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Arcane Mage DPS NetherLight Crucible Relic Paths (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Feb 17, 2018 at 09:33 by Furty 331 comments

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General Information

This page will help you choose the right paths on your Netherlight Crucible as a a Arcane Mages. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. For more information, please read our Guide to the Netherlight Crucible.

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. General Optimization Advice for Arcane Mage

Netherlight Crucible

Optimizing through the Netherlight Crucible is straightforward; you are offered 2 initial paths, Shadow and Holy, and you should determine your path contingent on which leads to your best trait. If the 2 available paths are equal or very close in ranking it is usually best to adhere to the fork that leads to the highest value Tier 3 trait, as this often results in the largest DPS increase. If the best available Tier 3 trait is in the middle, you should always default to the highest ranked Tier 2 upgrade, as you are able to reach it from either path.

Be aware that the theorycraft for the Tier 2 upgrades available through the Netherlight Crucible is still in a primordial state, and therefore the ordering of upgrades detailed below is not entirely definite. This will be continually updated leading up to and following the release of the Crucible as things become more clear. This priority was determined using SimCraft.

2. Tier 2 Upgrade Priority for Arcane Mage

  1. Torment the Weak Icon Torment the Weak;
  2. Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of LightSecure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light;
  3. Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind;
  4. Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness;
  5. Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent;
  6. Shocklight Icon Shocklight;
  7. Light Speed Icon Light Speed;
  8. Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows;
  9. Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows;
  10. Light's Embrace Icon Light's Embrace;
  11. Refractive Shell Icon Refractive Shell.

3. Tier 3 Upgrade Priority for Arcane Mage

The Tier 3 upgrades are identical to the relic priority found in our Artifact Traits and Relics page, however, they have been relisted here for your convenience.

  1.  Icon Aegwynn's Imperative;
  2. Aegwynn's Intensity Icon Aegwynn's Intensity;
  3.  Icon Aegwynn's Fury;
  4.  Icon Aegwynn's Wrath;
  5.  Icon Ethereal Sensitivity;
  6.  Icon Arcane Purification*;
  7.  Icon Blasting Rod;
  8.  Icon Torrential Barrage;
  9.  Icon Everywhere At Once;
  10. Force Barrier Icon Force Barrier.

* Icon Arcane Purification is the worst trait on single target encounters, however, it is the best trait in multi-target situations with two or more stacked enemies.

If you are unlucky enough to roll all defensive low value traits for your Tier 3 upgrades, you should be aiming for the best Tier 2 option available in the Crucible, or whichever defensive/niche trait you prefer to focus on, as they have minimal DPS gains.

4. ChangeLog

  • 17 Feb. 2017: Updated Tier 3 priority.
  • 01 Nov. 2017: Swapped Blasting Rod and Aegwynn's Fury under Tier 3.
  • 13 Sep. 2017: Updated Tier 2 priority after recent rebalancing based on new SimCraft results.
  • 11 Sep. 2017: Added Netherlight Crucible page for Arcane Mage.
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