Arcane Mage Class Overview
Welcome to my Arcane Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.
Arcane Mage shines in single target fights without movement. The rotation is simple and it has 6% Hit rating from Talents which makes it a good choice for players with low gear. The biggest challenge is not to run out of Mana. Arcane Empowerment is a very nice buff which Arcane Mage will give to the raid.
Don't change the Fire and Ice talents, simple as that. Change points in Arcane Tree, if needed. New players might take Arcane Barrage to reset the Arcane debuff – this will help you with mana problems.
Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational.
Reckless Ametrine is used only if the socket bonus is +7 or +9 Spell Power
Two Purified Dreadstone for the Meta to activate, in blue slots of course.
Rest if filled Runed Cardinal Ruby.
Remember that you still need Hit Rating and if you don't have that 17% (with raid buffs) then you should use Enchants and Gems to compensate that.
Head – Arcanum of Burning Mysteries
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Storm
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Superior Spellpower
Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Brilliant Spellthread
Boots – Icewalker or Tuskarr's Vitality
Gameplay & Rotations
High-damage rotation: Presence of Mind → Three Arcane Blast → Mirror Image if you have 4 T10 pieces → Icy Veins, Arcane Power, Trinkets → One Arcane Blast → Arcane Missiles if Missile Barrage activated, or wait until it procs.
Boss mods for all raid bosses.
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User Interface (UI) AddOn. Quartz is a modular approach to a casting bar addon.
User Interface (UI) AddOn. A complete replacement for Blizzard's default unit frames, including raid frames and raid tools.
OmniCC is an addon that adds text to items, spell and abilities that are on cooldown.
Omen is one of the most popular threat meters.
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Tool for helping Healer to their work. Highly customizable tool for faster and more efficient healing.
The addon will notify you in the middle of your screen with an icon, name of the spell that has procced.