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Arcane Mage DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Feb 17, 2018 at 09:37 by Furty 331 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Arcane Mage. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5.

The other pages of our Arcane Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Blixius, a top Arcane Mage who raids in Bird is the Word.

1. Artifact Progression for Arcane Mage — First 35 Points

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

After acquiring the starting point,  Icon Might of the Guardians, take the left road into  Icon Blasting Rod for some immediate punch on your Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast. This is a good trait for burst, especially. Grab  Icon Aegwynn's Imperative to extend your Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power to a maximum of 13 seconds before heading left into Force Barrier Icon Force Barrier. This is an excellent defensive trait and enforces the notion that you should take full advantage of Prismatic Barrier Icon Prismatic Barrier whenever possible. Invest into your first Golden Trait, the  Icon Rule of Threes, which gives your Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles even more damage.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Continue upwards along the tree into  Icon Ethereal Sensitivity, the best basic trait on the tree on longer encounters.  Icon Aegwynn's Wrath is also amazing, and is your next allocation of points. Go downwards and snag your second Golden Trait,  Icon Arcane Rebound, which is exceptional for Mythic+ dungeons and any situation with cleave.

1.3. Third Golden Trait

1.3.1. Mythic Raid Progression/Single Target Focused

From  Icon Aegwynn's Imperative, head right and grab  Icon Aegwynn's Fury for the Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles damage. Continue right into  Icon Everywhere At Once, which is neat for high mobility fights, but otherwise ineffectual. Grab your final Golden Trait,  Icon Touch of the Magi, which is good in all situations. Go upwards into  Icon Torrential Barrage before backtracking to the start of the tree and filling out  Icon Arcane Purification.

1.3.2. Mythic+ Dungeons/AoE Focused

From the start of the tree take the right path and grab  Icon Arcane Purification, which is an exceptional basic trait for AoE. Go up to the top of the tree and talent into  Icon Torrential Barrage, which is another great AoE trait when paired with the Resonance Icon Resonance talent. Go down through  Icon Everywhere At Once and snag  Icon Touch of the Magi. Finally, grab  Icon Aegwynn's Fury near the centre of the tree.

1.4. Final Point Investment

The remaining points are mostly utility based, and are therefore largely a matter of preference.  Icon Crackling Energy is a good investment, particularly for dungeon focused players, as the extra range can actually be a DPS gain in some instances, and it helps your spread AoE.  Icon Aegwynn's Ascendance adds a little bit of damage to Evocation Icon Evocation, but this is largely negligible and requires you to be nearby targets.  Icon Sloooow Down can be taken any time you feel you can get use out of the potential kiting utility.

2. Patch 7.2: 35+ Trait Path for Arcane Mage

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Patch 7.2 has replaced the 35-54 Paragon system with several additional new traits becoming available upon acquisition of the 35th point. All of the previous Relic traits will also unlock a 4th rank, along with a new Paragon system becoming available after all traits have been filled (via Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall) which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

Detailed below is our suggested maxing order after 35 traits:

  1. Intensity of the Tirisgarde Icon Intensity of the Tirisgarde
  2. Aegwynn's Intensity Icon Aegwynn's Intensity
  3. Aluneth's Avarice Icon Aluneth's Avarice
  4. Time and Space Icon Time and Space
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Ethereal Sensitivity
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Aegwynn's Wrath
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Aegwynn's Fury
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Blasting Rod
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Arcane Purification
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Torrential Barrage
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Aegwynn's Imperative
  12. Fourth rank of Force Barrier Icon Force Barrier
  13. Fourth rank of  Icon Everywhere At Once
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

3. Relic Priority for Arcane Mage

  1. +3 Weapon Item Level;
  2.  Icon Aegwynn's Imperative
  3. Aegwynn's Intensity Icon Aegwynn's Intensity
  4.  Icon Aegwynn's Fury
  5.  Icon Aegwynn's Wrath
  6. +2 Weapon Item Level;
  7.  Icon Ethereal Sensitivity;
  8.  Icon Arcane Purification*;
  9.  Icon Blasting Rod;
  10. +1 Weapon Item Level;
  11.  Icon Torrential Barrage;
  12.  Icon Everywhere At Once;
  13. Force Barrier Icon Force Barrier.

* Icon Arcane Purification is the worst trait on single target encounters, however it is the best trait in multi-target situations with two or more stacked enemies.

4. ChangeLog

  • 17 Feb. 2018: Updated relic priority, added Weapon Item Levels to priority.
  • 01 Nov. 2017: Swapped Blasting Rod and Aegwynn's Fury.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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