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Arcane Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.2)

Last updated on Nov 01, 2017 at 14:20 by Furty 325 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Arcane Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.2. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Arcane Mage in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

The Arcane specialization is a great jack of all trades specialization in Legion. It continues to provide great burst damage and solid sustained damage on single target encounters, and in Legion it now boasts impressive AoE as well. Arcane is able to instantly apply pressure on new targets, making it a very strong specialization for bursting down priority targets without requiring time to ramp up. Like all Mage specializations, Arcane has high mobility and is fantastic at doing encounter-specific jobs and baiting mechanics. Between Shimmer Icon Shimmer (or Slipstream Icon Slipstream) and Displacement Icon Displacement high movement encounters have minimal impact on Arcane's overall output. Arcane is also the only Mage specialization with access to Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility, making it the strongest Mage specialization to deal with heavy incoming damage.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes

  • None

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • New legendary items have been released.

4. Strengths

  • High burst damage
  • Strong single target damage
  • Exceptional 3-4 target damage
  • Exceptional mobility
  • Excels at doing encounter-specific jobs, such as kiting or baiting mechanics

5. Weaknesses

  • Reliant on cooldowns for single-target damage
  • Reliant on random procs to create good burst damage
  • Reliant on legendary items

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Arcane is currently a perfectly viable specialization in the Tomb of Sargeras. It excels, in particular, at encounters that have a sturdy main target surrounded by a few adds, such as Harjatan and Mistress Sassz'ine. Due to its burst and AoE capability, Arcane also handles itself well in Mythic+ dungeons. While it is not the premiere Mage spec in this patch, it is a competitive choice and still middle of the pack across the entire class spectrum.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 01 Nov. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Swapped Blasting Rod and Aegwynn's Fury under Tier 3.
  • 01 Nov. 2017 (artifact page): Swapped Blasting Rod and Aegwynn's Fury.
  • 17 Sep. 2017 (easy mode page): Removed mention of Rune of Power.
  • 13 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 2 priority after recent rebalancing based on new SimCraft results.
  • 11 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Arcane Mage.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.3 changes (of which they were none). Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability section.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for patch 7.3.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Small updates to talent discussions for tiers 2, 4, 6, and 7.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Adjusted stat priority for Patch 7.3.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Small updates to the discussions of Mystic Kilt of the Rune Master and Mantle of the First Kirin Tor.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Revised gem recommendations, cleaned up "Consumables" section, and added a note on Healthstones in Patch 7.3.
  • 20 Jul. 2017 (rotation page): Updated some text from the opener/APL to match each other more clearly.
  • 20 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 section, Tomb of Sargeras best in slot list, and updated trinket list.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 4 talent explanations to provide more details.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added new 7.2.5 Legendary items and updated ideal combination + descriptions of existing legendaries.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated gems, enchants, and food to Versatility, to match the new stat priority we present. Note that secondary stats are very close in value.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Resonance opener.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority and explanations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated Strengths & Weaknesses, Added 7.2.5 Changes section.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Slight updates for both openers to maximize Aluneth's Avarice. Added section dedicated to Aluneth's Avarice.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Arcane Power tooltip.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated Cord of Infinity tooltip.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Adjusted stat value benchmarks.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Opener remains the same as it is inefficient to delay Arcane Power in order to fully benefit from Aluneth's Avarice.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes section.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2. Might need to update the opener at a later time once we figure out how the Mana restoration from Aluneth's Avarice can be best put to use.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Added an additional opener and updated sections regarding Charged Up.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Updated enchants and potion choice.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 2, 4, and 7 talent descriptions.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (this page): Updated the Class Overview as well as strengths/weaknesses.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority with new benchmark ratings.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fully updated BiS for Nighthold and legendaries.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated easy mode talent build for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for 7.1.5 — APL, Prismatic Barrier, Movement Management, and Opener.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated potion choice to be more clear.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Removed stat weights while waiting for things to settle down, post 7.1.5 release.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Fully updated talents for 7.1.5.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Arcane Mages.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (gear page): 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 (gear page): Trinket update.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strength and weaknesses for Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Arcane Charge paragraph was updated following the Patch 7.1 increase in Mana cost per charge (now 125%, up from 100%).
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated visual priority to avoid confusion.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated enchants.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Changed stat priority, following hotfixes.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to match new stat priority.
  • 15 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Reassessed value of Haste in the stat priority.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Many min-maxing improvements throughout the page.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Improved the explanations for Arcane Familiar.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 09 Jan. 2016 (this page): Added 7.1.5 change list and updated strengths/weaknesses.
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