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Fire Mage DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2017 at 09:10 by Furty 347 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Fire Mages in World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Fire Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Pyromaniac Pyromaniac Conflagration ? Conflagration Firestarter Firestarter
30 Shimmer Shimmer Blast Wave ? Blast Wave Blazing Soul Blazing Soul
45 Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power Rune of Power Incanter's Flow Incanter's Flow
60 Alexstrasza's Fury Alexstrasza's Fury Flame On Flame On Controlled Burn Controlled Burn
75 Frenetic Speed Frenetic Speed Ring of Frost Ring of Frost Ice Ward Ice Ward
90 Living Bomb Living Bomb Unstable Magic Unstable Magic Flame Patch Flame Patch
100 Kindling Kindling Cinderstorm ? Cinderstorm Meteor Meteor

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets for Fire Mage

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. Tier 21 4-Piece Bonus

These talents are suitable once the Tier 21 4-piece bonus has been obtained. This allows us to maximize our Combustion Icon Combustion windows to deliver strong damage and exceptional burst.

2.2. Without Tier 21 4-Piece Bonus (Single Target)

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Fire Mage

Pyromaniac Pyromaniac Conflagration ? Conflagration Firestarter Firestarter

Tier 1 talents offer a minor boost to sustained damage.

Firestarter Icon Firestarter is the best option if you have not yet obtained the Tier 21 4-Piece bonus.

Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac is generally the best option when using the Tier 21 4-Piece bonus, as the possibility of an extra Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast during your Combustion Icon Combustions is usually worthwhile. Only very slightly ahead of Firestarter Icon Firestarter, so feel free to pick and choose based on the encounter at hand.

Conflagration Icon Conflagration is a possible option for Mythic+ depending on the keystone level and affixes, but is not used in Antorus.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents for Fire Mage

Shimmer Shimmer Blast Wave ? Blast Wave Blazing Soul Blazing Soul

Tier 2 talents offer a boost in defensive utility.

  • Shimmer Icon Shimmer replaces your Blink Icon Blink ability. It functions exactly the same as Blink Icon Blink except it is off the Global Cooldown and does not interrupt spellcasting.
  • Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave causes an explosion around yourself, dealing Fire damage to all enemies within 8 yards and reducing their movement speed by 70% for 4 seconds.
  • Blazing Soul Icon Blazing Soul causes Fire damage dealt to targets within 8 yards to refill your Blazing Barrier Icon Blazing Barrier for 40% of the damage dealt.

Shimmer Icon Shimmer should be your go-to talent in most situations, as it gives you more mobility and the ability to Blink Icon Blink without triggering a Global Cooldown. Not only does this result in a noticeable damage gain, but should also allow for better survivability on high movement fights.

Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave can be useful for Mythic+ if you need the additional control for kiting.

Blazing Soul Icon Blazing Soul is very situational as it requires you to be nearly in melee range, and lacks the additional mobility that Shimmer Icon Shimmer provides.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents for Fire Mage

Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power Rune of Power Incanter's Flow Incanter's Flow

Tier 3 talents are focused on providing the player a consistent damage increase.

  • Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image creates 3 copies of yourself which damage enemies and last 40 seconds.
  • Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power places a small zone which increases the damage you do by 40% for 10 seconds. This ability has a 45-second cooldown, with 2 charges.
  • Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow increases your damage between 4% and 20%, cycling every 10 seconds.

Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is currently the best option for all situations.

Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power is far and away the best option when the Tier 21 4-Piece bonus has be acquired.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image is not used, currently.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents for Fire Mage

Alexstrasza's Fury Alexstrasza's Fury Flame On Flame On Controlled Burn Controlled Burn

Tier 4 talents are focused on providing unique damage utility.

Flame On Icon Flame On should be your go-to choice on raid bosses, as it allows for the most Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks throughout a fight.

Alexstrasza's Fury Icon Alexstrasza's Fury is a great choice for heavy cleave encounters and greatly increases your snap AoE damage. It is also a fantastic choice for Mythic+ dungeons. Players using the legendary item Darckli's Dragonfire Diadem Icon Darckli's Dragonfire Diadem should use this talent in all situations where 2+ targets will be present.

Controlled Burn Icon Controlled Burn is stronger with the buffs in 7.1.5, but it is still too unpredictable to be a contender.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents for Fire Mage

Frenetic Speed Frenetic Speed Ring of Frost Ring of Frost Ice Ward Ice Ward

Tier 5 talents focus primarily on providing utility.

Frenetic Speed Icon Frenetic Speed is currently the only talent with a benefit in raids.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents for Fire Mage

Living Bomb Living Bomb Unstable Magic Unstable Magic Flame Patch Flame Patch

Tier 6 talents add various cleave and AoE utility to your kit.

  • Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb applies a bomb to the target which explodes after a delay and spreads itself to nearby targets.
  • Unstable Magic Icon Unstable Magic grants Fireball Icon Fireball a 25% chance to splash for 50% additional damage to all targets within 8-yards of the target.
  • Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch adds a burning ground effect to Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike that lasts for 8 seconds.

Unstable Magic Icon Unstable Magic is the best choice for single target.

Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch does the most damage in situations where there are 2-10 targets present. It should be noted, however, that Flame Patch takes 8 seconds to deal its full damage and during this time all targets must stay within the damaging area. It also forces the player to use Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike, which is only an effective choice if multiple targets have similar or equal damage priority. Despite these negatives, Flame Patch is still a great choice for dungeons and certain raid bosses, and the choice between this talent and Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is largely a matter of preference and context.

Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is the best choice for 10+ targets, and it also results in a single-target damage increase in such situations. It is a DPS loss to use this ability if there is only 1 target present.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents for Fire Mage

Kindling Kindling Cinderstorm ? Cinderstorm Meteor Meteor

Tier 7 talents add new abilities and major playstyle shifts to your kit.

  • Kindling Icon Kindling reduces the cooldown of Combustion Icon Combustion by 1 second every time Fireball Icon Fireball, Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast, and Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast critically strike.
  • Cinderstorm Icon Cinderstorm is a short cooldown conal spray that deals extra damage to targets afflicted by Ignite Icon Ignite.
  • Meteor Icon Meteor summons a meteor to fall from the sky after a short delay, dealing large initial damage and leaving a burning patch on the ground for 8 seconds.

Meteor Icon Meteor is the best option for single-target, and also a great option for intermittent cleave when adds are occasionally present (e.g. Chronomatic Anomaly). It contributes to your Ignite Icon Ignite.

Kindling Icon Kindling is the superior option for all situations when using the Tier 21 4-Piece bonus.

Cinderstorm Icon Cinderstorm is the best option for lower item level players on any sustained cleave, and also for AoE (when combined with Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power). It is not used in the Tomb of Sargeras.

10. ChangeLog

  • 28 Nov. 2017: Added Tier 21 4-Piece explanations.
  • 29 Aug. 2017: Updated talent discussions.
  • 15 Aug. 2017: Updated talent examples.
  • 20 Jul. 2017: Updated Firestarter and Kindling, as empirical testing has them performing well in Mythic ToS.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated discussions about Firestarter, Flame Patch, and Kindling.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2017: Updated Flame Patch viability.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Updated talent descriptions, added some fight specific talent advice, and updated builds.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Fully updated talents for 7.1.5.
  • 29 Nov. 2016: Updated Level 110 talent discussion.
  • 01 Sep. 2016: Following Arold's review, Meteor is now a viable Level 100 talent in specific situations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Tweaked Level 100 talent advice.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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