Fire Mage PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Fire Mage and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Fire Mage PvP Guide.
Talent Choices for Fire Mages
|15||✘ Firestarter||✔ Pyromaniac||✔ Searing Touch|
|30||✘ Blazing Soul||✔ Shimmer||✘ Blast Wave|
|45||✔ Incanter's Flow||✘ Mirror Image||✘ Rune of Power|
|60||✔ Flame On||✘ Alexstrasza's Fury||✘ Phoenix Flames|
|75||✘ Frenetic Speed||✘ Ice Ward||✔ Ring of Frost|
|90||✘ Flame Patch||✘ Conflagration||✔ Living Bomb|
|100||✘ Kindling||✘ Pyroclasm||✔ Meteor|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Pyromaniac is the best choice in this tier. Having the change to get a Hot Streak proc after using Pyroblast can significantly increase your damage. If you find that your team has a hard time killing an enemy when they are low, Searing Touch can help generate more Hot Streaks and make it easier to land a kill.
Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents
Shimmer is the best choice in this tier. This is very strong when trying to get crowd control on the enemy team. If an enemy is trying to get out of line of sight of your Polymorph, for example, you can Shimmer while casting it and avoid losing line of sight. This talent replaces Blink.
Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents
Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents
Flame On is the best choice in this tier. This talent will give you the highest amount of damage throughout an arena match. This talent will allow you to setup big burst damage more often and pairs well with the Blaster Master trait. For more information about Azerite traits, please refer to our dedicated page on the subject.
Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents
Ring of Frost is the best choice in this tier. This is crucial for crowd control. If you get interrupted on Polymorph, you can still cast Ring of Frost. You can also do Dragon's Breath into Ring of Frost.
Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents
Living Bomb is the best choice in this tier. It helps with pressuring multiple enemies at the same time, something that Fire Mages are good at. One thing to note, is that it can break crowd control, so try to crowd control the enemy far from their teammates with this debuff.
Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents
Meteor is the best choice in this tier, providing good single-target and AoE burst. Set it up by having a teammate stun the kill target. If there is no stun, you can use Dragon's Breath and then cast Meteor on the target.
PvP Talents for Fire Mages
The first PvP talent tier is will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless, and Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel.
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Temporal Shield creates a shield around you for 6 seconds. Once it expires, you will instantly be healed for 100% of the damage you took while it was active. This is a great defensive tool and should be used when the enemy team is using their burst cooldowns. If you are using the Conflict and Strife Major Power, you get this ability baseline. Continue down the list of PvP talents for other options.
PvP Talents for Builds Without Greater Pyroblast
If you are playing against a team with melee on it and you will kiting most of the time, Controlled Burn is a great choice. This causes Mastery: Ignite to deal its full damage 100% faster, but it no longer spreads to nearby enemies unless Combustion is active. This is a very strong damage talent if you find yourself kiting throughout an arena match.
If you are able to stand still throughout an arena match, Flamecannon is the best choice in this tier. This talent can also help with dealing with melee due to it increasing your maximum health, but will primarily be used when you can free-cast Fireballs.
PvP Talents for Builds With Greater Pyroblast
Greater Pyroblast has a long cast time and deals 35% of the target's maximum health. This is a hit or miss PvP talent, as it is very difficult to complete the cast without being interrupted. However, if you are able to complete the cast, you can easily kill an enemy from 100%. Quick note: this is a percentage-based attack, so the damage is not affected by abilities that increase health. A good example is when a Druid enters Bear Form. Although they have more health, Greater Pyroblast will still deal 35% of their total health.
Tinder causes your next Fireball to deal 30% increased damage with a 50% reduced cast time, if you have not cast a Fireball for 8 seconds. This is a good talent versus teams with a melee on it and you will only be able to cast at certain times. This helps with your sustained damage and with generating Heating Up procs.
Situational PvP Talents
Prismatic Cloak reduces magical damage you take by 50% for 2 seconds after you Blink or Shimmer. This talent is great against teams with magical spells that deal large amounts of damage. You can replace Controlled Burn with this if you are playing against a team with two spell casters on it.
Kleptomania makes Spellsteal have a 30-second cooldown, but steals all spells from the target. This is only useful against Restoration Druids. If you want to have the option to steal all of the Restoration Druids HoTs, you can replace Controlled Burn with Kleptomania.
- 23 Jun. 2020: Updated Tier 1 Regular talent.
- 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
- 30 Oct. 2019: Page added.
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