Arcane Mage PvP Azerite Traits and Essences (BfA / Patch 8.3)
Azerite Traits and Essences, introduced in Battle for Azeroth, need to be chosen correctly, to ensure optimal performance. On this page, we explain how to pick your major and minor essences and which traits are best.
This page is part of our Arcane Mage PvP Guide.
Azerite Essences for Arcane Mages
Essences allow players to customize their characters while adding a new ability to use. This section will cover the best overall Azerite Essences for Arcane Mages in PvP.
For a general guide to all the essences, as well as how to obtain them and increase their ranks, check out our Essence guide.
Before reading this page, you should have a good understanding of the PvP playstyle of an Arcane Mage. So we advise you to read our dedicated page on the subject.
The Crucible of Flame is the best Major Essence for Arcane Mages. This essence grants the Major Power, Concentrated Flame. Mages have multiple abilities that they have to cast. This gives you strong instant damage you can use very often throughout an arena match.
Conflict and Strife is another great choice for Arcane Mages. Conflict gives you Temporal Shield as a baseline ability. Because Temporal Shield is used in almost every matchup, this will free up a PvP talent and give you more choices.
Breath of the Dying gives the Major power Reaping Flames. This is a great essence for swapping to enemies or to make it easier to kill them when they are at low health. Quick note about this ability, the cooldown reduction happens when you hit ANYONE at above 80% health. So you make sure it always has a reduced cooldown, use it on an enemy at high health and then continue hitting your main target.
In addition to having a Major Essence, you can choose two Minor Essences to place in your neck at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65.
The Crucible of Flame gives the minor ability Ancient Flame. This gives your spells and abilities a chance to put a dot on an enemy that took damage. This will be an overall increase to your sustained damage.
Conflict and Strife grants a very powerful Versatility Minor Power. Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.
Memory of Lucid Dreams gives your spells and abilities a chance to refund Mana you used and heal you. This is great for increasing your survivability and allows you to use abilities like Spellsteal more often throughout a match.
Azerite Traits for Arcane Mages
Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.
For a general guide to the Heart of Azeroth and Azerite gear, check out our dedicated guide.
Below are the best Outer Ring traits.
If you are playing with a teammate that will struggle to kill an enemy at low health, Arcane Pressure is the trait you want to have in all of your Azerite pieces. This turns your Arcane Barrage into an execute-like ability. Outside of that trait, you can mix and match any of the above traits. Galvanizing Spark and Arcane Pummeling both increase your sustained damage. Equipoise is great for increasing the damage of Arcane Blast if you find yourself with a large surplus of Mana throughout the game.
Below are the best Middle Ring traits.
The middle and inner rings are important for additional damage. All of the traits mentioned above increase your overall damage. However, the primary traits you should be getting are Gutripper, Heed My Call or Overwhelming Power. All of these will noticeable increase your damage.
Below are the best Inner Ring traits.
All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.
- 11 Feb. 2020: Updated Major and Minor essence sections.
- 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
- 26 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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