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#4297554 lots of people are profiting from this

Posted Esiwdeer on 13 December 2014 - 06:15 PM

might as well give it to everyone so it's fair. this is only for alliance, no idea about horde

#1 if you can't get into Ashran you can use your Stopwatch: make sure you're not queued, run into Ashran and start the Stopwatch as soon as the red word "Ashran" pops up to let you know your zone has changed.

Accept the queue right before your stopwatch gets to 22 seconds, it'll let you stay like you got in despite not waiting in the queue

this takes a few tries maybe, only good if you actually can't get into ashran. i did it on my first try but then couldn't do it for 5 tries and then did it again.

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if you turn in ONLY A FEW FRAGMENTS AT A TIME(the first option "turn in a few fragments" the lowest amount possible) to this druid ONLY WHEN HE HAS THE BLUE QUESTION MARK, NOT WHEN HE DOESN'T he gives you 125 rep per 5 fragments, essentially letting you get revered in like 45 minutes if you farm rare spawns or something

#3 if you convert your currency to brazilian reals or whatever on the battle.net store you can buy race changes or any other character service for like 40-60% off. i think race changes are 10 and faction changes are 12 something(USD)

certainly these 3 things will not stay in the game, but many people are doing it so i think everyone should be able to skip the rep grind the same

can't explain it better, sorry if you can't find it useful

regards to everyone else


#4283692 S16 thoughts thus far.

Posted Tekkys on 03 December 2014 - 06:34 AM

nerf ferals. nerf ferals. nerf ferals. nerf ferals. nerf ferals. nerf ferals.

oh and nerf ferals


#4282503 cap

Posted Hateformz on 02 December 2014 - 12:59 PM

View PostGigana, on 02 December 2014 - 12:55 PM, said:

They said it's same as Timeless Isle world bosses, so I assume only once per week.
I'd much rather do world bosses tbh
fuck rbgs lmao


#4063133 This Darkened Heart - A Shendelz PVP Guide (6.0.3)

Posted Ownu on 24 February 2014 - 04:59 AM

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Unholy Death Knight Guide (6.0.3)

  • This guide is not only a starting place for players looking to learn the basics of the Death Knight class, but is also a great place for advanced players to sharpen their skills. Now with more Frost!
The 5.4.7 Guide... has been put into a Spoiler at the bottom, and will be kept around for retro-reference (is that a word?), and future arena servers, since whenever I go to play on an older arena server, I can never find any information to refresh myself on how the hell we played back in the stone age good days.


A number of changes were made for Death knights, however Frost and Unholy's rotations remain the same overall.
  • Frost Strike replaces Death Coil for Frost Death Knights.
  • Obliterate replaces Blood Strike for Frost Death Knights.
  • Necrotic Strike has been removed (RIP).
  • Raise Dead (and by proxy, master of ghouls) is now only available to Unholy Death Knights.
  • Rune of Cinderglacier has been removed.
  • Unholy Frenzy has been removed.
  • Horn of winter no longer generates runic power, and has no cooldown.
  • Pestilence has been removed and its effects have been caked into Blood Boil (Rolling Blood talent is now baseline).
  • Army of the dead now sucks deals 75% less damage.
  • Death Coil now costs 30 Runic Power and has a 40 yard range for both allies and enemies.
  • Icebound Fortitude now lasts 8 seconds, down from 12.
  • Rolling Blood has been removed and replaced with Plaguebearer, a new Level 56 talent. Plaguebearer causes Death Coil and Frost Strike to extend the duration of Frost Fever and Blood Plague, or add a stack of Necrotic Plague.
  • Blood Boil now deals 50% more damage, but no longer deals additional damage per disease on the target.
  • Pillar of Frost now increases Strength by 15%, down from 20%.
  • Obliterate now deals 25% more damage [on both main and offhand], but no longer deals additional damage per disease on the target.
  • Rune of the Fallen Crusader now increases Strength by 20%, up from 15%.
  • Scourge Strike no longer deals additional damage per disease on the target. It now deals 100% physical weapon damage, and 50% shadow weapon damage. The shadow portion can once again independently crit.
  • Frost Strike's damage has been increased by 100%, but its Runic Power cost has been increased to 25 (40 in non Frost Presence).
  • Icy Talons now increases attack speed by 20% (down from 45%), and haste by 5% (up from 0%).
  • Might of the Frozen Wastes now increases Obliterate damage by 50% (up from 40%), and melee damage by 35% (up from 30%) while wielding a two handed weapon, and increases the damage of Frost Strike by 50% (up from 35%) while dual wielding.
  • Razorice now deals 4% additional weapon damage (up from 2%), and increases Frost damage by 2% per stack, down from 3%.
  • Obliterate's damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Necrosis: Necrosis is a new passive ability for Unholy Death Knights. It causes Multistrikes from Festering Strike, Pestilence, Plague Strike, Scourge Strike, and Soul Reaper to also deal a burst of Shadow damage. The amount of burst damage is based on Attack Power, not the damage from the triggering Multistrike.
  • Unholy Might now increases Strength by 10%, down from 35%.
  • Death Pact no longer sacrifices your Ghoul or a portion of it's health. It now heals the Death Knight for 50% of their maximum health, and places Necrotic Strike a healing absorption shield on the user for 50% of the health granted.
  • Anti-Magic Shell will now restore 2 Runic Power per 1% of max health absorbed.
  • Desecrated Ground now also makes the Death Knight immune to Roots, Snares and Silences.
  • Conversion no longer has an initial tick, and now costs 10 Runic Power/second for Frost, and 20 Runic Power/second for Unholy.
  • Level 60 and 75 talent rows have swapped places.
  • Blood Tap now generates one charge for every 15 Runic Power spent; Runic Empowerment and Runic Corruption now have a 1.5% chance to trigger per Runic Power spent.
PvP Talents

