Neck Blackened Portalstone Necklace Icon Blackened Portalstone Necklace Xavius
Shoulders Ancient Dreamwoven Mantle Icon Ancient Dreamwoven Mantle Nythendra
Chest Maddening Robe of Secrets Icon Maddening Robe of Secrets Xavius
Cloak Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Elerethe Renferal
Wrists Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Icon Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Gloves Handwraps of Delusional Power Icon Handwraps of Delusional Power Dragons of Nightmare
Belt Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Icon Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Elerethe Renferal
Legs Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Icon Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Elerethe Renferal
Boots Crimson Wool-Lined Slippers Icon Crimson Wool-Lined Slippers Ursoc
Ring #1 Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Icon Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Xavius
Ring #2 Grubby Silver Ring Icon Grubby Silver Ring Nythendra
Trinket #1 Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton Life Finds a Way (World Quest)
Trinket #2 Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root Oakheart

Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive is a good alternative to Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton if you cannot obtain a decent item level Titanforged version of the trinket. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue is another fantastic trinket if you are able to obtain a higher item level version from Mythic+ dungeons. Priority order of trinkets (at equivalent item level) is:

  1. Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton
  2. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  3. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  4. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  5. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  6. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ@

3. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.57 + 1150×0.95 + 976×1 = 2285.1

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×0.95 + 970×0.79 + 976×1 = 2169.8

We can clearly see that 2158.6 > 2120.3, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

4. Racial Bonuses

Sims done in pre-raid gear (840 ilvl).

Racial Simulations

Racial benefit is pretty minimal for Frost (currently), so it is recommended you just play whatever makes you happiest.

5. Legendaries

Lady Vashj's Grasp Icon Lady Vashj's Grasp causes you to gain 1 charge of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost every 10 seconds while Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins is active. Overall the best legendary for Frost when combined with Thermal Void Icon Thermal Void.

Magtheridon's Banished Bracers Icon Magtheridon's Banished Bracers causes your Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to increase the damage of your Ice Lance Icon Ice Lances by 3% for 8 seconds, stacking up to 6 times. Not far behind Lady Vashj's Grasp Icon Lady Vashj's Grasp, and good legendary for single target. Falls behind on multi target but great on 2 targets.

Zann'esu Journey Icon Zann'esu Journey causes Flurry Icon Flurry to increase the damage of your next Blizzard Icon Blizzard by 35%, stacking up to 5 times. Strong/strongest in AoE situation (roughly even with Lady Vashj's Grasp Icon Lady Vashj's Grasp), but not very useful for single target. If this is the only legendary you have you should still use the stacks on Blizzard Icon Blizzard for single target, but talenting into Arctic Gale Icon Arctic Gale is a large DPS loss (on single-target or AOE).

Shard of the Exodar Icon Shard of the Exodar causes your Time Warp Icon Time Warp to not give you Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement, and you can also use your Time Warp Icon Time Warp while affected by Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement and benefit from the active effect. Basically, you get an extra Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism once every 5 minutes. Overall the third best legendary for single target, and possibly the best for progression if you need to push several separate damage checks within a fight.

6. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Druids, Arcane/Fire Mages, and Rogues
Cloth Armor Arcane/Fire Mages, Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Balance Druids, Arcane/Fire Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

7. ChangeLog

  • 17 Oct. 2016: Added more detail to the trinket section.
  • 04 Sep. 2016: Updated item comparison example, following a change in stat weights.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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