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5-24-2009 @ 9:30AM
Sadly, that'd be a very short post: "Solid for leveling, nice for 5 mans if you've got a good tank and can blizzard full time, complete and total garbage for raiding."It's really that simple, and I write it as someone who desperately wishes he could raid frost without wanting to stick a fork in my eye because of the low DPS. It's not even better snaring for adds over other specs unless you use it as a second spec. As primary you *must* glyph frostbolt, losing the snare, and ditch a lot of the increased slow talents on blizzard to pick up Focus and Torment in arcane.If you're a masochist and want to raid frost primary (I do for pre-Ulduar fights, thank you forgiving guildies!), focus on haste over crit. Crit will take care of itself via talents. ~18% on gear turns into ~40% on a boss fight. Spirit is dead useless for a primary boss frost spec. Tell the mages doing the real damage to ignore scorch after a single glyphed opening application as you'll keep winter's up. Have one of them toss another scorch after a long transition if winter's drops off. Use Blizzard if there are three trash targets, otherwise bolt. Ignore free fireballs if you have a haste effect up unless you are nearing oom. Lancing is always iffy on bosses unless you are moving. Ideally you get in a bolt bolt lance on the proc: if you can't reliably do that, don't use lance. Skip the end tree talent.All the warnings above aside (frost DPS really is bad), frost/focus-torment can turn into a crit gatling gun: elemental + icy + spider trinket proc + heroism and maybe + haste potion. With ~500 haste passive (doable in Naxx 10 & emblem of heroism gear while still hit capped with decent SP) you're nearing the one second GCD on frostbolt casts. The elemental gets the heroism effect so pull it out before it's used. It's no fire execute built-in but it's still entertaining when the tank yells "How on Azeroth did you do that?!? you weren't even on my threat table!!"
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