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===Frostmage===
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This article is meant to list theorycrafted raiding builds, cookie-cutter PvP specs and other mage standards/ideas for reference and new player guidance.
   
'''Attention!'''
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For help creating your own build and personalising the ones found here, take a look at our '''[[mage talent analysis]]'''.
When deciding which type of mage to play (focussed on fire, frost or arcane magic), keep in mind that frostmages will only be able to deal high damage with the new rank 11 of Frostbolt! The skill is taught by a book you can find in Ahn'Quiraj (20 players). So if you do NOT have an AQ20 group do not even think about playing a frostmage seriously. Rank 10 Frostbolts do so much less damage than rank 11 that you will probably be of no real use for raidgroups and will also not have much fun in PvP due to the low damage output.
 
Alternatively, try to get the book in the auction house but be warned: there are about 1.000.000 other mages looking for it so it's a) very unlikely you'll ever see one here and b) you should have some 1500 gold pieces to buy it... as you can see [http://thottbot.com/?c=Mage here], the difference in terms of damage between rank 10 and 11 is really outstanding.
 
   
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=PvE=
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==Leveling==
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=== Arcane ===
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'''''[Needs Cataclysm's Update]'''''
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=== Fire ===
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<i><b>[Cataclysm Patch: 4.0.3]</b></i>
   
Most Frost spells will cause a chilled debuff on the affected target. With frostbite this can be improved to be a frozen debuff.
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The Fire tree lacks the survivability of frost, but has in exchange higher [[AOE]] (area of effect) damage and the ability to kill mobs faster one by one. It sacrifices mana-utility for higher power. A basic fire leveling build at by level 43 would be the following: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#oZfch0kbMo Fire Leveling]. In general it is not a good idea to begin leveling as a fire mage as of Cataclysm due to fire's complete dependence on spell crit chance. Fire becomes more viable as a leveling build once you have full points in [[Improved Scorch]] and [[Firestarter]]. (Level 43)
Frost mage typically fall into two categories:
 
   
====Control (AoE)====
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Your first talent taken should always be master of elements. As previously stated, fire mages are very mana starved.
   
Winter's chill, frostbite, improved blizzard, permafrost, artic reach
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Fire relies on critical strikes to maximize its damage, so taking talents in [[Ignite]] is a must. Always pick up 1-point talent [[Dragon's Breath]] as soon as it becomes available because in the 5 seconds the mob is "stunned" you can cast a larger spell, preferably [[Fireball]], safely. If playing with a more glasscannon approach this will be very valuble.
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=== Frost ===
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'''''[Updated for 4.0.6]'''''
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Frost specializes in control, so this build maximises a balance between damage and control. Two builds are listed here, one for AoE farming, one for single target grinding:
   
Utilize the extra chill time to get distance and start AoE again (thus repeating the cycle). This is extremely powerful in soloing (farming) large groups of melee npcs. Also useful in Alterac Valley.
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'''''AoE'''''
   
====Damage/Crit====
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Level 27: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#oZZcbbh AoE 27]
   
Piercing Ice, Ice Shards
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Level 47: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#oZZcbbGsho AoE 47]
   
Utilize the 100% crit damage to output high dps. Frost mage going for this build needs to collect many +spell damage or +frost spell damage items in order to make this work. In addition, with the trinkets and short frostbolt cast, followed by instant Cone of Cold, this can be formidable in pvp situations as well.
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Level 67: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#oZZcrbGsIodM AoE 67]
   
There are some debates regarding the benefits of the Ice Barrier (frost talent 31), since it is easily overriden by PW:S or purged by shamans. As such, it probably is mostly a PvE skill. Some frost mages are (30/21) frost/arcane builds.
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Level 77: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#o0hZoZcrbGsIodMo AoE 77]
   
===Firemage===
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'''''Single Target'''''
Commonly aimed for PvP, the fastest way to convert your mana into as much damage as possible.
 
   
Unfortunately, people geared for Molten Core usually have a high fire resistance, just as the mobs there too, so Frostmage is currently favored by many. Although since recent patches where Curse of Elements have been improved for both Frostmage and Firemages, fire mages are quite capable of damage output in Molten Core.
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Level 27: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#oZZfb0h ST 27]
   
===Arcanist===
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Level 47: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#oZZfb0hsfo ST 47]
Common Instance spec'ed build. On average, an Arcane-geared mage possess less pure damage capabilities than a firemage, yet they have a multitude of other useful abilities. They can be used as crowd control with the Polymorph spell, dish out burst damage when other spells are coupled with the Presence of Mind talent, and increase/decrease damage input and output with the Amplify and Dampen magic spells. Many mages choose to invest their time in a dual-build nature, involving either Fire/Arcane or Frost/Arcane.
 
