Fire Mage

Patch 9.0

Written by Kaiser Last Updated: 6th Dec, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on beta or early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.

Recommended Talents

Recommended Raiding Build

  1. Searing Touch
  2. Shimmer
  3. Rune of power
  4. Flame on
  5. Frenetic Speed
  6. Conflagration *
  7. Kindling

*In cases where cleave is needed, swap Conflagration with Flame Patch.
(check raid bosses for more info)

Recommended Mythic+ Build

  1. Searing Touch
  2. Shimmer
  3. Rune of power
  4. Flame on
  5. Frenetic Speed *
  6. Flame Patch
  7. Kindling

*You can swap Frenetic Speed with Ring of Frost if you feel the extra utility is needed.

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

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, but also an execute ability 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 is castable 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.

Raiding: Shimmer

Mythic+: Shimmer

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 Phoenix Flames cooldown.

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.

Raiding: Kindling

Mythic+: Kindling

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.