- Author: Nevermore
- Date: September 29, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Welcome to Warcraft Tavern’s Frost Mage PvP guide for Wrath of the Lich King Classic! Frost Mages have been known as the most powerful PvP specialization since the very release of the game, having access to extremely effective burst, multiple defensive options, and exceptional crowd control. Masters of frost magic, these individuals come closer to battlemages than any other Mage Specialization. Bent on bringing frozen hell to their enemies, Frost Mages have an affinity for watching their enemies crumble into small, icy pieces.
What follows is a summary of the pros and cons of this specialization — for Stat Priority, BiS gear, and other info, use the menu at the top of the guide!
Frost Mage Strengths & Weaknesses
- Extremely Powerful Burst
Frost Mages have access to the most powerful burst in the entire game, able to destroy targets in mere moments due to Shatter. Thanks to this mechanic, Frost Mages benefit from a 50% increased critical strike chance against any frozen target. The wonderful thing about this mechanic is that it works against targets frozen from any type of freezing effect. In addition, this mechanic is not only limited to Frost spells; it affects both Fire and Arcane spells as well.
- Extremely Powerful Crowd Control
Frost Mages have many crowd control tools in their kit, able to interrupt or silence their enemies, freeze them in place, slow them, polymorph, and even stun them! Due to the large variety of crowd control available to this spec, they can reliably fight off multiple enemies at the same time, or permanently crowd control a target while bursting it down.
- Great Defensive options
Frost Mage is the most durable specialization out of all the Mage specializations in the expansion, thanks to great defensive tools like Ice Barrier, Shattered Barrier, and Cold Snap.
- Healing Reduction
Frost Mage is one of the few specializations in the entire expansion that has access to a healing reduction ability. Unlike other specializations in the game that apply the effect through a specific ability, Frost Mages can apply a healing reduction effect to any target affected by their Chill Effect via Permafrost.
- Weaker against Physical Damage Dealers
While having access to strong crowd control and defensive options, Frost Mages still find themselves weak against “Anti-caster” classes: Hunter, Rogue, Death Knight, and Feral Druid.
- Easy to Play, Hard to Master
Frost Mage seems at first glance like a fun and easy-to-play class, however, it becomes increasingly difficult to play against experienced players as the expansion progresses. This is primarily due to how many spells we have in our kit and how vulnerable we are to classes that stack Armor Penetration.
- Glass Cannon/Squishy
Frost Mage has extraordinary damage, but even if it is the most durable specialization out of all the mage specializations, it’s still a cloth user and a glass cannon.
- No Reliable Self-Healing
This spec has no conventional means of healing, apart from a very single, situational one acquired from Glyph of Evocation. Powerful as it may be, it has a long cooldown and requires a long channel duration, making it far from reliable.
We hope this guide helped you decide if PvP Frost Mage is the class/spec for you. Make sure to check out our other sections, such as talents, gear, gems etc., to get more information on how to improve your performance as a Discipline Priest in WotLK!