Arcane Mage DPS Macros and Addons (WoW MoP 5.4)

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General Information

Macros and addons are an integral part of a raider's arsenal as they can make it easier to perform a variety of tasks, improving your overall game experience. On this page, we present macros and addons that can be useful to an Arcane Mage in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4.

The other pages of our Arcane Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Blatty, one of the best Mages in the world, who raids in Method, the currently ranked #1 guild on WoWProgress. He has been contributing a lot to the community through his streams on Twitch and now works for Millenium, his new streaming platform.

1. Macros↑top

1.1. Generic Macros for Mages

1.1.1. Counterspell

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast [@focus,exists][@target] Counterspell

This macro casts Counterspell Icon Counterspell at your focus, if you have one. Otherwise, Counterspell is cast at your current target.

If you are using Glyph of Counterspell Icon Glyph of Counterspell, then you can remove the /stopcasting from the macro.

1.1.2. Spellsteal

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast [@focus,exists][@target] Spellsteal

This macro for Spellsteal Icon Spellsteal works in the same way as the above macro for Counterspell Icon Counterspell.

1.1.3. Blink

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast Blink

This macro will cancel your current spell cast and make you blink away. This saves you the trouble (and the time!) of interrupting your spell cast manually.

1.1.4. Ice Block

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cancelaura Ice Block
  • /cast Ice Block

This macro will cast Ice Block Icon Ice Block. Using the macro again will cancel the spell.

1.1.5. Slow Fall

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [@mouseover,nodead,help][nodead,help][@player] Slow Fall

This macro for Slow Fall Icon Slow Fall is very useful. If you are hovering over a party member (be it on the raid frames or on their actual character) it will cast Slow Fall on them. Otherwise, it casts it on your target, if it is friendly. If your target is not a friendly party member, then the macro casts Slow Fall on you.

1.1.6. Polymorph

  • #showtooltip Polymorph
  • /clearfocus [modifier:alt]
  • /focus [@focus,noexists]
  • /cast [@focus,exists][@target,exists] Polymorph
  • /y Casting Polymorph on %F

This macro casts Polymorph Icon Polymorph on your focus or your current target. The first time you use this macro, the focus is set on your current target (if it is an enemy). Subsequent uses of the macro will keep casting Polymorph on your focus, unless you press alt (or whatever modifier you specify in the second line of the macro), in which case, the macro will set the focus on your current target before casting Polymorph on it.

To sum it up, use the macro to keep your assignment controlled and press alt while using the macro to cast Polymorph on a new enemy.

Note that this macro will slightly interfere with the Counterspell Icon Counterspell and Spellsteal Icon Spellsteal macros given earlier. If you try to use one of these two macros, it will result in the spell being cast on your sheeped target (which is your current focus). In such cases, use a simpler macro for Counterspell and Spellsteal that casts the spells at your current target.

1.1.7. Invisibility

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast Invisibility

This macro allows you to cast Invisibility Icon Invisibility or Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility even when casting a spell.

1.1.8. Blazing Speed and Ice Floes

  • #showtooltip
  • /use Blazing Speed
  • /use Ice Floes

This macro casts either Blazing Speed Icon Blazing Speed or Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes, depending on which you have picked.

1.2. Specific Macros for Arcane Mages

1.2.1. Arcane Blast

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [nochanneling] Arcane Blast

This macro allows you to spam Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast without canceling your current channel of Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles.

1.2.2. Arcane Missiles

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [nochanneling] Arcane Missiles

This macro allows you to spam Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles without cancelling your current channel of Arcane Missiles.

1.2.3. Arcane Power and Alter Time

  • #showtooltip Arcane Power
  • /stopcasting
  • /use Mana Gem
  • /use Brilliant Mana Gem
  • /cast Arcane Power
  • /cast Alter Time
  • /cast Arcane Missiles

This macro will use your Mana Gem, and cast Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power and Alter Time Icon Alter Time, which are off the global cooldown, before casting Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles.

Naturally, it is advised to add /use 13, /use 14 (for your on-use trinkets), and/or /use Potion of the Jade Serpent, as well as any other spell/item that grants you increased damage, before the /cast Arcane Power command.

1.2.4. Ice Floes and Rune of Power

  • #showtooltip Rune of Power
  • /cast Ice Floes
  • /cast Rune of Power

This macro allows you to cast Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power on the move after activating Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes.

2. Addons↑top

2.1. Generic Addons for Mages

2.1.1. ElvUI

Here, at Icy Veins, we use ElvUI for all our characters. This addon is a complete replacement of the default User Interface. It comes with almost everything you need to perform properly: action bars, cooldown timers, proc display, etc.

We strongly recommend that you get this addon.

2.1.2. Boss Mods: Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs

Boss mods are addons that warn you about boss abilities and give you live advice on how to handle some mechanics. We strongly recommend you to get one such addon. At Icy Veins, we mostly use Deadly Boss Mods, the most popular boss mod. A good alternative is Big Wigs.

2.1.3. Omen Threat Meter

Omen Threat Meter is the most popular addon for displaying the current threat levels on your target. We recommend you to use it to avoid taking aggro when the tank is still building up threat on an enemy.

2.1.4. Parrot or Mik's Scrolling Battle Text

Parrot and Mik's Scrolling Battle Text are highly customisable addons for displaying floating battle text while in combat (incoming heals, damage of your spells, etc.). They both work very well by default.

2.1.5. Recount

Recount is a well known addon that most people use for displaying current DPS or HPS (Healing Per Second). We advise you to also use it for checking what you take damage from and if the share of damage/healing you do with each of your abilities is similar to that of other players of your class.

A lightweight alternative to Recount is Skada Damage Meter.

2.1.6. Weak Auras

WeakAuras is an extremely useful addon that allows you to have visual effects on your screen, helping you track your buffs, debuffs and cooldowns. It is highly customisable and it can make it much, much easier to keep track of your procs and play your spec more proficiently. It can also be used for a variety of other functions.

2.1.7. Grid and GridClickSets (Optional)

ElvUI comes with decent raid frames. The only real reason for using Grid and GridClickSets is if you want to be able to decurse raid or party members by right clicking their frame in the raid of party frame. If you choose to go with Grid, then you might want to also use GridStatusRaidDebuff.

2.1.8. Extra Addons

While the aforementioned addons are enough to play decently, you might want to check out two other addons:

  • Coolline Cooldowns is an addon that displays the remaining time on your cooldown in a very intuitive manner;
  • Mage Nuggets provides various utilities that mages will find useful during combat.

2.2. Specific Addons for Arcane Mages

2.2.1. Mage Mana Bar

Mage Mana Bar is an addon that many players find useful for keeping track of their Burn and Preservation Phases when playing an Arcane Mage.

3. Changelog↑top

  • 05 Feb. 2013: Added Ice Floes + Rune of Power macro.
  • 30 Sep. 2013: Added WeakAuras.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Added macros given by Blatty.
  • 17 Apr. 2013: Update following review from Blatty: removed Presence of Mind Icon Presence of Mind macros (this talent should not be taken) and improved Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power+Alter Time Icon Alter Time macro.