Bring the player, not the class.
Or in the case of the PuG I hit up this past weekend, Bring the player, not the spec. A group was starting up for a heroic Naxx. They were almost filled, and needed another DPS. Unsurprisingly, their trade/lfg channel msg included the phrase “must be good dps, pst with achievement.”
“need ranged? I’m a mage.”
“spec? DPS? achievement?”
“frost, ~3k DPS. [Sapphiron’s Demise]”
I’ve cracked 4k before on Sarth, but I downplay my abilities by listing a 3k average. Essentially, I’ve done everything but KT, and I’ve killed him on my Resto Druid.
“…sorry, I need good DPS.”
(What the frig? Whatever.)
I rejoined lfg, trying to find a pug that accepts frost mages. I ran into an old friend from Arygos who also made the jump to Winterhoof. He’s a hotshot resto Shaman, decked out in T8 and stuff.
“Hey, looking for a naxx pug?”
He invited me to his pug, which happened to be the same pug from before, since I see his name in raid chat. We started pulling mobs in construct quarter, in an attempt to DPS check on patchwerk. I pop my water elemental on the first abomination. Someone types out in raid chat,
“lol, who raids as frost anymore?”
He was a melee DPS DK, go figure. I didn’t let the comment get to me, I just let my performance speak for itself. As a DK, I reasonably expected not to beat him, but at least aimed to beat the other mages. There were two others, one arcane and one frostfire. Both with the Champion of the Frozen Wastes title. Big deal.
We hit patchwerk, and I narrowly beat both of them. Heroism on perfectly timed Water Elemental plus coldsnapped double Icy Veins brought me to about 3.6-3.7k for the fight, easily besting their low 3k.
And the DK? Died to hateful strike. I laughed inside.
He didn’t say anything for the rest of the night. We proceeded to one/two-shot everything. I ended up with The Turning Tide and the T7.5 Helm from KT. And I got my achievement.
I honestly don’t take it personally when people scoff at frost mages who try to PvE. While it’s true that they don’t have the same DPS capabilities as the other three specs, they can at least hold their own against other classes, specifically in a pug setting.
Sure, I don’t expect to be accepted into bleeding-edge guild runs as a frost mage anytime soon. But in a casual setting, I always look forward to competing with similarly geared dps classes, and taking pride whenever I outplay them. It only further supports the notion that success is limited by the player piloting the character, not the class of that character.
Personally, all that’s left is Malygos, Oculus, and Old Kingdom (why haven’t I done this one yet? I have no idea!), and Champion of the Frozen Wastes is mine!
A title definitely fitting for a die-hard Frost Mage.