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12-17-2011 @ 10:31PM
On-topic: It's good while leveling as arcane to use arcane missiles procs, for two reasons:1. It conserves mana (especially useful if you are running dungeons)2. It looks freakin sweet, as many mages who play arcane fell in love with that spec due to the machine-gun visual effect.Fire - fire remains the most difficult spec to level in, although it's way better than before. Someone who is completely new to WoW should probably go frost or arcane, whereas players who have leveled other casters (or mages) will be able to utilize a mage's array of talents to prevent taking damage, while having all of the fun of blowing the everlasting hell out of anything with a red nameplate.Frost - Is still probably the #1 leveling spec in the entire game, it's probably just about equal to blood death knight and beast master hunter for pure leveling speed. If you're into pvp, frost is definitely going to be the best option for battlegrounds until very high levels, and even then it's still a great option.
12-17-2011 @ 10:36PM
Oh also with dual spec, what I've seen most mages do is go frost for leveling and solo questing, and then they'll have a fire or arcane spec for 5-man dungeons. If you really don't like frost, you can respec out of that frost spec at higher levels once you get your higher level spells and talents, like living bomb and nether vortex.
12-17-2011 @ 11:00PM
Just an FYI: BM Hunter is no longer the fastest spec, MM hunter is. AiS can almost one-shot any normal mob from 1-60
12-18-2011 @ 1:10AM
The major issue with fire for leveling (believe me, I've tried it) is that one doesn't get key spells until fairly deep in the tree.
12-18-2011 @ 7:59PM
"If you're into pvp, frost is definitely going to be the best option for battlegrounds until very high levels, and even then it's still a great option."Even then it's still a great option? it's the best option lol, frost mages are still the most op class in pvp this entire expansion lol.
12-18-2011 @ 11:54PM
Elran, fire and arcane have their place in pvp; I generall wil go fire in the bigger bgs like ioc and av, because living bomb and impact are absolutely deadly against groups in pvp. Frost shines in capture the flag bgs, and I'll usually start off as frost in the hold the node bgs, but will switch to fire if we have some tanks and heals and just need straight damage.This article was more slanted towards beginners, the advice for being frost for pvp was aimed at that crowd, not the crowd going for gladiator titles.
12-19-2011 @ 7:52PM
I raid on a warrior and my only other 85 is another warrior (for PVP), so I'm not an experienced caster, but I'm loving levelling a fire mage. I got to level 10 and looked at what came with each spec and just couldn't say no to pyroblast.What is it about fire that makes you say it's difficult for levelling? Pulling with a pyro and chasing it with a fireball seems to be enough to kill most level-appropriate enemies. I usually have a scorch casting off the end of the fireball just in case, and if the scorch doesn't work I throw a fireblast. If streak's up when I'm pulling I'll pull with fireball and chase it with the instant pyro and then fireball-scorch-blast as usual. If I'm fighting something huge that won't die before it reaches me, I'll hit Cone of Cold as it gets close, then run away (using strafe to keep them "in front") and spam scorches and any instant-casts I have available. It's all pretty cruisy and the pyroblasts are awesome.Hmm, maybe it's hard if you're in the regular gear that you'd earn from questing. I'm all heirloomed up with the big +int staff enchant and all that. Also, now that I think about it, most casters I've grouped with (guildies included) can't cope with strafing to keep enemies in front while kiting so maybe running right while scorching left is one of those advanced concepts that make it non-noob-friendly. As a tank, you have to master that trick because turning your back makes you die, so that's all second nature to me by now.
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