It’s always a bit rough starting a new toon in Wow, since you have so much new information to learn. Mage in particular is a difficult class to master, but this Mage leveling guide and Mage leveling spec should helped flatten out the learning curve a good bit.
Being skill dependent means Mage can be the best class in the game, depending on your skill. The best soloing tree is Frost, as it grants a level of control and survivability that can’t be matched by other specs.
Here’s my preferred Frost Mage Leveling Spec:
(Don’t move on to Arcane until Frost is finished)
Improved Frostbolt – 5/5
Frostbite – 3/3
Ice Floes – 3/3
Ice Shards – 3/3
Permafrost – 3/3
Icy Veins – 1/1
Arctic Reach – 2/2
Frost Channeling – 3/3
Shatter – 3/3
Cold Snap – 1/1
Cold as Ice – 2/2
Winter’s Chill – 3/3
Shattered Barrier – 2/2
Ice Barrier – 1/1
Arctic Winds – 1/5
Empowered Frostbolt – 2/2
Fingers of Frost – 2/2
Brain Freeze – 3/3
Summon Water Elemental – 1/1
Enduring Winter – 3/3
Chilled to the Bone – 3/5
Deep Freeze – 1/1
Then, continue on the Arcane to finish out your spec:
Arcane Subtlety – 2/2
Arcane Focus – 3/3
Arcane Fortitude – 3/3
Magic Absorption – 2/2
Magic Attunement – 2/2
Spell Impact – 3/3
Improved Counterspell – 2/2
Torment the Weak – 3/3
So there’s the Mage leveling spec…now for the Mage leveling guide bit!
General tips come first (these apply to all classes):
Use keybinds for your spells; DON’T CLICK ABILITIES. It’s too slow, and mage is dependent on skill. Once you’ve got that out of the way, your mouse is free for MUCH quicker and more precise movement; hold the right mouse button and move the mouse to turn quickly. You NEED this kind of control to play a mage well; you’ll be almost useless if you can’t master these skills.
I wouldn’t bother with any professions at all until level eighty. They’re a waste of time when you’re leveling. Instead, buy all your gear. You can easily afford this as long as you sell everything white quality or better on the Auction House; do this quickly by keeping an alt in a major city and mailing everything to them to Auction.
Don’t let rest XP go to waste; log off in a inn!
Use a good questing guide! I’ll link my review of the most popular ones at the end of the article.
Keep a good supply of Food/Drink of the correct level! Mana is always going to be your limiting factor, and it takes forever to regenerate if you don’t use water.
Now, the Mage leveling guide specific tips!
Be conservative with mana, especially at lower levels; don’t use mana-expensive instants when a wand or two will down the mob.
Remember to always use your cooldowns effectively; for example, Evocation is useless if it just sits around; use it the second you’re low enough in mana to get the full effect.
Once you get your pet, get used to manually controlling it; letting it run wild is much less effective.
Don’t rely on shields, especially mana shield; wasting the mana on them is going to cause you WAAAAY more downtime than you’d have if you just played smart and avoided getting hit.
Learn to kite! A Frost mages biggest advantage is the ability to never let an enemy catch him.
Go for Hit Rating, Spellpower/Frost Damage, and Int over other stats! You shouldn’t be getting hit, so stamina is useless!
Now, how exactly do you play your mage? It depends what level you are!
For the early levels, you pretty much just want to use whatever spell is newest; it’ll usually be the strongest and most mana efficient. It might be a good idea to Frostbolt for the snare to start, but other than that, just nuke away. A wand is great for mana efficiency, so buy one asap.
Once you start getting talent points, use Frostbolt exclusively. Seriously, nothing else is worth it once you have some talent points in. Continue to finish mobs with your wand. Frost Nova is a major boon; with a few talent points, you’ll be able to use it every fight. This will be how things go for a long time: Frostbolt until you’re about to get hit, Frost Nova, run away, start over.
Things will get MUCH easier once you get your “Shatter combo” talents; the crit damage increase and chance to crit frozen mobs. You can expect to get at least one MAJOR crit per fight thanks to Frost Nova.
Things stay much the same for a long time, until you get your Water Elemental. Suddenly, you don’t have mana trouble anymore and nothing can stand against you, even elites. I recommend using the Glyph of Eternal Water, as the loss of your freeze is completely worth the improvement in your overall damage abilities.