Mage in Classic WoW 1.13
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Welcome
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I probably should have done it before but after working on this document for about a year and a half now (April 28th 2018) I finally brought myself
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to set up a Paypal account with a donation link. Please know that there is no "Premium" system meaning no content will be gated via donations.
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They are completely optional, and extremelly appreciated. Thank you.
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Frequently Asked Questions - Please READ before asking me anythingCHANGELOG
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What's the best race for Mages?July 11th 2020
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Before answering the question, here is the breakdown of each race's stats at level 60:
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Gnome:Human:Undead:Troll:
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1630 HP
1640 HP1650 HP1650 HP
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2949 Mana
2808 Mana2778 Mana2748 ManaMarch 15th 2020
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134 Intellect
125 Intellect123 Intellect121 Intellect
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44 Stamina
45 Stamina46 Stamina46 Stamina- Changed the "Hover the cell" to "Use Wowhead URL for infos" in the Pre Raid BiS and Raid BiS lists because nothing appears when using the
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6.92% Spell Crit
6.76% Spell Crit6.73% Spell Crit6.70% Spell Crit HTML document as mentionned in the FAQ (at the bottom of this page).
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First and foremost, the Mage isn't a class that "requires" you to play a certain race to be viable in any aspect of the game (like Priests does for- Added the "Why is X trinket listed above the Y and Z trinkets in the Raid BiS lists?" question to the FAQ, also at the bottom of the page.
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example, well.. kind of), you can chose any race you want and still perform well enough in PvE, PvP, leveling, etc.
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January 28th 2020
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That being said if you are reading this guide, chances are you want to know what's the best race you can pick, here is the list:
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- Added Claw of Chromaggus and the AV Offhands as Alternative Weapons in the Phase 3 BiS list on the Raid BiS tab.
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Alliance:
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PvP: Gnome (Escape Artist)January 10th 2020
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PvE: Gnome (Expansive Mind)
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Updated the Phase 3 and 4 Alternative BiS lists of the Pre Raid BiS tab (Hover the cell to get redirected to the Wowhead article about it).
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Horde- Arcane Crystal Pendant confirmed to be available in Phase 3 on February 12th.
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PvP: Undead (Will of the Forsaken)
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PvE: Troll (Berserking)November 13th 2019
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PSA to all Alliance players:Finally came out of hibernation and replaced the Arcane Crystal Pendant neck with the Star of Mystaria on the Pre Raid BiS lists for Phase 2.
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I'm totally aware that most of you don't want to look like a Gnome and prefer playing Human instead despite not having any racials (let's be honest,
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as a Mage, Humans don't give you anything). This is not a reason to spam the Discord with "I cAn'T sTaNd pLaYiNg a gNoMe bUt hUmAnS hAsAs mentionned in the FAQ, the Class Quest for the neck is NOT in game right now and most likely isn't gonna be until sometime around the ZG patch.
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bAd rAcIalS, wHaT sHoUlD I dO gUyS?" messages, nobody can't make this decision for you. I know it's hard to decide but please avoid floodingPlease stop asking. :D - Update: Confirmed to be available in P3.. oh well.
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the Discord with it.
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November 7th 2019
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Added a Paypal donation link.
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- Donations are entirely optional. And extremely appreciated.
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- There is no "gated" content beind donation, you're getting the full document whether you donate or not.
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What's the best stats while leveling?
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Hover the cell for a donation link
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Spirit:
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- Increases the amount of mana you receive per tick
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Intellect:
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- Increases your max mana (1 int = 15 mana point)
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- Slightly increases your spell crit chance (59 int = 1% crit)October 9th 2019
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Stamina:Added a LOT of questions in the FAQ, also "revamped" the old ones, seriously please read them.
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- Increases your max HP (1 stam = 10 HP)
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September 19th 2019
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Spellpower:
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- Increases your spell's damage (The damage bonus depends on the spell's coefficient, the shorter the cast time the less it'll benefit from spell power)- Updated the FAQ, adressed the Magequest question.
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- Updated the Pre Raid BiS tab.