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Previously, Death Knights were pigeon holed into a very cookie cutter set of talents that did not really ever change. The new expansion has opened up many more options and talent combinations:


Tier 1

Plaguebearer
Now that Rolling Blood is caked in, Plaguebearer does a nice job of taking its place. Plaguebearer increases the duration of your Blood Plague and Frost Fever (and will add a stack to Necrotic Plague) every time you Death Coil or Frost Strike by Five (5) seconds. Seeing as Frost Death Knights do not have Festering Strike, and Unholy Death Knights don't want to be spamming Festering Strike, this is a great way to keep your diseases lasting until the golden years while spoon feeding your target damage. Currently, it seems the diseases wont extend past 40 seconds. If the Plaguebearer will cause the duration to exceed 40 seconds, then the diseases in question will be set to 40 seconds instead. Additionally, Festering Strike will allow diseases to exceed 40 seconds. However; if the duration has exceeded 40 seconds via Festering Strike, the next Death Coil will reset the disease(s) in question to 40 seconds. Yes this is a bug, though it is irrelevant as disease snapshotting no longer exists.

Unholy Blight
Unholy Blight should only be taking in combination with Either Necrotic Plague, or Chillblains. When paired with Necrotic Plague, each tick will grant a stack on every target it hits. Additionally, each target effected by it will probably be in range of each other, causing the Necrotic Plague itself to jump between targets, causing it to stack extremely quickly.
When paired with Chillblains, it will constantly slow anything in it's range, unless the target has a buff like Hand of Freedom. Unholy Blight paired with Chillblains is highly effective against running Burst of Speed Rogues, and retreating Restoration Druids.


Tier 2

Lichborne
Lichborne is the only viable talent in this talent tier, it will turn you undead, allowing you to break free of fears, charms, and sleeps. Additionally, while undead, you are immune to polymorph effects (Sheep, Hex) and incapacitates (Sap, Gouge), and may heal yourself by casting Death Coil on yourself (Unholy only). Polymorph and incapacitates will not break when you are already bound; however, like Cloak of Shadows and Anti-Magic Shell, you will be immune to these effects as long as you have the Lichborne buff. Sleep, Fear, and Charm effects will break when using Lichborne, even while you are already bound by them.


Tier 3

Asphyxiate
Asphyxiate is an improved version of Strangulate that stuns your opponent instead of silencing them. Additionally, it costs no rune, and has half of the cooldown.


Chillblains
Generally, Chillblains is taken because you--the player--desire to play with Strangulate over Asphyxiate for whatever reason (generally because the team composition you are currently playing has too many stuns already, and not enough other kinds of crowed control). Chillblains will cause your Chains of Ice to root your target, additionally, your Frost Fever and Necrotic Plague will cause the target to be slowed by 50% for 8 seconds. Typically more for Unholy (as you already have Gnaw and sometimes Remorseless Winter available to you as other stunning options), Chillblains combos well with Necrotic Plague, Unholy Blight, Defile, and Remorsless Winter. It is also the go-to option for Rated Battlegrounds, which are almost always done as frost. Howling Blast will cleave large amounts of players and give you a massive amount of control over the other team. Seeing as Necrotic Plague jumps from target to target, Frost spec will almost always take this talent along with Unholy Blight and Necrotic Plague in Rated Battlegrounds.


Tier 4

Blood Tap
All three talents in this tier are fairly close, however Blood Tap gives you the control over when runes are reset. It also gives you Death Runes, allowing you to use Necrotic Strike more frequently Obliterate when you have Killing Machine procs.

