Frost Mage DPS Crucible of Storms Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3
On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Frost Mage for each boss of the following raid: Crucible of Storms. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.
This page will be a talent cheatsheet and Frost Mage-specific tips page for Crucible of Storms. For an actual strategy on the encounters, you should check the raid guide.
Frost Mage in Crucible of Storms
Frost will shine on Cabal if you able to utilize the "Frozen Orb build", due to the ridiculous cleave available to the spec. Uu'nat will make Frost look worse due to the spread-cleave nature of the fight, instead favouring multi-DoT specs.
The Restless Cabal
This is a primarily 2 target, sometimes 3 target, fight. Splitting Ice is mandatory. A standard Frost cleave build is entirely capable of doing this fight, although it is not recommended if you have access to Packed Ice pieces.
The "No Ice Lance build" should be avoided, as Ice Lance's cleave is invaluable on this encounter.
The "Frozen Orb build" is highly recommended if you have the gear available to use it. This is significantly higher DPS than the standard Frost builds, although they will also work if you are lacking in gear with Packed Ice. Rune of Power will produce better results, although is a lot harder to play around, due to the amount of mechanics targeting ranged players that force you to move. Incanter's Flow is entirely fine to run instead.
Blink can be used to either soak or break out of Oceanic Essence's stun.
Blink should otherwise be used to quickly get out of the raid when you have Crushing Doubt. If you are under both Crushing Doubt and Dark Herald, wait until Dark Herald is over and quickly Blink out to allow teammates to get the damage buff.
Ice Block can both be used as an emergency dispel of Promises of Power and to get out of Cerebral Assault's mind control, if you should happen to clip it.
Eldritch Warding is incredibly useful if your group is allowing you to actually stack the Promises of Power debuff. While Ice Barrier is based on current maximum health, Eldritch Warding's bonus amount is not, and will work as a significant health buffer with even just one trait against your 90% reduced health. Multiple traits can actually give you a shield greater than your total health at that point.
Resounding Protection is much the same way, although uncontrollable. Both are great traits for this fight and should be taken over all other defensive traits, if possible.
Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void
Gift of N'Zoth: Lunacy will produce ridiculous friendly fire if you Glacial Spike during the short hostility window. Try and avoid using it or Frozen Orb during that time to avoid killing your allies.
The "No Ice Lance build" should be fine to use on Uu'nat as, for Mages, it is a single target fight.
The "Frozen Orb build" is also fine, although again, be careful to not nuke allies down as you have even more cleave than standard Frost does.
Blink can be used to evade Piercing Gaze of N'Zoth by either dodging one, or Blinking diagonally across the corner where they meet to dodge both. Note that there is a slight ground effect under the beam graphic, and that is what you must dodge, not the line itself.
Try not to have Frozen Orb out when Gift of N'Zoth: Lunacy is about to happen. You can use raid timers to track this.
- 13 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
- 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
- 12 May 2019: Updated tips and build recommendations.
- 14 Apr. 2019: Guide added.
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