Ugh how to play arcane mage

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Arcane missiles is no longer a proc based spell. So which spell do I use to build arcane charges? AB, AM or AE?
An EZ guide from a guy that lvled one to like 40:

1) Bind arcane blast to 1, the instant ability to 2, AE to 4

SINGLE TARGET
2) Pop your swifty macro (as many times as needed thanks to GCD change)
2.5) If you get AM procs, use it right away
3) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
4) When you run out of mana, use swirly mana tornado ability
5) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
6) When you run out of mana again 2
7) 1 1 1 1 2 until you have swirly mana tornado ability
8) Go back to step 5

MULTI TARGET
2) 4 4 4 4 2
3) See step 2

With this guide, you will easily be able to watch netflix while doing random dungeons :D
Does it suck as bad as fire?

I was loving fire until I couldn't kill something in one hit and it tore my cloth behind a new one
I still find it an interesting and unique spec, but I will always hate that I can't build up 3 stacks of arcane missiles anymore. When that turd was going around ganking, I would build up my 3 stacks and evaporate him, the feeling... quite good let me tell you.

But they took it away. I kind of understand why they made the change, but I will always want the old one back, at least a little bit.
If there are three or more targets, us AB to build charges. If it's just one target, use AB to build charges. You cannot build charges with missiles.
10/10/2018 08:36 PMPosted by Menacet
An EZ guide from a guy that lvled one to like 40:

1) Bind arcane blast to 1, the instant ability to 2, AE to 4

SINGLE TARGET
2) Pop your swifty macro (as many times as needed thanks to GCD change)
2.5) If you get AM procs, use it right away
3) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
4) When you run out of mana, use swirly mana tornado ability
5) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
6) When you run out of mana again 2
7) 1 1 1 1 2 until you have swirly mana tornado ability
8) Go back to step 5

MULTI TARGET
2) 4 4 4 4 2
3) See step 2

With this guide, you will easily be able to watch netflix while doing random dungeons :D


Pretty much this. Arcane blast will be like 80% of your damage. I used to play arcane mage back in legion, I have strange feelings about the new one.
whats the mage discord?
10/10/2018 08:36 PMPosted by Menacet
1) Bind arcane blast to 1, the instant ability to 2, AE to 4

SINGLE TARGET
2) Pop your swifty macro (as many times as needed thanks to GCD change)
2.5) If you get AM procs, use it right away
3) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
4) When you run out of mana, use swirly mana tornado ability
5) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
6) When you run out of mana again 2
7) 1 1 1 1 2 until you have swirly mana tornado ability
8) Go back to step 5

MULTI TARGET
2) 4 4 4 4 2
3) See step 2


No, no, no no. You do not use Arcane Missiles when you have Arcane Power up. Bad. Bad warlock, bad. Arcane Missiles is only priority when you have less than 90% mana and Arcane Power is not up.

After Evocation you don't want to run out of mana again until after your next burst phase. You need to maintain it somewhere between 30-50%.

Ultimate goal of the single target rotation is to cast as many 4 charge Arcane Blasts as possible.

AoE is Arcane Explosion x4, Arcane Blast, Arcane Barrage since you want to take Rule of Threes talent unless you're just going full out AoE spam then you take floaty ball and drop the Arcane Blast out of the rotation.
10/10/2018 08:36 PMPosted by Menacet
An EZ guide from a guy that lvled one to like 40:

1) Bind arcane blast to 1, the instant ability to 2, AE to 4

SINGLE TARGET
2) Pop your swifty macro (as many times as needed thanks to GCD change)
2.5) If you get AM procs, use it right away
3) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
4) When you run out of mana, use swirly mana tornado ability
5) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
6) When you run out of mana again 2
7) 1 1 1 1 2 until you have swirly mana tornado ability
8) Go back to step 5

MULTI TARGET
2) 4 4 4 4 2
3) See step 2

With this guide, you will easily be able to watch netflix while doing random dungeons :D

In heroic dungeon it’s more like 1 1 1 1 1 invis. Because tank will complain about how you are pulling from him. And healer will be tanking because you just drop aggro and tank is throwing tantrum.

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