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Single Target Rotation
Fireball Vs. Frostfire Bolt
In the fire tree, there really isn't a "cookie cutter" spec. Specs can change to be more viable in different situations. However, I feel as if this is a good spec for a mage to begin with: http://www.wowhead.com/talent#o0hZfchbkbRRscoc
The fire tree has a lot of optional talents. These are talents that can be chosen based off of a players play-style. They are listed below:
Improved Scorch: With the overall mana-reduction done in the fire tree during patch 4.0.6, Improved Scorch can be considered situational.
Pyromaniac: This talent is very situational. During single target fights, this is completely useless. During multi target fights, this is one of the strongest talents in our tree.
Improved Fireblast: All fire spells have a 40 yard range EXCEPT Fireblast. With two points, this talent will put Fireblast at a 40 yard range. Some mages decide to put 1 or 2 points into this talent.
Arcane Concentration (Arcane Tree)- A few fire mages decide to spec into this talent. Much like arcane, the more mana you have as a fire mage, the more damage you do. I'll talk about this more later.
As a fresh 85 fire mage, these are the glyphs you should use.
Glyph of Pyroblast
Glyph of Molten Armor
Glyph of Fireball
Major: These glyphs are in no particular order. Each glyph has it's uses in specific situations.
Glyph of Evocation- This glyph is strongly suggested
Glyph of Polymorph
Glyph of Blink
Glyph of Dragon's Breath
Glyph of Blastwave
Glyph of Conjuring
Glyph of Arcane Brilliance
The third glyph is your choice. I use Glyph of Slowfall so I don't have to worry about reagents.
As a Mage, your stuck with cloth gear. That's the gear that no one else wants because it's less protective than a Kleenex at an emo convention (also known as the Warlock Q&A at Blizzcon. Zinga!)
The primary stat for all casters is Intellect. This is the stat that mages live and die for.
Next in line is Hit until the Hit cap. Hit increases your chance to... well.. hit. At level 85, 17% (16% for Draenei) hit will cap you against raid bosses. Thankfully, only 6% hit is required to be capped on Heroic Dungeon bosses. Being hit capped means that you will not miss a boss (unless some fight mechanic forces you to do so.) The interesting thing about hit, however, is that as soon as you're hit cappped, it becomes worthless. As a side note, it will be extremely difficult to become hit capped before raids.
After hit, it gets very fuzzy. Rawr and Simulationcraft give different results, though the general consensus is this:
Mastery: Mastery is considered MUCH worse than Haste and Crit. Unless you are over hit cap, reforge mastery to one of the other two stats.
However, keep in mind that the value of these stats shuffle A LOT based off of your current gear. Simulationcraft and Rawr are the best ways to get an idea of what stats are best for YOU.
So, a recap:
Intellect>Hit to Cap>Haste>Crit>Mastery
As for spirit: Spirit has NO value to a mage. It no longer provides us with in-combat mana regen. Unlike some other classes, it does NOT convert to hit, either.
Arcanum of Hyjal
Arcanum of Burning Mysteries If you're still working torwards revered with the Guardians of Hyjal, you can get this Wrath head enchant instead.
Shoulders: Questing most of Deepholm will be enough to become Honored with Therazane for the Lesser enchant.
Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone
Lesser Inscription of Charged Lodestone
Enchant Chest - Peerless Stats
Enchant Chest - Mighty Stats
Ebonsteel Belt Buckle
Powerful Enchanted Spellthread
Enchant Boots - Lavawalker Though this may not be the biggest dps boost, all the movement required in Cata encounters make this enchant a MUST.
Enchant Bracer - Mighty Intellect
Enchant Bracer - Precision Only use this enchant, and other hit enchants in general, if you will use the FULL hit value of the enchant. In other words, don't use this enchant if only 25 hit is needed to be capped.
Enchant Bracer - Greater Critical Strike
Enchant Bracer - Critical Strike
Enchant Gloves - Haste
Enchant Gloves - Greater Mastery
Scroll of Enchant Gloves - Exceptional Spellpower
Enchant Cloak - Greater Intellect
Enchant Cloak - Intellect
Enchant Weapon - Power Torrent
Enchant Weapon - Hurricane : Not as good, but much cheaper
Scroll of Enchant Weapon - Mighty Spellpower
Enchant Off-Hand - Superior Intellect
Meta: Design: Burning Shadowspirit Diamond
Red: Brilliant Inferno Ruby
Yellow: Reckless Ember Topaz
Blue: Veiled Demonseye