- A arcane/fire mage's first 5 points in a frost tree, 2 are wasted. Ice Floes is acceptable, but only 3 points - the other 2 points (Improved frostbolt, frost warding) are not.
Are you sure you have read the tooltip of frost warding properly? It's no longer just frost ward.
It affects both fire and frost ward for a chance of returning 30% mana and totally absorbing the spell. I'd rate that as kinda usefull regarding of spec. I'm sure there will be some random dmg in encounters (at least frost, being Northrend), not to mention frost/fire dmg in pvp.
So it's exactly like your example of imp fireblast for a frost mage. It's not crazy good, but it IS usefull in some circumstances.
Off course, the extra effect on frost/ice armor isnt exactly great, but that doesnt really matter.
edit: think about the possibilities in combination with the fire equivalent, so you'll either reflect or absorb the spell + gain mana, and at least one of them will happen quite often. Very cool imo:)
Personally I think alot of the new abilities etc are cool, and I'm starting to think of posibilites, combos or just plain fun uses.
Some people are too pessimistic imo. It's like when mirror image was mentioned. My first thought was "wow cool, I've allways wanted that, could be fun", but some immediately started "it'll probably suck!!" without knowing anything about the spell.
What's up with that?
And yes, I've read through all ~200 pages now:)