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    Default 4 mages, all fire, all frost, or a mix?

    When classic launches I think I am going to give multiboxing a try. I am testing out some different setups on a private server but I am still a novice to all this.

    So I am leaning towards a 5 man group with prot/holy pally and 4 mages. I'll be aiming for dungeon farming and pve grinding and I don't currently have any plans to go into pvp. What I'm curious about is would it be better to go all fire with the raw damage, all frost for the great control, or could I mix it 2 and 2 and have the best of both worlds. I'm thinking blizzard to slow and then scorch and fire spells to nuke.

    Also would it be better to stack 4 one way or the other for things like the improved scorch or winter's chill? Anyone have any experience with a 4 mage build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazz View Post
    So I am leaning towards a 5 man group with prot/holy pally and 4 mages.
    Frost is better DPS than fire until you get BWL+ level gear. Also much more survivable with ice block, ice barrier, cold snap, etc. Fire also goes OOM pretty fast without enough crit.

    I recall watching a video of a guy boxing all mages to clear Strath UD a long time ago. On a private server, though.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaolIYYAI5M

    Prot/holy allows you to either tank or heal. You can't do both at the same time. You'll need a tank, healer and 3 mages in order to do dungeons.

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    Xzin is a legend, look him up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purpleflavor View Post
    Xzin is a legend, look him up.
    Exactly.

    xzin 4mages/1priest. Solo'd all dungeons,raided with all 5 in mc, bwl up till naxx and got rank 14 on all 5. Xzin and ellay were the leaders of the pack. There was also some weird ass guy named sam-something in vanilla I remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apatheist View Post
    Frost is better DPS than fire until you get BWL+ level gear. Also much more survivable with ice block, ice barrier, cold snap, etc. Fire also goes OOM pretty fast without enough crit.

    I recall watching a video of a guy boxing all mages to clear Strath UD a long time ago. On a private server, though.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaolIYYAI5M

    Prot/holy allows you to either tank or heal. You can't do both at the same time. You'll need a tank, healer and 3 mages in order to do dungeons.
    My current best team for dungeons is actually 4 hunters and a priest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethario View Post
    My current best team for dungeons is actually 4 hunters and a priest
    I've done the same thing with warlocks but mages don't have pets.

    If he plans to play the paladin as a tank he'll need a healer.

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    So I think I'll go with frost for the control but I got to wondering...would a boss a few levels below me, but still able to give xp, be able to be nuked down a good bit with a scorch pyroblast combo coming from all 4 mages? While the control part of frost is great for the trash it doesn't work so well on the bosses.

    And I was thinking of using the pally to go shockadin with some extra defence from the prot tree. More so to buy some time for the mages to DPS before I lose aggro and they face tank. More of a DPS race against the boss than a proper tank setup. After I looked at some of Xzin's stuff priest is looking interesting as well, but either way wouldn't have a proper tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazz View Post
    So I think I'll go with frost for the control but I got to wondering...would a boss a few levels below me, but still able to give xp, be able to be nuked down a good bit with a scorch pyroblast combo coming from all 4 mages? While the control part of frost is great for the trash it doesn't work so well on the bosses.

    And I was thinking of using the pally to go shockadin with some extra defence from the prot tree. More so to buy some time for the mages to DPS before I lose aggro and they face tank. More of a DPS race against the boss than a proper tank setup. After I looked at some of Xzin's stuff priest is looking interesting as well, but either way wouldn't have a proper tank.
    Generally I would think the best way to approach a boss would be to spread your mages out, pop all cooldowns and then open with your biggest, slowest casting spell. Then spam fireball or frostbolt. Ice block and the boss will run to another character. Repeat. As frost you get 2 ice blocks with cold snap plus BoP with the paladin. Some bosses are even able to be slowed so your frostbolt will do work.

    At least, that's how I'd try to work it in theory. I've never made an all mage team. Bit too squishy for my taste.

    Once you get a decent amount of spell damage I suppose you could try an arcane/fire build with PoM and pyroblast and see if 8 pyros plus a fireblast is enough damage to kill a boss.

    800ish base damage
    ~300ish spell/fire damage
    10% damage from talents
    30% damage from AP

    That's around 13000 with no crits from pyro and another 2800ish from fire blast. So like 15000 damage all up assuming average fire resist. Emperor Thaurissan, last boss in BRD, has around 26,649 HP.

    I'm thinking using frost and bouncing the boss around with invulns would be more viable. Either way seems like, bosses with add spawns or other mechanics would give you trouble.

    I remember seeing videos of Xzin grinding PvP ranks but I don't think I ever saw him do dungeons. Are his videos still available somewhere? Wouldn't mind watching a few. I'd be curious to see how he managed a boss like Kromcrush or Scholomance trash with all those silences and knockbacks without a tank.
    Last edited by Apatheist : 05-27-2019 at 09:09 AM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apatheist View Post

    I remember seeing videos of Xzin grinding PvP ranks but I don't think I ever saw him do dungeons. Are his videos still available somewhere? Wouldn't mind watching a few. I'd be curious to see how he managed a boss like Kromcrush or Scholomance trash with all those silences and knockbacks without a tank.
    In an interview with engadget.com
    On a side note - to farm gold I simply solo Stratholme - I can do a Baron run in about 30 minutes flat. However, I prefer not to mindlessly farm gold over and over - I have far better things to do with my time.

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    The legend, Xzin from Magtheridon?
    There was a video of him farming SM for gold on youtube but im unable to find it now (removed?).

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