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Frost Mage DPS Stat Priority (WoD 6.2.4)

Last updated on Jun 22, 2015 at 01:38 by Damien 104 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Frost Mages in World of Warcraft WoD 6.2.4, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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

About Our Reviewer

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

1. Basics

The stat priority for a Frost Mage is:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Multistrike >= Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damage of your spells.

Multistrike causes abilities to have an increased chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal.

Multistrike is particularly important for Frost Mages, because you get 8% from Frost Armor Icon Frost Armor and Ice Shards Icon Ice Shards grants you +5% Multistrike from all sources. In addition to your Multistrike being boosted by passives, you gain several benefits from it. First, your Icicles from Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles benefit from Multistrike. Second, Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze has a much higher chance to proc from a Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt that had a Multistrike than from a Frostbolt that did not. Third, Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins, when glyphed with Glyph of Icy Veins Icon Glyph of Icy Veins, increases your Multistrike by 30%.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit. Remember that your chance to critical hit with Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance (always cast with Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost up) and Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt (always cast with Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze up) is increased by Shatter Icon Shatter, a Frost-specific passive ability.

Mastery increases the damage of your Water Elemental and the damage of your Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt and Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt abilities (through Icicles that store damage and release it when you use Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance).

Haste decreases the cast time of your spells. In particular, decreasing the cast time of Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt is very beneficial, because it means that you can cast Frostbolt more often, increasing your chances to get procs of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost and Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze over a given period of time. Haste also increases the damage dealt by your Water Elemental.

2.2. How Exactly Mastery: Icicles Work

  • One Icicle is produced for each Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt or Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt damage event. This means that you can get up to 3 Icicles, if your Frostbolt multistrikes twice.
  • You can have a maximum of five Icicles.
  • Generating a sixth Icicle will automatically fire the oldest one.
  • Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance will rapidly fire all currently held Icicles, and any Icicle generated before that barrage ends, at the target.
  • Icicles themselves cannot crit, but a critical strike with Frostbolt or Frostfire Bolt will generate a larger Icicle.
  • They disappear after 30 seconds, if you do spend them or do not gain new ones.

2.3. Critical Strike Cap

Because of Shatter Icon Shatter, it is possible to have more than a 100% chance to critically strike with Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance (when Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost is up) and Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt (when Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze is up). To obtain your critical strike chance against frozen targets, Shatter multiplies your critical strike chance by 1.5 and adds 50%. At 20% critical strike chance, for example, your chance to critically hit frozen targets is 80% (20% x 1.5 + 50%).

Enemies are subject to a mechanic called Crit Depression (or Crit Suppression). Testing has shown that when you attack an enemy that has a higher level than you, you deal 1% less critical strikes for each level between you and the enemy. Raid bosses are 3 levels above you, so -3% critical strike chance is applied before Shatter Icon Shatter, so you need to reach 36.33% critical strike chance in order for Shatter Icon Shatter to guarantee critical strikes ((36.33% - 3%) * 1.5 + 50% = 100%).

This means that stacking Critical Strike beyond 36.33% (31.33% with the +5% critical strike chance raid buff) is not very useful.

3. ChangeLog

  • 23 Jun. 2015: Patch 6.2 update. The stat priority is once again the same for all talent configurations.
  • 24 Feb. 2015: Added a stat priority for each Tier 7 talent.
  • 16 Nov. 2014: Updated for Level 100.
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