Wednesday, February 15, 2012

[PVE] Mage - Arcane DPS Spec & Guide (For 3.3.5)

This spec / talent build is for level 80 Mages and the 3.3.5(a) version of World of Warcraft

Arcane is a good spec (especially) for new mages, who do not have good enough gear for a fire/frostfireball spec (they require lots of crit). Arcane does actually more dps with lower gear than what fire specs could. 
I can't claim that this spec will make you top your raid's dps charts (because this spec has very limited potential for raids), but it does work just perfect for 5man dungeons, including the godlessly overdone Pit of Saron (the main source of gear for new players) and "RDF HC" (Random Dungeon Finder Heroic).

Arcane Mages also have pretty good raid buffs (not only one's dps matters), which makes them viable for raiding, despite their lower direct individual dps.
Haven't leveled your Mage to level 80 yet? No worries, go check out our 
Mage - Frost 1-80 Leveling Talent Build & Guide (3.3.5)

  • Stat Priority
  • Spell Rotation
  • Glyphs
  • More information

Arcane DPS Talent Build / Spec (3.3.5)
This spec is good for short and none movement requiring 'fights'.

Stat Priority:
The stats you should prioritize with this spec are the following:

Hit* > Spell Power > Haste > Intellect > Crit* > Spirit

*Hit (until cap)
*Critical Strike Rating

Spell Rotation:
The spell rotation to to be used with this spec is the following:

Arcane Blast x4 >> Arcane Missiles on Missile Barrage proc. Rince and repeat.

That might look quite simple (too simple for some), but fortunately we also have some CDs (Cooldowns) to spice up your dpsing: 

Mirror Image : [3min CD] - Creates copies of the caster nearby, which cast spells and attack the mage's enemies. Lasts 30 sec. Costs 10% of base mana.
Arcane Power : [2min CD] - When activated, your spells deal 20% more damage while costing 20% more mana to cast. This effect lasts 15 sec.
Presence of Mind : [2min CD] - When activated, your next Mage spell with a casting time less than 10 sec becomes an instant cast spell.

The major Glyphs to be used with this spec are: 

Glyph of Arcane Missile : Increases the critical strike damage bonus of Arcane Missiles by 25%.
Glyph of Arcane Blast : Increases the damage from your Arcane Blast buff by 3%.
Glyph of Molten Armor : Your Molten Armor grants an additional 20% of your spirit as critical strike rating.

More information:

The reason I didn't add Arcane Barrage to the spec is because it's a huge dps loss even if you use it when moving, which is why/when people even usually take/use it. You can for example use Blink and then cast Arcane Missiles instead and have higher dps.

This guide was provided to you by TheWoWcrafters

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