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Fire Mage DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:04 by Furty 227 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Fire Mages in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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. Basics

The stat priority for a Fire Mage is:

  1. Critical Strike;
  2. Intellect;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Versatility.
  5. Haste;

1.1. Stat Weights

These values are calculated for a single target. Mastery pulls slightly ahead of Critical Strike on cleave and AoE.

  1. Intellect: 1.00
  2. Critical Strike: 1.30
  3. Versatility: 0.84
  4. Haste: 0.81
  5. Mastery: 0.76

As the value of Mastery rapidly inflates with number of targets, it is still recommended that you focus stacking it after Critical Strike. It is close in value to Haste and Versatility on single target, but far outpaces them once at least one secondary target is present and stacked.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damage of your spells.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit, which in turn increases your chances to get instant-free Pyroblast Icon Pyroblasts. This gives you the most reliable damage and smooths out the rotation considerably, giving you the most consistent output.

Mastery, through Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite, increases the damage of your Ignite Icon Ignite DoT. Mastery is very close to Critical Strike in value, increasing with the number of targets present, eventually outpacing Critical Strike on sustained AoE and cleave. Critical Strike and Mastery have good synergy, because Pyroblast Icon Pyroblasts and Flamestrike Icon Flamestrikes affected by Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak cause double the normal ignite value, which is further increased by your Mastery.

Haste influences the cast speed of your spells. It also influences the cooldown of Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast and the speed at which Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb detonates.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

3. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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