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Frost Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on May 29, 2018 at 09:01 by Furty 312 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Frost Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Frost Mage in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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.

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 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. Patch 7.3 Changes for Frost Mage

  • None

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Frost Mage

  • New legendary items added.
  • Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze's delay has been fixed so that it is no longer possible to land 2 Ice Lance Icon Ice Lances within a single Winter's Chill at high levels of Haste.
  • Comet Storm Icon Comet Storm missile radius increased to 6 yards (up from 4).
  • Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold damage increased by 170%.
  • Flurry Icon Flurry tooltip updated and missile speed increased by 11%.
  • Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance missile speed increased by 30%.
  • Thermal Void Icon Thermal Void has been redesigned; now increases the duration of Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins by 10 seconds and an additional 1 second for each Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance made against a frozen target.

4. Patch 7.2 Changes for Frost Mage

  • New Artifact traits added.

5. Frost Mage Strengths

  • Strong single target and cleave
  • Great mobility and kiting
  • Good at killing fragile targets quickly
  • Predictable and consistent damage output
  • Efficient cleave

6. Frost Mage Weaknesses

  • Weak burst without Ray of Frost Icon Ray of Frost (compared to other Mage specializations)

7. Frost Mage Viability in the Current Patch

Frost is a potent choice for raiding in Antorus, the Burning Throne, on any difficulty, due to its impressive sustained damage. Frost excels, in particular, on fights where single target damage is a priority, such as Varimathras. Despite boasting competitive single target numbers, Frost also offers solid cleave when it counts.

8. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 13 pages:

9. ChangeLog

  • 29 May 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Page added.
  • 29 May 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Rune of Power added.
  • 02 May 2018 (easy mode page): Updated rotation.
  • 05 Mar. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 05 Mar. 2018 (rotation page): Removed Tier 20 2-piece bonus rotational checkbox.
  • 05 Mar. 2018 (artifact page): Updated relic priority, added weapon item levels.
  • 04 Mar. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 3 priority to match our Artifact Page updates.
  • 07 Feb. 2018 (bosses page): Antorus, the Burning Throne recommendations added.
  • 22 Dec. 2017 (this page): Updated viability section.
  • 02 Dec. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 21, updated best in slot for Antorus, and updated trinket list.
  • 25 Nov. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 25 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 7 talent discussion and Cheat Sheets.
  • 25 Nov. 2017 (rotation page): Changed a rotational line addressing Glacial Spike and updated the AoE section.
  • 25 Nov. 2017 (enchants page): Swapped out Crit gems for Vers.
  • 25 Nov. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority and weights for Antorus.
  • 25 Nov. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 17 Sep. 2017 (easy mode page): Added a note about Lonely Winter and Water Elemental usage.
  • 13 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 2 priority after recent rebalancing based on new SimCraft results.
  • 11 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Frost Mage.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Revised gem recommendations, cleaned up "Consumables" section, and added a note about Healthstones in Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated wording in Tier 3 talent section.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Further updates to legendary section.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Added a "Glacial Spike and Ghost Icicles" section. Improved AoE section.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Updated description section.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 20 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Expanded "Without Lonely Winter" section.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Added rotational checkbox for Lonely Winter (removing mentions of Water Elemental abilities when checked).
  • 17 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendaries.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the Ability Priority List (re-ordered some lines to more accurately represent current talent build, added new checkboxes for talents, and some new information added).
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (spells page): Updated Flurry tooltip link (was previously linking to Winter's Chill).
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority and basic rotation.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated several talent sections and cheat sheets.
  • 19 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Tier 20 explanation and Tomb of Sargeras best in slot added.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.5. A section about T20 set bonuses and how they influence the rotation will be added at a later time.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 7 talent discussion for Patch 7.2.5 (Glacial Spike vs Thermal Void).
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 02 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated upgrade calculator with new stat weights.
  • 02 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Modified stat priority to include Shatter cap & re-added stat weights!
  • 02 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Replaced claw with satyr for a slightly more single target oriented build.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (enchants page): Updated potion selection.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the opener.
  • 09 Feb. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fully updated BiS list and legendary section.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Post-7.1.5 updates to Tier 1, 3, 6, and 7 assessments.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Removed some leftover mentions of abilities that were reworked.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added a small paragraph on potion choice for additional context.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated description of It's Cold Outside.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talents and descriptions for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated easy mode talent build for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes section and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Stat priority remains the same but we removed the stat weights for now. We will re-add them once things stabilise.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Frost Mages.
  • 26 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for 7.1!
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated the increased damage value of Lonely Winter (now 25%, up from 20%). This does not change the assessment of the talent.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (spells page): Added a mention that Brain Freeze now causes the next Flurry to also deal 50% increased damage.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added more detail to the trinket section.
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Simplified rotation by adding checkboxes to hide or reveal specific lines (cooldown, talents, AoE, etc.).
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated item comparison example, following a change in stat weights.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Replaced Critical Strike gems/enchants/food with Haste gems/enchants/food to match our new stat priority.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Swapped Haste and Critical Strike in the stat priority, following new simulations.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added a mention that Comet Storm can be viable, as it is the best Level 100 talent in mass AoE situations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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