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Arcane Mage DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.2)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2017 at 15:34 by Furty 325 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Arcane Mages. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Tier 20 Set Bonus

The Arcane set bonus augments Presence of Mind Icon Presence of Mind to grant additional utility while making it available more frequently.

The 2-piece bonus itself is quite powerful, enabling extra burst damage each time Presence of Mind Icon Presence of Mind is available (approximately a 3.5% overall DPS increase). The 4-piece, on the other hand, is somewhat lacklustre, delivering only a small increase over the 2-piece.

Going into Tomb of Sargeras it will be most ideal to use the Tier 19 2-piece bonus (5% additional chance to activate Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles) in conjunction with the Tier 20 2-piece bonus, rather than rushing straight for the 4-piece bonus. If you do not have decent item level Tier 19 pieces, it may be more convenient to rush the Tier 20 4-piece bonus. Overall the double 2-piece is about equal to the Tier 20 4-piece, but if you use double 2-piece you will hit your power spike easier and avoid denying more potent Vanquisher token users the opportunity to complete their sets. Once you reach Mythic Tomb of Sargeras you will want to replace your old Tier 19 pieces as the item level disparity eventually becomes too large despite the superior set bonus of the Tier 19 2-piece.

2. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Crown of the Arcane Tempest Icon Crown of the Arcane Tempest Demonic Inquisition
Neck String of Extracted Incisors Icon String of Extracted Incisors Demonic Inquisition
Shoulders Shoulderpads of Whispering Twilight Icon Shoulderpads of Whispering Twilight Sisters of the Moon
Chest Robes of the Arcane Tempest Icon Robes of the Arcane Tempest Maiden of Vigilance
Cloak Drape of the Arcane Tempest Icon Drape of the Arcane Tempest The Desolate Host
Wrists Oathbreaker's Cuffs Icon Oathbreaker's Cuffs Fallen Avatar
Gloves Gloves of the Arcane Tempest Icon Gloves of the Arcane Tempest Harjatan
Belt Braided Torture Lash Icon Braided Torture Lash Demonic Inquisition
Legs Leggings of Divine Portents Icon Leggings of Divine Portents Maiden of Vigilance
Boots Slippers of Enduring Vigilance Icon Slippers of Enduring Vigilance SistersoftheMoon
Ring #1 Seal of the Second Duumvirate Icon Seal of the Second Duumvirate Kil'jaeden
Ring #2 Yathae's Thumb Ring Icon Yathae's Thumb Ring Sisters of the Moon
Trinket #1 Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Sisters of the Moon
Trinket #2 Terror From Below Icon Terror From Below Mistress of Sassz'ine

2.1. Trinket Notes

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets and titanforged rewarded from Mythic+ dungeon grinding there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. Using the list below you should be able to extrapolate whether or not something is an upgrade for you. Trinkets at equal item level, in order of priority, are as follows:

  1. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish
  2. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  3. Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion
  4. Terror From Below Icon Terror From Below
  5. Tome of Unraveling Sanity Icon Tome of Unraveling Sanity
  6. Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark
  7. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  8. Charm of the Rising Tide Icon Charm of the Rising Tide
  9. Spectral Thurible Icon Spectral Thurible
  10. Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome

3. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.71 + 1150×0.75 + 976×1 = 2108.3

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×0.75 + 970×0.78 + 976×1 = 2070.1

We can clearly see that 2108.3 > 2070.1, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

4. Racial Bonuses

Sims done in pre-raid gear (840 ilvl).

Racial Simulations

Racial benefit is pretty minimal for Arcane (currently), so it is recommended you just play whatever makes you happiest.

5. Legendaries

The best combination of legendaries is currently Soul of the Archmage Icon Soul of the Archmage combined with Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master Icon Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master. The second best combination is Shard of the Exodar Icon Shard of the Exodar combined with Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master Icon Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master, which may even surpass the aforementioned pair on certain encounters (particularly extremely short fights where you could potentially double your Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism uptime).

Soul of the Archmage Icon Soul of the Archmage grants you the Temporal Flux Icon Temporal Flux talent when you are in the Arcane specalization. Currently this is one of the strongest legendaries available to Arcane mages.

Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master Icon Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master causes Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage to grant 3% of max Mana per Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charge spent. This is likely the best legendary overall as it performs very well on every encounter and greatly improves the feel of the spec.

Cord of Infinity Icon Cord of Infinity causes Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles to increase the damage of your next  Icon Mark of Aluneth by 1.0% per stack. Very strong legendary overall.

Mantle of the First Kirin Tor Icon Mantle of the First Kirin Tor grants Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage at 10% chance per Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charge consumed to fire an Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb in front of you. Arguably the best legendary on encounters with constant cleaving, such as The Desolate Host and Mistress Sassz'ine.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a trinket with an on use effect that launches a meteor dealing a powerful critical strike once every 75 seconds. A strong option for Arcane, due to the passive stats provided, and has very strong potential on cleave and AoE.

Shard of the Exodar Icon Shard of the Exodar causes your Time Warp Icon Time Warp to not give you Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement, and you can also use your Time Warp Icon Time Warp while affected by Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement and benefit from the active effect. Basically, you get an extra Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism once every 5 minutes. Can be extremely strong on fights of specific lengths.

Rhonin's Assaulting Armwraps Icon Rhonin's Assaulting Armwraps causes Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles to have a 18% chance to make your next Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast cast within 5 seconds to cost no Mana.

Gravity Spiral Icon Gravity Spiral grants Evocation Icon Evocation an additional charge. Lowest value of all the direct damage and ability contribution legendaries, but it can be useful for pushing damage checks by allowing an extra burn at your convenience.

6. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Druids, Fire/Frost Mages, and Rogues
Cloth Armor Fire/Frost Mages, Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Fire/Frost Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

7. ChangeLog

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  • 29 Aug. 2017: Small updates to the discussions of Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master and Mantle of the First Kirin Tor.
  • 20 Jun. 2017: Added Tier 20 section, Tomb of Sargeras best in slot list, and updated trinket list.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Added new 7.2.5 Legendary items and updated ideal combination + descriptions of existing legendaries.
  • 30 Mar. 2017: Updated Cord of Infinity tooltip.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 20 Jan. 2017: Fully updated BiS for Nighthold and legendaries.
  • 30 Nov. 2016: Added a full trinket priority list to help readers extrapolate whether their titanforged trinket is actually an upgrade. Also updated Legendary item values.
  • 12 Nov. 2016: Trinket update.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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