[Mage] BigPulls AOE Grinding Guide

bigpullz's picture

Hello, Today we'll be discussing one of my favorite classes in WoW, the Mage.

Before we start, lets make sure you understand what AOE grinding is:
AOE Grinding - is an effective way to level in a short amount of time. It can be fun when you don't feel like questing, or just to reach a certain level.

Step 1
Get to level 20. this should take 3 to 6 hours depending on your experience with the game. When you reach level 20, spec your talent tree like this:
http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=oZZhI0oz

Step 2
Because AOE grinding can be kind of hard to explain in words, here's a video from my Youtube account. It should answer all your questions about AOE Grinding, but if you have any more questions, leave a comment. There's also a chapter two once you finish everything in the first one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VglDVzxUcLQ
Note: I am not the original owner of this video
Also, the Talents in this video are out of date, so follow my spec guide in step 3.

Step 3
the updated spec guide for level 80:
http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=oZfccco0hZhI0Isbuhfdxbst
start maxing frost but when there's nothing else in frost I've marked start specing in fire

To wrap things up:
Mages are a fun class to level, so don't base it ALL on AOE grinding, or you'll miss out on a big chunk of the game. AOE grinding is also possible with a Protection Spec'd Paladin, but I like Mages better! Full Force pro AOE grinding, how it pays off:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiaPH8uCXHY
Have fun AOE grinding!

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When I first heard about

When I first heard about this back in 2.# it was get to level 30 first then aoe grind.
Well as my luck right after getting a mage to 30 it seems that bliz said enough, at least that is what I saw.
You started with the worgens in darkshire. Seems that bliz stuck in a mage in every pack which is DEATH big time.
I soon gave up and eventually deleted the character.
Now I see that its level 20 to start now.
but some are saying that this area in wetlands has been changed to include casters as well.
The mobs in plaguelands now throw fear and they said its not just cast, its spammed faster than you can say OUCH if you try to do aoe there now.

I would like to hear from comments from someone doing this now.
NOT level 80 and give some real info on whats going on with this at lower levels.

Even better with a friend

If you're friend happens to be a prot spec'd paladin. Have the pally round up the mobs and build a little threat, then blizzard the mobs into the dust. This match up works really well. The mobs will die much more quickly than they would for the paladin alone (invulnerable but slow killing machines) and is much safer for the mage (mighty fast killing machine that bruises easily).

This has worked amazingly well for me. Unfortunately, my friend prefers his rogue. Go figure.

Lvl Times

3-6 hours to get from 1 to 20 is impossible outside of instance lvling tricks or other exploits which Blizzard is not too happy about. Stating as such will make people now leveling think they are doing something wrong.

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bigpullz's picture

it can also come in handy for quests

I personally found AOE Grinding helpful when I followed Jame's Quest guide to 80. On kill quests, I would kill half of the required kills in one pull and finish most quests in under 3 minutes!

Benhir's picture

Videos are outdated.

Hello, I appreciate this guide about AOE grinding, as I see often mages making big pulls while I do single target killing Smiling The first video you linked (and also the chapter II of the same autor) is outdated. I believe that the way AOE grinding is done is correct with the 3.0 patch. After viewing those videos I find myself disagreed with the talent tree you linked in step 3: actually in the video the author specifies some things , such as Frostbite is useless and he hints to go on with Arcane after having maxed out Frost. For these reasons, I'd like to have an opinion for you and other expert mages outta here about this spec:

http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=of0VZZcIcIsfuhfdgbst

I think that Shattered Barrier is very good, it seems to be an additional Frost Nova, so additional chance to run away when the Ice Barrier is broken. Also I think that the last talent of the tree is useless in PvE, I can't see the reason to stun a mob that is already frozen... Smiling
Other things about the spec are:

-Empowered Frostbolt is good only when you get to Outlands because in Azeroth there is few + spell power equipment;
-Impoved Frost Elemental is wonderful for its mana bonus, it reduces the downtime a little;

I can't think of more additions, I'd only like to have some opinions about what I've wrote.
Thanks in advance,
Ben ^^

Jame's picture

I definitely second the

I definitely second the Shattered Barrier. It's an awesome talent for AoE'ing with blizzard.

lunargecko's picture

Frostbite can be potent!

When you get the talent World in Flames it gives your Blizzard a chance to crit, which makes Frostbite and Shatter a great combo whilst AoE grinding. Smiling

War is not about who is right, it is about who is left.

I'm confused by this

I'm confused by this comment.

A lot of posts I've read about aoe grinding indicate that Frostbite is a nightmare since it will cause your enemies to "un-pack" themselves when some are frozen and others are not. Also, I think Blizzard can crit regardless of whether or not you've taken World in Flames.

Blizzard now crits

Blizzard was given the ability to crit with patch 3.0 (I'm pretty sure it was that one.) Most of the Frost AoE guides predate the patch, so there's a lot of confusion about this.

Personally, I don't aoe grind much, but I do use blizzard a lot. I've got shatter and frostbite fully talented as well as Improved Blizzard. Now that blizzard crits, it's the rare mob that will escape your first Blizzard alive. Any that do will have low health. Just kite the remainders around using fire blast and cone of cold, or let them group up on you again (you do have ice barrier, right?) and frost nova them before blinking and blizzarding again.

Also, it's probably obvious, but don't try this on elites. You'll be oom before they're dead. Sad

bigpullz's picture

Thanks, I got the video back in TBC

I like your additions. I'll record my own video of my mage when he was level 30. Maybe after Christmas?

Benhir's picture

Take your time, no need to

Take your time, no need to hurry up Smiling

Jame's picture

The video is great When I

The video is great Smiling

When I play my frost mage, I personally don't grind. I just follow my quest circuits and whenever the slightest AoE opportunity arises, I go for it, while completign quest objectives Eye