Runic Corruption
This talent does not give you as much control as Blood Tap does, but is very efficient when playing with Breath of Sindragosa, as Blood Tap does not provide you enough rune resets to maintain the spell for very long.


Tier 5

Conversion
Conversion allows you to sacrifice runic power per second to gain health per second. Activating it while it is already active will double both the runic power sacrificed and the health gained at the cost of one global, for one global.

Death Pact
Generally should only be taken when you are playing against a team that only tries to kill you in a very high burst swap.


Tier 6

Desecrated Ground
An extra trinket that will make you immune to all forms of CC other than silences, disarms, roots, and slows while you are standing in it. Generally taken by non human Death Knights in exchange for double DPS trinkets, or when facing a rogue team. Having a second trinket is never a bad thing.

Remorseless Winter
A stacking slow that causes a stun on any target that hits 5 stacks, for 5 seconds. Dispellable, so make sure its either used on a healer, or make sure the healer cant dispel it by using some other CC. Try to only take this talent when using Death and Decay Glyph or Chillblains, as targets get away too easily during the early stacks. Works great with Breath of Sindragrosa or Defile (Arthas Combo).


Tier 7

Defile
Defile benefits from the Death and Decay Glyph, which should always be considered when using it. Both of these things combo well with Remorseless Winter (Arthas Combo), and is my personal recommendation for Frost. This talent has reasonable burst with a reasonable cooldown.

Necrotic Plague
Granted 20% additional damage and regaining the ability to crit, Necrotic Plague is back in the game as a real talent. When taking this talent, always take Unholy Blight, as it will stack it much quicker, and your Plague will sit at max stacks for much longer, causing you to do overall more damage. Stacking this ability is important, and you should be throwing out Blood Boils, Icy Touches, Festerings, and Plague Strikes in order to help it stack as quickly as possible. Only recommended for Unholy in arenas, and only recommended for Frost in Rated Battlegrounds. This is the least bursty talent, but will give you heave AoE presence.

Breath of Sindragrosa
Only recommended for Frost while using Runic Corruption, pool runic power and some a few runes before using this ability. Line it up with things like Remorseless Winter, Pillar of Frost, and use Empower Rune Weapon to feed it. The point of this ability is to do damage while doing damage, so don't spend your Runic Power on things like Frost Strike. Ideally, you want to keep this running as long as you can, because its biggest drawback is the long cooldown it has. Definitely the Highest burst in the talent tier, at the cost of cooldown and ramp up.

Glyphs


Three strongly PvP oriented glyphs make choosing glyphs for Death Knights easy, however there are times when glyphs can be swapped in or out.

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Shifting Presences - Allows you to switch presences and retain 70% of the runic power you had before the switch. A must have, as presence swapping without this glyph will slow down your damage and may put you into risky positions (Swapping to Blood Presence when being switched to, and not having runic power to convert if you are using Conversion).

Icy Touch - Your Icy Touch will now dispel one beneficial magical effect from your opponent. Purge is a very powerful spell, and any class that has the option to take it should.

Dark Simulacrum - Reduces the cooldown of Dark Simulacrum by half, and increases the duration the debuff stays on the target by 4 seconds. Dark Simulacrum can be your strongest spell if used properly. Being able to use it twice as often increases the chances of having it ready when a juicy spell is about to be used. Can be used every Asphyxiate, allowing you to steal major defensive cooldowns from healers that can be cast while stunned. This is the glyph that you should swap in and out with other glyphs if you want to use something else.

Death and Decay - Slows any target that takes damage from your Death and Decay ability, for as long as they remain inside of the effected area. Works with Defile. This glyph works great with Arthas Combo (Defile+Remorseless Winter).

Strangulate - When used a to interrupt the target--and is successful--Strangulate gets two additional seconds added to its duration, for a whopping 7 second silence.

Death's Embrace (Minor) - Restores runic power when healing a friendly undead minion. Save some runic power to heal your Ghoul or Gargoyle up. Only relevant if you are Unholy, or if you are running some weird shit, like Double [Unholy] Death Knight.

Resilient Grip (Minor) - Resets your Death Grip if your target is immune to both the pull and the taunt (Iceblocks/Divine Shield/Cyclone) - For those unlucky situations.

Path of Frost (Minor) - Causes you to take less fall damage while the aura is active. Good for Rated Battlegrounds, like Arathi Basin.


Stats - Gemming / Enchanting / Reforging


Stat Priority

Unholy

These stat priorities are currently a "beta version" there is still a lot of discussion in the community about what will be best for what spec, what comp, and what uptime. Even if these stats are right, they will evolve and reorganize themselves as our item level gets higher.

