Season of Discovery Arcane Mage Healer Talents and Runes

Last updated on Feb 08, 2024 at 15:00 by Seksixeny 9 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talents for your Arcane Mage healer in WoW Classic — Season of Discovery, as well as advised runes.

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Mage Healer Talent Build

As the current maximum level is only 40, the talents you can pick from are very limited, but expect this page to drastically expand as the level cap increases.

Arcane Talent Build

Mages heal by dealing damage, which is converted to healing with the new Temporal Beacon Icon Temporal Beacon mechanic, which you can place on a target with Regeneration Icon Regeneration or on many targets with Mass Regeneration Icon Mass Regeneration.

As the healing is not split, you can ramp up for big raid damage events by setting up multiple beacons and then using your damage cooldowns, or stay Mana conservative by having only a few beacons out on important targets such as the tank, instead.

While the Arcane tree is very straightforward, as there are not many useful damage-increasing talents, a significant adjustment you can do to our proposed talents above is dropping some points in Magic Absorption Icon Magic Absorption and Arcane Focus Icon Arcane Focus in order to pick up Improved Arcane Missiles Icon Improved Arcane Missiles. While this will generally not be needed with the new Missile Barrage Icon Missile Barrage rune, getting even a single pushback and losing Missiles as a result can be extremely punishing in some encounters.

Points into Wand Specialization Icon Wand Specialization should no longer be needed, now that there are more Mana-conscious options to spend Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast charges on at high stacks.

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  • Gloves — Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast
  • Pants — Mass Regeneration Icon Mass Regeneration (Healing) or Living Flame Icon Living Flame (DPS)
  • Chest — Regeneration Icon Regeneration
  • Waist — Missile Barrage Icon Missile Barrage
  • Feet — Chronostatic Preservation Icon Chronostatic Preservation (Burst ST Healing) or Spell Power Icon Spell Power (DPS / AoE Healing)

The great thing about Mage Healer is that you can swap between healer and DPS by just changing your runes: just taking the Regeneration Icon Regeneration is enough to get a lot of focused healing done into your Temporal Beacon Icon Temporal Beacon target while still doing a lot of damage!

Your area healing will be much better if you also take Mass Regeneration Icon Mass Regeneration, and Chronostatic Preservation Icon Chronostatic Preservation is a huge single target heal once charged, but neither is strictly necessary for all encounters.

Unfortunately, Living Flame Icon Living Flame was changed to, alongside Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion, convert 80% lower healing on your Temporal Beacon Icon Temporal Beacon targets, and is thus mostly a DPS-oriented rune now.

More Engravings are likely to come out as we reach higher level caps, so make sure to keep a tab on our general Mage Rune guide below to learn what they do, and where to find them:

3.

Notable Mage Healer Talents

The Arcane tree is full of utility goodies for Mages, including very powerful damage boosting talents at the end of the tree. While not all of them are reachable at Level 40, here's a preview of the best stuff the tree has to offer:

Arcane Focus Icon Arcane Focus gives you 10% free Spell Hit for Arcane spells, which is a simple, but very powerful bonus!

Wand Specialization Icon Wand Specialization is a decent damage and healing increase as Arcane damage wands, such as Greater Magic Wand Icon Greater Magic Wand, are now allowed to contribute towards Temporal Beacon Icon Temporal Beacon healing.

Improved Arcane Missiles Icon Improved Arcane Missiles gives you up to 100% less cast time delay from damage on Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles. Strong whenever you are being focused, but also a weak use of points if you are not the main focus target for enemies.

Arcane Concentration Icon Arcane Concentration allows Clearcasting to happen after 10% of your casts, which saves a ton of Mana over time and allows gameplay such as using weaker, cheaper spells to proc it, followed by your strongest, most expensive spell. For now this does not work with healing runes such as Mass Regeneration Icon Mass Regeneration, but that is something likely to be changed in the future so keep an eye out!

Presence of Mind Icon Presence of Mind makes your next spell be instantly cast, but only once every 3-minutes. This can be used to deal burst damage with Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast and other longer cast time spells, or to instantly crowd control an enemy with Polymorph Icon Polymorph, for example.

Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power increases your damage by 30% but makes them also cost 30% more Mana, and only lasts 15 seconds, with a 3-minute cooldown. This is a very powerful boost to your damage and converted healing.

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Changelog

  • 08 Feb. 2024: Updated talents, runes and explanation text for Phase 2.
  • 19 Dec. 2023: Clarified that Living Flame post-hotfix can now consume Arcane Blast stacks.
  • 15 Dec. 2023: Added reference to Arcane damage wands contributing towards Beacon healing and removed explanation of currently unreachable talents.
  • 09 Dec. 2023: New recommended talents to account for BFD bosses only being MaxLevel +2, drastically lowering their Hit cap.
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