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Arcane Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 21, 2016 at 06:11 by Furty 19 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Arcane Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Arcane Mage in a raid environment, although most of the content also applies to normal and heroic dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, the number #1 World of Warcraft guild. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

The Arcane specialization is a great jack of all trades specialization in Legion. It continues to provide great burst damage and solid sustained damage on single target encounters, and in Legion it now boasts impressive AoE as well. Arcane is able to instantly apply pressure on new targets, making it a very strong specialization for bursting down priority targets without requiring time to ramp up. Like all Mage specializations, Arcane has high mobility and is fantastic at doing encounter-specific jobs and baiting mechanics. Between Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes, Displacement Icon Displacement, and Blink Icon Blink, high movement encounters have minimal impact on Arcane's overall output. Arcane is also the only Mage specialization with access to Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility, making it the strongest Mage specialization to deal with heavy incoming damage. Finally, Arcane scales extremely well with gear and stats, making it a force to be reckoned with when your items are fully fleshed out.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Mastery has been reworked so damage no longer scales off of current Mana level.
  • Many glyphs are no longer present within the game.
  • Many changes to the talent tree, including a variety of new abilities and passives.

3. Strengths

  • High single-target burst damage
  • Solid AoE on stacked targets and not reliant on cooldowns
  • Strong damage on priority targets
  • Exceptional mobility
  • Excels at doing encounter-specific jobs, such as kiting or baiting mechanics
  • Able to instantly swap target and apply damage without ramp up
  • Strong defensively due to Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility
  • Damage Scales well with gear

4. Weaknesses

  • Weak single-target sustained damage
  • Reliant on cooldowns for single-target damage
  • Mediocre cleave damage

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Arcane is currently weak relative to competitor specs. It handles pack-to-pack AoE very well, making it a great choice for dungeons, but lacks the sustained damage necessary to compete on boss encounters.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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