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Frost Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated Yesterday at 10:20 by Furty 143 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Frost Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Frost Mage in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

The Frost specialization has always excelled at limiting enemy movement while dealing reliable and predictable damage output. Frost has always been a very potent choice for leveling and world content given you can endlessly kite enemies, with a multitude of snares, stuns, and roots combined with damage on the move. Frost is great at quickly bursting down priority adds, as there are a variety of ways to instantly generate Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost to empower your instant cast Ice Lance Icon Ice Lances. Like all Mage specializations, Frost has high mobility and is fantastic at doing encounter specific jobs and baiting mechanics. Between Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes, Shimmer Icon Shimmer, and a variety of instant cast spells, high movement encounters have minimal impact on Frost's overall output.

2. What has Changed in Legion?

  • Frostfire Bolt has been replaced by Flurry Icon Flurry.
  • Blizzard Icon Blizzard is now a "fire and forget" spell instead of a channel (similar to Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire).
  • Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze now causes Flurry Icon Flurry to be an instant cast instead of Frostfire Bolt.
  • Many glyphs are no longer present within the game.
  • Many changes to the talent tree, including a variety of new abilities and passives.

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

  • Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance and Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold have been buffed.
  • Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt has been nerfed.
  • Several talents have been replaced by new abilities, or have changed positions on the tree.
  • Several talents have been rebalanced.
  • Ice Block Icon Ice Block no longer has charges and is now a 4-minute cooldown.
  • Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap is now baseline.

4. Strengths

  • Great mobility and kiting
  • Good at killing fragile targets quickly
  • Predictable and consistent damage output
  • Efficient cleave

5. Weaknesses

  • Average sustained damage
  • Weak burst without Ray of Frost Icon Ray of Frost (compared to other Mage specializations)

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Frost is currently weaker than the other two Mage specializations in every aspect, however, it does respectably well compared to other classes and specializations. It is a very viable choice for Normal and Heroic raiding, though serious Mythic raiders should consider either Fire or Arcane.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 21 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fully updated BiS list and legendary section.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Removed some leftover mentions of abilities that were reworked.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Post-7.1.5 updates to Tier 1, 3, 6, and 7 assessments.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes section and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talents and descriptions for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added a small paragraph on potion choice for additional context.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated description of It's Cold Outside.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Stat priority remains the same but we removed the stat weights for now. We will re-add them once things stabilise.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated easy mode talent build for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Frost Mages.
  • 26 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for 7.1!
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated the increased damage value of Lonely Winter (now 25%, up from 20%). This does not change the assessment of the talent.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (spells page): Added a mention that Brain Freeze now causes the next Flurry to also deal 50% increased damage.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added more detail to the trinket section.
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Simplified rotation by adding checkboxes to hide or reveal specific lines (cooldown, talents, AoE, etc.).
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated item comparison example, following a change in stat weights.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Replaced Critical Strike gems/enchants/food with Haste gems/enchants/food to match our new stat priority.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Swapped Haste and Critical Strike in the stat priority, following new simulations.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added a mention that Comet Storm can be viable, as it is the best Level 100 talent in mass AoE situations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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