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Arcane Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

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General Information

Welcome to our Arcane Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. 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 very singular in the current state of World of Warcraft. The core gameplay revolves around Mana expenditure, presenting the player with two distinct "phases" of the rotation; "Burn" and "Conserve". During the "Conserve" phase, the player aims to remain Mana neutral until the Evocation Icon Evocation cooldown is available. During the "Burn" phase, the player expends all their available Mana while their cooldowns are active, restoring their Mana to full with Evocation when they run dry and re-entering the "Conserve" phase. This dichotomy offers the player a unique experience that is both challenging and rewarding.

Arcane provides impressive cleave and AoE, making it a strong candidate in dungeons and raid encounters with multiple targets. We also provide strong instant pressure and burst damage, making Arcane perfectly suited to nuking down high priority targets. As with other Mage specializations, Arcane has exceptional ability and is exceptional at doing encounter specific jobs or kiting adds. 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
  • Exceptional 3-4 target damage
  • Strong AoE
  • 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 viable specialization in Antorus, the Burning Throne. It excels, in particular, at encounters that have a sturdy main target surrounded by a few adds. Due to its burst and AoE capability, Arcane also handles itself well in Mythic+ dungeons. While it is not considered the best Mage specialization overall, it can be the premiere choice on certain raid encounters.

Arcane is a great choice on the following fights in Antorus, the Burning Throne:

  • Antoran High Command
  • Eonar, the Life-Binder
  • Portal Keeper Hasabel
  • Imonar the Soulhunter

7. Contents

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

8. ChangeLog

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  • 17 Feb. 2018 (enchants page): Added Lemon Herb Filet.
  • 17 Feb. 2018 (easy mode page): Added a relic priority section.
  • 17 Feb. 2018 (spells page): Added "Artifact" section.
  • 17 Feb. 2018 (artifact page): Updated relic priority, added Weapon Item Levels to priority.
  • 17 Feb. 2018 (this page): Rewrote introductory paragraphs and updated viability section.
  • 16 Feb. 2018 (stats page): Added some advice on how to more easily sim your own character.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (this page): Updated current patch viability and a "strength".
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Added a T21 4P Cheat Sheet and additional talent explanations.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Added T21 section, updated Best in Slot for Antorus.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated rotation.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (rotation page): Added some notes for players who have the Tier 21 4-Piece Bonus.
  • 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 (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): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Adjusted stat priority for Patch 7.3.
  • 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 (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 (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 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority and explanations.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added new 7.2.5 Legendary items and updated ideal combination + descriptions of existing legendaries.
  • 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 (this page): Updated Strengths & Weaknesses, Added 7.2.5 Changes section.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Resonance opener.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated Cord of Infinity tooltip.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Arcane Power tooltip.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Adjusted stat value benchmarks.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Slight updates for both openers to maximize Aluneth's Avarice. Added section dedicated to Aluneth's Avarice.
  • 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 (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 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes section.
  • 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 (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 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Added an additional opener and updated sections regarding Charged Up.
  • 17 Feb. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 3 priority.
  • 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 (talents page): Fully updated talents for 7.1.5.
  • 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 (stats page): Removed stat weights while waiting for things to settle down, post 7.1.5 release.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants 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 (rotation 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 (talents page): Improved the explanations for Arcane Familiar.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons 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 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this 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.
  • 09 Jan. 2016 (this page): Added 7.1.5 change list and updated strengths/weaknesses.
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