   
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Level 67: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#oZZff0hsIkdM ST 67]
   
===Popular Builds===
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Level 77: [http://www.wowhead.com/talent#oohZZff0hsIkdMo ST 77]
   
What talents you choose depends on your playing style, but there are a few popular builds that most mages go for. The '''33Fire/18Arc''', '''33Frost/18Arc''', '''30Fire/21Arc''' and the '''31Arc/20Fire''' Variations of these can be made by individual mages to suit their preferances. <br><br>
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==Raiding==
   
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Raiding mages generally want high single target DPS and/or lots of AoE power. Depending on the mage's gear, length of the fight, movement, trash clearing, and interruptions, there's no real "perfect" raiding build. These are the standard builds for each school and how casting works to maximize DPS.
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=== Arcane ===
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=== Fire ===
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=== Frost ===
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'''33Fire/18Arcane'''<br><br>
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=PvP=
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==Arena==
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=== Arcane ===
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{{single build
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=== Fire ===
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5 [[Improved Arcane Missiles]]<br>
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=== Frost ===
5 [[Arcane Concentration]]<br>
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{{single build
5 [[Improved Arcane Explosion]]<br>
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|name= Build 1
1 [[Evocation]]<br>
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|numbers = 7/0/34
2 [[Improved Counterspell]]<br>
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{{single build
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}}
   
5 [[Improved Fireball]]<br>
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==Battleground==
5 [[Impact]]<br>
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=== Arcane ===
5 [[Ignite]]<br>
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{{single build
2 [[Flame Throwing]]<br>
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|name= Build 1
1 [[Improved Fire Blast]]<br>
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|numbers = 34/4/3
2 [[Incinerate]]<br>
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3 [[Improved Flamestrike]]<br>
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|tested=4.0.6
1 [[Blast Wave]]<br>
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|headinglevel=4
3 [[Critical Mass]]<br>
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}}
5 [[Fire Power]]<br>
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=== Fire ===
1 [[Combustion]]<br>
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|tested=4.0.6
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|headinglevel=4
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}}
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{{single build
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|tested=4.0.6
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|headinglevel=4
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}}
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=== Frost ===
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{{single build
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{{single build
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|tested=4.0.6
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This is a standard fire build going all the way down to the Tier 7 talent including Impact for some limite kiting help. <br><br>
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== See also ==
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* [[Mage theorycraft]]
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'''33Frost/18Arcane'''<br><br>
 
 
5 [[Improved Arcane Missiles]]<br>
 
5 [[Arcane Concentration]]<br>
 
5 [[Improved Arcane Explosion]]<br>
 
1 [[Evocation]]<br>
 
2 [[Improved Counterspell]]<br>
 
 
5 [[Improved Frostbolt]]<br>
 
5 [[Ice Shards]]<br>
 
2 [[Improved Frost Nova]]<br>
 
1 [[Cold Snap]]<br>
 
1 [[Arctic Reach]]<br>
 
3 [[Frost Channeling]]<br>
 
5 [[Shatter]]<br>
 
1 [[Ice Block]]<br>
 
3 [[Improved Cone of Cold]]<br>
 
3 [[Frostbite]]<br>
 
1 [[Ice Barrier]]<br>
 
 
A popular Frost build. It's used to freeze targets with [[Frost Nova]] and then attack them via critical hits from [[Frostbolt]] or [[Cone of Cold]]. [[Ice Shards]], [[Shatter]] and [[Frostbite]] combine together to form a lot of critical strikes power. [[Improved Blizzard]] and it's effect should allow mages a chance to pull off more AoE's while their opponent is slowed. With a talent point in Arctic Reach, you have more of a chance to stop sapping Rogues and intercepting Warriors. With only 3 talent points in Frostbite, you may not proc as often, but at least you're not proccing when there's nothing else around. It's sort of the same issue as Clearcasting; a free spell and no one to use it on.<br><br>
 
 
Also, with a slowing/freezing build like this, your fire damage can be used a lot more often. With the enemy at bay you worry less about your casting time. Also, instead of hoping you slow down your enemy, you can also rely on the fact that even if they aren't stopped your critical hits are doing pretty nice damage. Consider this build as a way to get close to fire spell damage while kiting the enemy at the same time.
 
