They should have done Lonely Winter the same way they did Lone Wolf for marksmanship hunters to get the buff when you have not summoned your elemental
I kinda like frost mage in PvP now... Ice nova, CoS and RoF - but it just lacks damage power.
Going to have to disagree with you about the state of the new talents. Frost mage was my favorite alt all through Legion, but now I just feel lost and underpowered. Making hard talent choices might seem like good design to some, but taking three talents that I could have all at once in Legion and then forcing me to choose one (Lv 90 row) feels like a large part of my gameplay was taken away. The Lv 60 row is similar. Makes me feel like my mage's tools were gutted. Don't understand people who say it feels the same.
They really need to make Finger of Frost and Brain Freeze not to contradict each other. Maybe make it so if your Ice Lance that powered by Finger of Frost hit an enemy with Winter's Chill effect on them, it refund the Finger of Frost?
They could just make FoF and BF just work together by making FoF gets 10% or so more dmg when landing on a BF proc. Otherwise just normal dmg. Easy solution that wouldn't make me pissed off at wasting a proc. Even if it is theoretically a waste hey, it did 10% more dmg
For legion the only time I ever played frost was for my challenge appearance. For several years I always stayed away from the spec, outside of niche fights, were I could use my pet to tank or otherwise take the focus off of me for a bit. Especially when we used to be able to heal it. However for all points of legion when the pet was the meta I just opted to play arcane (more involved melee gameplay). So back to the first point. For the frost challenge, I used the constant AoE build approach with orb/blizzard and not using splitting ice or the bracers. Almost died on my kill but I got it down. So for the pre-patch and after reading around a bit, I found that I could replicate that playstyle currently. However, that’s to say that I can ONLY do that play style. I can’t use ebonbolt to force bf procs, nor do the old glacial spike build like in legion (didn’t like it). As Dawnson pointed out frost right now feels like it’s been fractured into at a minimum 3 playstyles when we used to potentially have all of them cause of the traits. So now, while I’m questing on my comparatively undergeared mage, I have to be selective at killing one or two mobs at a time if I just use FB and IL (with bracers and talent). And efficient at ensuring that what I bite at with FO doesn’t last after the three? free insta-cast blizzards, otherwise I need to resort to kiting like karam. In which case I think I’ll take icy floes while leveling.It plays fine and I never noticed that BF and FoF fight each other but I really hope that there are some azerite pieces that can fill in the playstyle that used to exist.
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They should just make it where targets with Winter's Chill won't consume your fingers of frost charges
Are you planning to ignore Arcane ( like everyone always does)? Sorry for the salt, but it's an ongoing issue.
I have noticed my Mage is not doing as much damage as before. I thought it was mob scaling, but, I can barely survive Darkshore now. I am not getting as many crits and procs. Thinking about dragging out the water elemental now just to force more freeze effects for bigger hits. Back to the target dummies......