Before you all read this post, i was not in Beta, nor have i watched any 4.0 mage videos, but i do have an 80 troll mage, and now a 60 Night Elf mage who shall become my main in a week.
But, all introductions aside, I was bored while waiting for a friend to catch up to me so i started some amateur theorycrafting, just thought i'd come here for criticism.
First off, I refuse to believe in Arcane being the only end-game viable spec with any expansion. If I wanna play Frost i will play Frost and I will make it work. So, that said here is my preliminary spec for 85.
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Some talents i picked, and they might not be good, but from what i can gather and infer are:
Piercing Chill = More chilling effects on multiple mob fights.
Fights like Lich King Phase 1 when you would DPS the horrors or Onyxia with the whelps, The frostbolt cleave would give more Fingers of Frost procs, and thus more DPS.
I only put one point in improved cone of cold, because honestly in a Raid environment, if something is attacking, my first move to hit would be Frost Nova, and hopefully witihin the duration of it the tank will have grabbed the loose mob back, if not 2 seconds is enough time to get away from the mob and get healed, if you have attentive raid healers.
I got the 3 points in ignite for Brain Freeze FFB, I have not done any calculations but Brain freeze already hits harder than Ice lance, and mastery and Frost Specialization, and the Glyph, you got a pretting hard inta-nuke to use. Not only that, but it has the sweetest projectile based graphic in game, imo.
I got 2 points in Fire Power because i am not sure if FFB benefits from it or not, but the explosion on Flame Orb would be a nice DPS increase for free.
My Rotation would go like this.
Open with Frostfire boltx3 (to get the dot going)
Frost bolt spam.
Brain Freeze procs, ignore it.
Fingers of Frost procs.
I have not done any math, but i'm pretty certain that ignoring a solo Brain Freeze proc will result in a dps increase, because Frostbolt nearly hits as hard as Frostfirebolt. I'd rather not waste a global on an instant when i can chain Frostbolt for just as much damage without a certainty of a crit.
Fingers of Frost procs, and stacks to two. (No Brain Freeze)
Ice Lance if deep freeze is on cooldown
I would save a stack of fingers of frost for a sudden brain freeze proc. unless its just about to run out. 3 seconds left or so. Deep freeze, unless its on cooldown, otherwise Ice Lance
I suspect that if your mana pool does not last four minutes (cooldown of Evocation) it would be more beneficial to use Mage armor, over Molten Armor, even if your under Crit soft cap.
IMO: Extra spells > 2% extra of them to crit.
For my cooldown burst, i would start by.
Lifeblood (Im an herbalist)
Ice Veins. I would not macro these because 20% of haste would be more with the lifeblood buff active, to my knowledge.
Mirror Image, with full scaling of pets, i assume these get your current haste so i would would cast these last, so they get the most benefits from my stats.
Cold Snap at my next 2 stacks of FoF, then Deep Freeze, Cold Snap, Deep Freeze, even if Brain Freeze is up.
I would wait to pop cooldowns till i get A brain freeze and 2 Fingers of Frost procs.
Cast FFB then Deep Freeze, then continue my normal Rotation.
As soon as i get my second Brain Freeze 2 FoF proc. I will pop LB,Icy veins again.
And that's my guess, criticism?