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

Last updated on Jan 09, 2017 at 17:20 by Furty 247 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

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

2.1.1. Heavy Cleave/AOE (Stacked)

2.2. For General Use

This build is an excellent starting point for questing and general purpose usage.

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 is a good choice for primarily single-target encounters, and gets better with gear, as you will be casting less and less Fireball Icon Fireballs. Conflagration Icon Conflagration is not far behind on single-target, and pulls ahead noticeably when several targets are stacked that are damaged by the flare procs.

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.

Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power should be your go-to talent any time you are confident you will be able to take full advantage of the full 10-second buff reliably. It provides enormous burst potential and the predictable cooldown makes it easy to line up with cooldowns, procs, and fight mechanics.

Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is good for situations where you want a stable and sustained damage increase, however, it never outperforms Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power in a raid or dungeon scenario. Useful for questing or dailies if you want a passive option.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image is very competitive on pure single-target, currently, but falls behind the other options heavily once a second target is present.

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. 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.

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 1-2 targets. Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch is the best choice for sustained 3-4 target cleave. Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is an exceptional choice for 5+ targets. Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is also the best choice for intermittent 3+ targets, and it also results in single-target damage increase in such situations.

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. Tichondrius). 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 can also be very strong 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

  • 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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