Hey all, so I don't play a Mage myself but this question has been bugging me for a while. In PvE, why do Fire Mages almost always take Living Bomb, Frost Mages take Frost Bomb, and Arcane Mages take Nether Tempest? Now there are obviously exceptions, but I really do see the majority of Mages simply take the Bomb that matches up with their spec.
Now, since they removed Fire, Frost and Arcane specific damage bonuses, there is no difference in the amount of damage a Nether Tempest does for a Fire Mage, a Frost Mage and an Arcane Mage. The same goes for the other bombs. There is simply nothing that would make any of these bombs better for any of the specs, in regards to PvE at least. Frost Bomb works well with Frost Mages in PvP because of its synergy with blowing up on a target sitting in a Deep. That synergy doesn't exist in PvE though since bosses can't be frozen. (Yes I checked logs for single target fights such as Wind Lord and Imperial Vizier).
Why do most Fire Mages take Living Bomb? It doesn't do anything for their spec; it doesn't contribute to Combustion and even though Inferno Blast still spreads it, IB also benefits Nether Tempest and Frost Bomb.
Why do most Arcane Mages take Nether Tempest? It doesn't interact with Arcane Charges or anything else in the spec.
Why do most Frost Mages take Frost Bomb? It doesn't give FoF charges, and all three Bombs can trigger Brain Freeze. Bosses can't be frozen so the Deep Freeze + Frost Bomb interaction doesn't work and it's not like the periodic damage from Nether Tempest and Living Bomb can break any freezes in PvE.
So can someone please explain to me why not all Mages, regardless of spec, take the lvl 75 talent that does the most damage for single target/AoE/cleave?
The same question also goes for the lvl 15 talents. People always say that Arcane and Frost mobility sucks compared to Fire, but Scorch is available for all three spec. Why don't Frost and Arcane Mages take Scorch?