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Arcane Mage DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Feb 17, 2018 at 09:38 by Furty 331 comments

Table of Contents

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics for Arcane Mage

Arcane is a great Swiss Army Knife that has a complete toolkit to approach any situation. It provides great burst as well as impressive cleave and AoE. It is also hyper mobile and comes equipped with a variety of defensive spells and cooldowns. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

2. Talent Choice for Arcane Mage

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

3. Stat Choice for Arcane Mage

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Versatility;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Intellect;
  5. Mastery.

4. Relic Choice for Arcane Mage

  1.  Icon Aegwynn's Imperative
  2. Aegwynn's Intensity Icon Aegwynn's Intensity
  3.  Icon Aegwynn's Fury
  4.  Icon Aegwynn's Wrath

These 4 traits are very close in value. As a rule of thumb, if Aegwynn is in the name, it is one of the best traits.

5. Basic Rotation for Arcane Mage

5.1. "Burn"

Whenever Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power is available, you will enter a Mana "burn", where you aim to deal as much burst damage as possible at the expense of Mana. For the burn:

  1. Ensure you have 4 Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charges.
  2. Place Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power (if talented).
  3. Activate Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power.
  4. Cast Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles whenever available.
  5. Cast Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast.

After Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power ends, cast Evocation Icon Evocation and return to full Mana.

5.2. "Conserve"

Whenever Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power is on cooldown, you should aim to "conserve" enough Mana to be ready for the next Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power burn phase.

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.

6. ChangeLog

  • 17 Feb. 2018: Added a relic priority section.
  • 28 Nov. 2017: Updated rotation.
  • 17 Sep. 2017: Removed mention of Rune of Power.
  • 29 Aug. 2017: Updated stat priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated easy mode talent build for 7.1.5.
  • 08 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Arcane Mages.
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