Stat Priority (5.4.8)
Stats are the core of your character and how you choose to balance those stats will greatly impact the effectiveness of your Frost Mage. Use this guide to select the stats that are the most important for your Mage and learn how to prioritize those stats to optimize your performance.
Intellect > Spell Hit (15%) > Haste > Mastery > Crit (23%)
Intellect Increases damage dealt by spells and slightly increases critical strike chance.
Spell Hit (15%) Any Hit Rating or Expertise will increase your chance to hit with spells and at 15% Spell Hit (5100 Rating) your spells can no longer miss on bosses. Spells missing is the easiest way to lose DPS, so always make sure you are at this cap. To check your hit percentage, open your character panel and then check under the Spell tab for “Hit Chance.” Make sure it is at or slightly above 15%.
Haste Decreases cast time and increases DoT ticking speeds.
Mastery Mastery Icicles adds an additional Icicle attack that is created by Frostfire Bolt and Frostbolt. The Icicles are launched when you use Ice Lance or automatically when you hit 5 Icicles. Also, the mastery increases the damage done by your Summon Water Elemental.
Crit Increases the chance for your attacks to critically hit for additional damage. Thanks to Shatter, Frost Mages can reach high effective Crit rates with minimal Crit from their gear. It is possible for Frost Mages to effectively hit 100% Crit when hitting frozen targets. At 28% Crit, you will effectively have a 100% Crit rate against bosses. The 5% crit buff from Arcane Brilliance reduces the total Crit required from 28% to 23%.