Fire Mage DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Feb 03, 2019 at 11:32 by Dutchmagoz 45 comments

Welcome to our Fire Mage guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. 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.

1. Fire Mage Overview

The Fire specialization is fantastic at delivering both burst and sustained damage on a variety of fight types. Fire cleaves extremely efficiently on stacked targets, gaining overall damage without sacrificing any single target damage at all. Fire really shines on fights where a multitude of stacked targets all have equal or high priority. 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.

2. Balance Changes for Fire Mage in Battle for Azeroth

  • 29th January, 2019:
  • 11th September, 2018:
    • All damage increased by 6% and Flamestrike damage increased by 15%.

3. Patch 8.1 Changes for Fire Mage

  • Meteor Icon Meteor has been changed to burn the ground for 8.5 seconds instead of 8 seconds. The total damage remains unchanged.
  • Pyroclasm Icon Pyroclasm had its tooltip updated.
  • Preheat has been replaced for a new trait, Wildfire Icon Wildfire, which makes Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast do extra damage, and when activating Combustion Icon Combustion it gives you a Critical Strike buff, and 4 remaining allies a smaller Critical Strike buff.
  • Blaster Master Icon Blaster Master has been nerfed. It can now stack up to 3 charges max.

4. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Fire Mage

Due to this being the patch for a new expansion, there are many changes. Almost every single ability had its numbers changed to be balanced for level 120 and the stat squish. Because of this, we have not listed all the numeric changes below, but only the mechanical changes.

  • All Artifact traits, including the Artifact ability Phoenix Flames have been removed, or moved to the talent tree.
  • Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect has been added.
  • Remove Curse Icon Remove Curse has been added.
  • Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch has been added to as a talent in the level 15 row.
  • Blazing Soul Icon Blazing Soul has been changed to apply Blazing Barrier Icon Blazing Barrier to you after you Blink Icon Blink, instead of refilling Blazing Barrier when you do damage to enemies near you.
  • Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames has been taken from the Legion Artifact and added to the level 60 talent row, replacing Controlled Burn.
  • Conflagration Icon Conflagration has been moved from the level 15 row to the level 90 row, replacing Unstable Magic.
  • Pyroclasm Icon Pyroclasm has been added as a talent in the level 100 row, replacing Cinderstorm.

5. Fire Mage Strengths

  • Great cleave damage without giving up any single target damage
  • Great at nuking down high priority adds quickly
  • Loses very little DPS from movement
  • Good execute DPS

6. Fire Mage Weaknesses

  • No spread cleave or multidot capability
  • Cleave is automatic, making damage stops on stacked targets difficult

7. Fire Mage Viability in the Current Patch

Fire Mages are a good Mythic raiding spec due to its great mobility, decent single target DPS, good execute DPS, and very competitive cleave/AoE DPS. For Mythic+, it is a good spec for almost all combinations of affixes because it can deal both good damage on trash mobs and bosses.

8. Changelog

  • 03 Feb. 2019 (mythic+ page): Slightly tweaked Reaping affix recommendation.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added tips for Opulence.
  • 01 Feb. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 30 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated for Jaina stun hotfixes.
  • 28 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added more Jaina info and suggestions.
  • 23 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Fixed a section containing Arcane Mage info.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor guide for Fire Mages.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added information about Battle of Dazal'alor traits.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (this page): Made spec viability section a bit more thorough.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added questions about haste caps, spec viability and best race.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Added race simulations and used bloodmallet sims for azerite to keep them automatically up-to-date.
  • 13 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Blaster Master nerfs to changes of 8.1 now that it is confirmed on live servers.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 09 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for 8.1
  • 09 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Blaster Master information.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (this page): Updated viability to be complete with current information and added a balance changes section.
  • 31 Oct. 2018 (spells page): Rewrote Ignite description to be more precise.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Removed potential usage for Firestarter on Taloc.
  • 17 Oct. 2018 (rotation page): Improved Pyroclasm usage for latest findings.
  • 03 Oct. 2018 (rotation page): Updated the rotation switches to show talents more precisely.
  • 01 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Updated talents to show use cases for Phoenix Flames and correct Flame Patch usage based on new findings.
  • 29 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Added switches to enable or disable talents from the rotation.
  • 27 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Changed layout of the page and added more details to assist in picking traits.
  • 26 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Added Decursive to the addon list.
  • 06 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated traits to use bloodmallet to automatically stay up-to-date.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added talent suggestions and boss guides for Uldir.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated viability for Uldir.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Traits for hotfixes, gear changes, etc.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tier 1 talents to suggest Firestarter when running Duplicative Incineration.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Removed reference to a legendary and updated description for level 120 values.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added Dragon's Breath to Combustion rotation, and updated AoE target counts.
  • 19 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for expected stats for a pre-raid character.
  • 19 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for expected stats for a pre-raid character.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Fire Mage Boss by Boss empty page for now.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Level 120.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added Fire Mage Mythic+ page.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added Flame Patch condition to Flamestrike usage.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added a disclaimer.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added generic traits and AoE ranks, and updated ranks for latest findings.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket list for latest hotfixes and findings.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Changed Pyroclasm usage because of nerfs.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (this page): Added pre-Mythic Battle of Dazar'alor tuning notes.
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