Frost Mage PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.1)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Frost Mage and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Frost Mage PvP Guide.
Regular Talents for Frost Mages
|15||✘ Bone Chilling||✔ Lonely Winter||✔ Ice Nova|
|25||✘ Glacial Insulation||✔ Shimmer||✘ Ice Floes|
|30||✔ Incanter's Flow||✘ Focus Magic||✔ Rune of Power|
|35||✔ Frozen Touch||✘ Chain Reaction||✘ Ebonbolt|
|40||✔ Frigid Winds||✘ Ice Ward||✔ Ring of Frost|
|45||? Freezing Rain||✘ Splitting Ice||✔ Comet Storm|
|50||? Thermal Void||✔ Ray of Frost||✘ Glacial Spike|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding. Currently, there are two different strong Frost Mage Builds that will be outlined here.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Ice Nova is the best choice in this tier if you are looking to control the enemy team with roots more often. This talent provides more instant damage when using offensive cooldowns and helps with killing an enemy at low health. You also get to keep your Summon Water Elemental.
If you would prefer to have less instant damage and more sustained damage, Lonely Winter will be the best choice. Although you will not be able to summon a Water Elemental, the damage of your Frostbolt, Ice Lance, and Flurry is increased heavily.
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Shimmer is the best choice in this tier. This is a very strong when trying to get crowd control on the enemy team. If an enemy is trying to get out of line of sight of your Polymorph, for example, you can Shimmer while casting it and avoid losing line of sight.
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Incanter's Flow is the best choice in the tier. It provides great damage (especially when you are at 5 stacks). Be sure to track and time how many stacks your Incanter's Flow buff has before using your offensive cooldowns.
Rune of Power normally is not the greatest pick with Icy Veins, due to the cooldown of Icy Veins. However, when using Ice Form as a PvP Talent, Rune of Power starts to become very powerful, getting an instant Rune every minute with Ice Form. You are able to deal significant damage every minute.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
If you will not be able to cast often, Frozen Touch is the best choice in this tier. This is an overall large increase to your burst and sustained damage. Casting Frostbolts when you get the chance will make it easier to get Brain Freeze and Fingers of Frost procs.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
When playing against a Restoration Druid, Ring of Frost is the best choice in this tier. Druids are difficult to get crowd control on as a Frost Mage, and Ring of Frost helps with this. Assistance from a teammate (such as a Rogue stunning the Druid) will make it easier.
Against any other healer, Frigid Winds is the best choice in this tier. This will help keep your enemies from kiting away from your team's damage.
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
If you often find yourself playing a composition that requires a lot of kiting or running the enemy team around, Freezing Rain is the best choice in this tier. Blizzard can be used instantly to gain distance from enemies.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Ray of Frost is the best choice in this tier. This has a relatively long cooldown, but can be effective against teams with melee. This will prevent them from kiting your damage or help you from kiting theirs. If you have a Brain Freeze proc, be sure to use that proc before casting Ray of Frost, because the ticks of Ray of Frost will crit and hit significantly harder.
The secondary Frost build utilizes Thermal Void, which allows Icy Veins to have a longer duration. It also works with the PvP Talent Ice Form, giving you some additional time to be immune to stuns and cast some large Frostbolts. This talent could be potentially good if the enemy team does not have a purge ability and you are able to freecast often.
PvP Talents for Frost Mage
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Deep Shatter makes your Frostbolts deal 75% more damage against frozen targets. This talent works well with the regular Talent Frozen Touch and increases your overall sustained damage. With this talent, Shattered Frostbolts will do significantly larger damage.
Concentrated Coolness increases Frozen Orb's damage and is now castable at a location with a 40-yard range but no longer moves. This talent will make your sustained damage much less, but increases your burst damage significantly. It is recommended to use this talent if you are using Ray of Frost.
Situational PvP Talents
Ice Form replaces Icy Veins, making you immune to all stuns and knockbacks while also giving you 30% increased Frostbolt damage. This talent is great situationally against compositions that have a lot of stuns or if you are looking to find value from Deep Shatter Frostbolts with some additional damage modifiers. It also has a 1-minute cooldown in comparison to Icy Veins being a 3-minute cooldown. With the recent changes to Ice Form coming off the Global Cooldown, this talent has a lot of viability now.
Ice Wall is a new talent added in Patch 9.1 that allows you to place a wall of ice in a specific area for 15 seconds with 40% of your maximum health. This wall obstructs line of sight and can be used to block enemies from running away or block a line of sight from a healer to a damage class. This could be situationally good in arena.
Prismatic Cloak reduces magical damage you take by 50% for 2 seconds after you Blink or Shimmer. This talent is great against teams with magical spells that deal large amounts of damage. You can replace Kleptomania with this if you are playing against a team with two spell casters on it.
Dampened Magic should be taken versus teams with multiple Damage over Time effects. For example, this should be taken versus teams with Affliction Warlocks, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shaman or Balance Druids. This will greatly increase your survivability versus these teams.
Netherwind Armor should be taken versus teams that can often critical strike, or rely on critical strikes for a majority of their damage. This talent makes it so you are 15% less likely to receive a critical strike.
- 04 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1 of Shadowlands.
- 19 Mar. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.0.5.
- 23 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
- 28 Oct. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
- 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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