I was asked a question by a loyal reader last week. He asked, “Do you enjoy Frost so much that you’d refuse to raid as anything else?” My answer is yes. It is a style of play that I love so much, that not only am I willing to refuse to raid as another spec, but I am even willing to go so far as accept the hate that frost gets for being pitiful at dealing damage.
My only gripe about the whole thing was that in the weeks leading up to the 3.3 PTR, I was watching over the mage forums like a hawk. Any thread mentioning the word Frost outside of a PvP context was met with a “lol” or “frost doesn’t count.” Nobody made a clear argument about why frost was so bad, and how it could be fixed. People just shoved the spec off to the side like it was nothing, and happily settled for big numbers elsewhere, acting like a total elitist snob to anyone who was not willing to switch over.
“Frost is not for raiding. GTFO.”
Are these the same people that are coming out of the closet and using frost again, only now that it’s good? Somehow, I’m scared that the next person I meet with a squirtle is only there because it’s the flavour of the month, that frost is indeed the New Black. In addition, I can’t help but anticipate the flack that we’ll get for the buffs we got.
“God, it’s that flavor of the month class again. I can’t believe they fixed frost and didn’t fix [insert class here].”
I’m not a poser. I stuck it out with my spec throughout the bad times. I remained frost even if I was laughed at, called a piss-poor player, or even booted out of raid pugs. I’ve gone through my hell, and now I’ve earned this bit of heaven. I feel I’ve earned this buff, and there’s nothing that people can say to sway me otherwise.
Therefore, as a sign of thanks to the devs for fixing what was once broken, I’m going to shut the hell up about how this and that should have been, or why he and she is now a frost mage instead of before. I’m going to grab my glyph of Eternal Water, respeccing at my nearest mage trainer, and I’m going to aim for the top of the charts. I will care about nothing and nobody. The past is behind me. All I can see now is the future, and what it will hold for the icy veins that run through my body. I’ve earned my frost, and you can too.
Earn Your Frost (in 3 simple steps)
1) Hug your squirtle. Every single moment. By the bank. In a random heroic. In your raid after someone whips out the DPS meter and you’ve finally beaten that Fire mage for the first time in months.
2) Get a timer addon like TellMeWhen or Power Auras. Deep Freeze is GODLY. You want to use it as often as it’s up. Enjoy your 20k+ crits.
3) Delete those spare fire and arcane glyphs in your bank. You don’t need them anymore. You’re frost now. Always and forever.
It’s never been a better time to be a Frost Mage, and instead of grumbling about how bad it’s been, I welcome everyone who decides to stop on by and try it out, even for just one raid. For those who decide to stick with it, then good for you. I hope you enjoy this ride, because it’s going to be an awesome one indeed. And for those who have always stuck with it, even through the gruesome times, I give you credit. I know what it’s like. It sucked. But it didn’t matter. None of this matters. You’re not alone. You’ve got support. Frost is good. Frost is hot. Frost is sexy.
Frost is definitely the new black.