Arcane Mage PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands 9.1)
Choosing the right talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as an Arcane Mage and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Arcane Mage PvP Guide.
Regular Talents for Arcane Mages
|15||✔ Amplification||✘ Rule of Threes||✘ Arcane Familiar|
|25||? Master of Time||✔ Shimmer||✘ Slipstream|
|30||✔ Incanter's Flow||✘ Focus Magic||✔ Rune of Power|
|35||✔ Resonance||✘ Arcane Echo||✘ Nether Tempest|
|40||✔ Chrono Shift||✘ Ice Ward||✔ Ring of Frost|
|45||✘ Reverberate||✔ Arcane Orb||✘ Supernova|
|50||✔ Overpowered||✘ Time Anomaly||✔ Enlightened|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Shimmer is the best choice in this tier. This is very strong when trying to get crowd control on the enemy team. If an enemy is trying to get out of line of sight of your Polymorph, for example, you can Shimmer while casting it and avoid losing line of sight. This talent replaces Blink. Master of Time is also an option here, as we lost Displacement as Arcane, this talent simulates that.
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Incanter's Flow is the best choice in the tier. It provides great damage (especially when you are at 5 stacks). Be sure to track and time how many stacks your Incanter's Flow buff has before using your offensive cooldowns. With the new changes to Rune of Power, this is also an option.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
When playing against a Restoration Druid or a Restoration Shaman with Grounding Totem, Ring of Frost is the best choice in this tier. Druids are difficult to get crowd control on as an Arcane Mage, and Ring of Frost helps with this. Assistance from a teammate (such as a Rogue stunning the Druid) will make it easier.
Against any other healer, Chrono Shift is the best choice in this tier. This talent will help you kite away from teams much easier, making it harder for them to kill you.
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
Arcane Orb is the best choice in this tier. This talent will give you even more consistent damage while giving you more Arcane Charges on a short cooldown.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Enlightened is the best choice in this tier if your overall goal is to have more consistent damage. The damage increase and Mana regeneration are both important for Arcane Mages. If you want more burst damage, Overpowered is a great way to increase it. This makes Arcane Power even more powerful, but remember, on a 3-minute cooldown, it will be hard to get much value from this talent.
PvP Talents for Arcane Mages
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Temporal Shield creates a shield around you for 4 seconds. Once it expires, you will instantly be healed for 100% of the damage you took while it was active. This is a great defensive tool and should be used when the enemy team is using their burst cooldowns.
Mass Invisibility makes you and your allies within 40 yards invisible for 5 seconds. Dealing damage will cancel this effect. This is a very strong PvP talent against every team. Using this talent guarantees crowd control on enemy healers before using your burst damage. It can also help your teammates if they are being focus or to avoid incoming crowd control.
Situational PvP Talents
If you want to have more peels for your teammates or need help getting crowd control, Master of Escape is a good talent to take. This should be used versus teams that have multiple ways to stop your Polymorphs or to help peel for your teammates/healer.
If you want to play extremely defensive against a team with two melee on it, you can swap Master of Escape for Torment the Weak. This, in combination with abilities like Chrono Shift, will make it very difficult for melee to catch you.
The new talent for Arcane Mages in Patch 9.1, Arcanosphere is a very powerful talent that requires a lot of setup, but will pay off if the 4-second channel fully finishes. This ability goes through all walls and barriers and can do very large damage to unsuspecting players. Replace Arcane Empowerment or Mass Invisibility for Arcanosphere. This talent likely should be a talent to keep on almost always, with the insane burst it provides being so powerful.
- 04 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1 of Shadowlands.
- 19 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 12 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release.
- 17 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- Updated Tiers 4, 6, and 7 Regular Talents.
- Updated PvP Talents.
- 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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