Fire Mage PvP Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Jan 18, 2023 at 12:00 by Wrdlbrmpft 6 comments

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


Viability of Fire Mages in WotLK Classic PvP

Fire Mages are an unconventional specialization, which relies on steady and high damage. They have less single-target burst damage than Arcane Mages, while the Fire Mage AoE is really strong. Their single-target damage is more sustained and not as tied towards long cooldowns, and their burst is tied mostly to procs. They fit better into Arena compositions with a healer and are also great in Battlegrounds and World PvP.


Pyro Fire PvP Mage Talent Build

This is the standard Living Bomb IconLiving Bomb+Imp CS build, which gets a decent DoT that deals damage after 12s or when dispelled, instant Pyros from Hot Streak IconHot Streak after critting twice in a row, and the small damage cooldown Combustion IconCombustion. This spec also comes with a little better crowd control, as Blast Wave IconBlast Wave has a knockback and daze, while Dragon's Breath IconDragon's Breath has a disorient effect.

Focus Magic IconFocus Magic is only viable if you play with another caster that crits a lot.


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, hoping for many Hot Streak IconHot Streak procs. DoTting up multiple enemies with Living Bomb IconLiving Bomb can be fatal for them and can even be used as a tactical way to keep them spread, which makes focusing one person a little easier.

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


Fire PvP Mage Glyphs

Recommended glyphs are Glyph of Living Bomb Icon Glyph of Living Bomb, Glyph of Scorch Icon Glyph of Scorch and Glyph of Polymorph Icon Glyph of Polymorph as Major glyphs. For Minor glyphs, Fire Mages use Glyph of Arcane Intellect Icon Glyph of Arcane Intellect, Glyph of Frost Ward Icon Glyph of Frost Ward and Glyph of Fire Ward Icon Glyph of Fire Ward.


Gearing a PvP Fire Mage in Wrath of the Lich King

The list linked below includes the best possible gear setup for a Fire Mage in PvP.


Fire Mage PvP Arena Teams and Compositions

Fire Mages need to go into compositions where tactical play is relevant and controlled burst damage is not required. Here are some suggestions:

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

In 3v3, Mage + Warlock + Any Healer is a good composition with the huge sustained damage potential and excellent crowd-control abilities both Warlock and Mage bring.

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


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.

Combustion IconCombustion increases the Critical Strike chance by 10% per spell until 3 non-periodical Critical Strikes have been made, and increases your Critical Strike damage bonus by 50% while active. This can be used to burst hard and to proc Hot Streak IconHot Streak Pyroblast IconPyroblasts.

Improved Scorch IconImproved Scorch increases your Fireball IconFireball Critical Strike chance by 3% and Scorch adds a debuff to the target that increases its chance to be critically hit with spells by 5%. Lasts 30 seconds.

Impact IconImpact gives your damaging spells a 10% chance to cause the next Fire Blast IconFire Blast to stun the target for 2 seconds. Needless to say that this is very useful to, for example, "silence" an enemy healer for 2 seconds.

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.

Living Bomb IconLiving Bomb does periodic damage and after 12 seconds, or when the target is dispelled, explodes, dealing damage to all enemies within 10 yards. This can be useful to keep Rogues out of stealth or to keep enemies spread from each other so they do not take the explosion. Very strong against melee compositions.

Pyroblast IconPyroblast does huge damage, but also requires 5 seconds to be cast. This means it is usually used alongside Hot Streak IconHot Streak and Fiery Payback IconFiery Payback, 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!

Focus Magic IconFocus Magic gives you 3% crit for 10 seconds, when the friendly target with this buff scores a critical strike. Increases the target's spell critical strike chance by 3%.

Blast Wave IconBlast Wave and Dragon's Breath IconDragon's Breath deal damage and can act as crowd control spells, as Blast Wave IconBlast Wave has a knockback and a 6-seconds daze, while Dragon's Breath IconDragon's Breath has a 5-second disorient effect.

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.



  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 18 Oct. 2022: Updated talent tree and rotation.
  • 26 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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