New Talents and YOU
Without going into too much detail, it's safe to say that the days of having a cookie-cutter spec are pretty much over.
Here is a quick link to our talents if you'd like to follow along (open in new tab):Tier 1 [Presence of Mind | Blazing Speed | Ice Floes]
Welcome Blazing Speed to a new tier! Scorch is now baseline for all fire mages! Woot! I'm a big fan of Presence of Mind for setting up combos now. Blazing Speed is definitely useful but, Presence of Mind outweighs it significantly at this point. Ice Floes is still Ice Floes...Tier 2 [Temporal Shield | Flameglow | Ice Barrier]
The ripple effect of Temporal Shield is now unable to be dispelled! This makes it a little more useful but, still not all that stellar. Flameglow is great for damage mitigation. For those interested...
Spell power = (2/3)*Damage Taken = (1/5)*Shield
In other words, your Flameglow shield is equal to 1/5 of your spell power. You need to take 2/3 of your spell power in damage to receive the full benefit of the shield.
Example: 22,000 spell power = 14,667 damage for a 4,400 damage shield
Here's how I look at it.... Ice Barrier is still the best at mitigating burst damage. The downside is that it can be dispelled. Flameglow gives you the best method of mitigating damage passively. If you have a healer and will be taking hundreds of 10-40k hits, take Flameglow. Temporal Shield is still alright for certain situations. It's easy to tell when you are about to get chunked so throw up the shield and gain all that health back.Tier 3 [Ring of Frost | Ice Ward | Frostjaw]
Ring of Frost no longer triggers instantly when coupled with Presence of Mind. No big deal honestly.
Ice Ward no longer shares DR with Frost Nova!
I tend to switch between all three of these talents based on the opposing team composition.Tier 4 [Greater Invisibility | Cauterize | Cold Snap]Tier 5 [Nether Tempest | Living Bomb | Frost Bomb]Tier 6 [Invocation | Rune of Power | Incanter's Ward]
Invocation works quite well for maintaining a constant spell power buff. It's also wonderful if you enjoy hitting spell steal. You pretty much have infinite mana with this.
Incanter's Ward is now dispellable. Good luck keeping that buff active!
Back it up!