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Fire Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 29, 2016 at 10:02 by Furty 227 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Fire Mage in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

The Fire specialization is fantastic at delivering both burst and sustained damage on a variety of fight types. Fire cleaves extremely efficiently on stacked targets, gaining overall damage without sacrificing any single target at all. Fire really shines on fights where a multitude of stacked targets all have equal or high priority. With many of the changes present in Legion, Fire has evolved to become a very potent spec at bursting down priority targets as well. Like all Mage specializations, Fire has high mobility and is fantastic at doing encounter specific jobs and baiting mechanics. Between Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes, Blink Icon Blink, Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak, and Scorch Icon Scorch, high movement encounters have minimal impact on Fire's overall output. Finally, Fire 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?

  • Combustion Icon Combustion now increases Critical Strike by 100% and Mastery by an amount equal to your Critical Strike rating for 10 seconds.
  • Inferno Blast has been renamed to Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast, has 2-charges, no longer spreads your DoTs and debuffs, is off the global cooldown, and can be cast while casting.
  • Ignite Icon Ignite now spreads automatically to a nearby enemy every 2 seconds.
  • 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

  • Great burst damage
  • Very efficient cleave on stacked groups
  • Exceptional mobility
  • Great at nuking down high priority adds quickly

4. Weaknesses

  • No spread cleave or multidot
  • Cleave is automatic, making damage stops on stacked targets difficult

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Fire is currently one of the strongest specializations for raiding and Mythic+ dungeons and one of the go-to specs for Mage. It is a great choice if you only want to invest Artifact power into a single spec.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 29 Nov. 2016 (this page): Updated Fire Blast & Combustion changes for clarity.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Opening Sequence.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (spells page): Updated "Main Resource" section to discuss Mana Starvation. Also updated Dragon's Breath description.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Updated relic choices due to more recent SimC info.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket best in slot.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Level 110 talent discussion.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added a full trinket priority list to help readers extrapolate whether their titanforged trinket is actually an upgrade.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): Added a sentence in the viability section regarding Fire being a great spec for players who only want to invest in a single Artifact tree.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated enchants.
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Simplified rotation by adding checkboxes to hide or reveal specific lines (cooldown, talents, AoE, etc.).
  • 01 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Following Arold's review, Meteor is now a viable Level 100 talent in specific situations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (this page): Fixed Combustion's description.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Tweaked Level 100 talent advice.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Fixed Combustion's description.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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