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Arcane Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 20, 2017 at 20:22 by Furty 302 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Arcane Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. 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 7.2.5 Changes

  • New legendary items have been released.

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

4. Strengths

  • High burst damage
  • Strong single target damage
  • Great 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 very strong on single target fights. It handles pack-to-pack AoE very well, making it okay for dungeons, and deals exceptional single target damage on boss encounters. While it is a less flexible specialization than its sister spec, Fire, it is a perfectly viable choice for both raiding and dungeon encounters.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 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 (this page): Updated Strengths & Weaknesses, Added 7.2.5 Changes section.
  • 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.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Arcane Power tooltip.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated Cord of Infinity tooltip.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Adjusted stat value benchmarks.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 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.
  • 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 (gear 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 (this page): Updated the Class Overview as well as strengths/weaknesses.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority with new benchmark ratings.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Added an additional opener and updated sections regarding Charged Up.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 2, 4, and 7 talent descriptions.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Updated enchants and potion choice.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fully updated BiS for Nighthold and legendaries.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for 7.1.5 — APL, Prismatic Barrier, Movement Management, and Opener.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated easy mode talent build for 7.1.5.
  • 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 (rotation page): Arcane Charge paragraph was updated following the Patch 7.1 increase in Mana cost per charge (now 125%, up from 100%).
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strength and weaknesses for Patch 7.1.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated visual priority to avoid confusion.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated enchants.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to match new stat priority.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Changed stat priority, following hotfixes.
  • 15 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells 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 (addons 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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