Fire Build looks good but I will probably skip Improved Scorch in favor of Improved Flamestrike. With Cauterize and Ice Block I don't see myself being in the situation Anobix described much. Improved Scorch would be more useful on content that is really difficult (with no AoE) or unfamiliar.
The Arcane build looks ok. For now there aren't many choices but it's a nice tree to sub in.
I can't believe I had missed the changes to Imp Scorch...I'm definitely gonna be leveling as fire now.
Mobs have respectable health bars and kiting gets old when it takes 15 scorches to score a kill. If you're indoors, or in an area densely populated by mobs, fuggedaboutit. Another problem is that Molten Armor doesn't seem ideal on the way from 80-85. Mana is a concern and TB and others have ranted about needing Mage Armor, particularly in dungeons where scorch spec will be comparatively weak (gogo Improved Flamestrike/Pyromaniac).
For me, Frost just seems to be the least interesting of the builds right now.
I'm most excited about Frost. It's always been a great leveling tree and it's only gotten better with a permanent pet, streamlined FoF mechanics, and even better crowd control. It's a really fun spec but the utility wasn't enough to make up for the loss of damage in most groups. They seem to be bringing those two into balance for Cataclysm and it's exciting.
I plan on using a frost spec like this
. My understanding is the extra chill effects from Piercing Chill can proc FoF and Brainfreeze so it seems like a solid talent for anytime you're fighting 2+ enemies. Improved CoC also seems like a strong talent for leveling. Depending on how tight mana is, it may be worth dropping Arcane Concentration all together and getting 2/2 Imp.CoC and 1/2 Ice Shards. Nearly every time you cast Blizzard you'd get two FoF charges and an instant, free, high crit % FFB. Edited, Oct 6th 2010 12:20pm by CatPredator