Fire Mage DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.2

Last updated on Nov 28, 2022 at 12:20 by Dutchmagoz 47 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2. Here, you will learn how to play as a Fire Mage in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Fire Mage guide.


Fire Mage Overview

The Fire specialization is fantastic at delivering both burst and sustained damage on a variety of fight types. Fire can cleave on stacked targets, gaining overall damage without sacrificing much single-target damage. It can also do good AoE damage on stacked enemies and has uncapped AoE DPS. Like all Mage specializations, Fire has high mobility and is fantastic at doing encounter-specific jobs and baiting mechanics. Between Blink Icon Blink, Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak, and Scorch Icon Scorch, high movement encounters have minimal impact on Fire's overall output.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Great burst damage, making it great at nuking down (groups of) priority targets
  • +Very mobile and loses relatively little DPS from movement
  • +Good execute DPS.
  • +Good at both single-target and AoE damage.
X Weaknesses
  • -No spread cleave or multidot capability
  • -Has no good way to do consistent cleave damage.

Patch 10.0 Changes for Fire Mages

Patch 10.0, also called the pre-patch for Dragonflight, contains a large number of changes for Fire Mages. There is the new talent system, which comes with a lot of new spells and passives for Fire Mages. Overall, Fire's core playstyle remains quite similar to Shadowlands, but there are some changes. Below we have listed some of the most important changes:

  • Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite now spreads from Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast instead of Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames. As Fire Blast has a much shorter cooldown and is cast as part of your core rotation, this effectively makes Ignite spread automatically, increasing Fire's passive cleave compared to Shadowlands.
  • A lot of previous borrowed power effects are coming back as talents, combining the playstyles of multiple previous expansions into one.

Dragonflight Changes for Mages

We are maintaining a list of changes for Mages, so you can see what changes with every patch of Dragonflight.


Leveling a Fire Mage

If you want to play a Fire Mage, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.


Basics of Fire Mage Gameplay

Fire Mage is all about chaining critical strikes to trigger Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. The main way to do this is by converting Heating Up Icon Heating Ups into Hot Streak via Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast. Most of your time spent will be casting Fireball Icon Fireball and converting the critical strikes from that via Fire Blasts into Hot Streaks, and using those on Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast.

Fire Mages are one of the few specs in the game that have spells that can be cast during other casts. Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast is the main spell you will be casting during other spells, but Fire's main DPS cooldown, Combustion Icon Combustion can also be cast during other spells.

Combustion Icon Combustion is Fire's major DPS cooldown, which allows for a period of heavy burst by making all your spells critically strike, causing a large amount of Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks in a short period.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you are already somewhat familiar with Fire Mages, you can head straight to the Talents and Rotation pages to jump right into the more complex, detailed information.


How to Gear Up as a Fire Mage

There are a lot of different factors to gearing a Fire Mage in the current patch, and we go over all of these factors in the gear page below, including a Best in Slot list for the current tier.

When gearing your character, it is important to also use the best consumables, gems, enchants, and more. This goes hand in hand with knowing the best stats for your Fire Mage. In the pages below we go over part of these aspects.


Fire Mage in Dragonflight

Since the launch of the Dragonflight pre-patch (10.0), all classes have access to the newly revamped Talent system. For the most common and strongest builds, we strongly suggest checking out the talent page.


End-Game as a Fire Mage

Starting as a Fire Mage is very different from end-game progression content. Because of this, we have dedicated pages that guide you on how to play optimally in Mythic+ and PvP. We will also give raiding tips closer to the release of the first raid.


Improving as a Fire Mage

If you are looking for ways to improve, or how to avoid common mistakes, we have some pages below that will give you potential tips and answers to questions you might have.


Fire Mage Viability in the Current Patch

Fire Mage is a solid spec to play in the pre-season of Dragonflight, as it can do great damage in dungeons, while also being a relatively safe spec to play, which makes learning all the new dungeons safer. It is slightly behind the other Mage specs in raw damage in the early dungeons, but all 3 specs are fairly close and can all be played without any issues in the Mythic dungeons.

Fire has solid single-target DPS, and can cleave very efficiently via Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite spreading to nearby targets. It does lack proper all-out AoE damage unless you spec into it, but this comes at the cost of significant single-target damage.

That said, the balance in raiding and Mythic+ is not yet known, and there is very likely going to be a lot of class tuning happening between the launch of Dragonflight and when the first season starts. (and the first few weeks after the start of the first season) Due to this, the relative position of Fire for raiding is currently not yet known.



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