Easiest Mage Spec

85 Human Warrior
3220
My level 80 mage is not my main character and as such I do not have a lot of time to learn and perfect a complex rotation. Which mage specialization and talent spec has the easiest rotation for PVE instances and still achieves a decent DPS?
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85 Orc Shaman
4855
easiest to pull decent dps.... arcane.hardest to pull optimal dps.... arcane.
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90 Worgen Mage
20350
Definitely go with Arcane for instances. Stuff dies too fast.
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90 Human Mage
15070
04/27/2012 08:52 AMPosted by Jkspiritlink
easiest to pull decent dps.... arcane.hardest to pull optimal dps.... arcane.


This, pretty much. Arcane is the spec of Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master. It's entirely possible to be pulling 40-50k+ during a burn phase in a 5-man; the difficult part comes in knowing when, exactly, to engage that burn phase, as well as constantly trying to maintain a 90-95% mana pool when you're not burning. (85-90 if you get Power Torrent to proc).
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85 Orc Shaman
4855
04/27/2012 09:56 AMPosted by Digerati
Definitely go with Arcane for instances. Stuff dies too fast.
especially gnomes.you get my meanin' ?!<3
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90 Human Mage
12295
As the previous two posters have answered arcane is the easiest to pull very impressive dps in dungeon instances. Mobs will die very quickly so you really don’t have to concern yourself with a rotation (keep mage armor on).

As the first poster said it takes some practice to sustain your dps as arcane are heavy burst glass cannons. Any fight over 2 minutes we actually have to start thinking and planning, but even then the rotation and phases are fairly easy to follow.
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72 Goblin Mage
3490
Arcane mages use a lot of mana though?
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90 Human Mage
15070
04/27/2012 10:59 AMPosted by Maaxbemis
Arcane mages use a lot of mana though?


How do you mean?

During the burn phase, yeah, we're blowing every CD we have and spamming our most damaging and mana-intensive spell, Arcane Blast.

During the conserve phase, it's all about trying to keep your mana at ~90-95%, mainly so you don't waste a tick of Mage Armor if it ticks while you're at 100% mana.
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90 Blood Elf Mage
7645
Arcane is dead simple. Set up your spellbar correctly, and you'll easily pull good dps without too much fighting for it.
Edited by Trystyn on 4/27/2012 1:14 PM PDT
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74 Orc Death Knight
450
I've been thinking of making a mage and levelling him to 85 purely for heroics and high end, end level everything. is arcane still viable then? or does fire start pulling ahead? I have no problems managing rotations or looking out for procs etc btw
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90 Orc Mage
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Viable? Yes.
Optimal? No.

As soon as you have good enough gear to hit your caps, fire becomes best.
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Viable? Yes.
Optimal? No.

As soon as you have good enough gear to hit your caps, fire becomes best.


It really depends on the fight. I'd call Arcane the optimal spec for H Zon'Ozz and it definitely is the best on Spine.
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74 Orc Death Knight
450
yeah I'm quite wanting to get into min maxing and pulling off the best numbers possible. I think I'll go faceroll level with arcane and and duel spec as fire and pull that out once in a while till I max my gear and then get into fire full time.

what other classes are topping heroics and other high end game content?
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87 Blood Elf Mage
10250
The easiest spec is also the best dps which is fire. You can do viable damage without doing arcane well. But pushing out that extra 10% or so is much harder then fire.
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90 Gnome Death Knight
9190
What exactly is hard to master about arcane though?
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05/04/2012 12:33 PMPosted by Imapwnurface
What exactly is hard to master about arcane though?


Mastery.
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90 Human Mage
10270
Also when to do extra ab (more than 4)during your conserve phase.
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Everyone can pop every cd and spam blast.
The real skill in arcane is having most effective conserve phase possible.
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3 Undead Mage
0
fire and frost have a priority list (for a rotation) + proc management

arcane has a set rotation + proc management + mana management

it's also easier to screw up with arcane. poorly timed burn or evocate = bye. for fire u just need to make sure combustion helper is working.
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