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Fire Mage DPS Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2017 at 08:23 by Furty 347 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Fire Mages in World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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. Stat Priority for Fire Mage

  1. Mastery;
  2. Haste = Versatility;
  3. Intellect;
  4. Critical Strike.

On pure single-target situations, the respective values of Mastery, Haste and Versatility fluctuate depending on gear, but they are very close, with the value of Critical Strike being a bit behind (even more so if you talented into Firestarter Icon Firestarter). Mastery scales much better with additional targets than any other stat and the hardest fights in Tomb of Sargeras (Fallen Avatar and Kil'jaeden) are very good for that stat, hence why Mastery is listed first.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Stat Priority with Tier 21 4-Piece Bonus for Fire Mage

  1. Critical Strike;
  2. Haste = Mastery;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Intellect.

Stacking Mastery second will generally result in slightly higher overall damage, while Haste will net you better single target and priority target damage (generally more useful).

3. Fire Mage: Getting a Better Understanding

3.1. Statistics Explanations

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damage of your spells.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit, which in turn increases your chances to get instant-free Pyroblast Icon Pyroblasts. This gives you the most reliable damage and smooths out the rotation considerably, giving you the most consistent output.

Mastery, through Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite, increases the damage of your Ignite Icon Ignite DoT. Mastery is very close to Critical Strike in value, increasing with the number of targets present, eventually outpacing Critical Strike on sustained AoE and cleave. Critical Strike and Mastery have good synergy, because Pyroblast Icon Pyroblasts and Flamestrike Icon Flamestrikes affected by Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak cause double the normal ignite value, which is further increased by your Mastery.

Haste influences the cast speed of your spells. It also influences the cooldown of Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast and the speed at which Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb detonates.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

4. ChangeLog

  • 28 Nov. 2017: Added a T21 stat priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2017: Removed "T20 stat priority" and assimilated explanation into regular stat priority.
  • 20 Jul. 2017: Added additional stat priority for Tier 20 bonus + Firestarter.
  • 20 Jun. 2017: Updated stat priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated stat priority explanation for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 18 Jan. 2017: Re-added stat weights.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Stat priority remains the same but we removed the stat weights for now. We will re-add them once things stabilise.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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