Mage Thread for Mages
Welcome to the mage thread, wherein things are turned into sheep and monkeys and penguins and turtles and stuff.
From the official guide:
Mages demolish their foes with arcane incantations. Although they wield powerful offensive spells, mages are fragile and lightly armored, making them particularly vulnerable to close-range attacks. Wise mages make careful use of their spells to keep their foes at a distance or hold them in place. Also they are better than Warlocks.
If you want to blow up things and be a wonderful source of crowd control Mage could be the class for you! Mages are dynamic and fun to play and offer 3 different DPS specs for you to destroy things with. Fire
is all about blowing things up and lighting things on fire. Frost
is all about blowing things up and freezing them in place or slowing them down, as well as making people angry about PvP balance. Arcane
is all about being incredibly bori- I mean blowing stuff up with magic missles and managing mana! (AND BEING BORING UAGH ITS SO BORING SERIOUSLY)
Mages are the only class that can make sweet portals to cities, and they can also conjure food so that you don't have to wait a half an hour for the healers mana pool to recover between pulls. Everyone loves having mages in their group.
Example Specs and How2Play
Check the spoiler underneath to learn 2 play (courtesy of Oghulk
These specs are for a guideline, not as a statement of fact! These are all more or less PvE oriented. Use your imagination! Mages aren't as locked into cookie cutter specs as other classes can be. You may find different specs to be optimal for different fights.
Special note on gemming: ALWAYS GEM FOR INT. The rules for gemming are:
Red -> Int
Blue/Yellow -> Int/Secondary stat ONLY IF the socket bonus will account for the loss of int
Example: Two socket item with 1 Red and 1 Blue gem, with a +20 int socket bonus. Gem pure Int into Red, and gem Int/Hit into Blue, since the +20 int bonus from the socket gives you a "free lunch".
Example 2: Another two socket item, 1 Red, and 1 Blue, with a +10 int socket bonus. Put pure int gems in BOTH slots, since losing 10 int for 10 hit is a net DPS loss.
Fire works quite similar to arcane in that you have a burn phase and conserve phase, the only difference being that your burn phase will last quite a long time depending on the mana regeneration of your raid composition.
The priority rotation works like this:
Is Critical Mass up? Scorch (or Pyroblast depending).
Is Living Bomb up? Living Bomb
Is Hot Streak proc'd? Pyroblast
Is Ignite up along with the above DoTs? Combustion
The stat weights for Fire is:
Hit to 17% > Crit >>>> Haste TO ~5% HASTE FOR EXTRA DOT > Mastery > Haste after 5%
Crit is your strongest stat as fire right now, so the more the better.
Frost's priority system:
Is Fingers of Frost up? Is Deep Freeze off Cooldown? Deep Freeze
Is Freeze (Pet's Ranged Frost Nova) off Cooldown? Is DF off Cooldown? Deep Freeze
Is Fingers of Frost up? Ice Lance
Is Brain Freeze up? Frostfire Bolt
The stat weights for Frost are:
Hit to 17% > Crit to 33% > Mastery > Haste
Excellent Mage resources
The basic play style for Arcane includes two different phases; your burn phase and your conserve phase. You'll start off the beginning of the fight in your burn phase, going through Abx4Abarr then mana gemming for the spell power buff and subsequently using Arcane Power and trinkets and everything to spam Arcane Blast till roughly 40% mana, at which point you'll want to evocate and then switch to a conserve phase of ABx2Abarr/ABx2AM or something similar to that depending on mana pool.
Fight Start --> ABx4AM/Abarr -- > Mana Gem/AP/Trinket/Images --> AB till 40% mana --> Evocate --> ABx2Abarr/AM --> Refresh.
I'm not sure about the stat weights right now but I assume for arcane it goes something like this:
Hit to 17% > Mastery(?) > Haste(?) > Crit(?)
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