Fire Mage DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 20:27 by Dutchmagoz 40 comments

On this page, we explain how to easily play Fire Mage in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1. Foreword

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2. The Basics for Fire Mage

Fire is a well rounded specialization that largely relies on planning windows of burst in advance. Generally speaking, it is not very keybind taxing, though the amount of actions executed in short succession can easily overwhelm less seasoned players. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

3. Talent Choice for Fire Mage

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. The talents recommended here aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

4. Stat Choice for Fire Mage

You will want to prioritize stats as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Haste;
  5. Critical Strike.

We recommend you prioritize item levels over specific stats, as they are all extremely close in value.

If you want more information about how to properly gear yourself we highly recommend you read the gear page.

5. Basic Rotation for Fire Mage

Below we have outlined a basic priority list for Fire Mages.

  1. Use Combustion Icon Combustion when available. Save your Fire Blast Icon Fire Blasts for this cooldown so you can alternate between Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast and Fire Blast for most of Combustion.
  2. Hard-cast (non-instant) Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast when Pyroclasm Icon Pyroclasm procs.
  3. Cast Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast when you have Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. Cast Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike instead if there are 5+ targets stacked.
  4. Use Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb if there are 3+ targets present.
  5. Cast Fireball Icon Fireball as a filler to generate Heating Up Icon Heating Up. When the enemy reaches 30% Health or lower, replace Fireball with Scorch Icon Scorch (because of Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch).
  6. Use Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast to get Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks when you have Heating Up Icon Heating Up.

6. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 19 Aug. 2018: Updated for expected stats for a pre-raid character.
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