Frost Mage

Patch 9.0

Nova
Last Updated: 12th Dec, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on beta or early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

Stat Priorities

Stat Priorities

Not much has changed for frost mages in terms of stat priorities. You’ll always want to get as close to your shatter-crit which is 33%.

  1. Intellect
  2. Critical Strike (to 33.34%)
  3. Haste
  4. Versatility
  5. Mastery
  6. Critical Strike (after 33.34%)

Stat Outline

Crit: Increases your chance to critically strike. As a frost mage you have Shatter, which makes you always critically strike on frozen targets when you have 33.34% crit.

Haste: decreases the cast time of your spells, also lowers global cooldown as well as the cooldown of Blizzard.

Versatility: gives a flat damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

Mastery: Mastery: Icicles – causes Frostbolt and Flurry to store an Icicle which deals damage determined by your mastery and spell power. It also increases Frozen Orb damage.

The best way to calculate stat priorities for your character is to "sim" your character

Find out how to sim

Races

Trolls are still the strongest with their racial haste increase buff Berserking. I could see this change later in the expansion once we get strong enough potency conduits where Icy Veins won’t line up with berserking (3-minute cooldown) due to having Icy Propulsion. But this is just me theory-crafting without having any tangible numbers. Race differences are ridiculously small, however, and there's almost no difference between most of them.

Enchants

With Shadowlands there are a few new enchants, and these are the best:

Enchant Weapon: Enchant Weapon – Lightless Force

Shadowcore Oil: Can be used on your weapon for a slight damage increase together with your weapon enchant.

Enchant ring: Enchant Ring – Tenet of Critical Strike (until 33.34%), then;

Enchant ring: Enchant Ring – Tenet of Haste

Enchant Bracers: Enchant Bracers – Eternal Intellect

Enchant Chest: Enchant Chest – Eternal Stats

Gems

Crit Gem: Deadly Jewel Cluster (+16 crit) until crit capped (33.34%)

Haste Gem: Quick Jewel Cluster (+16 haste)

Consumables

Vantus Rune: Castle of Nathria (use on the boss you are progressing on)

Flask: Spectral Flask of Power

Potion: Potion of Spectral Intellect

Food buff: Feast of Gluttonous Hedonism or;

Food buff: Spinefin Souffle and Fries