CW Icy Aoe build. Great for Leveling
Frost build is a great build for leveling and especially great for leveling from mid 40-60. You can mix and match what you have pre-40 to eventually come to this build. Leveling around 50-60 can be a pain, but with this build you should be able to breeze through content.
1) Chilling Cloud or MM doesn’t matter. My suggestion MM will give u better single target damage which will be helpful with this AOE build. Early on it’s MM obviously.
2) Ray of frost (Amazing ability, fast cast speed and extra CC)
1)Conduit of Ice
4)Chill strike/Icy Rays (with my feat build Icy Rays has some great damage)
Now it’s up to you which ability you put in your spell mastery, and depends entirely on your play style. I messed around with a lot of them, but I like Conduit of Ice most for this build.
1) Ice Knife
2) Arcane Singularity (Replaced Ice Storm here, AS will pull all targets together letting you CoI and other AOE abilities hit all targets) Great ability.
2) Eye of the Storm/Storm Spell (as long as damage is ticking, Storm spell has a chance to proc) Decision is yours.
I used this build for most of my leveling, and it really started to excel at 50-60. It’s very efficient at cc’ing and clearing large groups of mobs. It has decent single target damage and cooldowns are relatively low. Here are my feats.
Feats: (Because I went Human I got the 3 additional feat points. I tried to figure this w/o being human so If I gave any extra feat Points lemme know.
Controlling action 5/5: We have lots of CC and movement impairing abilities in this build, so the majority of your damage will increase your AP. More Dailies to throw out is always a good thing.
Fight On 5/5: 10% Reduction in CD for all encounter spells. Less CD means more chances to use and ability and more damage output= Profit.
Blighting Power 3/3: 9% increased damage to targets effected by chill.
Wizards Wrath 3/3: The majority of our abilities are Aoe so why not.
Focused Wizardry 3/3: This with Wizard’s wraith gives our AOE abilities a 15% increase in damage. Add that with our Evocation 15% increase gives our Aoe abilities a 30% increase in damage.
Think any class other than human will have one point left over (correct me if I am wrong). So I usually put what ever is left over into Toughess for more HP.
Now to our fun Feats the tree I chose was: Thaumaturge
Why you may ask. Damage, damage and more damage.
Tempest of magic 5/5: Gain 10% damage when foe has 30% or less HP left. I chose this mainly to help against more difficult mobs, especially boss types.
Malevolent Surge 5/5: Since you especially excel at clearing out large groups of mobs, this spell gives you a good 30% increase in damage. Let’s you clear out the smaller mobs first, giving you bonus damage when focusing more difficult mobs.
Snap Freeze 5/5: Gives 20% bonus damage to Cold encounter abilities against targets not effected by chill. I may be wrong in my speculation here but whenever a target becomes frozen they lose their chill effect. That’s usually when I followed up with a Chill strike or Icy Rays. Gives a large burst of damage and lengthens the CC. Also allows for Chill Strike or Icy Rays as an opening strike to hit harder.
Elemental Empowerment 5/5 5/5: Cold encounters do 30% of your weapon damage as a DoT effect and Arcane encounter spells give a 10% reduction to defense. This is a win-win for this build.
Transcended Master 5/5: Icy Rays get a bonus 20% damage if used on the same target twice. Makes Icy Rays a much better single target abillity, giving us more burst.
Assailing Force 1/1: Conduit of Ice reduces mitigation of effected targets by 15%. Awesome! This gives us even more damage against groups and also great benefits against single targets.
Leftover points can go anywhere after this. Bitter cold is a nice one that has good synergy with this build. This build with a few tweaks makes a great pvp build.
You can get up close in personal with this build. Key is getting all the mobs together. Throw down Icy Terrain get your Conduit of Ice on a mob that generally has the most HP. Then pop your Steal time and start tossing out damage and ray of frost to increase those chill stacks.
FOR ANYONE READING THIS NOW. THIS IS STILL A GOOD LEVELING BUILD, BUT DUE TO MANY BUGS WITH FEATS REFER TO THE CW BUG LIST TO HELP IN CHOOSING ALTERNATE FEATS. UNTIL SOME OF THESE BUGS ARE IRONED OUT I WILL BE WAITING TO UPDATE THIS FOR END-GAME.