Mage Class Overview

Last updated on Jun 04, 2021 at 07:16 by Wrdlbrmpft 1 comment

During all of World of Warcraft's History, Mages always were a sought after class.

Be it for their excellent damaging capabilities, or their supportive powers, such as putting up portals, providing buffs, turning enemies into sheep or conjuring food and water.

In The Burning Crusade, mages culminate in their ability to please raid leaders, PVPers, and most importantly, the player. Get ready to delve deeper into the arcane arts and enjoy an introduction to playing mage in the best expansion World of Warcraft has ever had.


Races For Mages

In The Burning Crusade, Mages can be played as Humans, Gnomes, and Draenei for the Alliance and as Undead, Trolls, and Blood Elves for the Horde.




Are Mages good in TBC?

Yes! Mages in TBC are absolute DPS machines and the reworked Arcane and Frost tree add a lot to the gameplay, ensuring that there is much more to it than simply pressing one button the whole night. While they need slightly more raid support than other classes, the support classes needed are in most of the raid setups anyways, so it will be no problem to play your Mage to its full extent. In PvP they also rule Outland's Arenas with their mighty Frost tree.


What is the best Mage spec in TBC?

If you have Mana support, which means a Shadow Priest and maybe a few Innervate IconInnervates and Mana Tide Totem IconMana Tide Totems, Arcane is the best damage spec for the majority of the expansion. If not, or if you have very long fights, Fire is better. Right at the start of the expansion, when nobody has good gear, Frost is the most Mana efficient and also does decent damage.


How many Mages should be in a raid?

With Hunters and Warlocks fitting very well into raid setups, you should aim to bring 1-3 Mages to your raid team. However, since the content is not very hard, you can add more Mages to your raid setup, if you are less hardcore-minded.


What Race is best for Mages?

  • For PvE
    • Alliance — Gnome if casual, Human if speedrunning
    • Horde — Troll
  • For PvP
    • Alliance — Gnome
    • Horde — Undead

Mage Specializations

The talent trees you already know from Classic have been extended and refined. These specializations are commonly also referred to as "specs", and they are as follows.

  • Arcane — Very Mana-hungry, high burst damage, low threat, can turn Mana cooldowns into DPS cooldowns. The best spec for the majority of the game.
  • Fire — Also Mana-hungry but not as much as Arcane, can do decent damage and does more damage the longer a fight goes on.
  • Frost — Overall decent PvE spec, has best PvP potential and can also burst really well in short fights. Incredibly Mana efficient.

Gearing a Mage



Mages wear Cloth armor.



Mages can use use Staves, Wands, Daggers, and One-Handed Swords.


Mage Trainers

If you play a Mage, you will cast spells. Most of these spells can be learned from trainers, however most of these trainers are located in Azeroth.


Alliance Mage Trainers


Horde Mage Trainers


Mage Guides for TBC Classic

If the rest of the page caught your attention, make sure to check out our in-depth guides for leveling a Mage by specialization in the links below!

Beyond leveling or trying out your boosted character, you may also be interested in our full guides for Level 70 Mages as you explore all that TBC Classic has to offer:



  • 04 Jun. 2021: Added links to Mage PvE guides.
  • 18 May 2021: Page added.
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