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Arcane Mage Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 19:15 by Dutchmagoz 68 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the Essence system in Patch 8.3 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Arcane Mage, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.3 Essence Guide for more information about the new essences introduced in Patch 8.3 and to our Essence guide for more general information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.

1.

Azerite Essences for Arcane Mages

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

For more information about essences, please check out the following:

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.

2.

Picking a Major Essence for Arcane Mages

  • Worldvein Resonance (Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance) is the best single target trait, and generally best for low AoE / cleave situations as well.
  • Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam) is the best major essence in heavy AoE situations, so you should consider using it in high AoE situations, like Mythic+. Even then, it is only really advisable if your group is doing constant large AoE pulls.
3.

Picking Minor Essences for Arcane Mages

  1. Breath of the Dying (Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes) should always be used as a minor essence (Rank 3+ only), since it is top 3 in terms of raw DPS, and it also provides corruption resistance, allowing you to equip more corrupted items.
  2. Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy) is the highest DPS minor essence on both single target and AoE.
  3. Your remaining Minor slot can be a multitude of Essences. Conflict and Strife (Strife Icon Strife) is generally the best single target essence, while still providing some AoE effectiveness. Purification Protocol (Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol) is a good option for AoE fights, such as Mythic+ or fights with constant adds.
4.

Rotation Changes for Essences for Arcane Mages

Worldvein Resonance (Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance) should be used right before activating your cooldowns like Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power and Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power.

All other Essences should simply be activated on cooldown, outside of Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power and Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power. This is because Essences do not get the bonus damage from Arcane Power, nor the bonus damage from Rune of Power. AoE essences like Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam) should be used on as many targets as possible.

5.

Essence Comparison Simulations for Arcane Mages

As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.

5.1.

Single-Target Esssence Simulations for Arcane Mage

5.1.1.

Major Essences for Arcane Mage

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5.1.2.

Minor Essences for Arcane Mage

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5.2.

AoE Esssence Simulations for Arcane Mage

5.2.1.

Major Essences for Arcane Mage

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5.2.2.

Minor Essences for Arcane Mage

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6.

Changelog

  • 13 Jan. 2020: Added new 8.3 essences into the ranks and changed ranks based on 8.3 buffs/nerfs.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Changed format of essences to guide in picking essences better.
  • 11 Jul. 2019: Updated Essence priority list to be clearer.
  • 08 Jul. 2019: Added simulations for Essences.
  • 26 Jun. 2019: Updated essences after hotfixes and confirming strengths on live servers.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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