3% Hit >= 3% Expertise > Strength > Mastery > Multistrike >= Versatility


Frost

Frost on the other hand is seems to be preforming best with the basics.

3% Hit >= 3% Expertise > Strength > Versatility > Haste [uptime dependent] > Multistrike


Strength

At the passive ratio of 1.35 1.10 Strength per point of Strength (thanks to our good friend Unholy Might), Strength is your dearest friend. Additionally, our Runeforge enchant grants us half more the Strength that Unholy Might gives us (15%, 20%) as a proc that is up most of the arena, as long as you are hitting things. Gem and Enchant Strength wherever you can, while respecting Strength increasing socket bonuses.


Haste

Your GCD is affected by various factors such as expertise, Time Warp, your connection speed ect. The best way to approach haste itemization is whether or not you personally experience GCD locks. If you have no trouble expending resources, haste remains highly favored. Haste becomes more valuable the more uptime that you have on your target. Ideal for comps like PHD, where most teams will focus down your hunter and allow you to do as you please.


Crit

Crit makes abilities hit twice 50% harder, and stacking crit makes it happen more often. Crit is a big damage boost to your diseases, which are always ticking on everything all the time. It can make our gargoyle deadly, in a much more RNG way than mastery. Typically great for spread pressure, crit allows you to keep your damage up while you're not on your target. Great for big Soul Reapers. This stat has diminished in 6.0+, as critical strikes hit half as hard as they used to.


Mastery

Mastery boosts your shadow damage and Gargoyle's damage for Unholy, and Boost your frost damage for Frost, namely Frost Strike and Howling Blast. Generally something to avoid as Frost, unless future patch notes say that Frost Strike will become the large burst.


This may or may not be relevant, depending on the patch:

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Mastery is generally the stat most Death Knights pick today. Not only is it the most reliable way to keep damage up when kited, but it also directly effects your biggest burst: Summon Gargoyle. For heavy spread pressure, play mastery > crit. For fast damage, play mastery > haste. Using this information, you are encouraged to find the secondary stat priority  that is best for you.

Versatiliy

Versatility increases the damage you do, and decreases the damage you take. A solid stat that has a benefit to it no matter what spec you might be, and is currently seeing favor against the other stats.


Multistrike

Multistrike is very similar to critical strike. Their values are both halved in PvP compared to their PvE stat weight values, causing them to require double the amount to equal 1% damage compared to that of the other stat weights. In PvP, Multistrike has a percentage chance to strike the target against at 30%(?) power. Due to Necrosis, Unholy Death Knights will gain 5% more Multistrike from all sources that grant it, making Multistrike more valuable to the Unholy Death Knight than it is to Frost.


Macros


Heal Ghoul

#showtooltip
/cast [target=pet] Death Coil

Casts Death Coil at your Ghoul, healing it.


Self Heal

#showtooltip
/cast !Lichborne
/cast [target=player] Death Coil

Activates Lichborne, then casts Death Coil at yourself, healing yourself. Note this only works with Unholy now, as Death Coil is now replaced by Frost Strike, for Frost Death Knights.


Focus Death Grip

#showtooltip
/cast [target=focus] Death Grip

Casts Death Grip at your focus target, and then slows them. The Chains of Ice line is optional. A perk while leveling will slow targets that are Death Gripped.


Arena 1/2/3 Death Grip

#showtooltip
/cast [@arenax] Death Grip

Casts Death Grip at an arena target frame. The target is decided by "x". Replace "x" with "1", "2", or "3". The best way to use this macro is to have three separate key bindings, and three separate macros, both of which usually right next to one another. Example: Grip arena1 bound to F1, Grip arena 2 bound to F2, Grip arena 3 bound to F3.


Arena 1/2/3 Chains of Ice

#showtooltip
/cast [@arenax] Chains of Ice

Casts Chains of Ice at an arena target frame. The target is decided by "x". Replace "x" with "1", "2", or "3". The best way to use this macro is to have three separate key bindings, and three separate macros, both of which usually right next to one another. Example: Chains arena1 bound to F1, Chains arena 2 bound to F2, Chains arena 3 bound to F3.


Focus Strangulate

#showtooltip
/cast [target=focus] Strangulate

Strangulates or Asphyxiates your focus target.


Focus Leap

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast [target=focus] Leap
/cast [target=mouseover, exists][exists] Leap
/petattack

Because of Leap's Buggy nature, this was the best way to get Leap to work properly. Its possible that the technical issues of Leap have been fixed, though the macro continues to do its job for me, and so I still use it. It will make your ghoul Leap at mouseover targets as well as your focus target. Mouseover has priority.