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__- Removed the "Trash Fight Set" lists in the Raid BiS tab. The reason for this is because there could be a lot of confusion about those lists,
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that being said those lists are gonna come back when it's all figured out.
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Four major points about the Spellpower stat:
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Overall I'm transitioning the document from what we've seen on private servers to the actual correct Classic data, might gonna take a while.
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1) SP gear is only "relevant" while ST leveling which is only happening when a server launches, at that point of the game the damage "gain" isn't worth
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the time wasted gathering this type of gear (Tailoring patterns, being lucky with blue drops).August 22th 2019
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- Updated the AoE Leveling Build in the "Talents" tab.
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2) "But I can just buy this gear off the AH at some point when I'm training my spells in Ironforge / Orgrimmar anyway":
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If you can find this type of gear at the AH then the server is established enough that you can AoE level instead of going ST.August 20th 2019
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- Updated the Pre Raid BiS, Raid BiS, and Phases tabs after reading this post.
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3) Having SP while leveling will do two things:
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- Hitting harder will allow you to shave off wand shots, while killing a mob faster is good you'll also sacrifice some mana regen via the 5 second rule.August 18th 2019
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- Shave off an entire Frostbolt cast but only if you reach a certain SP threshold, which requires a lot of it.Massively updated the FAQ section (PLEASE READ THE QUESTIONS BEFORE ASKING ME ANYTHING)
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As mentionned earlier, this is never worth going after.
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August 16th 2019
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4) Spirit is the ultimate stat for ST leveling speed as you'll regen more mana per tick. Period.Updated the "FOOD BUFFS" section of the Buffs&Consumables tab:
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- More intellect means a larger mana pool, the more maximum mana you have the more mobs you can kill without drinking,- Monster Omelet added
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that being said once you reach OOM you're gonna have to drink for longer. Also you gain a little spell crit as a bonus.- Spiced Chili Crab added
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- More Stamina means you can take more hit before dying, this stat is never needed against mobs as you'll only die if you're not careful,- Tender Wolf Steak added
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and Stamina is not the fix here. It's more of a PvP stat than anything.- Heavy Kodo Stew added
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- Spider Sausage added
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Conclusion:- Mightfish Steak added
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- Cooked Glossy Mightfish added
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Spirit > Intellect > Stamina - Keep in mind that PvP is not taken into account.- Hot Smoked Bass added
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- Sagefish Delight added
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2/3 VS 3/3 Improved Blizzard- Poached Sunscale Salmon added
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1) The 3/3 Improved Blizzard (65%):August 15th 2019
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+ Stronger slow effect than the Cone of Cold (50%) one.Raid BiS tab: Separated the lists into 3 different categories: Frozen Wrath Set, Zero Frost/Fire SP set, and Trash Mob Set. Just like on the Pre Raid BiS
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- Because of the above, if a 3/3 Blizzard slow (65%) is applied to a mob you cannot use a CoC slow (50%).
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August 12th 2019
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2) The 2/3 Improved Blizzard (50%):- Revamped the entire "Buffs&Consumables" tab.
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- The slow effect is as strong as the Cone of Cold (50%) one.- Revamped the entire "Enchants" tab.
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+ Because of the above, both slows can be applied.
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- Having two slows on a target will only make it last longer, the two effects doesn't "stack".August 6th 2019
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- Updated the "Stages" tab, items gated via later patches are now mentionned in the items' names.
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The TLDR is that people tend to run 2/3 Improved Blizzard because you're able to use CoC whenever you want. This is not a good idea for two reasons:
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August 5th 2019
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1) This issue can be countered very easily by learning to time your CoC properly, right after the Blizzard slow drops.Reworked the Pre Raid BiS tab:
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- Separated the lists into 3 different categories: Frozen Wrath Set, Zero Frost SP set, and Alternative items.
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2) Because the 3/3 Imp Blizzard slow is stronger, the mobs will stay inside the AoE for longer meaning that picking up this talent is a damage gain.- Added notes on the Total SP cells for each Frozen Wrath Set list with more Frost SP / SP infos.