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3-20-2010 @ 4:35PM
Well, 3.3.3 is bringing Frostfire Bolt for the PVE frost spec back into the action, if you didn't know.The talent "Brain Freeze" will now also allow you to insta-cast Frostfire bolt, which IS going to be a DPS boost compared to not taking it since Fireball didn't scale well with just chucking frostbolts. Obviously everyone will still get TtW, but Frostfire bolt will be used.
3-20-2010 @ 4:37PM
Here's the patch note:"Brain Freeze: This talent now allows your next Fireball or Frostfire Bolt to be instant and cost no mana. There is a small internal cooldown to keep the Frostfire Bolt from immediately triggering Brain Freeze again."
3-20-2010 @ 4:55PM
But in the wrong sense. People made entire specs and rotations around that one spell. Having it as a proc is going to help Frost mages (And is gonna be fun in PvP for sure), but it's not resurrecting back as a viable or nuke. A proc is not the same as a talent build and main nuke.
3-20-2010 @ 7:02PM
@Babaloo and it might be the reason it was dropped behind.Do you know of any other spec that SOLELY focus on one ability? The closest spec to using a single spell is Frost Mage, and they have Deep Freeze every 30 seconds to break the monotony. Fireball on Brain Freeze, as I mentioned previously, is a bad choice because it does less damage to the point the GCD caused by the insta-cast means a loss in DPS.I am all for Frostfire bolt used in a rotation, and it will be great for PVE Frost (I've been a raiding frost mage for ages, it's just that it gets boring using the same 2 skills all the time), and I remember when I leveled using Brain Freeze, it was fun to have to look out for a proc and it was very satisfying to see 2 missiles hit the target at the same time.But I am personally against making a spec PURELY for that one skill. Frostfire bolt should be included in the Fire or Frost rotation, and buffed by a specific mechanic different for each class. Fire already has pyroblast on a proc, so how would you add a skill into an already busy rotation? Let me give an example that would make Fire shine a bit more in PVP and would be awesome for PVE. Living bomb keeps the same damage and all, but when it explodes (by a dispel or by running it's full duration), 'causes the next Frostfire bolt to be instant AND a critical hit. Advantage of this: This one crit would only help the RNG of having 2 consecutive crits for a fire mage, insta would be sweet, and for a fire mage with long casting times, this could be interesting. In PVP, if the enemy dispels living bomb, this would act as a double nuke (living bomb explosion + frostfire bolt that hits their face).Obviously this is a rough idea that could be polished.
3-20-2010 @ 10:38PM
@ButtsActually, with 2 piece T10, using the Brain Freeze proc is a nice DPS increase due to the haste buff you get from using it.
3-21-2010 @ 1:14PM
@ButtsFrostfire specs don't focus solely on one ability any more than traditional fire specs do. The only rotational difference between a frostfire and "pure" fire spec is the substitution of Frostfire bolt for Fireball.
3-22-2010 @ 8:15AM
Busy rotation?????What mage do you play? Cos ive played mage for a LONG time and we do not - and never have had - a busy rotation. Deep fire is my preferred spec - but as i have posted beforeArc - AB spam with AM occasionally (on proc) - very very rare use of barrage (ie when moving)Frost - FB spam, with occasional DF, IL combo, (after 3.3.3 - FFB on BF procs)Fire Fireball spam, with occasional Pyro and scortch (if you dont have a specced lock in the party), and LBFFB - same as fire - replace I cannot say any of these specs are 'busy' rotations.As to your assertion that Frost is the nearest spec that focuses on one spell - i once again disagree - Surely ARCANE with its massive focus on ONE spell - Arcane Blast - is far more spammier than frost or fire specs. I even know arc mages who (in heroics ofc) just spam that ONE spell the whole run - and still top dps metersAs to your idea for buffing LB - im sorry but i cannot see how that COULDNT be OP - put LB on someone - no matter what you are now guarrenteed a LB explosion, followed by an instant FFB crit (plus slow) followed by a pyroblast. Based on my PVE fire - that would come to something like 30k+ damage in about 1 to 1.5 seconds. I will confidently state that will never happen. But as im fire - please please please prove me wrong blizz!
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