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Fire Mage DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated Today at 11:03 by Furty 346 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. 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 and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Rinoa, a Fire Mage theorycrafter for Altered Time who is also a raider for Pieces.

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 at all. Fire really shines on fights where a multitude of stacked targets all have equal or high priority. With many of the changes present in Legion, Fire has evolved to become a very potent spec at bursting down priority targets as well. 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 7.3 Changes

  • None

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • New legendary items added.
  • Warmth of the Phoenix Icon Warmth of the Phoenix's duration has been increased to 12 seconds, up from 10 seconds.

4. Strengths

  • Strong burst damage
  • Strong and efficient multitarget damage if they are stacked
  • Great at nuking down high priority adds quickly

5. Weaknesses

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

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Fire is currently a middle of the pack specialization. This specialization is a great choice on sustained cleave encounters in Antorus, the Burning Throne, such as Antoran High Command. Typically, Fire excels on such encounters, rivalling Arcane or even pulling ahead if the situation favors it. Unfortunately, it falls far behind on single target encounters, and therefore it is preferable as a secondary specialization for Antorus. That said, Fire can be a powerful specialization in Mythic+ dungeons, as it deals high burst and powerful spread damage.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 11 Feb. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated the Tier 3 priority to match our Artifact page recommendations.
  • 11 Feb. 2018 (artifact page): Updated relic recommendations.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (gear page): Updated legendary items.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (rotation page): Updated rotation.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Added Tier 21 4-Piece explanations.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (stats page): Added a T21 stat priority.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated best in slot for Antorus.
  • 27 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 21 section with recommended legendary combinations.
  • 13 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 2 priority after recent rebalancing based on new SimCraft results.
  • 11 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Fire Mage.
  • 09 Sep. 2017 (easy mode page): Removed a mention of Rune of Power as it is no longer a dominant talent.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent discussions.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability. Added Patch 7.3 changes (of which they were none).
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems. Updated enchants and gems to Mastery.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Revised gem recommendations, cleaned up "Consumables" section, and added a note on Healthstones on Patch 7.3.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Removed "T20 stat priority" and assimilated explanation into regular stat priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated talents, rotation, and stat priority to sync with the rest of the guide.
  • 20 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated rotation.
  • 15 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent examples.
  • 20 Jul. 2017 (stats page): Added additional stat priority for Tier 20 bonus + Firestarter.
  • 20 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated Firestarter and Kindling, as empirical testing has them performing well in Mythic ToS.
  • 20 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tomb of Sargeras best in slot, updated trinket list, and added Tier 20 section.
  • 20 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority section for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Added a paragraph discussing relic item level and how it relates to priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated number of targets for Flamestrike, Flamestrike Usage section, and replaced Deadly Grace with Prolonged Power.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated discussions about Firestarter, Flame Patch, and Kindling.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority explanation for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lemon Herb Filet, updated Gems, and updated Potion choice.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated "Main Resource" section as Mana Starvation is no longer a concern.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Soul of the Archmage and Contained Infernal Core to the Legendary items section.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Moved Pyroclastic Paranoia a couple spots up in path priority.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 07 Mar. 2017 (this page): Updated viability/strengths/weaknesses.
  • 06 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated weights calculation with new stat weights.
  • 22 Feb. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability.
  • 20 Feb. 2017 (this page): Updated viability/strengths/weaknesses.
  • 20 Feb. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority.
  • 20 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated Flame Patch viability.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions, added some fight specific talent advice, and updated builds.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fully updated BiS list and legendary options.
  • 18 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Re-added stat weights.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Fully updated talents for 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Slight update to the recommended talent build to be in sync with the 7.1.5 talent recommendations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added 7.1.5 change list and updated strengths/weaknesses.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Stat priority remains the same but we removed the stat weights for now. We will re-add them once things stabilise.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Slight updates for 7.1.5 (mostly Blazing Barrier, Ice Floes and Dragon's Breath).
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated description of Combustion.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Fire Mages.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Opening Sequence.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Level 110 talent discussion.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket best in slot.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (this page): Updated Fire Blast & Combustion changes for clarity.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (spells page): Updated "Main Resource" section to discuss Mana Starvation. Also updated Dragon's Breath description.
  • 29 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Relic choices due to more recent SimC info.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added a full trinket priority list to help readers extrapolate whether their titanforged trinket is actually an upgrade.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): Added a sentence in the viability section regarding Fire being a great spec for players who only want to invest in a single Artifact tree.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated enchants.
  • 05 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Simplified rotation by adding checkboxes to hide or reveal specific lines (cooldown, talents, AoE, etc.).
  • 01 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Following Arold's review, Meteor is now a viable Level 100 talent in specific situations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Tweaked Level 100 talent advice.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (this page): Fixed Combustion's description.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Fixed Combustion's description.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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