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Frost Mage DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Sep 02, 2016 at 21:55 by Furty 59 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Frost Mages in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3, 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 Author

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. Basics

The stat priority for a Frost Mage is:

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

1.1. Stat Weights

These stat weights are for a single target.

  1. Intellect: 1.00
  2. Haste: 0.95
  3. Critical Strike: 0.91
  4. Versatility: 0.79
  5. Mastery: 0.57

It should be noted the value of Haste decreases for multi target.

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.

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 or Winter's Chill up) is increased by Shatter Icon Shatter, a Frost-specific passive ability. It also has many interactions with your Artifact weapon that make it worth stacking, even past shattercap.

Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles causes Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt casts to store an Icicle, which deals a percentage of the damage done when unleashed. Icicles are unleashed passively by Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance casts, or actively using Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike (if talented). Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles also increases the damage of your Water Elemental.

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 the rate at which you generate Icicles. Haste also lowers your base Global Cooldown as well as the cooldown of Blizzard Icon Blizzard. Haste also increases the cast speed of your Water Elemental.

2.2. How Exactly Mastery: Icicles Work

  • One Icicle is produced for each Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt cast.
  • 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 60 seconds, if you do spend them or do not gain new ones.

2.2.1. Glacial Spike

Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles function a little different when you are playing with the Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike talent.

  • Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike requires 5 Icicles to cast, and consumes all 5 Icicles.
  • Icicles themselves still cannot crit, but a critical strike with Frostbolt or Frostfire Bolt will generate a larger Icicle. However, Glacial Spike can crit, which is a sum total of the Glacial Spike damage and the damage of all 5 Icicles. The significance of this is that when you are playing with Glacial Spike talented, your Icicles get a dual benefit from Critical Strike; larger Icicle damage via Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt crits, and the potential for Glacial Spike to crit as well.

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). 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%).

Despite this fact, the interaction of many of the Artifact traits makes stacking Critical Strike very beneficial past shattercap.

3. ChangeLog

  • 02 Sep. 2016: Swapped Haste and Critical Strike in the stat priority, following new simulations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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