Hey there,First off, I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now. I can’t thank you enough as you’ve improved every facet of my game ten-fold and then some. Recently, I’ve just re-specced to Frost for the first time ever and started PvP. My God, the fun! I was always a Pyromancer raider and rarely PvPed. This just opened up the game for me so it’s like new. Enough rambling, here’s the question.Does Frost Warding apply to Ice Barrier? I have a good hunch it does, but I figured I’d make sure. I’ve noticed some opportunites in BG’s where a good Improved Blizzard looks like it would work wonders (i.e. Flag Carriers and their escorts). Currently, I have no points in Improved Blizzard and I’m looking for a viable way to rob Peter and pay Paul in the talent calculator.I’m the typical 17/0/44 Frost spec.If Frost Warding doesn’t apply to Barrier, then I would immediately remove those points. I rarely use Frost Armor (Molten for me) and Frost Ward only comes out during Mage vs. Mage fights.Anyway, what do you think?Thanks for taking the time to read my email and post on your blog. Again, I can’t overstate it enough on how much it has helped me improve my game.Take care,&&&^!%@%*
P.S. – As I type this email, it dawned on me that I will be getting into Arenas for the very first time as well. I will go back and peruse your site for tips, but in case you haven’t written anything any tips you could pass along would be more then welcome. My friend was an SL/SL warlock, but he got tired of it and respecced to Destruction. We just transferred to a new realm so we don’t know anyone else yet. That being said, we’ll be in a lot of 2v2s. You can check me out on Armory as *&!%##$*&( on the &*!^#%!$#%%%%% realm. Thanks again!
Aww, you make us blush, and frown at your e-mail suspiciously. You’re not just trying to make me vulnerable and then stab my tender heart with the dagger of YOU SUCK?
Obviously his real name isn’t &&&^!%@%*, here at CriticalQQ, I don’t reveal the names of the people who come to me with questions, for fear that they’ll send me an angry e-mail “OMFG I can’t believe you told the internet who I was!” and then call me a jackass to everyone they know.
This is also why I usually don’t publish the e-mailed questions I get. I just want to be liked, is that so bad?
Anyways, to the questions!
Frost Warding applies to Ice Armor and Frost Ward. That’s it. Those two spells, and those two spells alone. Ice Barrier is shunned by this talent, completely and utterly.
Wouldn’t it be cool if it did, though? Frost Warding kinda makes sense relative to Ice Barrier… what if it did something cool, like every time you were struck, it gave your attacker a refreshing drink?
Except it was POISONED, and then they DIED HORRIBLY.
Frost Warding just isn’t worth your talent points, especially in a 17/0/44 build. You have few enough points to toss around in the frost tree as is, don’t spend them on a talent as situational and useful as Wand Specialization.
As to Improved Blizzard, go for it! It’s an excellent talent for battlegrounds. The tactical advantages of an area of effect slow with a 15% chancer per tick per target for a root is unparalleled for any PvP situation where mass movement is imperative, and you really can’t run the risk of closing to point blank and using Cone of Cold. Dying, after all, can be a bad thing.
Like you said, Warsong Gulch is one such excellent example. It doesn’t take long for a flag carrier (especially one of those accursed druids) to cross the field, every second you can delay them by is an extra second for your side to respawn, respond, and/or pull their head out of their arse.
Just… make sure you’re using Rank 1 for purposes of slowing. Wasting… err, spending over a thousand mana on the full rank is just silly when dealing damage isn’t the intention.
Feel free to use the full rank during those bottlenecks in AV where it seems like everyone is killing everyone else in a 50 yard area. You know the ones I mean.
The number of ranks you should put into Improved Blizzard is mostly up to you. One rank gets you a 30% speed reduction, which in most situations, should be enough, assuming your allies are halfway competent. I don’t really recommend putting three talent points into there. 65% just isn’t enough of an improvement for me to justify spending another talent point there.
However, if you stack Imp. Blizzard with Permafrost, Blizzard will provide a 75% movement reduction, and that can be terrifyingly effective at halting a flag carrier group completely. If you can justify spending 6 points, that is.
Using Blizzard to halt/slow enemy movements is a situational utility, but comes up often enough in every battleground to be worth some points. Two talent points in Imp. Blizzard to gain a 50% slow is the “sweet spot”, so to speak. It doesn’t detract much from your overall talent build, and provides enough of a speed reduction to be intensely useful when the occasion arises.
For arenas, Imp. Blizzard is almost totally useless. First, you really cannot afford to spend the points on this talent, and the only time it will be useful is when your trying to flush out stealthed enemies using Rank 1.
And if you’re paired with a warlock, you won’t be needing to do that. Ever.
As to arena tips, lemme grab you the link… to… oh dear.
It seems I don’t have a post like that.
Coming right up!