Lich/AMZ

#showtooltip
/cancelaura Lichborne
/cast Lichborne
/cast !Anti-Magic Zone
/run SetMacroSpell("Lich/AMZ",GetSpellInfo("Lichborne") or "Anti-Magic Zone")

Tap once to activate Lichborne, tap again to cancel it. Handy for avoiding Shackle or Paladin Fear. This macro will combine Lichborne and Anti-Magic Zone into one keybind. The Macro name must be the same as the the part listed in the last line /run SetMacroSpell("Lich/AMZ"), or the Tooltip will not update (and the cooldown won't show).


Focus Mind Freeze

#showtooltip
/cast [target=focus] Mind Freeze

Interrupts your focus target.


Dark Transformation

#showtooltip
/cast [@mouseover,dead] Corpse Explosion
/cast [nopet] Raise Dead
/stopmacro [nopet]
/cast [target=pet,exists]Dark Transformation

Push to summon your Ghoul. While Timmy is active, push again to activate Dark Transformation (assuming Timmy has five Shadow Infusions). Also will cast Corpse Explosion at a moused over corpse (just for fun).


Dark Simularcum

#showtooltip dark simulacrum
/cancelaura Ice Block
/cast [nomod] Dark Simulacrum; [mod:alt, @focus] Dark Simulacrum



Summon Gargoyle

#showtooltip
/use 13
/cast Summon Gargoyle
/petfollow
/petattack [@target]

Make sure your on use damage trinket is in slot 13.


Pillar of Frost

#showtooltip
/use 13
/cast Pillar of Frost
/cast Death's Advance

Make sure your on use damage trinket is in slot 13.


Dealing Damage


Unholy

Unholy is now straight forward. Stacking Shadow Infusions an bursting during Dark Transformation is key. This is when gargoyle should be used, and Death Runes no longer get any special treatment. Use them as you see fit. Scourge Strike is now the primary strike, and it will consume the majority of your runes. Remember, our level 100 set bonus grants us 20% increased shadow damage while Dark Transformation is active.


Frost


Frost is largely the same as it has always been. Keeping your diseases up, avoid using Killing Machine procs on Frost Strike. Soul Reaper at low health. Use saved up Blood Tap Charges for Killing Machine procs that you don't have the available runes to Obliterate with. When playing with Sindy, pool runic power and have a few available runes prepared to regenerate the lost runic power spent on Sindy. You should also try to save Empower Rune Weapon for this specifically.


Interface and Addons


Unless you're practicing for a no-addon tournament, there is no reason not to customize your interface to your liking. Moving things to easier places for you to see can assist you greatly and help you to not overlap. There are few and far in-between addons that I would describe as mandatory, as Blizzard has certainly made the baseline interface more acceptable over the years.


Disclaimer: Yes, people have told me my interface is cluttered. I'm not advising you to have a cluttered interface, I'm giving you the basics. I've grown used to how my UI is, and have tried changing it before.


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A. Its important to know where players are, even if they are not your target. Nameplates are helpful, be it Blizzard's own, or an Addon. Some Addons will show you specific debuffs that you ask it to show you on name plates, others will show cast times within the name plates. The Addon I am using here is called Tidy Plates: Threat Plates.


B. No player should go without party frames. Personally, I find the base ones, and the standard one that comes with my normal unit frames clunky. I've taken a great liking to Blizzard's "boxes", the standard raid frames that the game comes with. They show debuffs and mana, and can be class colored.


C. If you're Unholy, it is your responsibility to know where and what your Ghoul is doing, specifically to monitor his health pools. At the beginning of expansions, healer mana is always tight. Give them a helping hand and keep an eye on Timmy.


D. Lots of players are wondering what is the best Rune Bar Addon to use. Its true, Blizzard's could use an update, even with move anything, its still largely basic and has no options to customize it. I have used the same Rune Bar Addon since Wrath of the Lich King, so I can't say I know what else is out there these days. Even so, Magic Runes gets the job done. With high customization, you can move, re-size , rearrange, and monitor both your Rune times, and DoT's. The alpha will fade when out of combat if you tell it to do so, making this my personal pick.


E. Lose Control, the Addon that inspired Blizzard's Loss of Control interface option, is able to show crowed control cast on enemy players as well. You can move it and put it where you want to, it becomes very hard to miss a CC cast on an enemy player. Additionally, it works with Sarena (an Arena Unit Frame Addon), and OmniCC (a cooldown counter Addon).


