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1-10-2010 @ 9:52AM
I've been a die-hard frost mage since I started the game in BC. While I'm sure I would have appreciated their effectiveness in molten core during the vanilla era, the majority of the time I spent playing my mage was during the time it was deemed nonviable for raiding. I stuck it out anyway, as I loved the playstyle and my water elemental so much.The wrath expansion was quite difficult for me as it was nigh impossible to get into a raid without getting snarky comments about frost being FTL and such. I've gone against the general expectations by actually knowing how to play my class, and staying competitive with the other specs, possibly because they didn't know how to play theirs as well as I did mine.With 3.3, I find that all my time spent on my frosty has finally paid off. The playstyle is the best it has ever been, and I am in love with my perma-squirtle. We are never apart. And with my quick adjustment to the new playstyle and its damage buff, I am even more competitive with the other specs as well, to the point of even outperforming those with lesser gear and lesser experience with their own class.It's never been a better time to be a Frost Mage, and I will cherish these moments for as long as I play WoW.
1-10-2010 @ 11:27AM
I totally agree. I am having such a good time on my newly frosted fire mage. And in Alterac Valley in my lvl bracket (55) everyone and his uncle is a frost with his elemental out. Blizzarding huge groups during those epic fights on the road outside of Dun Baldar is the most fun I've had playing this game.So, thanks to the buff to frost I've recovered a toon that got shelved during the great mana regeneration nerf of winter 2008/9. I'd given up on that mage because I got so tired of sitting and drinking.
1-10-2010 @ 5:34PM
I used to be Frost4Lyfe My first toon and main was a Frost mage, from level 10, raided that way and topped meters all through BC. With all due respect, my frosty amig@, I don't care how well played your Frost Mage is, if you're beating better geared people on meters they need to lrn2play. A well played Arcanist in mediocre gear will blow even the best played Frostie away. I finally read the writing on the wall and switched to Arcane somewhere around the time when FFB was FotM (I despise Fire and will never spec anything that requires more than 3 points of it). I got tired of working 5 times as hard for mediocre dps and gimping my raid in the process, watching everyone else leapfrog ahead of me in Naxx25 gear while I was struggling to keep my head above water. Fortunately, I happened to fall madly in love with the Arcane playstyle, so it worked out.By all means, play what you love, but I think your obvious defensiveness about playing the redheaded stepchild spec not named Subtlety (at least Frost is still king of PvP) is making you vastly overstate things. Trust me, I understand where you're coming from--my heart will always be Frosty. But Frost has a long, long way to go before being remotely competitive in PvE again. The recent changes are a very good start, but ultimately they just mean you won't get laughed out of raids like before. It still has situational uses, so I have another reason besides nostalgia to keep it as my second spec (I like it for Faction Champs and any fight where I'm on kiting duty). I'm holding out hope that one day Frost will be up there again, but I'm not holding my breath.
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