Fire Mage Frequently Asked Questions — The War Within Pre-Patch

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General Information

On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Fire Mage in World of Warcraft — The War Within Pre-Patch. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.


Are there any Haste or Critical Strike caps for Fire Mage?

You do not need any specific amount of Critical Strike to make Fire playable. Due to passive talents like Pyrotechnics Icon Pyrotechnics giving stacking 10% critical strike rating, Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass boosting your overall crit, Firestarter Icon Firestarter and Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch guaranteeing crits, you can play Fire just fine, even on very low Critical You do not need to worry about having enough Critical Strike levels. Of course, having more Critical Strike is not a bad thing, but it is optional. There is no Critical Strike "cap" (aside from 100%), at which point more Critical Strike is bad. Additionally, there are no meaningful haste caps or breakpoints either.

Having said that, the best way to determine what items you should use is to use Raidbots' Top Gear.


How good is Fire Mage in the current patch?

Prepatches usually have very limited balancing, as it is only a short temporary period before the expansion launches. Generally, all specs will be more than viable to be played during this period. Fire is currently looking to be relatively weak compared to other specs, but still more than playable, and there is likely to be constant tuning, changing what is best.


Which race is best for Fire Mages?

All races are very close in DPS, and it generally does not matter what race you play. For a full overview of the DPS of every race, check the simulations page.



  • 23 Jul. 2024: Updated for The War Within Pre-Patch.
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  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated viability for Season 4
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  • 16 Dec. 2023: Updated viability section based on December 19th buffs.
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  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated FAQ for the Fire Mage rework of 10.1.5.
  • 06 May 2023: Further Updated viability question based on item hotfixes impacting spec balance.
  • 01 May 2023: Updated viability question based on 10.1 tuning.
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