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Fire Mage DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 29, 2016 at 10:02 by Furty 228 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Fire 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 Fire Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

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.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Rinoa, a Fire Mage theorycrafter for Altered Time who is also a raider for Consequence.

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 Xavius
Neck Blackened Portalstone Necklace Icon Blackened Portalstone Necklace Xavius
Shoulders Ancient Dreamwoven Mantle Icon Ancient Dreamwoven Mantle Nythendra
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 Aran's Relaxing Ruby Icon Aran's Relaxing Ruby Shade of Medivh

1.1. 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. Wriggling Sinew Icon Wriggling Sinew
  3. Aran's Relaxing Ruby Icon Aran's Relaxing Ruby (without Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle)
  4. Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton
  5. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  6. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  7. Portable Manacracker Icon Portable Manacracker
  8. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  9. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  10. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor
  11. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  12. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  13. Bough of Corruption Icon Bough of Corruption
  14. Stormsinger Fulmination Charge Icon Stormsinger Fulmination Charge
  15. Darkmoon Deck: Hellfire Icon Darkmoon Deck: Hellfire
  16. Twisting Wind Icon Twisting Wind
  17. Any of the other dungeon trinkets

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:

380×0.76 + 1150×0.81 + 976×1 = 2196.3

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:

450×0.81 + 970×0.84 + 976×1 = 2155.3

We can clearly see that 2196.3 > 2155.3, 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), credit to Frosted.

Racial Simulations

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

4. Legendaries

Marquee Bindings of the Sun King Icon Marquee Bindings of the Sun King alters the playstyle in a unique fashion. After consuming a Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak, there is a 20% chance your next non-instant Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast will deal 300% increased damage. This means you will be hardcasting Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast occasionally when using this legendary for the increased damage. Overall the best legendary on single target when playing with the recommended talent build.

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, and possibly the best for progression if you need to push several separate damage checks within a fight.

Darckli's Dragonfire Diadem Icon Darckli's Dragonfire Diadem increases Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath damage by 100% and ranged by 25 yards. Actually quite good on single target, third best overall. Great for cleave and AoE and instantly bursting down large packs of adds, for example, spiders on Elerethe Renferal.

Koralon's Burning Touch Icon Koralon's Burning Touch increases Scorch Icon Scorch damage by 350% when an enemy is below 25% health. Worst damage legendary. Replace Fireball Icon Fireball with Scorch Icon Scorch below 25% health, basically. If you get this legendary make sure you play with Cinderstorm Icon Cinderstorm as Scorch Icon Scorch does not reduce the Combustion Icon Combustion cooldown from Kindling Icon Kindling.

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, Arcane/Frost Mages, and Rogues
Cloth Armor Arcane/Frost Mages, Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Balance Druids, Arcane/Frost Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

6. ChangeLog

  • 29 Nov. 2016: Updated trinket best in slot.
  • 30 Oct. 2016: Added a full trinket priority list to help readers extrapolate whether their titanforged trinket is actually an upgrade.
  • 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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