[Mage] Kwaice's Mage Leveling - Talents and Tips - (1-80)

(This is the first version of the guide.
I'll soon add spell icons, wowhead links and finish all the sections.)

Table of Contents.

  1. Introduction
  2. Basic Spells
  3. Talents
  4. Cast rotations
  5. Frostfire Bolt
  6. Gear
  7. Useful addons
  8. Macros
  9. Glyphs

1. Introduction

First of all, i'll ask you to be nice with my english, i come from Belgium and french is my primary language. This is also the first guide i write myself Sticking out tongue

This guide is here to help you leveling up your mage, not by telling you where to go and which quest to pick up (there are very nice leveling guides on wow-pro for that) but by giving you some piece of advice with the talents you should choose, the gear to aim for and some useful macros as well as addons.

It only aims to help you during the leveling process, it will not cover pvp, dungeons nor raids.

So let's get started.

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2. Spells

The mage is a caster. 99,9% of the time, you will want to keep the ennemis as far as possible from you.

Until 75 and the poweful Frostfire bolt, the deep Frost spec is, in my opinion, the best spec to pick up while leveling.
It offers much more control over your ennemies than fire and arcane and can dish out very nice damage.

The spells you will use most of the time as a frost spec mage are Frostbolt, Frost Nova and Ice Lance (at 66). You'll also use Fireblast quite alot.

Also, the following armors will be available depending on your level :

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3. Talents

Let's review the frost tree and the talents that will help you the most. A star (*) next to a talent means that you should ABSOLUTELY take the talent.

This is how i would put my talent points while leveling up. I'll also explain the cast rotation depending on which spell is available. I'll go up to 75 and then i invite you to read the Frostfire section of the guide.

10-14 : 5/5 Improved Frostbolt
15-17 : 3/3 Frostbite
18-20 : 3/3 Ice Shards
21-23 : 3/3 Icy Floes
24 : 1/3 Piercing Ice
25-27 : 3/3 Shatter
28-29 : 2/2 Arctic Reach
30 : Cold Snap
31-33 : 3/3Frost channeling
34 : 2/3 Piercing Ice
35-37 : 3/3 Winter's Chill
38-39 : 2/2 Cold as Ice
40 : Ice Barrier
41-44 : 4/5 Arctic Winds
45-46 : 2/2 Fingers of Frost
47-48 : 2/2 Empowered Frostbolt
49 : 5/5 Arctic Winds
50 : Summon Water Elemental
51-53 : 3/3 Brain Freeze
54 : 3/3 Piercing Ice
55-59 : 5/5 Chilled to the Bone
60 : Deep Freeze

Now we'll venture a bit in the fire tree until 75 and the Frostfire bolt respec. You can also put points in the frost tree wherever you feel like it.

61-63 : 3/3 Incineration (more crit with Fireblast and Cone of Cold)
64-65 : 2/2 Improved Fireblast (-2 secs on Fireblast CD)

(Improved Fireball is useless anyway, since we only cast it on Brain freeze procs)

66-70 : 5/5 Ignite (more damage on fire crits, even if it's not our primary nukes, it helpsl)
71-73 : 3/3 Impact (your spells have a 10% chance to stun your enemies for 2 secs, just to make you even more unreachable).
74 : Last point before the respec, put it wherever you like to. Burning Determination maybe.

75. Here we are, you can now learn Frostfire Bolt at your mage trainer. I strongly suggest respecing to take full advantage of this spell because it's simply monstruous imo.
I also invite you to head to the Frostfire section for more information on it.

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4. Cast Rotation

Your cast rotation will vary depending on what level you are and what spells are available in your arsenal.

Note: You should always start at max range of your frostbolt.

Level 1-3 : Cast Fireball from max range and melee the mobs to finish them.

Level 4-5 : Just chain Frostbolt from max range and melee the mobs to finish them.

Level 6-11 : Same as before, but use Fireblast to finish the mobs. If they still live, just cast another Frostbolt / Fireblast or melee them down.

