Frost Mage PvP Guide – Shadowlands 9.0.5
Welcome to Wowhead's Frost Mage guide for Arena PvP (Player vs Player), up to date for 9.0.5! This guide outlines the role of Frost Mages in PvP, their strengths and weaknesses, strong compositions for Frost Mages, and effective PvP strategies. It also includes advice on talent builds and PvP talent builds for Frost Mages, as well as recommended gear, covenants, macros, and addons for PvP. This up-to-date guide aims to help you improve as a Frost Mage in all aspects of arena PvP.
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Frost Mage PvP Overview
Frost Mages have significant slow and root control with abilities such as
, and Pet Nova (
). The specialization boasts
as all Mage specs do, and as such, brings consistently strong team control. With the powerful slows and ability to Polymorph, most opponents will find it a challenge to fight a Frost Mage, especially melee DPS looking to maintain uptime. These major strengths with their decent burst/consistent depending on composition creates the powerhouse that is Frost Mage.
Frost Mage Strengths in PvP
Abilities such as
provide roots and slows, allowing the Frost Mage to provide some of the best crowd control (or CC) in PvP. Mages also have
which allows them to interrupt enemy kill attempts onto their own team, or facilitate their own kill setups on the enemy team. The combination of roots, slows, and Polymorph make a Frost Mage's strongest asset their ability to control the pace of the game, controlling when the enemy can or can’t go for a kill, and deciding when your team will or won’t go for a kill.
Depending on the composition and talent setup you are playing as a Frost Mage, both their burst and consistent damage changes. This can become either a significant weakness or strength in regard to certain factors. Frost Mage burst at its peak can be decent, but second to their most effective strength of control as most of it takes at least some time to pull off, or needs an appropriate amount of time to do its full damage. As such, their consistent damage also changes depending on composition and talent setup, shifting between heavier burst and heavier consistent damage. Essentially, Frost Mage consistent damage and burst becomes strong/decent/weak depending on the situation.
Mages should almost always choose a talent known as
(essentially a double
), making the Mage a very agile class. Arcane Mage and a few other classes (Windwalker Monk and Havoc Demon Hunter, for example) may still have more mobility than a Frost Mage but in combination with a Frost Mage's slows and roots, they are a very difficult target for melee enemies to connect to.
Frost Mage Weaknesses in PvP
Mages are slippery in PvP and with cooldowns/control can do a very good job at avoiding damage and surviving with
. However, when out of cooldowns and locked down, Frost Mages can fall very quickly.
Frost Mage PvP in 9.0.5
Despite a few legendary changes and the small buff to the Kyrian and Necrolord covenants, everything remains the same for Frost. Venthyr continues to be the best covenant choice and
the best legendary.
That being said, the direction the PvP meta is headed into the end of Season 1 and beyond is looking very promising for Frost Mages. Not only is the game getting slower, but the favorite healer of the Frost Mage is slowly making its return, the Restoration Druid. As the game slows down and Restoration Druid becomes stronger and more popular, Frost will likely see increased play. It already has very strong survivability and consistent damage, it just needs the state of the game to change a little in its favor. Nothing of note has really changed for the specialization in a long time.
Frost Mage PvP in 9.0.2 - Shadowlands Launch
- Level 52 - Damage increased by 15%.
Nothing too interesting, more blizzard damage but this will not have any effect on when you use this ability.
- Level 54 - Cooldown reduced by 30sec.
Again nothing too crazy, but is nice to have a shorter cooldown on our most impactful cooldown.
- Level 56 - Duration increased by 3 sec.
A welcome quality of life change, longer duration on Icy Veins but no gameplay changes.
- Level 58 - Learn the ability Alter Time.
The return of the iconic Mage spell many have been waiting for. To be covered more in the rest of this guide but Alter Time coming back means the return of a very strong Mage cooldown with frequent use in PvP.
If you are going to only play Frost, the best covenant and popular recommendation is generally going to be
. Its signature
ability synergizes very well with Frost, granting you Flurry procs during your offensive damage goes and boasts strong soulbinds. For more information, see the
section of this guide.
At the moment the
legendary is incredibly powerful and is the go-to. It increases your survivability significantly and boasts dispel protection (2 additional buffs) to protect your Alter Time.
Other more offensive options are
Legendaries are covered more in the
section of this guide.
For a detailed look at the changes to Frost Mage, check out our
Mage Changes in Shadowlands Patch 9.0.5
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