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Fire Mage DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 23:55 by Dutchmagoz 22 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Fire Mage in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Dutchmagoz. Dutchmagoz is a Mythic raider in UnknownError, owner of the Mage theorycrafting website Altered Time, and an admin of the Mage Discord server, Halls of the Guardian.

1. Class 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. 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.

3. 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

4. Fire Mage Weaknesses

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

5. Fire Mage Viability in the Current Patch

Fire Mages are a great choice for early expansion dungeon content, due to its great cleave and AoE damage. It is also looking to be a strong contender for DPS in Battle for Azeroth's first raid, Uldir.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 12 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Level 120.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added Fire Mage Mythic+ page.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Added Fire Mage Boss by Boss empty page for now.
  • 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): Page added.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added a disclaimer.
  • 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.
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