Mage Phase 5 (Ahn'Qiraj) preparation

Repike

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Hey wizards,

With Ahn'Qiraj soon to be just one more phase away, I am now writing this as preparation.
As most know already, Ahn'Qiraj is the patch where the numbers weigh in favour of fireeeee (everybody rejoiced, except for Dia)!
Besides this gameplay overhaul, we are also expected to come prepared with a new set of consumables and a set of nature resistance gear.

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Please take the time to read this one and prepare accordingly, enjoy! : )
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Nature Resistance:
As is said in Inev's post, we are expected to bring at least 150 nature resistance (NR) without raid buffs to Ahn'Qiraj. The items listed below add up to over 150 NR*, so I don't expect that anybody will struggle with reaching this treshold.
If you want to bring that little bit extra, I invite you to bring over 200 NR to the raid, in case we ever need people stepping in to be a meat shield on Princess Huhuran (explanation as to what this means will come in the future).
*150 NR WITHOUT mage armour, magic resistance potion or any other buff.

The recommended gear pieces for your NR set are:
Crafted items:
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=22660/gaeas-embrace (20 NR)
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=22756/sylvan-vest (30 NR)
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=22757/sylvan-crown (30 NR)
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=22758/sylvan-shoulders (20 NR)

Dungeon items:
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=10836/rod-of-corrosion (10 NR) [Sunken Temple]
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=17750/chloromesh-girdle (20 NR) [Maraudon]
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=17748/vinerot-sandals (12 NR) [Maraudon]
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=17744/heart-of-noxxion (10 NR) [Maraudon]*
*not unique
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=18684/dimly-opalescent-ring (17 NR) [Scholomance]*
*unique

World drops:
Any green ring with nature resistance. These usually average out at 15 to 19 NR.

Quests:
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=20705/cenarion-reservists-pants#comments (25 NR) [Silithus chain]

Enchants:
Head and legs:
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=22635/savage-guard (10 NR) [Req. honoured w/ Zandalari, https://classic.wowhead.com/quest=9210/the-savage-guard-arcanum-of-focus]
Shoulders:
https://classic.wowhead.com/item=18172/nature-mantle-of-the-dawn (5 NR) [Req. revered w/ Argent Dawn]

The above pieces are not all the existing pieces in the game, though they are among the stronger ones. If you believe you cannot get your hands on the above gear, consider checking the following lists for other options:
https://classic.wowhead.com/rings/side:1/class:8?filter=27;2;1
https://classic.wowhead.com/amulets/side:1/class:8?filter=27;2;1
https://classic.wowhead.com/cloth-armor/side:1/class:8?filter=27;2;1
https://classic.wowhead.com/cloaks/side:1/class:8?filter=27;2;1

Please gather at least up to 150 NR worth of gear before Ahn'Qiraj launches.
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Viscidus and the Seven Frost Wands:
What's a Viscidus you ask? He... She... It (?) is a boss in Ahn'Qiraj that has a unique mechanic to it. In order to kill this boss, you need to physically freeze it and then break the ice. And which classes are renowned for freezing things..? *Dora staring at you dead silent for seconds* THAT'S RIGHT, IT'S MAGES! So what can we do to help?

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Viscidus is frozen after a certain amount of frost damaging spells or frost-related physical actions have hit it. The damage of these spells do not impact the speed at which it is frozen. For mages, the quickest way to get a frost-related cast on the boss, is to use a frost damage wand with a speed of 1.5s or lower.
Now, all mages should already have https://classic.wowhead.com/item=19108/wand-of-biting-cold and I really recommend you do NOT sell or disenchant this item once you go fire. However, there is an even quicker wand and even though it's harder to get your hands on, I invite every one of you to try to get one of these beauties: https://classic.wowhead.com/item=10572/freezing-shard [Source: Razorfen Downs trash drop / AH]
Another option is to get https://classic.wowhead.com/item=9489/gyromatic-icemaker#dropped-by with a speed of 1.4s. Drops from trash in Gnomeregan apparently, binds when picked up.

It will be mandatory to bring a frost damage wand of 1.5s speed or lower to Ahn'Qiraj.

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Fire ( 火焰 ):
Yes! With the release of Ahn'Qiraj we can finally switch it up and go fire. Gear now provides enough stats for fire to outweigh frost and bosses in AQ no longer have increased fire resistance like some bosses in MC and BWL. Similar to Winter's Chill right now, fire mages buff one another with a buff, so all mages are required to go fire as phase 5 hits.


How can you prepare?
-Make sure to replace frost spell damage items with general spell power items or fire spell damage items.
You can use the following (pre-)BiS list for reference:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uCXQni8Ndf0RuKfgNUlQ_jzfKIYmsCVuYXS_P3OaKUY/htmlview#

-Do some research on the rotation during https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=11129/combustion and learn the specifics of https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=12848/ignite.
I recommend the following sources:
The Classic Mage PvE Discord channel (https://discordapp.com/invite/tEdQhsH)
The following Reddit thread:
https://www.reddit.com/r/lightshope/comments/82sc13/fire_mage_pve_damage_understanding_ignite/

-Start gathering materials for the following consumables, on top of what you usually bring:
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=26277/elixir-of-greater-firepower
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=25129/brilliant-wizard-oil *
*This one is available as of Phase 4
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=17637/flask-of-supreme-power
https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=17576/greater-nature-protection-potion
Obviously you can scrap the Frost elixir for AQ.
A full list of mandatory consumables will be released by the raid leaders in the future, but you can be sure these will be in the list. Especially the flask requires a lot of materials / gold, so I recommend getting started as early as you can. Aim for 10, for now.

What can you expect from me?
-I'm currently working on providing you with more specifics on fire, e.g. a talent build. It's a work in progress.
-Scorch mage assignments. You thought we would never have to worry about Winter's Chill again? WRONG! Fire also has a stackable buff that one or two mages can keep up on the boss, to improve all mage's damage: https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=12873/improved-scorch.
This one differs slightly as it eats up less talent points and you are already going deep into fire anyway. The downside of this role is that it requires another spell besides your main spell (Fireball) to keep up. I currently have not yet decided how these mages will be chosen or if we will work with rotations. More on that in the future

Fire is stronger in Phase 5 and will be our raid specc from that point on.
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Alright, that was quite a long one, so please take your time to read this one. As usual, I invite everybody to provide notes and feedback below, as well as ask any questions you may have! : )

Cheers,

-Jori

@Grizz @Nouska @Aneurysm @Maitai @Prawni @Success @Dia @Ralgost

TL;DR: get 150 NR w/o raid buffs, get a frost dmg wand, learn fire
 
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Update:
Added some consumables you should be aware of going into P5
 

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This is exactly what I have been looking for! I, for one, hate having to rush to get gear and like to have more time for it, I know it's months away but it gives me something to do and work towards slowly. Thanks so much for putting this together, you're the best!

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Update the 2nd: you require 150 NR WITHOUT mage armour or any other buff.
 
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