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Arcane Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 30, 2017 at 23:22 by Furty 281 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Arcane Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2. 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 7.2 Changes

3. Patch 7.1.5 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
  • Mediocre cleave and AoE
  • Reliant on random procs to create good burst damage
  • Somewhat 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

  • 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 (stats page): Adjusted stat value benchmarks.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Arcane Power tooltip.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated Cord of Infinity tooltip.
  • 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 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes section.
  • 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.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Updated enchants and potion choice.
  • 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 (this page): Updated the Class Overview as well as strengths/weaknesses.
  • 20 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 2, 4, and 7 talent descriptions.
  • 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 (talents page): Fully updated talents for 7.1.5.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated potion choice to be more clear.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants 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 (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 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Reassessed value of Haste in the stat priority.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Improved the explanations for Arcane Familiar.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Many min-maxing improvements throughout the page.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear 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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