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

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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. Balance Changes for Fire Mage in Battle for Azeroth

  • September 11th: All damage increased by 6% and Flamestrike damage increased by 15%.

3. 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.

4. 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

5. Fire Mage Weaknesses

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

6. Fire Mage Viability in the Current Patch

Fire Mages have all the abilities to deal with anything Uldir throws at them. Fire Mages are one of, if not the, strongest specs that a Mage has in Uldir, and it is the go-to spec for a multitude of bosses in Mythic Uldir, including the last 2 Bosses, Mythrax the Unraveler and G'huun.

7. Contents

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

8. Changelog

  • 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 (bosses 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 (bosses page): Added talent suggestions and boss guides for Uldir.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated viability for Uldir.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tier 1 talents to suggest Firestarter when running Duplicative Incineration.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Traits for hotfixes, gear changes, etc.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added Dragon's Breath to Combustion rotation, and updated AoE target counts.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Removed reference to a legendary and updated description for level 120 values.
  • 19 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for expected stats for a pre-raid character.
  • 19 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for expected stats for a pre-raid character.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (gear 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.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (bosses 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 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added Flame Patch condition to Flamestrike usage.
  • 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.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 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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