Frost Mage PvP Guide (Dragonflight 10.0.7)

Last updated on Mar 21, 2023 at 19:43 by Pherix 17 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Mage PvP guide.


Frost Mages' Place in the Current Meta

Frost Mages are typically one of the strongest caster specs in PvP. Mages not only excel at getting crowd control and relentlessly slowing enemies, but they also have great burst damage. With short burst cooldowns and strong crowd control, Frost Mages are capable of controlling entire teams. One Polymorph Icon Polymorph can turn an entire game around. With the recent talent changes to Mages, the specialization has much more control and utility then in previous expansions.


Dragonflight Patch 10.0.7

Frost Mage has seen a very small change to a few spells in this patch, including Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike, and Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt. As of current, Frostbolt is not often used and is quite weak to cast, however this large increase to the damage might opt for a Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt build to be stronger in the future. Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike will likely still be used, just with slightly tuned damage.


Frost Mages' Strengths

  • Great control
  • Multiple defensive cooldowns
  • Strong burst damage
  • Relatively strong sustained damage

Frost Mages' Weaknesses

  • Forced to cast most abilities
  • Predictable burst damage
  • Low Durability when out of cooldowns
  • Only one school of casting

Notable 10.0 Changes

  • New Class and specialization Talent revamp
  • Legendary and Covenant abilities disabled outside of Shadowlands content
  • Every specialization of Mage now has access to Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath and other similar strong utility talents

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.

  • On the Frost Mage PvP Talents page, you will find an analysis of each PvE talent row to help you decide which talent to pick on each row, as well as an overview of the PvP talents, which advice on which ones to take and under which conditions.
  • On the Frost Mage PvP Rotation and Playstyle page, you will learn how to use your spells, depending on the situation (dealing damage, surviving, controlling enemy players, etc.), and what is generally expected of your class and spec in PvP.
  • On the Frost Mage PvP Stat Priority and Gear page, you will find the stat priority that Frost Mages need to follow in PvP, as well as advice for choosing your gear, particularly trinkets.
  • On the Frost Mage PvP Best Races page, you will find lists of the Alliance and Horde races, ranked by how good they are for Frost Mages in PvP, as well as explanations regarding why and how their racials benefit you.
  • On the Frost Mage PvP Useful Macros page, you will find a collection of useful macros for PvP for Frost Mages.
  • On the Frost Mage Arena Composition page, you will find the list of the most powerful Arena compositions featuring Frost Mages, in both 2v2 and 3v3 modes.


  • 21 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 30 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 22 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Pre-patch.
  • 31 Jul. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 17 Nov. 2021: Page updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 04 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1 of Shadowlands.
  • 19 Mar. 2021: Updated strength and weaknesses for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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