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Frost Mage DPS NetherLight Crucible Relic Paths (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Mar 05, 2018 at 11:56 by Furty 312 comments

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General Information

This page will help you choose the right paths on your Netherlight Crucible as a a Frost Mages. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. For more information, please read our Guide to the Netherlight Crucible.

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

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. General Optimization Advice for Frost Mage

Netherlight Crucible

Optimizing through the Netherlight Crucible is straightforward; you are offered 2 initial paths, Shadow and Holy, and you should determine your path contingent on which leads to your best trait. If the 2 available paths are equal or very close in ranking it is usually best to adhere to the fork that leads to the highest value Tier 3 trait, as this often results in the largest DPS increase. If the best available Tier 3 trait is in the middle, you should always default to the highest ranked Tier 2 upgrade, as you are able to reach it from either path.

Be aware that the theorycraft for the Tier 2 upgrades available through the Netherlight Crucible is still in a primordial state, and therefore the ordering of upgrades detailed below is not entirely definite. This will be continually updated leading up to and following the release of the Crucible as things become more clear. This priority was determined using SimCraft.

2. Tier 2 Upgrade Priority for Frost Mage

This priority assumes you are already Shattercapped (33.34% Critical Strike).

  1. Torment the Weak Icon Torment the Weak;
  2. Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of LightSecure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light;
  3. Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind;
  4. Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness;
  5. Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent;
  6. Light Speed Icon Light Speed;
  7. Shocklight Icon Shocklight;
  8. Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows;
  9. Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows;
  10. Light's Embrace Icon Light's Embrace;
  11. Refractive Shell Icon Refractive Shell.

3. Tier 3 Upgrade Priority for Frost Mage

The Tier 3 upgrades are identical to the relic priority found in our Artifact Traits and Relics page, however, they have been relisted here for your convenience.

  1.  Icon Clarity of Thought (with T21 4-piece bonus)
  2.  Icon Let It Go
  3.  Icon Ice Age
  4. Obsidian Lance Icon Obsidian Lance
  5.  Icon Icy Caress
  6.  Icon Frozen Veins
  7.  Icon Clarity of Thought

If you are unlucky enough to roll all defensive low value traits for your Tier 3 upgrades, you should be aiming for the best Tier 2 option available in the Crucible, or whichever defensive/niche trait you prefer to focus on, as they have minimal DPS gains.

4. ChangeLog

  • 04 Mar. 2018: Updated Tier 3 priority to match our Artifact Page updates.
  • 13 Sep. 2017: Updated Tier 2 priority after recent rebalancing based on new SimCraft results.
  • 11 Sep. 2017: Added Netherlight Crucible page for Frost Mage.
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