So I’ve leveled as fire from 1 to 60 but today I am respeccing to frost. Fire is a thirsty, thirsty spec and on the advice of a friend I took improved scorch to help that. It did help but you have to watch stacks. That’s not a problem, I kind of like that, but when I went to solo even level 40 dungeons and I got my ass kicked, I decided to go frost. I need to be able to solo farm to make gold and fire can barely handle 2 level 45 elites in a row without going OOM. I hope to switch back to it later at some point, since I really enjoy ignite lighting fools on fire. When it triggers and the mob or players bursts into flames, it’s so rewarding.
I played a bit of frost today and comparing the two specs isn’t really fair. Frost has frostbolt, cone of cold, frost nova, and blizzard. Right? Fire has Fireball, Scorch, Flamestrike, Fire Blast and depending on talents, Pyroblast and Blast Wave. Only, frost seems to hit just as hard with only frostbolt, and uses way less mana. In fact, I am getting crits with JUST FROSTBOLT that rival regular hits with pyroblast, a skill that is a talent AND takes 6 freaking seconds to cast. I was flabberghasted by that.
Now I will say that as Fire I only ran into two spots that had fire immune mobs. That little spot in Arathi Highlands and the volano in Un’goro. I have a feeling there are more water elementals than fire; a whole island of them in Stranglethorn Vale, ones in lakes like in Eastern Plaguelands, etc.
Lots and LOTS of mobs use fire, starting with the Defias Pillagers, pirates in Stranglethorn, etc. I’ve only seen maybe 2 that used frost spells, and that wasn’t until 50+. You don’t even see arcane until Eastern Plaguelands anyway.
In short, fire is more fun but frost is better, if just boring boring boring.