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Fire Mage DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Feb 11, 2018 at 17:36 by Furty 346 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Fire Mages. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5.

The other pages of our Fire Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Rinoa, a Fire Mage theorycrafter for Altered Time who is also a raider for Pieces.

1. Artifact Progression for Fire Mage — First 35 Points

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

After acquiring the starting point,  Icon Wings of Flame, take the upper right path into  Icon Cauterizing Blink, which adds a nice healing effect to your Blink Icon Blink. Snag  Icon Pyroclasmic Paranoia, the highest value basic trait on the tree, adding some juicy damage to your Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast. Split right and max out  Icon Fire at Will, another great basic trait which cuts down that filler cast time. Your first Golden Trait,  Icon Pyretic Incantation, is a huge booster rocket for your damage no matter the situation. It also inflates the value of Critical Strike even further, and stacks up to 5 times.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Go down from the starting point,  Icon Wings of Flame, and fill out those  Icon Great Balls of Fire for some filler damage. Go through  Icon Big Mouth and grab the spicy Ignite Icon Ignite damage from  Icon Everburning Consumption, another highly valued basic trait. Invest into your second Golden Trait,  Icon Phoenix Reborn, which is another huge increase to your damage. This trait shines on fights with lots of stacked AoE and cleave, in particular.

1.3. Final Point Investment

Move up from  Icon Pyroclasmic Paranoia on the upper part of the tree into  Icon Burning Gaze, which is icing on the proverbial cake, though the multiplier is quite low. If single target damage is your top priority, grab  Icon Reignition Overdrive and  Icon Blast Furnace immediately before your final Golden Trait,  Icon Aftershocks. For a more well rounded damage spread, however, it is recommended you instead grab  Icon Aftershocks before  Icon Reignition Overdrive and  Icon Blast Furnace. The difference is small and mostly down to personal preference.

Your final point allocation is fairly straightforward.  Icon Blue Flame Special will add some extra zest to your Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike. If Koralon's Burning Touch Icon Koralon's Burning Touch ends up being your first legendary item, you should grab  Icon Scorched Earth next. Otherwise, go  Icon Molten Skin first before finally finishing  Icon Felo'melorn with  Icon Scorched Earth.

2. Patch 7.2: 35+ Trait Path for Fire Mage

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Patch 7.2 has replaced the 35-54 Paragon system with several additional new traits becoming available upon acquisition of the 35th point. All of the previous Relic traits will also unlock a 4th rank, along with a new Paragon system becoming available after all traits have been filled (via Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall) which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

Detailed below is our suggested maxing order after 35 traits:

  1. Instability of the Tirisgarde Icon Instability of the Tirisgarde
  2. Fourth rank of  Icon Fire at Will
  3. Pre-Ignited Icon Pre-Ignited
  4. Fourth rank of  Icon Pyroclasmic Paranoia
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Burning Gaze
  6. Warmth of the Phoenix Icon Warmth of the Phoenix
  7. Strafing Run Icon Strafing Run
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Everburning Consumption
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Reignition Overdrive
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Great Balls of Fire
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Blue Flame Special
  12. Fourth rank of  Icon Cauterizing Blink
  13. Fourth rank of  Icon Molten Skin
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

3. Relic Priority for Fire Mage

No trait is worth an upgrade of +3 item levels of any other available trait. Generally speaking, item level is the best indicator of value for Fire relics currently. +2 item levels is about the maximum trade off of a high value trait versus a non-damaging trait.

  1.  Icon Everburning Consumption;
  2. Pre-Ignited Icon Pre-Ignited;
  3.  Icon Pyroclasmic Paranoia;
  4.  Icon Burning Gaze;
  5.  Icon Fire at Will;
  6.  Icon Great Balls of Fire;
  7. Any of the other damage traits.

4. ChangeLog

  • 11 Feb. 2018: Updated relic recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Added a paragraph discussing relic item level and how it relates to priority.
  • 29 Mar. 2017: Moved Pyroclastic Paranoia a couple spots up in path priority.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 20 Feb. 2017: Updated Relic priority.
  • 29 Nov. 2016: Updated Relic choices due to more recent SimC info.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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