Leveling issues

76 Draenei Mage
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Hi all

I have heard that mage's currently have the highest DPS. I am leveling a mage at the moment (not for that reason), but I am finding that it takes me longer to kill most things than other classes. Below is the rotation / priority I use (frost):

Freeze - frostbolt - frostbost (immediately after before / as the frost breaks) - icelance (if it procs) - firebolt (while running backwards) - frostbolt (my filler spell). I also use frostnove if necessary

I am finding that I am doing numerous frostbolts before things die. Is this normal?

I know that people used to be able to kill multiple mobs at once - is this still the case?

Also, when I am doing dungeons. I am always the lowest on the DPS meter so I am pretty sure that I am doing something wrong. I usually go Arcane and have the following priority:

1 Arcane Barrage (with 4 charges)
2 Arcane Missiles
3 Arcane Blast

Are the difficulties I am having due to mages only being high DPS at the highest level?

Thanks for your help!
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90 Troll Death Knight
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03/31/2013 08:40 PMPosted by Ivy
I have heard that mage's currently have the highest DPS.


I have some bad news for you.

03/31/2013 08:40 PMPosted by Ivy
I am leveling a mage at the moment (not for that reason), but I am finding that it takes me longer to kill most things than other classes.


Yes, this is true about mage.

03/31/2013 08:40 PMPosted by Ivy
Freeze - frostbolt - frostbost (immediately after before / as the frost breaks) - icelance (if it procs) - firebolt (while running backwards) - frostbolt (my filler spell). I also use frostnove if necessary


Well you don't have access to deep freeze yet which really bites. Once you get that, you'll see a lot more damage.

I notice you don't have any glyphs. Try glyphing ice lance to have some 'cleave' damage.

Once you get shatter, you'll be able to use the FoF proc from your freeze to stick them in ice so you can spam ice lance over and over for very high crit damage.

Until then, make sure you're using your FN and freeze effectively. If you FN something, cast frostbolt first and spam ice lance at the end so you get the bonus on both spells.

Other than that, enjoy leveling. It's a royal pain in the !@# when I can pull (and have done so since level 60) 10-15 mobs onto this DK and not take a scratch but even ~7 or so mobs will kill me if I'm not kiting them around for hours/FO is on CD/mirror images is on CD on my mage. It was also the most painful leveling experience I've had from 85-90 on mage.

03/31/2013 08:40 PMPosted by Ivy
I am finding that I am doing numerous frostbolts before things die. Is this normal?


Dying: no. Spamming frostbolts before 66: yes.

03/31/2013 08:40 PMPosted by Ivy
I know that people used to be able to kill multiple mobs at once - is this still the case?


It's possible if you kite well.

Also, when I am doing dungeons. I am always the lowest on the DPS meter so I am pretty sure that I am doing something wrong. I usually go Arcane and have the following priority:

1 Arcane Barrage (with 4 charges)
2 Arcane Missiles
3 Arcane Blast

Are the difficulties I am having due to mages only being high DPS at the highest level?

Thanks for your help!


Switch to frost perhaps. When you get to 62, you'll get a lovely ability called frozen orb. Leveling in dungeons is all about spamming AoE abilities right now and has been for several years. You'll often see DKs as the top (by miles) due to how ridiculous blood boil is at lower levels. Hunters, warlocks, etc all have great AoE utility as well. When you get frozen orb and get mage bombs at 75, you will too.

Mage gets a little better at 90 due to gear. It's not the 'highest' DPS class, though, and frost can be really repetitive...
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