Frost Mage PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 31, 2022 at 18:32 by Pherix 10 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 changes to Frost in Patch 9.2, Frost will likely see its place within the meta moreso now, dominating caster compositions such as Destruction/Demonology Warlock, Frost Mage Restoration Druid, or Shadow Priest, Frost Mage, Holy Paladin.


Changes in Patch 9.2.5 (Shadowlands Season 4)

There are few changes to PvP coming into Season 4; all Cosmic Gladiator pieces now are higher item level and named Eternal Gladiator. There are no new trinkets as well. Frost Mage will see the majority of the changes directed toward Mage this patch, starting with a slight decrease to Deathborne Icon Deathborne damage. However this is counteracted by the removal of the 25% damage deduction of Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow in PvP. Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance and Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb are also receiving sizable damage buffs to increase the sustained damage of the specialization.


Changes in Patch 9.2

Frost Mage has not seen many changes in Patch 9.2, with the most significant changes being a reduction of Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb's and Blizzard Icon Blizzard's damage, as well as Comet Storm Icon Comet Storm no longer removing Winter's Chill Icon Winter's Chill. With the introduction of Unity Icon Unity as a second Covenant-specific Legendary, Necrolord Frost Mage will be a force to be reckoned with.

  1. The 2-set bonus for wearing 2 PvP trinkets has been reworked to instead grant 175 Intellect and 500 Stamina.
  2. Tier Sets are back, granting additional bonuses from Frost Storm Icon Frost Mage 2-Piece and Frost Storm Icon Frost Mage 4-Piece for Frost Mage.
  3. Five new PvP trinkets have been added:

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

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 Covenants and Legendary Powers page, you will find advice on choosing the best Covenant, Soulbind, and Conduits as well as the best PvP Legendary Powers.
  • 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.


  • 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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