5.4.7 Guide (for retro-reference or future arena servers)


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#4271569 Leekzy's Frost Mage Guide for 6.0.3

Posted leek on 21 November 2014 - 11:07 AM

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Hi there, I am Leekzy - a swedish guy with a (very) swedish accent who has played Mage since season 2, achieving Rank 1 and Gladiator multiple times with my highest rating ever being 3114 in Season 15. This is the first guide I've written for AJ, and it's aimed at a bit more inexperienced and newer players - although you may find that you can take something from this as an advanced player aswell!

Shoutout to Vanguards, whos Retribution guide served as an excellent template!

So what is actually different in Warlords of Draenor as a Frost Mage?

1.) Tons of abilities have been removed from the game (R.I.P. Evocation, Fire Blast and Mana Gem) and a lot of the mechanics of the spells/talents/specializations which weren't removed has changed. I recommend reading this summary if you haven't checked it out already for a lot of solid info.

2.) M-M-M-MULTISTRIKE. New stats have been added to the game which change the way we gear drastically due to the changes to some of our core mechanics (i.e. Brain Freeze).

3.) Removal of Improved Counterspell and other "blanket" silences! This is a change which affects us immensely - and although it might seem bad at first this is actually (imho) a buff to mages - more on that later!

4.) Der..Deep* Freeze now breaks on damage.

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Oh well! This might seem bad at first glance (and it's definitely a nerf), but it plays out pretty well in the actual gameplay. Let's delve into the world of Crowd Control (CC) and getting creative with Deep Freeze later on in the guide!

5.) Diminishing Returns (DR)! A lot of  changes have been made to DR's in WoD, most of which you can read here.
This changes the way a lot of Mage comps play and it's something that should be kept in mind going into WoD as a Frost Mage!

Important to note is that if you play with Ice Nova it also DR's Polymorph.

6.) WHERE THE F**K IS MY FROST NOVA???+++

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(If you're spec'd into Ice Nova, which yes, you probably are, join in)

Why... should you play a Mage in WoD?

First of all - the class is actually really fun to play in arenas at the moment! A lot of changes in WoD makes it an overall smoother and much more enjoyable experience to play a Mage in the arena. I feel like we still have a really high skill-cap and can play with every class that's in the game currently.


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Talents

Below is my default arena spec - but this is something that can and will change depending on what composition (comp) that you play and play versus.

Remember that nothing is set in stone guys, experiment, have fun - if you see something and think "hey this might make me kick that huntards ass" then by all means go for it.

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What's following is my personal approach - I feel like these are really stable choices with the most arguable one being the level 45 and 100 tier.

Level 15:
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This talent is amazing to have as a Mage - it really opens up for a lot of "plays" to be made both defensively and offensively and is just solid mobility in general. Practically a baby Rocket Boots. With 25 sec cooldown (CD). Go figure.

Level 30
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I feel like this just is the most solid choice here, sure a lot of classes have some form of purging ability which can get rid of Ice Barrier but use it with good timing and it's still a really solid defensive out and CD. Alter Time was changed and no longer resets your buffs (only HP and position), from my testing it's highly situational in its current state.

Level 45

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Ayay, everything is viable???

RoF is just a solid choice which enables us to get  CC rolling easier, something that is useful vs every comp you can face.

All of these talents have really good specific uses, however since Ice Ward now DR's with our other novas and RoF is a better CC to peel with Ice Ward will mostly see use versus comps that sit on the Mage from start to finish.

Frostjaw can actually be AMAZING as a peel/setup vs certain spellcleaves since it's actually a Silence - be aware Dwarfs' can remove this with Stoneform though!

Level 60
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Amazing talent, pretty self-explanatory.

Can be used if you are locked out on your Frost-tree to enable Ice Block anyway.

Level 75
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Although Frost Bomb does alright damage the utility and on demand burst that Ice Nova offers is in my opinion too good to pass up.

There are so many uses for this outside of just doing damage as it acts as a mini-stun (interrupts casts momentarily for example) that hits Area-of-Effect (AoE).

Level 90
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Incanter's Flow is a rather awkward talent to understand at first but once you get the hang of it it's pretty simple: you deal more damage, and if you time it well you deal A LOT more damage.
Mirror Images does a lot of damage aswell and can definitely be the way to go vs some comps, I predict that it mostly will see use in 1v1 and 2v2.


Level 100
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This talent is awkward to use, awkward to understand and it covers the screen in lazer beams. Fear not though - once you lose your Crystal virginity I doubt that you will want to go back to Comet Storm!

Although the CD of Prismatic Crystal is rather long (1,5 minutes) its definitely worth it over the underwhelming damage that Comet Storm offers in my opinion, and with some solid placement and CD usage (Lance with Icicles, 2x Frost Novas with Frozen Orb ticking is insane damage) you can actually close to slay an entire team with this talent!
Comet Storm also went down in "value" for me after they changed it so that you can't use it while being locked out on your Frost-tree.

