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Fire Mage DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Feb 20, 2017 at 19:02 by Furty 285 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Fire Mages in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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 has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. 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. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Pyromaniac Pyromaniac Conflagration Conflagration Firestarter Firestarter
30 Shimmer Shimmer Blast Wave ? Blast Wave Blazing Soul Blazing Soul
45 Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power Rune of Power Incanter's Flow ? Incanter's Flow
60 Alexstrasza's Fury Alexstrasza's Fury Flame On Flame On Controlled Burn Controlled Burn
75 Frenetic Speed Frenetic Speed Ring of Frost Ring of Frost Ice Ward Ice Ward
90 Living Bomb Living Bomb Unstable Magic Unstable Magic Flame Patch ? Flame Patch
100 Kindling ? Kindling Cinderstorm Cinderstorm Meteor Meteor

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. Raid Encounters

2.1.1. Single Target

These talents should be used on Chronomatic Anomaly, Trilliax, Star Augur Etraeus, Krosus, and Grand Magistrix Elisande.

On Chronomatic Anomaly you should instead use Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb.

2.1.2. Intermittent Cleave

These talents should be used on Spellblade Aluriel, Tichondrius, High Botanist Tel'arn, and Gul'dan.

On Gul'dan you should instead use Meteor Icon Meteor.

2.1.3. Heavy Cleave/AOE (Stacked)

These talents should be used on Skorpyron and in Mythic+ dungeons.

Flame On Icon Flame On can also be used if the player does not have Darckli's Dragonfire Diadem Icon Darckli's Dragonfire Diadem. It will improve your single target damage at the expense of a little bit of AoE.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Pyromaniac Pyromaniac Conflagration Conflagration Firestarter Firestarter

Tier 1 talents offer a minor boost to sustained damage.

Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac and Conflagration Icon Conflagration are practically equal on a single-target, and either can be selected based on player preference. Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac will have a little higher variance pull to pull but the potential for good RNG streaks, whereas Conflagration Icon Conflagration will be very consistent at all times. Conflagration Icon Conflagration pulls noticeably ahead when 2+ targets are stacked.

Firestarter Icon Firestarter is not quite as useful, as you have Combustion Icon Combustion on the opener which guarantees criticals. Since the 100-90% phase of most bosses is typically quite short this talent is a little lacklustre, despite recent buffs.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Shimmer Shimmer Blast Wave ? Blast Wave Blazing Soul Blazing Soul

Tier 2 talents offer a boost in defensive utility.

  • Shimmer Icon Shimmer replaces your Blink Icon Blink ability. It functions exactly the same as Blink Icon Blink except it is off the Global Cooldown and does not interrupt spellcasting.
  • Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave causes an explosion around yourself, dealing Fire damage to all enemies within 8 yards and reducing their movement speed by 70% for 4 seconds.
  • Blazing Soul Icon Blazing Soul causes Fire damage dealt to targets within 8 yards to refill your Blazing Barrier Icon Blazing Barrier for 40% of the damage dealt.

Shimmer Icon Shimmer should be your go-to talent in most situations, as it gives you more mobility and the ability to Blink Icon Blink without triggering a Global Cooldown. Not only does this result in a noticeable damage gain, but should also allow for better survivability on high movement fights.

Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave can be useful for Mythic+ if you need the additional control for kiting.

Blazing Soul Icon Blazing Soul is very situational as it requires you to be nearly in melee range, and lacks the additional mobility that Shimmer Icon Shimmer provides.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power Rune of Power Incanter's Flow ? Incanter's Flow

Tier 3 talents are focused on providing the player a consistent damage increase.

  • Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image creates 3 copies of yourself which damage enemies and last 40 seconds.
  • Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power places a small zone which increases the damage you do by 40% for 10 seconds. This ability has a 45-second cooldown, with 2 charges.
  • Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow increases your damage between 4% and 20%, cycling every 10 seconds.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image the best option for dealing single target damage, currently.

Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power should be your go-to talent for cleave and AoE. It offers great burst potential and can be used flexibly to adapt to the timers present in the encounter. Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power is also a close competitor on single target, meaning you do not sacrifice much damage in order to dramatically improve your cleave damage. For single target and cleave it should always be paired with Meteor Icon Meteor for maximum effect.

Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is good for situations where you want a stable and sustained damage increase. It falls quite far behind on a single target, although it can be quite strong on cleave and AoE. It rarely competes with Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power in a raid setting, however, as most AoE is not sustained for the entire fight, and favors the more bursty nature of Rune instead. This can be a good choice for Mythic+ dungeons if you are not fully comfortable using Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Alexstrasza's Fury Alexstrasza's Fury Flame On Flame On Controlled Burn Controlled Burn

Tier 4 talents are focused on providing unique damage utility.

Flame On Icon Flame On should be your go-to choice on raid bosses, as it allows for the most Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks throughout a fight.

Alexstrasza's Fury Icon Alexstrasza's Fury is a great choice for heavy cleave encounters and greatly increases your snap AoE damage. It is also a fantastic choice for Mythic+ dungeons. Players using the legendary item Darckli's Dragonfire Diadem Icon Darckli's Dragonfire Diadem should use this talent in all situations where 2+ targets will be present.

Controlled Burn Icon Controlled Burn is stronger with the buffs in 7.1.5, but it is still too unpredictable to be a contender.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Frenetic Speed Frenetic Speed Ring of Frost Ring of Frost Ice Ward Ice Ward

Tier 5 talents focus primarily on providing utility.

Frenetic Speed Icon Frenetic Speed is currently the only talent with a benefit in raids.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Living Bomb Living Bomb Unstable Magic Unstable Magic Flame Patch ? Flame Patch

Tier 6 talents add various cleave and AoE utility to your kit.

  • Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb applies a bomb to the target which explodes after a delay and spreads itself to nearby targets.
  • Unstable Magic Icon Unstable Magic grants Fireball Icon Fireball a 25% chance to splash for 50% additional damage to all targets within 8-yards of the target.
  • Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch adds a burning ground effect to Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike that lasts for 8 seconds.

Unstable Magic Icon Unstable Magic is the best choice for single target.

Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is the best choice for 2+ targets, and it also results in a single-target damage increase in such situations. It is a DPS loss to use this ability if there is only 1 target present.

Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch is can be quite potent if there are 3+ priority targets that will not die quickly and do not move out of the Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch. It is a bit niche, but in the cases it works, it works well.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Kindling ? Kindling Cinderstorm Cinderstorm Meteor Meteor

Tier 7 talents add new abilities and major playstyle shifts to your kit.

  • Kindling Icon Kindling reduces the cooldown of Combustion Icon Combustion by 1 second every time Fireball Icon Fireball, Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast, and Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast critically strike.
  • Cinderstorm Icon Cinderstorm is a short cooldown conal spray that deals extra damage to targets afflicted by Ignite Icon Ignite.
  • Meteor Icon Meteor summons a meteor to fall from the sky after a short delay, dealing large initial damage and leaving a burning patch on the ground for 8 seconds.

Meteor Icon Meteor is the best option for single-target, and also a great option for intermittent cleave when adds are occasionally present (e.g. Chronomatic Anomaly). It has perfect synergy with Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power and contributes to your Ignite Icon Ignite.

Cinderstorm Icon Cinderstorm is the best option for any sustained cleave, and also for AoE (when combined with Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power). It is also a strong choice on single-target when combined with Mirror Image Icon Mirror Images, though this is trinket dependent and not as flexible as the Meteor Icon Meteor build.

Kindling Icon Kindling can be an option if the timings of the fight require more frequent Combustion Icon Combustions, or an intermission phase lines up with your cooldown causing it to be further delayed. On a normal fight, however, this talent is inferior to the other options currently.

10. ChangeLog

  • 20 Feb. 2017: Updated Flame Patch viability.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Updated talent descriptions, added some fight specific talent advice, and updated builds.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Fully updated talents for 7.1.5.
  • 29 Nov. 2016: Updated Level 110 talent discussion.
  • 01 Sep. 2016: Following Arold's review, Meteor is now a viable Level 100 talent in specific situations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Tweaked Level 100 talent advice.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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