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Frost Mage DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Sep 17, 2017 at 11:50 by Furty 251 comments

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This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics

Frost is a very versatile specialization, with a high degree of talent customization. It can evolve from a fairly relaxing and passive spec to one with a veritable cornucopia of buttons that can tax the keybinds of very seasoned players. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons necessary without compromising the output too much.

1.1. When Playing Without Lonely Winter

When playing Frost without the Lonely Winter Icon Lonely Winter talent selected, you want to make sure that your Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental is always present. It is recommended that you keep it on "Assist", so that it will automatically attack your target when you engage in combat. The Water Elemental adds 2 extra buttons that you will need to make via Macro (otherwise, you will need to click them on your pet bar). The Macros you will need are as follows:

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast Water Jet
  • #showtooltip
  • /cast Freeze

These spells share a cooldown and help you generate Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost charges. More information on Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost and your other basic abilities can be found in our Spell Summary page.

2. Talent Choice

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Critical Strike (to 33.34% Shatter Cap);
  2. Intellect;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery;
  6. Critical Strike (after 33.34% Shatter Cap).

Haste, Critical Strike, and Versatility are all very close in value, so you should usually just pick the item with the highest item level when considering upgrades.

4. Basic Rotation

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 Future. 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.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 17 Sep. 2017: Added a note about Lonely Winter and Water Elemental usage.
  • 06 Jul. 2017: Updated stat priority and basic rotation.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated easy mode talent build for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 12 Nov. 2016: Added easy mode for Frost Mages.
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