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1. Make 100% sure you spec to have improved blizzard. It is crucial to good mana efficiency, resulting in less downtime. It also prevents you from getting hit… ever.

2. Make sure to spec into frost, because later on down the line (40+) you are going to get ice barrier, the god of all AoE spells. It prevents you from being dazed, knocked off horse and dieing, the 3 main AoE pitfalls. GET IT!

3. Stay far, far away from ranged/caster mobs. If there is even 1 in a group, they will mess up your whole system. A lightning bolt/arrow/bullet in the
chest and your blizzard is gone. That’s 700+ mana down the drain and you probobly dead from OOM(out of mana). MELEE ONLY!

4. Use wand to pull straying mobs. If they are spread out, use ur wand to aggro them, then while they run at you, run away from them to the other mobs to pull a bigger group. If you aoe correctly, you can take on an infinite amount of mobs.
This should be your AoE order every single time. Get the mobs together in whatever way you want, but make sure they are tightly packed together. Frost Nova them, SIDESTEP (don’t back up, you move slower, and you need to get to 30 yds before the Frost Nova breaks. Moving sideways lets you keep them in view and move at 100% speed.) Blizzard them so you are hitting them all. When your blizzard is just about out, cast it again somewhat near you so they walk into it and get hit as much as possible before they hit you. When they get close, frost nova, and backup and blizzard again. If you are too low on mana, instead of blizzard, try flamestrike and an Arcane Explosion, and wand them to death. Your Ice Barrier may be up again, allowing you to wand them without dieing. Try and save Evocation for when you run OOM and there are too many mobs with too much health. Use cold snap if you must, Frost Nova, run away and evocation to full mana. AE to death.

5. If you are having trouble leveling and would like to have a step-by-step leveling guide, then I would highly recommend checking out Dugi's 1-110 Legion leveling Guide.

What you need

First off your mage should be level 21 minimum to kill anything while aoe grinding, this is because you need at least 2 points in imp blizzard to kite mobs around. I suggest starting at level 28 because 21 is very hard but possible.


Talents
Next you need to now how to spec your mage this build is a full level 40 frost aoe build with all the talents correctly placed.

Notes on the build:

-2/3 imp blizzard is CORRECT, the reason is it will overlap your cone of cold slow effect so I highly recommend for beginners to only put in 2/3

-Imp cone of cold is needed because this will be a major spell you use while killing and the 35% damage increase is extremely helpful.

-Ice barrier is an awesome ability for pulling mobs before you get this spell you receive most of your damage on the pull and can sometimes even die on a pull, ice barrier+mount makes a pull a piece of cake.

-Frostbite is a big no no for aoe grinding, lets say you pull a big group and start launching blizzard on them then half of the mobs get a frostbite on them and the other half are still coming at you now your screwed. It messes up your whole rhythm when grinding and makes it almost impossible.

-After 40 it really doesn't matter where you go, arctic winds is nice but its not required. Just don't go 3/3 blizzard or frostbite and you'll be fine.

The Gear
Intellect and Stamina are all you need, look for "of the eagle gear" on the Ah and you'll be fine. A lil +frost dmg gear doesn't hurt especially after this next patch.

Combat

Ok, this is what you should do to aoe grind the heck out of zones and have fun doing it

Before you pull you have to do some things to make the fight a success or failure.

-If you can set your key bindings to Blizzard, Cone of Cold, Frost Nova, Ice Barrier, Arcane Explosion (Personally I bind everything but blizzard for some reason I can't get used to the hitting the key then moving the circle.)

-Clear out patrols this is very important if it attacks you in the middle of combat your a goner.

-Imagine a kill zone and a path you will take during the fight. Also pick out the mobs you want to pull and where to take them. Just try picture what will happen during the fight in your head

The Fight
-Cast Ice barrier if you can

-Mount if you can

-go towards the mobs and follow the path you thought of

-run in a circle to tighten the groups up to prepare for cone of cold cast

-dismount if you are mounted.

-Cast cone of cold at the mobs try to hit all of them.

-Frost Nova

-Run to max range and turn as quickly as possible towards the mob then cast a blizzard. After the mobs run through the first circle unleash a second blizzard even if the first one is not finished.

-After the second one the mobs should be close enough for a second cone of cold

-Now if you slowed the mobs down enough, the cooldown on frost nova should be up but if not just run around and for it to be ready. They can't hit you cause the cone of cold slow effect. Make sure you keep them packed together.

-Frost Nova

-Cast another blizzard and depending on your hp and mana you could either run in and do a CoC/arcane explosion or cast a 4th blizzard.

Tips:

The biggest tip I can give is don't give up, YOU WILL DIE A LOT I did and everyone new to aoe grinding does, but it works after you do it 100 times.

Below 40 is hard but you can still grind efficiently. The biggest problem I had was on the pull I was almost down to 10% hp. The thing is after the pull you shouldn't be getting hit at all. I see alot of people running in the middle of mobs to cone of cold them or frost nova them. The range on these spells is increased tremendously with talents and I swear some of my frost novas were hitting at 8 yards away. Also you try using a mana shield on the pull before you get ice barrier but i never did because I was in mostly eagle gear.

Many people do not like using ice armor while aoe grinding they say it messes up your rhyme and they are right but before 40 i say use it. While rounding up mobs its useful for its slow effect that gives you time to group them all together. It also procs on almost every hit so I think you can use it. After 40 I never even get hit so it doesn't really matter.

Also this is going mostly to below 40s. You are allowed to skip that first cone of cold cast and just frost nova and blizzard if you are getting beaten on to bad.

Start small, pull 1 mob and see if the aoe damage you put out will kill it. Try to grind on mobs lower then you it makes it easier and you can pull a lot.

Blink only when you have to, like when your going back for a blizzard and you get dazed. Mana is essential and you need store as much as you can.

I move with the mouse and it seems to make it easier.
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