Glyphs

A lot of choices here.
I change around my glyphs a lot depending on what I am playing vs. Most of these are pure preference!

Primary Glyphs:
Glyph of Polymorph - Highly recommended if you play with any class that might put a DoT on anything.

Glyph of Icy Veins - Now gives you 45% Multistrike instead of spell haste. Click, clack boom. Loss of the utility the haste gives though, I swap around this glyph from time to time.

Glyph of Ice Block - Makes you immune to all spells for 3 seconds after using Ice Block and unleashes a Frost Nova around you. This glyph can both save lives and act as an offensive tool, however it lost some of its value offensively for me due to the blanket silence change.

Glyph of Spellsteal - Spellsteal also heals you for 4% of your maximum health when you use it.
Really good glyph for surviving in 2v2/3v3, watch your mana however as it's very mana intensive to spam!

Glyph of Splitting Ice - Your Ice Lance and Icicles hit an additional target for 50% damage. This glyph feels really good with Prismatic Crystal, test it out for yourself.

Glyph of Deep Freeze - takes Deep Freeze of the Global Cooldown (GCD). Doesn't feel as mandatory anymore due to Deep changes.

Glyph of Regenerative Ice - You heal 4% of your maximum HP every second while in Ice Block. Really situational for 3v3, has uses in 2v2 though!

Enchants/Stat-priority

My opinion on stats comes from discussing gear with other top level Mages and testing different gear pieces out - if you got any input please reply to the thread and I'll consider editing the post!

Int > Multistrike > Haste >= Crit > Versatility = Mastery

Recommended Gems:

Multistrike.

Recommended Enchants:

Neck: Multistrike, 50-75
Cloak: 100 Multistrike and 10% Movement Speed
Rings: 30-50 Multistrike
Weapon: Mark of the Frostwolf (Multistrike), currently it costs a round 10-15k on most servers though so Mark of the Shattered Hand works just fine.

Which comps can I play in WoD as a Frost Mage?

So far it feels like you can play with pretty much every class!

If I were to predict our strongest comps based on my current experience in wargames and skirmishes I would say that these comps all will be viable:

Warrior/Mage/Healer

Rogue/Mage/Healer

Feral/Mage/Healer


Moonkin/Mage/Healer

SP/Mage/Healer

Lock/Mage/Healer


DK/Mage/Healer
might make a truly solid appearance aswell, although I haven't gotten around to trying the comp out!

Macros:

These are the macros I personally use, I recommend checking out previous Mage guides on AJ for more input since not a lot has changed macro-wise!
CLICK HERE FOR MACROS


Gearing your Mage for Arenas
Gear according to stat priorities and get 4 piece for the set bonus (serves as dispel protection mainly!) with the legs for maximum multistrike.

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Gameplay!

Great, you got your Mage setup and ready to play!
... and now what?

Whether you come from TBC, WotLK, Cata or MoP into WoD one thing is certain - Mage now plays differently from any other expansion.

While I am sure the removal of Deep-Blanket for kills confuses and annoys a lot of Mages (how am I even able to kill something on my own anymore?) it's important to remember that adapting to the metagame is the single most important going into a new expansion. There is light at the end of the tunnel guys, it's just a different tunnel we're in!

Mages now rely on getting solid CC rolling on the enemy team and ramping up your damage to be able to unleash at the moment you want to burst - for examples stacking up a few icicles so that you know that when that CC lands on the enemy healer you are ready to do massive damage.

A lot comes down to managing your Ice Novas, if you are able to stack up 2 or even just 1 with some solid Fingers of Frost (FoF) or Brain Freeze (BF) procs you can do insane amounts of burst damage! Mashing the abilities right as they pop up on cooldown might make you do overall more damage but gimp your potential burst, something which is important to understand to be able to land kills.

The removal of blanket silences has really helped us land CC - fake casting is now better than ever and this change lets you do something you rarely could do since the end of WotLK - actually Deep Freeze someone, fake a Counterspell (CS) or interrupt and then actually get a Polymorph or Ring of Frost cast off straight afterwards!

A neat little trick you can use is to simply Deep Freeze the enemy healer, start casting RoF and tank the interrupt while spamming your Polymorph binding - this guarantees that you will land either the RoF or the Poly on the healer. This was not a possibility before simply due to the fact that you got blanket silenced even though you managed to fake the CS.

