- To increase the DPS of the frost tree in a raiding environment
- Avoid rendering frost overpowered in PvP
- Give frost a proper mana dump, and preferably any mechanic that forces the mage to think and plan, no matter how simple it is
- Incorporate both Deep Freeze and Ice Lance into the raiding environment
And do it all within the frost tree itself. Making changes in the early arcane or fire tree can be part of the solution, but shouldn’t be the solution.
The point is to buff frost mages, and that should be done in the frost tree.
But hey, gotta start somewhere, let’s look at the other trees.
First, the arcane tree is the obvious off-spec tree of choice. It always has been, I suspect it always will be, and I see zero reason why that should change.
Hunters, regardless of spec, spend points in the Marksman tree. Every priest spends points in the Discipline tree. So it really isn’t a stretch at all to simply shun the early fire tree and use arcane instead. (more…)