Fire Mage PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.0.2)
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 to ensure success.
This page is part of our Fire Mage PvP Guide.
Talent Choices for Fire Mages
|15||✔ Firestarter||✘ Pyromaniac||✔ Searing Touch|
|25||✘ Blazing Soul||✔ Shimmer||✘ Blast Wave|
|30||✔ Incanter's Flow||✘ Focus Magic||? Rune of Power|
|35||✔ Flame On||✘ Alexstrasza's Fury||✘ From the Ashes|
|40||✘ Frenetic Speed||✘ Ice Ward||✔ Ring of Frost|
|45||✘ Flame Patch||✘ Conflagration||✔ Living Bomb|
|50||✘ 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
Firestarter is the best choice in this tier. Fire Mage teams will likely try to go for a big kill, killing the enemy from 50% to 0% health in one stun. This will make the initial damage to the target much stronger. It will also make it easier to generate Heating Up procs against enemies at high health. However, Searing Touch also provides guaranteed crits below 30% on a kill target, making it easy to execute the enemy.
Tier 2 (Level 25) 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 30) Talents
Incanter's Flow is the best choice in this tier. Try to perform your burst damage rotation when you have 5 stacks of Incanter's Flow, for maximum damage. If you are opting for a large damage burst, Rune of Power can provide a large spell damage increase. With the new change where Combustion now instantly drops a Rune of Power at your feet, this is viable.
Tier 4 (Level 35) 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 have more instant cast damage.
Tier 5 (Level 40) 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 45) 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 50) 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. Try to position the meteor so that it hits as few enemies as possible to assure maximum damage on one single-target.
PvP Talents for Fire Mages
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
Pyrokinesis reduces the cooldown of your primary burst cooldown, Combustion, every time you deal damage with Fireball. This is important because this will make Combustion a shorter cooldown than the enemy trinket. Meaning if an enemy does not have a trinket when you have Combustion, you can kill them in a stun.
If you are able to stand still throughout an arena match, Flamecannon another great choice. 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. You will also be able to cast fire spells from further away.
Situational PvP Talents
Tinder causes your next Fireball to deal 25% 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.
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 Tinder with this if you are playing against a team with two spell casters on it.
Netherwind Armor reduces the chance you will suffer a critical strike by 15%. This is very good into melee cleave teams that have very powerful spells that if they crit, you could lose a large amount of health from.
Kleptomania makes Spellsteal have a 30-second cooldown, but steals all spells from the target. This is useful against Restoration Druids or other Fire Mages, you could use this to take their Combustion. You can replace Tinder with Kleptomania.
- 10 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1.
- 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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