Fire Mage DPS Guide — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

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General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1. 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.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Mage guide.

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.

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
X Weaknesses
  • -No spread cleave or multidot capability
  • -Has no good way to do consistent cleave damage.
3.

Shadowlands Changes for Mages

We are maintaining a list of changes for Mages for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

The changes Fire Mages get in the Shadowlands pre-patch are fairly minor, and do not have much impact on how the spec plays. A bunch of Talents are moved around to give more interesting choices, and some talents have become baseline. However, the real change is that Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite now no longer spreads automatically. Instead of automatically spreading every 2 seconds, you now have to manually spread it by casting Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames, which has become baseline instead of a talent.

The removal of Corruption impacts Fire greatly in terms of its strength. While in 8.3 Fire Mages were arguably the best spec in the entire game, this is most likely not the case in pre-patch, as Fire benefitted greatly from the now removed Mastery amplification corruption effects due to the enormous amounts of Mastery gained via Blaster Master Icon Blaster Master.

4.

Leveling a Fire Mage

If you want to play an 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.

5.

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 of time.

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.

6.

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 path of these aspects.

7.

End-Game as a Fire Mage

Starting out as a Fire Mage is very different from end-game progression content. Because of this, we have dedicated pages that guide you how to play optimally in Mythic+, Raiding and PvP.

8.

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.

9.

Fire Mage Viability in the Current Patch

Due to the removal of corruption, Fire Mages get a huge hit to its output. Having said that, in Ny'alotha, Fire Mages are expected to perform decently well. Fire Mages can deal with almost every single mechanic on every fight with relative ease, which allows the player more time to focus on optimizing DPS. Fire is also great at doing cleave DPS to adds, due to Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite + Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames, which is great in Ny'alotha, as a lot of the adds do not have to die very quickly. The great execute DPS Fire has (due to Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch) is also very beneficial on a lot of fights. On top of that, the cooldown timings work out very well for fire.

In Mythic+, Fire can perform reasonably well in random groups, but it truly excels in pre-planned runs, where the great burst AoE DPS from Combustion Icon Combustion can shine. Fire is, however, lacking some utility compared to a lot of other specs.

Overall, Fire is performing is expected to perform decently well in a lot of situations, which makes it a great choice to play in all content.

10.

Changelog

  • 20 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Removed reference to Temporal Shield since it got moved to Arcane only.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Essences page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Azshara tips.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Removed disclaimer.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for every boss except for Azshara, updated talent recommendations, and split essence recommendations into 2 categories.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added initial talent recommendations.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added more tips.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added tips for Opulence.
  • 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.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Removed potential usage for Firestarter on Taloc.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added talent suggestions and boss guides for Uldir.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Fire Mage Boss by Boss empty page for now.
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