Recommended Raiding Build
- Searing Touch
- Rune of power
- Flame on
- Frenetic Speed
- Conflagration *
*In cases where cleave is needed, swap Conflagration with Flame Patch.
(check raid bosses for more info)
Recommended Mythic+ Build
- Searing Touch
- Rune of power
- Flame on
- Frenetic Speed *
- Flame Patch
*You can swap Frenetic Speed with Ring of Frost if you feel the extra utility is needed.
Boss specific recommendations and strategy:
Tier 1 (15)
FirestarterPassive PyromaniacPassive Searing TouchPassive
Firestarter: Makes your Fireball and Pyroblast always crit when hitting a target above 90% health.
Pyromaniac: Spending a Hot Streak with Pyroblast or Flamestrike has an 8% chance to reactivate the Hot Streak.
Searing Touch: An execute effect, Scorch deals 150% increased damage and always crits when your target is below 30% health.
Raiding: Searing Touch
Mythic+: Searing Touch
Searing Touch is the clear choice here as it gives you the most output. Not only is Scorch castable while moving, it's also an execute ability, which is valued highly in raids.
When it comes to Mythic+, using Scorch on low health targets to generate hot streaks allows you to spam more flamestrikes.
Tier 2 (25)
Blazing SoulPassive ShimmerInstant Blast WaveInstant
Blazing Soul: Casting Blink gives you a Blazing Barrier.
Shimmer: Blink has 2 charges and can be used while casting (has no GCD as well).
Blast wave: Deals AoE damage around you and knocks away your enemies while inflicting a snare effect upon them.
Shimmer is an extremely flexible talent that allows Mages more freedom when it comes to gameplay and is clearly the best choice.
Tier 3 (30)
Incanter's FlowPassive Focus MagicInstant Rune of Power1.5 sec cast
Incanter's Flow: A damage buff that increases and diminishes every cycle.
Focus Magic: A buff that increased crit chance of an ally, giving you Intellect and crit when your ally crits in return.
Rune of power: A damage buff when you stand around the rune. Also gets activated when you use Combustion.
Raiding: Rune of power
Mythic+: Rune of power
Rune of power is the clear choice as Fire Mage works around burst phases, and the talent provides the biggest damage increase over a short time period.
Tier 4 (35)
Flame OnPassive Alexstrasza's FuryPassive From the AshesPassive
Flame On: You have 3 Fire Blast charges.
Alexstrasza's Fury: Dragon's Breath always crits for increased damage and makes your next Pyroblast do more damage.
From the Ashes: Increases mastery when Phoenix Flames is on cooldown and your crits reduce the cooldown of Phoenix Flames.
Raiding: Flame On
Mythic+: Flame On
Flame On is the best choice currently as having 3 Fire Blast charges is an invaluable effect and synergizes well with Infernal Cascade.
Tier 5 (40)
Frenetic SpeedPassive Ice WardPassive Ring of Frost2 sec cast
Frenetic Speed: Speed boost when you Scorch.
Ice Ward: Grants you 2 Frost Nova charges.
Ring of Frost: A ring that incapacitates targets that walk into it.
Raiding: Frenetic Speed
Mythic+: Frenetic Speed
Frenetic Speed is the best as having extra speed is always handy. However, in some situations Ring of Frost might be useful, so should be considered.
Tier 6 (45)
Flame PatchPassive ConflagrationPassive Living BombInstant
Flame patch: Causes Flamestrike to leave a patch of burning ground that deals damage to enemies over 8 seconds.
Conflagration: Basically a passive damage increase.
Living Bomb: A cleave ability that causes its target to explode and spreads the bomb to nearby targets.
Raiding: Conflagration, provides the biggest single target increase.
Mythic+: Flame patch, as it’s currently the strongest cleave talent.
Tier 7 (50)
KindlingPassive PyroclasmPassive MeteorInstant
Kindling: Reduces the cooldown of Combustion when you crit with your abilities.
Pyroclasm: A proc that empowers your next non-instant Pyroblast.
Meteor: An AoE damage spell on a targeted location. It deals damage on impact and leaves a patch that deals damage over time.
Kindling synergizes well with Shifting Power, which makes the cooldown of Combustion 1 minute. This makes it sync up with the Gladiator's Badge PvP trinket, further empowering it.