Arcane Mage Patch 9.1 Changes Analysis — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Apr 25, 2021 at 16:30 by Dutchmagoz 41 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.1 changes for Arcane Mage affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.


Arcane Mage in Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination

This page will go over how the changes currently on the Patch 9.1 Public Test Realm (PTR) will affect Arcane Mages, specifically how the changes impact the playstyle, best Legendaries, Covenants, etc. If you are simply interested in what the current changes are for Arcane Mage on the 9.1 PTR, you can instead read our full list of changes to the entire Mage class on our dedicated page below. For an additional list of content coming in Patch 9.1, you can also check out our Patch 9.1 Overview page.



Because the changes discussed on this page are on the PTR, there is a high likelihood of things changing before Patch 9.1 goes live. Additionally, as there is still a lot of time left until 9.1 goes live, things that might currently appear best might not end up being best due to continued theorycrafting discovering better builds. Due to this, we strongly suggest that you check back when 9.1 is fully live for the latest state of Arcane Mages.


Best Talents in Patch 9.1 for Arcane Mage

The changes in 9.1 do not have any impact on talent balance.


Best Legendary in Patch 9.1 for Arcane Mage

When you cannot benefit from Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment properly, Harmonic Echo Icon Harmonic Echo for Kyrian Arcane Mages and Death's Fathom Icon Death's Fathom for Necrolord Arcane Mages are looking like good alternatives. For example, this can occur on fights where additional targets go away before reaching 35% health, or other reasons that might not make Arcane Bombardment practical to use.

In practice, these new Legendaries will most likely not end up replacing any of the existing Legendaries outside of the described niche above.


Best Covenant in Patch 9.1 for Arcane Mage

None of the 9.1 changes currently appear to impact Covenant balance.



  • 25 Apr. 2021: Page Created.
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