Level 12-25 : Start chaining Frostbolt until your enemy gets close to you. When it does, use Frost Nova (available at level 12) to froze him in place, take some distance and start chaining Frostbolt again.

Level 26-30 : You now have access to Cone of Cold. I like to use it whenever an enemy manages to get close to me because it can proc Frostbite. That will save me a Frost Nova, which has a longer cooldown, and allow me to cast another Frostbolt that will most likely crit, thanks to Shatter.
If it doesn't proc Frostbite, i will then use Frost Nova followed by a Frostbolt or i will use Fireblast to finish the mob, depending on its hp left.
The goal, with Cone of Cold, is to save Frost Nova as much as possible.

Level 30-39 : Same as before, excepted Cold Snap is available, meaning you can Frost Nova your enemies two times in a row to burst them even faster.

Level 40-44 : Ice Barrier is available. You'll have to worry less about being hit and will be able to cast your Frostbolt wihout pushbacks while the barrier is active.

Level 45-49 : You'll start criting even more. Fingers of Frost will speed up your killing tremendously.

Level 50 : Your Water Elemental is now available. I suggest saving it for tricky situations (elites, pack of mobs, etc..).

Level 51-59 : Now you have to monitor the Brain Freeze proc. When it does, launch the Fireball after your nukes. Don't interrupt your spells for a Fireball unless it can finish off your enemy.

Level 60-65 : Deep Freeze is available, meaning you can stun your enemies when they are frozen in place. I suggest stunning them when Frost Nova / Frostbite is about to break.

Level 66-70 : Killing machine : ON. Ice Lance is a crazy spell. It is instant cast, costs almost nothing and does HUGE damage if your enemy is frozen. As soon as you see the enemy frozen in place, be ready to launch an ice lance right after your frostbolt. Those 2 spells critting in a row will remove like 60% of your enemy's health.

Level 71-74 : Your spells can now stun, thanks to Impact. If an enemy manages to gets close to you, it means either that you were AFK or that he is immune to movement-imparing effects Sticking out tongue

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5. Frostfire Bolt

Frostfire Bolt is a unique spell that takes the benefit from fire AND frost at the same time. It's like a fireball that can slow and that benefits from both fire and frost talent trees.

I will list the talents that benefit Frostfire Bolt.

As you can see, the spell can benefit from many talents. I suggest going through the Fire path for Burnout, which is a huge dps boost and to take the essential Frost talents going with it.

This is the spec i used at 75 for leveling with Frostfire Bolt: 0/48/18

I then suggest putting your talent points like this :

76-77 : 5/5 Burnout
78-79 : 2/3 Frost Channeling would be my fav but the last 2 points are up to you
80 : Weeeeeeeee \o/ I suggest filling up Frost channeling if you plan on questing more with the spec.

Basically, your frostfire bolt (at 80) :

Also, if you score two critical hits in a row with either Fireblast, Frostfire bolt or Scorch, your next pyroblast (which has a +6% chance to crit thanks to "world in flames") cast within 10 secs will be instant.

As you can see, the spell is very very sexy and benefits from soooooooo many talents at the same time that it is really worth a respec for the last 4 levels.

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6. Gear

There are 3 useful stats that you will need while leveling and 2 less useful.

Let me start by saying that you should completely avoid STR and AGI unless you’re trying to be some sort of battle mage that likes to hit stuff with your staff (yo).
If so, i ... don't think mage is the right class for you Sticking out tongue ... but if you like it, hey, why not.. you'll just level slower than 90% of the server... make it 99% actually.

Anyway, the main stats you should aim for are :

Overall, the important stats are spellpower / crit > int > spi > sta.

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7. Useful addons

I recommand those addons while playing.

8. Macros

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9. Glyphs

Until you get Frostfire Bolt, i'd use the following glyphs



When you get Frostfire Bolt, i'd use those 3 major glyphs instead :

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