Best spec choices for Challenge modes?

90 Undead Mage
9380
I understand this choice will vary depending on the dungeon - but I guess I can explain my curiousity by asking; is arcane or frost particularly useful in some dungeons that fire is just not?

I'm looking for PvE situations where fire is not optimal, I've been finding it a little dull lately and would like a change of pace.

Would arcane or frost exceed fire in some Challenge modes? Which?
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90 Blood Elf Mage
4445
no

and get rid of scorch its garbage, and will always be garbage for eeevery encounter
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no

and get rid of scorch its garbage, and will always be garbage for eeevery encounter


The normals hero has spoken.
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I was frost for all of the challenge modes. Higher aoe due to frozen orbs and it performs better at lower item levels due to it not relying on a secondary stat to put out good dps. In terms of boss dps I could easily squeeze out 60k dps, but that may be inaccurate (can't really remember specifics it's been a long while)

Might have been 80-90k, I honestly can't remember. All I remember is I was doing really well.
Edited by Kawaiidesu on 11/30/2012 2:38 AM PST
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90 Undead Mage
9380
no

and get rid of scorch its garbage, and will always be garbage for eeevery encounter


do you mean just for challenge mode content?

or all? I enjoy it in raids as fire.
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90 Undead Mage
9380
11/30/2012 02:37 AMPosted by Kawaiidesu
Higher aoe due to frozen orbs


Yeah this is why I was thinking about frost. Did you take Invocation and Frost Bomb?
Edited by Schmerlin on 11/30/2012 3:20 AM PST
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Yeah, although I think nether tempest is better than frost bomb for frost at the moment. I'm not sure though.
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90 Undead Mage
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i haven't done challenge modes, but i know that defeating trash pulls is the majority of the work, and frostbomb with fireblast glyph and pet freeze is absolutely amazing. Fire has good cleaves too, but probably suffers from the ilvl scaling.
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90 Troll Mage
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Frost.

Take Invocation and Frost Bomb, make sure to Nova or pet Freeze before you detonate for max damage.

Not sure if you have Cosmos but that makes it a bit more difficult(the proc is amazing, but you will have to use LB/NT on trash unless your tank lets you drop combat before bosses.)
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90 Human Mage
17890
Definately Frost. You can change talents as you are running so I usually switch between bombs 2-4 times per run. Just takes preactice to see where you are OOC enough/need the additional aoe.

2-3 Mobs I run NT and multi Dot. Any more than that and I run frost bomb. However, if the additional adds are non elites that die to your groups passive cleave anyway stick with NT. A good example is first mini boss in SH. Sure you will do crazy dps with frost bomb but those little guys are going to die before the big one to passive cleave regardless, so overall te pull will go faster if you kill the rate limiting mob (The mini boss) faster.
Edited by Nyctrïsïm on 11/30/2012 12:42 PM PST
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no

and get rid of scorch its garbage, and will always be garbage for eeevery encounter


do you mean just for challenge mode content?

or all? I enjoy it in raids as fire.


scorch is much needed on most fights, especially on garalon being a kiter.
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11/30/2012 01:00 PMPosted by Raw
scorch is much needed on most fights, especially on garalon being a kiter.


I find that presence of mind combustions and proper posistioning to get off fireballs almost always outweigh the damage you lose (especially on garalon where a huge combust on legs spreads to boss and nets you nearly 180kish dps from combustion alone) by having to move and scorch; the only exception is vizier.
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