July 23, 2013 | Posted in: World of WarCraft

Gearing a new toon, or an alt, in World of WarCraft Patch 5.3, to iLvl 480 (the magic number for the new LFR) is what you want to get in order to que for the newest raid, Throne of Thunder.  I finished leveling a Death Knight to 90, so this makes 3 characters I intend to PvP with in Season 14, and I was not so concerned about doing LFR, as I was about getting the iLvl 476 honor gear, which requires approximately 20,000 honor points for all 15 pieces.  Its a painful process, especially queing solo.

I got tired of oqueue so I completely uninstalled it.  My 3s team has real life going on but we think we’re going to give 2200 rated in battlegrounds a serious go.  As well as 2s and maybe 3s.  Our goal is to be better than we were in season 13.  And we were a lot better in season 13 than in season 12.  There’s maybe another 5 weeks left in the season and maybe another 5 weeks left in the Frost Mage’s run as the #1 class in Mists of Pandaria.

This is from the PTR Patch Notes:  Updated 18 July 2013:  From the Mage section, after the part about our bombs hitting harder, to try and help compensate for the change listed below, and the part about where they are trying to get me to use different glyphs, um no thanks blinking out of a stun is just too important.  It could be sad times in Pandaria for the Frost Mage, the class and spec that has  been flat out winning MoP.  PvE and PvP.


Mastery: Frostburn has been replaced by Mastery: Icicles. When the Mage damages an enemy with their Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, and the Water Elemental’s Waterbolt, (12% + 1.5% per Mastery) of the damage done is stored as an Icicle for 15 seconds. Up to 5 Icicles can be stored at once. Casting Ice Lance launches all stored Icicles at the target.

– Frostbolt no longer causes the target to take an additional damage from Frostbolt.
– Ice Lance damage has been increased by 29%.
Water Elemental 
Waterbolt damage hasbeen increased by 9%.

I don’t know what this really means other than spinning frozen orb into a crowd and spamming Ice Lance with Fingers of Frost proc sounds like a thing of the past.  šŸ™