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11-13-2010 @ 5:12PM
Early frost is actually pretty good, although with all the haste at level 80, it's not all that great. It will be good at least with early level 85 gear. The thing to note is that it apparently also lowers your global cooldown for the frostbolt, so it doesn't really haste cap.Self-buffed you need only about 23% crit (goes over 33% with raid buffs/debuffs), so the crit talent isn't fantastic. If you are over the soft cap, about 40%-45% of your damage is going to be capped. It's probably better per point than ice floes though.Ice floes looks great on the surface, but raid encounters are usually short enough that the reduction on cold snap doesn't help you much and it's quite possible that the reduction on the IV cooldown doesn't give you an opportunity to use the ability an extra time. It's a beneficial talent, but at 85, I doubt I'll have 3/3 in there simply because it's such a marginal DPS increase.Piercing chill is currently not working as you would expect (beta & live). When you crit with your frostbolt, it will apply an extra chill even when there's just one target. That's why brain freeze and fingers of frost are proccing like crazy for frost on live. On beta, fingers of frost proc chance was lowered, but it's probably because Blizzard didn't notice that piercing chill wasn't working quite as intended.With all those procs on live, improved freeze doesn't all that great. I suspect that at 85 it will feel much better. Three points feels like a heavy price for a talent that feels useless with just one or two points in it. I think it would be more interesting if it was a 2 point talent that grants either one or two charges of fingers of frost when freeze is used.Deep freeze is good right now. It will be even better when it will be fixed and allowed to scale with mastery.
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