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Arcane Mage DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:04 by Furty 110 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Arcane Mages. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Hood of Darkened Visions Icon Hood of Darkened Visions Elerethe Renferal
Neck Blackened Portalstone Necklace Icon Blackened Portalstone Necklace Xavius
Shoulders Mantle of Perpetual Bloom Icon Mantle of Perpetual Bloom Cenarius
Chest Maddening Robe of Secrets Icon Maddening Robe of Secrets Xavius
Cloak Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Elerethe Renferal
Wrists Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Icon Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Gloves Handwraps of Delusional Power Icon Handwraps of Delusional Power Dragons of Nightmare
Belt Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Icon Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Elerethe Renferal
Legs Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Icon Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Elerethe Renferal
Boots Crimson Wool-Lined Slippers Icon Crimson Wool-Lined Slippers Ursoc
Ring #1 Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Icon Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Xavius
Ring #2 Grubby Silver Ring Icon Grubby Silver Ring Nythendra
Trinket #1 Wriggling Sinew Icon Wriggling Sinew Il'gynoth, Heart of Spookiness
Trinket #2 Portable Manacracker Icon Portable Manacracker Ivanyr

2. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.71 + 1150×0.75 + 976×1 = 2108.3

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×0.75 + 970×0.78 + 976×1 = 2070.1

We can clearly see that 2108.3 > 2070.1, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

3. Racial Bonuses

Sims done in pre-raid gear (840 ilvl).

Racial Simulations

Racial benefit is pretty minimal for Arcane (currently), so it is recommended you just play whatever makes you happiest.

4. Legendaries

Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master Icon Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master causes Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage to grant 4% of max Mana per Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charge spent. By far the best legendary for any situation. Devalues Mastery even further.

Shard of the Exodar Icon Shard of the Exodar causes your Time Warp Icon Time Warp to not give you Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement, and you can also use your Time Warp Icon Time Warp while affected by Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement and benefit from the active effect. Basically, you get an extra Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism once every 5 minutes. Overall the second best legendary for single target. Situational for heavy cleave and AoE, as it can only be taken full advantage of periodically.

Rhonin's Assaulting Armwraps Icon Rhonin's Assaulting Armwraps causes Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles to have a 10% chance to make your next Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast cast within 5 seconds to cost no Mana. Third best for single target.

Cord of Infinity Icon Cord of Infinity grants 10% increased Mana regeneration when you drop below 40% of maximum Mana. This legendary is pretty mediocre, and fourth best for single target. It is slightly better than Rhonin's Assaulting Armwraps Icon Rhonin's Assaulting Armwraps on heavy cleave and AoE.

5. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Druids, Fire/Frost Mages, and Rogues
Cloth Armor Fire/Frost Mages, Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Fire/Frost Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

6. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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