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7-09-2011 @ 2:18PM
The only thing I would say is that most players can get just as much damage out of frost if they live it and breathe it from an early level. It's true that in a perfect simulation world, frost is eeked out by Fire and Arcane, but the problem is that most people who try to use frost for PvE are either typically PvP players, or do it for funzies. If you start from level 10, though and gear appropriately in the end-game, there's no reason you can't continually freeze and blow up your enemies just as well as your Fire and Arcane brethren.
7-09-2011 @ 7:27PM
Actually, I just ran a simulation on SimulationCraft and I just thought I'd clear this up a bit. Frost is actually ahead of Fire in both Patchwerk style fights and Helter Skelter fights. As far as I know, this is how it's been even since 4.1, but people are still under the impression that Frost is the lowest dps spec, whereas in actuality (at least in theory, but I've found in practice) Fire is the lowest of the mage specs. I mean, definitely fire is ahead of the other mage specs in "burst" aoe with a good impacted combustion, but you could argue that arcane is better for aoe because it does more consistent damage.
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