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Arcane Mage DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:04 by Furty 192 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Arcane Mages. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

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

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by an Arcane Mage theorycrafter and SimulationCraft developer, who wishes to remain anonymous.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Early Point Investment

After acquiring the starting point,  Icon Might of the Guardians, take the left road into  Icon Blasting Rod for some immediate punch on your Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast. This is a good trait for burst, especially. Grab  Icon Aegwynn's Imperative to extend your Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power to a maximum of 13 seconds before heading left into  Icon Mana Shield. This is an excellent defensive trait and enforces the notion that you should take full advantage of Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier whenever possible. Invest into your first Golden Trait, the  Icon Rule of Threes, which gives your Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles even more damage.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

Continue upwards along the tree into  Icon Ethereal Sensitivity, the best basic trait on the tree on longer encounters.  Icon Aegwynn's Wrath is also amazing, and is your next allocation of points. Go downwards and snag your second Golden Trait,  Icon Arcane Rebound, which is exceptional for Mythic+ dungeons and any situation with cleave.

1.3. Third Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Third Golden Trait

1.3.1. Mythic Raid Progression/Single Target Focused

From  Icon Aegwynn's Imperative, head right and grab  Icon Aegwynn's Fury for the Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles damage. Continue right into  Icon Everywhere At Once, which is neat for high mobility fights, but otherwise ineffectual. Grab your final Golden Trait,  Icon Touch of the Magi, which is good in all situations. Go upwards into  Icon Torrential Barrage before backtracking to the start of the tree and filling out  Icon Arcane Purification.

1.3.2. Mythic+ Dungeons/AoE Focused

From the start of the tree take the right path and grab  Icon Arcane Purification, which is an exceptional basic trait for AoE. Go up to the top of the tree and talent into  Icon Torrential Barrage, which is another great AoE trait when paired with the Resonance Icon Resonance talent. Go down through  Icon Everywhere At Once and snag  Icon Touch of the Magi. Finally, grab  Icon Aegwynn's Fury near the centre of the tree.

1.4. Final Point Investment

The remaining points are mostly utility based, and are therefore largely a matter of preference.  Icon Crackling Energy is a good investment, particularly for dungeon focused players, as the extra range can actually be a DPS gain in some instances, and it helps your spread AoE.  Icon Aegwynn's Ascendance adds a little bit of damage to Evocation Icon Evocation, but this is largely negligible and requires you to be nearby targets.  Icon Sloooow Down can be taken any time you feel you can get use out of the potential kiting utility.

2. Relic Choice

  1.  Icon Ethereal Sensitivity is overall the best trait for single target
  2.  Icon Aegwynn's Wrath is a great trait, essentially giving you a free 350 Critical Strike rating
  3.  Icon Blasting Rod is good, particularly for burst
  4.  Icon Aegwynn's Fury for the Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles damage
  5.  Icon Arcane Purification for the AoE benefit
  6. Any of the other damage relics

3. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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