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Frost Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 20, 2016 at 20:43 by Furty 40 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Frost Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Frost Mage in a raid environment, although most of the content also applies to normal and heroic dungeons.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. 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?

  • Frostfire Bolt has been replaced by Flurry Icon Flurry.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. Strengths

  • Great mobility and kiting
  • Extremely easy to learn and master
  • Good at killing fragile targets quickly
  • Predictable and consistent damage output
  • Good cleave

4. Weaknesses

  • Mediocre burst and sustained damage output
  • Scales poorly
  • Weak AoE

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Frost is currently the weakest Mage spec for raiding. Although it does do a variety of things well, this specialization also suffers from being a "jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none", meaning that it struggles to bring something to the table that a more tailored specialization does not already do better. It is one of the easiest specializations to learn and play, making it a great choice for newer or less experienced players, as you may experience better damage output with this specialization due to the simplicity. Frost has never been very reliant on lengthy DPS cooldowns, and most of the priority system and rotation are consistent at all times, making it great for questing and world content.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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