Fire Mage PvP Guide for TBC Classic

Last updated on Jan 13, 2022 at 09:52 by Seksixeny 16 comments

Welcome to our PvP Fire Mage guide for TBC Classic. Here you will learn all you need to know to properly play Fire Mage in PvP scenarios.


Viability of Fire Mages in TBC Classic PvP

Fire Mages are an unconventional specialization, which relies on its infamous "PoM Pyro" combo to win matches. They have great burst damage, but because it is tied to long cooldowns, wins usually have to be fast or a loss is inevitable, especially against teams with a healer. They fit into no-healer Arena compositions and are also great in Battlegrounds and World PvP.


PoM Pyro Fire PvP Mage Talent Build

This is the standard PoM Pyro build, which gets all pieces of the combo, as well as Slow IconSlow, which can buy you a little bit of time and add some crowd control until you can Polymorph IconPolymorph someone and use the build's namesake Presence of Mind IconPresence of Mind with Pyroblast IconPyroblast to end the game.

Make sure to get Magic Absorption IconMagic Absorption, as Dampen Magic IconDampen Magic is a huge survivability increase for the compositions you are viable in.


Fire PvP Mage Rotation

Rather than a fixed rotation, Mage gameplay is about setting up crowd control chains, followed by bursting down a target with all of your cooldowns at once.

Use your spells accordingly to keep enemies under control, and try to find the best timing to burst them down:


Fire Mage PvP Best in Slot Gear, Gems, and Enchants

You can find our recommended gear, gems, and enchants for PvPing as a Fire Mage in the link below.


Fire Mage PvP Arena Teams and Compositions

Fire Mages need to go into bursty compositions, where quick kills with their PoM Pyro can be achieved. Here are some suggestions:

In 2v2, Mage + Rogue is your best composition, as a Rogue can contribute extra burst damage and crowd control to make a kill in the opener much more likely.

In 3v3, Mage + Rogue + Disc Priest is your best composition, with Shadow Priest also being a viable spec, since you will run out of steam earlier than a traditional Frost Mage anyway.

In 5v5, PoM Pyro Mage can work with most compositions, and is a strong specialization to help burst someone down in the opener. Ideally, you would pair up with an Elemental Shaman which can do similar levels of on-demand burst and also brings the incredibly useful Bloodlust IconBloodlust.


Fire Mage PvP Tricks and Tips

In order to become the best Mage possible, you should understand what your talents and spells are for. The amount of details that can go into this section of the guide is endless, but we will try to keep things brief in order to give you a general idea, which you can use to jumpstart your PvP experience.

Magic Attunement IconMagic Attunement amplifies Amplify Magic IconAmplify Magic and Dampen Magic IconDampen Magic by up to 50%. This is typically very useful to lower the damage you take from enemy casters, but will also reduce your healing taken, making it mostly useful in all-dps compositions.

Improved Counterspell IconImproved Counterspell makes your Counterspell IconCounterspell silence its target for 4 seconds. This guarantees that you can stop your target's casting, even if they do not actually try to cast anything in the first place. It also guarantees full silence, rather than the school silence of baseline Counterspell.

Presence of Mind IconPresence of Mind makes your next spell be instantly cast, but only once every 3 minutes. This can be used to burst very hard with Pyroblast IconPyroblast, to instantly crowd control an enemy with Polymorph IconPolymorph, and other, more niche uses.

Arcane Power IconArcane Power increases your damage by 30%, but makes your spells also cost 30% more Mana and only lasts 15 seconds, with a 3-minute cooldown. This is a very powerful boost to your damage, but ultimately, it requires a heavy commitment to the Arcane tree that lowers your burst damage outside of the Arcane Power window.

Impact IconImpact makes your Fire spells randomly stun an enemy for 2 seconds. Considering how often Scorch IconScorch and Fire Blast IconFire Blast are cast when Fire-specced, this is quite likely to happen at least once during a fight.

Ignite IconIgnite allows your critical strikes to finish enemies off by themselves, as they will take up to 40% extra damage from your critical strikes over 4 seconds. It can also be useful to keep Rogues out of stealth.

Pyroblast IconPyroblast does huge damage, but also requires 6 seconds to be cast. This means it is usually used alongside Presence of Mind IconPresence of Mind, or as an opener, before enemy players can react to your presence or while they are Polymorph IconPolymorphed.

Spellsteal IconSpellsteal is expensive to cast, but when used at the right time, can turn a match around by stealing enemy buffs such as Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier, Power Infusion IconPower Infusion, and Icy Veins IconIcy Veins, or heals-over-time such as Lifebloom IconLifebloom!

Against casters, Molten Armor IconMolten Armor is great in short, burst-oriented matches, while Mage Armor IconMage Armor can give you an edge in prolonged matches. Ice Armor IconIce Armor is the armor of choice against melee comps, as its slow reduces their damage and makes you a hard target to focus.

Finally, it is important to note that Polymorph IconPolymorph shares diminishing returns with Gouge IconGouge, Sap IconSap, Repentance IconRepentance, Freezing Trap IconFreezing Trap, and Wyvern Sting IconWyvern Sting.

Frost Nova IconFrost Nova shares diminishing returns with Entangling Roots IconEntangling Roots.



  • 13 Jan. 2022: Added a note on Mage Armor usage.
  • 01 Oct. 2021: Fixed a typo with Ice Barrier being mentioned on the Fire guide.
  • 02 Aug. 2021: Guide created.
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