Frost Mage DPS Guide – Phase 4 Season of Discovery (SoD)

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Welcome to our Season of Discovery (SoD) Phase 4 Frost Mage DPS Guide. Recognized as a top-tier DPS class in WoW Classic, Frost Mages excel in delivering high damage along with valuable utility and crowd control.

This guide focuses exclusively on the Frost specialization, exploring key components such as Runes, Talent Trees, Stat Priorities, Rotations & Abilities, BiS (Best in Slot) items, and Race Choices. With the new Rune System introduced in the Season of Discovery, Frost Mages see significant enhancements that bolster their already formidable capabilities.

Talents

frost mage talent tree phase 4

Frost Mage has two viable builds in Phase 4, the Frostfire Bolt (Overheat) Build and the Frostfire Bolt (Brain Freeze/Frozen Orb/Balefire Bolt) Build. Both builds use the same Talent Tree, with the runes themselves changing how the builds play. In terms of variations for the Talent Tree, the only talent that can be changed is Improved Scorch, with other mages being able to provide the effect instead. Improved Fire Blast can be taken as an alternative for the Overheat Build if another mage already brings the Improved Scorch effect. Alternatively, you can add one more addition point in Master of Elements and place two points in Arcane Subtlety for the Brain Freeze Build.

Runes

Stat Priority

  1. Spell Hit
  2. Spell Damage
  3. Intellect
  4. Critical Strike Chance
  5. Spirit

Rotation & Abilities

Single-Target Rotation

Frostfire Bolt (Overheat Build)

  1. Cast Pyroblast (Pre-Pull Opener)
  2. Cast Living Bomb (Upkeep)
  3. Cast Scorch to apply Improved Scorch (Cast until 5 x Stacks & Upkeep Stacks) (If you spec into Improved Scorch)
  4. Cast Icy Veins (Burst Phase)
  5. Cast Cold Snap (Refresh Icy Veins)
  6. Cast Pyroblast (On Hot Streak proc)
  7. Cast Fire Blast (While Frostfire Bolt)
  8. Cast Frostfire Bolt (Main Spell)

Frostfire Bolt (Fingers of Frost + Balefire Bolt+Brain Freeze + Frost Orb Build)

  1. Cast Pyroblast (Pre-Pull Opener)
  2. Cast Living Bomb (Upkeep)
  3. Cast Icy Veins (Burst Phase)
  4. Cast Cold Snap (Refresh Icy Veins)
  5. Cast Frozen Orb (Ideally during Icy Veins)
  6. Cast Pyroblast (On Hot Streak proc)
  7. Cast Balefire Bolt (On Brain Freeze Proc)
  8. Cast Frostfire Bolt (Main Spell)

Aoe Rotation

  1. Cast Living Bomb on as many targets as possible
  2. Cast Frost Nova (For Shatter passive effect)
  3. Cast Cone of Cold
  4. Cast Blizzard

Best in Slot

The Best-in-Slot (BiS) list will be updated once more information is available regarding the updated Phase 4 items!

Best Races

Gnome is the strongest Mage Race/Class combination in PvE for Alliance thanks to Expansive Mind while Troll is the strongest Mage Race/Class in combination in PvE thanks to Berserking.

Human

Gnome

Undead

Troll

 

About the Author

Nevermore

Hey there folks, I am Nevermore and have been deeply passionate about WoW for more than a decade. Whether we talk about the hidden mysteries of Azeroth or the otherworldly Outland, my journey brought me here to share the things that I have experienced with you all.
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humid
humid
7 days ago

Why you put Combustion in frost rotation lol?

Furious
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Reply to  humid
7 days ago

Hi, thanks for the note here! That was actually my fault when I was editing and trying to do too many things at once, I corrected it back to Nevermore’s original rotation for frost.

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