Another tip is to track the Dispel Cooldown of enemy healers - this was incredibly important in MoP and it still is, maybe even more so in WoD! This truly allows us to start abusing the beauty of Polymorph and our other CC's. I personally use Gladius to track it, I'm sure there are other addons which does this aswell.

Last but not least I want to share a simple yet very effective trick that I wish I knew of when I started playing mage for getting cross-CC (Crowd-Controlling multiple opponents in the arena) rolling.

Say you're looking to CC a healer, but you need to prevent a Shadow Priest from Mass Dispelling him out of your Polymorph and you do not have your CS off cooldown. What you can do is that you Polymorph the SP, while spamming your focus Deep Freeze macro on the enemy healer - these two spells should land at the same time, basically starting the double-CC. You can then cast a RoF on top of the Deep Freeze and voila, you just controlled two players by yourself without having to mess with dispels and whatnot.

Mage Streams:

Venruki
Jahmilli
Hynnix
Xaryu
Daisyduke
Proffset
Leekzy
Nolifer
Friedkitteh
Watchmeblink

Thanks a lot for reading, hopefully this gave you some form of help going into Warlords of Draenor as a Frost Mage - if you got any questions feel free to PM me on AJ or Twitch.TV - I'll try my best to reply to everyone.

In frost we trust,
Leek

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#4266088 It's just me or WoD is completely unfinished in PvP ?

Posted Eowynnz on 16 November 2014 - 02:55 PM

I'm guessing they're gonna roll in a flat 50% healing reduction in pvp and call it a revolutionary way to change pvp for the better.


#4264498 Estimated Time: 3 hrs

Posted basanx on 15 November 2014 - 12:24 AM

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#4259449 one love

Posted Swack on 09 November 2014 - 11:08 PM

That's a lot of dodgers in one place.


#4258438 True Blizzcon Winner = Dampening

Posted Voksen on 09 November 2014 - 12:58 AM

View PostCreamo, on 08 November 2014 - 11:48 PM, said:

Let's get rid of dampening and go back to 45 minute MLS mirrors guys

There are actual solutions that wouldn't take us back to that.

Take away casts, non obvious cc chains, mana burns, drains, dispels, mana/energy management being a thing, etc....and you're down to repeated, scripted cycles of burst+cc.  The game got made dumb and one-dimensional after wotlk.  Without any kind of real push/pull complexity and giving every class pretty much every kind of ability, of course you're going to have a metagame which shortcuts to comps that tend to win in the opener, comps that cheese 45 minute games, or comps that win based on rng procs, pathing, crits, etc.

Dampening was a bandaid for the 45 minute turtles, which themsleves were a byproduct of making the game more accessible to console players and shitty little add kids.


#4258399 True Blizzcon Winner = Dampening

Posted BalanceRexxar on 09 November 2014 - 12:23 AM

The main thing I noticed about the LSD 2.0 versus many other teams is that as LSD 2.0 you don't really need to worry about killing nearly as much as other comps, you can put a lot more thinking into survival where as other teams like Skill Capped EU not only has to worry about keeping themselves alive but managing to score a kill while doing that. Bleached Bones just has to live and in time they will win not requiring too much thought at all. Don't get me wrong both teams are phenomenal but you just have to take into account those two primary aspects of WoW arena, living and killing.


#4258825 BlizzCon® 2014 Opening Ceremony and eSports – Free Live Streams

Posted Jim_Jim on 09 November 2014 - 11:06 AM

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More serioulsy, it was really fun to watch. I love when commentators are screaming :D
If someone from Blizzcon doesn't need his Grommash-murloc pet...

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#4258285 BlizzCon® 2014 Opening Ceremony and eSports – Free Live Streams

Posted Kettu on 08 November 2014 - 10:28 PM

Eastern Usa won !!!


USA USA USA

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#4257805 How did Looney get to blizzcon?

Posted Wallirik on 08 November 2014 - 08:40 PM

why would he camp a pillar with a monk that can then freely LoS everything? oh my god fuck you're stupid rofl delete your account


#4257913 BlizzCon® 2014 Opening Ceremony and eSports – Free Live Streams

Posted Phatxyo on 08 November 2014 - 08:58 PM

View Postjaimex, on 08 November 2014 - 08:56 PM, said:

someone who has faced both those teams many times

and that automatically gives you the right to call everyone random duelists? get your head out of your ass


#4257202 BlizzCon® 2014 Opening Ceremony and eSports – Free Live Streams

Posted joefernandes on 08 November 2014 - 06:35 PM

View PostDizzeeyo, on 08 November 2014 - 06:32 PM, said:

glad to see he learned from his mistake in game three

nvm trinkets roar into cyclone :D

he trinket fear into roar + clone you dumb fuck




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