Fire Mage DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 03, 2021 at 11:51 by Dutchmagoz 39 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Fire Mage in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

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.

1.

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.

If you are completely new to Fire and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.

2.

Covenant Choice for Fire Mage

The best Covenant for all PvE content is Night Fae. All Soulbinds are very close in strength, so you can largely pick the Soulbind you prefer based on utility. With maxed out Renown, Dreamweaver is the highest DPS Soulbind, by going this tree.

2.1.

Conduit Choice for Fire Mage

2.1.1.

Best Single Target Potency Conduits for Fire Mage

  1. Infernal Cascade Icon Infernal Cascade
  2. Controlled Destruction Icon Controlled Destruction
  3. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae only) / Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr only) / Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian only)
  4. Flame Accretion Icon Flame Accretion
  5. Gift of the Lich Icon Gift of the Lich (Necrolord only)
2.1.2.

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Fire Mage

  1. Infernal Cascade Icon Infernal Cascade
  2. Master Flame Icon Master Flame
  3. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae only) / Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr only) / Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian only) / Gift of the Lich Icon Gift of the Lich (Necrolord only)
  4. Controlled Destruction Icon Controlled Destruction
  5. Flame Accretion Icon Flame Accretion

In practice, as a Night Fae, this means you will run the following 3 conduits in all situations: Infernal Cascade Icon Infernal Cascade, Controlled Destruction Icon Controlled Destruction, and Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove.

For more info regarding what Soulbind and Conduits to pick for what situation, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.

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.

If you are looking for the absolute best talents for Fire, which do not compromise on performance for ease of use, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.

4.

Gearing a Fire Mage

4.1.

Stat Choice for Fire Mage

You will want to prioritize stats as follows for both single-target and AoE:

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

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

While the stat priority for classes is normally the same for both the Easy Mode page and our full guide, subtle differences can still occur. If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for the priority, head to our full stats page below.

4.2.

Legendary Choice for Fire Mage

Disciplinary Command Icon Disciplinary Command is the strongest Legendary for all PvE situations, in terms of DPS. However, it requires changing your rotation, which is why we suggest Fevered Incantation Icon Fevered Incantation for an easier playstyle. This only gives up about 2-3% DPS over perfect execution with Disciplinary Command. If you are interested in bridging this 2-3% gap, or are looking for an in-depth explanation on what Legendary to pick for any situation and how to obtain them, we strongly suggest reading the Legendary page below for more information on how to play with Disciplinary Command.

If you are interested in finding out about the specific best in slot items from the current tier, or want more information on how to gear, we suggest reading the full gearing page below.

5.

Basic Rotation for Fire Mage

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

  1. Cast Shifting Power Icon Shifting Power when you have no Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast stacks remaining.
  2. Use Combustion Icon Combustion when available.
  3. During Combustion Icon Combustion, use Fire Blast Icon Fire Blasts to convert Heating Up Icon Heating Up to Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak until you are out of Fire Blasts, after which you should use Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames to convert Heating Up to Hot Streak.
  4. Cast Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast when you have Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. Cast Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike instead if there are 3+ targets stacked.
  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.

The above rotation should get you started on your Fire Mage. However, there are many optimisations you can make in your rotation, which can be found in the full detailed rotation guide.

6.

Changelog

  • 03 Jul. 2021: Updated stats to match standard stats page.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Disciplinary Command as BiS Legendary after the 9.0.5 buffs.
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated page for Fevered Incantation bugfix (buff), causing it to become BiS.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch. Removed references to Azerite and Essences, added Covenant, Soulbind and Legendary sections. Updated rotation, talents & stats sections for the new optimal choices for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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