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Arcane Mage DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 30, 2017 at 19:36 by Furty 281 comments

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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. 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 Nighthold Custodian's Hood Icon Nighthold Custodian's Hood Trilliax
Neck Beleron's Choker of Misery Icon Beleron's Choker of Misery Krosus
Shoulders Chaos-Scarred Mantle Icon Chaos-Scarred Mantle Chronomatic Anomaly
Chest Robe of Everburning Knowledge Icon Robe of Everburning Knowledge Krosus
Cloak Cloak of Everburning Knowledge Icon Cloak of Everburning Knowledge Trilliax
Wrists Bracers of Harnessed Flame Icon Bracers of Harnessed Flame Spellblade Aluriel
Gloves Gloves of Everburning Knowledge Icon Gloves of Everburning Knowledge Star Augur Etraeus
Belt Mana-Cord of Deception Icon Mana-Cord of Deception Trash BoE
Legs Leggings of Everburning Knowledge Icon Leggings of Everburning Knowledge Gul'dan
Boots Outcast Wanderer's Footrags Icon Outcast Wanderer's Footrags Gul'dan
Ring #1 Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Icon Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Spellblade Aluriel
Ring #2 Ring of the Scoured Clan Icon Ring of the Scoured Clan Gul'dan
Trinket #1 Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark Gul'dan
Trinket #2 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im

1.1. 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. Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark
  4. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  5. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  6. Moonlit Prism Icon Moonlit Prism
  7. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor
  8. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  9. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  10. Stormsinger Fulmination Charge Icon Stormsinger Fulmination Charge
  11. Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome
  12. Eyasu's Mulligan Icon Eyasu's Mulligan
  13. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  14. Wriggling Sinew Icon Wriggling Sinew
  15. Twisting Wind Icon Twisting Wind
  16. Portable Manacracker Icon Portable Manacracker
  17. Star Gate Icon Star Gate
  18. Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton
  19. Deteriorated Construct Core Icon Deteriorated Construct Core
  20. Bough of Corruption Icon Bough of Corruption
  21. Infernal Alchemist Stone Icon Infernal Alchemist Stone
  22. Darkmoon Deck: Hellfire Icon Darkmoon Deck: Hellfire
  23. Deteriorated Construct Core Icon Deteriorated Construct Core
  24. Unstable Horrorslime Icon Unstable Horrorslime
  25. Any of the other dungeon trinkets

2. 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).

3. 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.

4. Legendaries

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. Very strong choice.

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.

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.

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.

5. 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
Trinkets Balance Druids, Fire/Frost Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

6. ChangeLog

  • 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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