Fire Mage Quick-Start Guide For WoW Patch 5.4 – Stats, talents and spec, glyphs, rotation, reforging and gems, and ability priorities

by on August 28, 2012


Garrosh has finally lost the plot in WoW Patch 5.4, and that means it’s time to figure out the latest changes before heading out to light him on fire. So, want to get up to speed fast with our rotation, ability priorities, stat priorities, reforging and gems too? Read on.

Updated 17th September 2013 to World of Warcraft Patch 5.4

Fire Mage changes in Wow Patch 5.4

Some changes to Glyphs and Talents.

Fire “Rotation” and Priorities

The new Fire priority system is really, really simple at level 90 -

Single-target DPS

This assumes you’re using our recommended talents, below.

  • Top Priority: If the +25% damage buff from Evocation has less than 5 sec to run, cast Evocation. If not, if Living Bomb isn’t on your target, cast Living Bomb.
  • Second Priority: If you have the Pyroblast! buff active, cast Pyroblast.
  • Third Priority: If you have the “Heating Up” buff active and Inferno Blast is available, cast Inferno Blast.
  • Fourth Priority: Otherwise, cast Fireball, or Scorch if you’re moving.

It’s possible to optimise your rotation more (see Links), but this approach will give you very solid DPS.

AOE DPS

For less than 4 enemies, use your regular rotation. For 4 or more:

  • Top Priority Keep Nether Tempest up on as many enemies as possible
  • Third Priority Use your single-target rotation on one enemy.

Cooldowns

  • Combustion: Cast this after scoring a critical hit with Fireball. Read the guides in “links” for more details on optimising this.
  • Evocation: Aside from its use in your rotation, obviously, use it if you’re ever running out of mana!
  • Alter Time: Unless you think you’ll need it to avoid dying, use this when you have Pyroblast! to get a second use of the ability.
  • Mirror Image: Cast whenever it’s available unless you’re sure your images won’t be able to attack for the full 30 seconds.
  • Time Warp: If you’re raiding, ask your raid leader when to cast it. Otherwise, cast on boss fights.

Buffs

Use Molten Armor, cast Arcane Brilliance, and remember to create a Mana Gem.

Fire Mage Talent Choices

Mage 5.x talent choices are particularly flexible, and we heartily encourage you to experiment with them. However, for a quick-start setup of talents that’s simple to use, we recommend:

  • Tier 1: Presence Of Mind – a cooldown to get an instant Pyroblast.
  • Tier 2: Ice Barrier – a solid cooldown to reduce damage to you.
  • Tier 3: Ring of Frost
  • Tier 4: Greater Invisibility: turns Invisibility into a damage-avoidance cooldown.
  • Tier 5: Nether Tempest
  • Tier 6: Invocation. You can swap to Incanter’s Ward for high-movement fights, but otherwise Invocation gives the best DPS.

If you know you need to do maximum damage to a single target and nothing else, switch to Living Bomb in Tier 5, and use it like Nether Tempest.

Stats, reforging and gemming for Fire Mage

Stat priorities for Fire Mages are simple in MoP. Intellect is most important, followed by Hit to the 15% Spell Hit Cap, then Critical Strike.

Reforging: Reforge to Hit until 15% hit (5100 rating), then reforge to Critical Strike. Reforge from Hit above the cap first, then Mastery.
Gems: Use Potent gems in Red sockets, Smooth gems in yellow sockets, and Piercing gems in blue sockets. Note that Brilliant gems are still pretty good, so there’s no need to replace everything! But at 5.4 levels of gearing, Crit is slightly better in gems.
Meta Gem: Burning meta gem, whichever you can afford and use.
Note: Expertise adds to Mages’ Hit as if it were Hit itself. That means you can reforge to Expertise if you can’t reforge to Hit on a piece of armor.

Fire Mage Glyphs

You’ll end up picking glyphs on a per-fight basis- like talents, they’re very situational now – but to start off with, here’s a good no-downside selection:

Major: Glyph of Combustion, Glyph of Cone of Cold, Glyph of Inferno Blast
Minor: Glyph of Momentum, Glyph of Loose Mana, one other of your choice.

Fire Mage enchants and item enhancements

You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.

  • Shoulders – Greater Crane Wing Inscription
  • Back – Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect
  • Chest – Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats
  • Wrist – Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect
  • Hands – Enchant Gloves – Superior Expertise or Superior Mastery
  • Belt – Living Steel Belt Buckle
  • Legs – Greater Cerulean Spellthread
  • Feet – Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step
  • Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit
  • Off-Hand Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Major Intellect

Links

Fire Mages are honestly pretty simple – but there are still some complexities with things like Ignite (yes, it still exists). If you want to get more in-depth:

  • Icy Veins started as a Mage guide. Their Fire Mage article is top-notch.
  • Finally, as a WoW player, you should really check out the latest and greatest from the blogosphere on World of Warcraft, here at the Melting Pot.

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