Arcane Mage DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 19:26 by Dutchmagoz 13 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Arcane Mage in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

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 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.

If you are completely new to Arcane and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.

2.

Covenant Choice for Arcane Mage

The best Covenant for all PvE content is Night Fae. All Soulbinds are very close in strength, so you can largely pick the Soulbind you prefer based on utility. Korayn is generally the best pick for most situations and Renown levels, by going with this tree.

2.1.

Conduit Choice for Arcane Mage

2.1.1.

Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Arcane Mage

  1. Arcane Prodigy Icon Arcane Prodigy (when Night Fae
  2. Magi's Brand Icon Magi's Brand
  3. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae only)
  4. Arcane Prodigy Icon Arcane Prodigy (when not Night Fae)
  5. Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian only) / Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr only)
  6. Nether Precision Icon Nether Precision
2.1.2.

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Arcane Mage

  1. Artifice of the Archmage Icon Artifice of the Archmage
  2. Magi's Brand Icon Magi's Brand
  3. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae only)
  4. Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr only) / Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian only) / Gift of the Lich Icon Gift of the Lich (Necrolord only)

For more info regarding what Soulbind and Conduits to pick for what situation, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.

3.

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.

If you are looking for the absolute best talents for Arcane, which do not compromise on performance for ease of use, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.

4.

Gearing an Arcane Mage

4.1.

Stat Choice for Arcane Mage

You will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

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

We recommend you prioritize item levels over specific stats, as they are all extremely close in value.

While the stat priority for classes is normally the same for both the Easy Mode page and our full guide, subtle differences can still occur. If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for the priority, head to our full stats page below.

4.2.

Legendary Choice for Arcane Mage

Arcane needs multiple legendaries to be able to perform optimally in all situations. Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment is the best AoE legendary, and only around 1-3% behind the best single-target option, so if you want to focus on a single legendary, we suggest Arcane Bombardment. Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp is slightly better on single-target if you can get good use out of it, so that is another good option to craft.

If you are looking for in-depth explanation on what Legendary to pick for what situation and how to obtain them, read our Legendary page below.

If you are interested in finding out about the specific best in slot items from the current tier, or want more information on how to gear, we suggest reading the full gearing page below.

5.

Basic Rotation for Arcane Mage

The Arcane rotation consists of 2 priority lists, the Burn Phase and the Conserve Phase. The concept is to maintain a high and stable Mana pool during your "Conserve" phase, biding time until your cooldowns are available. As soon as your cooldowns are ready, you enter the "Burn" phase where you siphon all your Mana into damage. Then when you run out of Mana, you use Evocation Icon Evocation to return back to full Mana.

5.1.

The Burn Phase

You can enter the Burn Phase when the following is true:

Below we have listed the order in which you should perform your spells during the Burn Phase.

  1. Cast Touch of the Magi Icon Touch of the Magi.
  2. Cast Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power.
  3. Cast Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles if you have Clearcasting Icon Clearcasting.
  4. Cast Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power while Rune of Power is not already active from Arcane Power.
  5. Cast Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast.
  6. Cast Evocation Icon Evocation when out of Mana.
5.2.

The Conserve Phase

You should enter the Conserve Phase any time you are not in the Burn Phase. The goal of the Conserve Phase is to get as many high Arcane Charges casts of Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast off, without running out of mana before your cooldown are back up. Below we have listed the order in which you should perform your spells during the Conserve Phase.

  1. Cast Touch of the Magi Icon Touch of the Magi when Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power is ready.
  2. Cast Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power while Touch of the Magi Icon Touch of the Magi is active.
  3. Cast Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles if you have Clearcasting Icon Clearcasting.
  4. Cast Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage if you have 4 Arcane Charges and you have less than 50% Mana.
  5. Cast Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb when you have no Arcane Charges.
  6. Cast Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast.

The above rotation should get you started on performing well on your Arcane Mage. However, there are many small optimisations you can make in your rotation, which can be found in the full detailed rotation guide.

6.

Changelog

  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Launch. Removed BfA sections like essences and azerite, and added Shadowlands sections like Legendaries and Covenants. Updated talents and rotation for new optimal play.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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