Choosing the right gear
Picking the right gear can seem a bit confusing at first, but it’s pretty simple. Mostly you’ll be using pvp gear, but depending on how comfortable you feel with it, you can drop quite a bit of resil as a mage and wear some pve gear.
To start off, you’ll want to just get everything from the pvp vendors, starting with the current season’s honor gear and upgrading to arena gear as you are able to acquire it. Hold off on buying your gloves and pants until the end, because if you’re running BH (as I’m sure you will) you may get lucky on drops and be able to get the gloves and pants as a drop.
For your offset, look at the stats on each type of armor (wrists, back etc) and see what stat fits the spec you’re playing (mastery for frost, crit for fire, haste for arcane). The neck and cloak both offer spell penetration, so chose which one you want based on the other neck/cloak piece. Mastery is on the cloak while haste is on the neck. So if you’re frost, for example, get the spell penetration neck, and the mastery cloak.
For trinkets you’ll want the Ruthless Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity
for sure, then you’ll want an on use trinket, or a trinket you personally activate. **If you’re a human you don’t need the pvp trinket because of your racial. You’ll want a trinket with a proc on it and an on use trinket, you are unable to use to “on-use” trinkets at the same time**. For starters, the on use spell power trinket from the pvp vendors is good enough, but there are other options for trinkets if you are a human mage. (Such as Soulshifter Vortex
if you can steal if from a tank, but Foul Gift of the Demon Lord
will be a much better option) If you are not human though then most trinkets are not itemized well or are out dated and the new pvp trinket available for season 11 out shadows them. Specs: --The best, and why--
The most asked question by all is; what is the best pvp spec? The answer is simple and is not up for debate: Frost. This is not to say that fire and arcane don’t have a special place in pvp, but frost excels beyond all three of the mage specs in pretty much every form of pvp- from bgs to high end arenas frost has the tool set to survive and kill in the current state of pvp.
I will still discuss each spec, it’s strengths and weaknesses, and where it can work:--FROST--
Frost has the most control and survivability of the three specs. It has the best tools to get off hard casts and can deal with training far better than the other two. It can put out semi-decent damage with Fingers of Frost ice lance’s, and it has a host of roots that keep it far away from melee and allow it to get it’s CC and damage out. Cold snap is one of the biggest survivability CD’s frost possess, resetting ice block can be a life saver when you are being focused in pvp. Deep freeze also provides frost more breathing room from it’s enemy, or allow it extra CC on top of the regular mage arsenal (sheep, RoF, counterspell). While frost’s burst damage in a shatter is quite large, it’s damage is lowest comparatively to the other three specs. Outside of shatters, frost’s sustained damage is extremely weak, and if trained in an arena match, nonexistent. Never underestimate the damage you can do to your enemy when they are stuck in a nova, though.