 
'''30Fire/21Arcane'''<br><br>
 
 
5 [[Improved Arcane Missiles]]<br>
 
5 [[Arcane Concentration]]<br>
 
5 [[Improved Arcane Explosion]]<br>
 
1 [[Evocation]]<br>
 
2 [[Improved Counterspell]]<br>
 
2 [[Improved Mana Shield]]<br>
 
 
5 [[Improved Fireball]]<br>
 
5 [[Ignite]]<br>
 
2 [[Flame Throwing]]<br>
 
3 [[Improved Fire Blast]]<br>
 
2 [[Incinerate]]<br>
 
1 [[Pyroblast]]<br>
 
3 [[Improved Flamestrike]]<br>
 
3 [[Critical Mass]]<br>
 
1 [[Blast Wave]]<br>
 
5 [[Fire Power]]<br>
 
 
A Fire build that also allows for [[Presence of Mind]] from the Arcane tree. This talent can be used in combination with [[Pyroblast]] or [[Flamestrike]] for some good instant cast damage. And instant cast[[Polymorph]] or [[Frostbolt]] can also be useful in many situations. Many fire mages prefer [[Presence of Mind]] over [[Combustion]].<br><br>
 
 
'''31Arcane/20Fire'''<br><br>
 
 
5 [[Improved Arcane Missiles]]<br>
 
5 [[Arcane Concentration]]<br>
 
5 [[Improved Arcane Explosion]]<br>
 
1 [[Evocation]]<br>
 
2 [[Improved Counterspell]]<br>
 
2 [[Improved Mana Shield]]<br>
 
1 [[Presence of Mind]]<br>
 
4 [[Arcane Mind]]<br>
 
3 [[Arcane Instability]]<br>
 
1 [[Arcane Power]]<br>
 
 
5 [[Improved Fireball]]<br>
 
5 [[Ignite]]<br>
 
2 [[Flame Throwing]]<br>
 
5 [[Improved Fire Blast]]<br>
 
2 [[Incinerate]]<br>
 
1 [[Pyroblast]]<br>
 
 
This build relies on [[Presence of Mind]], [[Pyroblast]] and [[Arcane Power]] for the win. It allows for some incredible burst damage. <br><br>
 
 
===Talent calculators===
 
 
Here is a link to the talent calculator for a mage on the wow-europe website.
 
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http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/basics/talents/mage/talents.html
 
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Note this is for a mage on the current version of WoW, as the new patch comes out the talent board will change with new patch. The calculator is found at this link. (This new table is only a small change but is very good for PVP fire mages).
 
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http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/underdev/1p11/mage/talents.html
 
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This article is meant to list theorycrafted raiding builds, cookie-cutter PvP specs and other mage standards/ideas for reference and new player guidance.

For help creating your own build and personalising the ones found here, take a look at our mage talent analysis.

PvEEdit

LevelingEdit

Arcane Edit

[Needs Cataclysm's Update]

Fire Edit

[Cataclysm Patch: 4.0.3]

The Fire tree lacks the survivability of frost, but has in exchange higher AOE (area of effect) damage and the ability to kill mobs faster one by one. It sacrifices mana-utility for higher power. A basic fire leveling build at by level 43 would be the following: Fire Leveling. In general it is not a good idea to begin leveling as a fire mage as of Cataclysm due to fire's complete dependence on spell crit chance. Fire becomes more viable as a leveling build once you have full points in Improved Scorch and Firestarter. (Level 43)

Your first talent taken should always be master of elements. As previously stated, fire mages are very mana starved.

Fire relies on critical strikes to maximize its damage, so taking talents in Ignite is a must. Always pick up 1-point talent Dragon's Breath as soon as it becomes available because in the 5 seconds the mob is "stunned" you can cast a larger spell, preferably Fireball, safely. If playing with a more glasscannon approach this will be very valuble.

Frost Edit

[Updated for 4.0.6] Frost specializes in control, so this build maximises a balance between damage and control. Two builds are listed here, one for AoE farming, one for single target grinding:

AoE

Level 27: AoE 27

Level 47: AoE 47

Level 67: AoE 67

Level 77: AoE 77

Single Target

Level 27: ST 27

Level 47: ST 47

Level 67: ST 67

Level 77: ST 77

RaidingEdit

Raiding mages generally want high single target DPS and/or lots of AoE power. Depending on the mage's gear, length of the fight, movement, trash clearing, and interruptions, there's no real "perfect" raiding build. These are the standard builds for each school and how casting works to maximize DPS.

Arcane Edit

Build 1 (33/5/3)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Fire Edit

Build 1 (6/32/3)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Frost Edit

Build 1 (6/4/31)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

PvPEdit

ArenaEdit

Arcane Edit

Build 1 (34/4/3)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Fire Edit

Build 1 (7/31/3)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Build 2 (7/31/3)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Frost Edit

Build 1 (7/0/34)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Build 2 (7/0/34)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

BattlegroundEdit

Arcane Edit

Build 1 (34/4/3)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Fire Edit

Build 1 (7/31/3)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Build 2 (7/31/3)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Frost Edit

Build 1 (7/0/34)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

Build 2 (7/0/34)

Talent Link(s) Wowhead
Tested patch4.0.6

See also Edit

External linksEdit

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