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Arcane Mage DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Nov 30, 2016 at 21:26 by Furty 213 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 and Reviewer

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

1. Disclaimer

The guide has been updated for 7.1.5, but this page will be updated a bit later.

2. 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 Bough of Corruption Icon Bough of Corruption Xavius
Trinket #2 Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive Nythendra

2.1. Trinket Notes

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets and titanforged rewarded from Mythic+ dungeon grinding there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. Using the list below you should be able to extrapolate whether or not something is an upgrade for you. Trinkets at equal item level, in order of priority, are as follows:

  1. Aran's Relaxing Ruby Icon Aran's Relaxing Ruby (with Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle)
  2. Aran's Relaxing Ruby Icon Aran's Relaxing Ruby (without Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle)
  3. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  4. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  5. Deteriorated Construct Core Icon Deteriorated Construct Core (with Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle)
  6. Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton
  7. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  8. Bough of Corruption Icon Bough of Corruption
  9. Eyasu's Mulligan Icon Eyasu's Mulligan
  10. Moonlit Prism Icon Moonlit Prism
  11. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  12. Stormsinger Fulmination Charge Icon Stormsinger Fulmination Charge
  13. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  14. Infernal Alchemist Stone Icon Infernal Alchemist Stone
  15. Darkmoon Deck: Hellfire Icon Darkmoon Deck: Hellfire
  16. Deteriorated Construct Core Icon Deteriorated Construct Core (without Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle)
  17. Wriggling Sinew Icon Wriggling Sinew
  18. Portable Manacracker Icon Portable Manacracker
  19. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  20. Unstable Horrorslime Icon Unstable Horrorslime
  21. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor
  22. Twisting Wind Icon Twisting Wind
  23. Any of the other dungeon trinkets

3. 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).

4. 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.

5. Legendaries

Rhonin's Assaulting Armwraps Icon Rhonin's Assaulting Armwraps causes Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles to have a 25% chance to make your next Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast cast within 5 seconds to cost no Mana. Overall the best legendary for Arcane.

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. Second best legendary for single target currently.

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 third best legendary for single target. Situational for heavy cleave and AoE, as it can only be taken full advantage of periodically.

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.

6. 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
Trinkets Balance Druids, Fire/Frost Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

7. ChangeLog

  • 30 Nov. 2016: Added a full trinket priority list to help readers extrapolate whether their titanforged trinket is actually an upgrade. Also updated Legendary item values.
  • 12 Nov. 2016: Trinket update.
  • 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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