Arcane Mage PvE Guide - Cataclysm Classic

These guides are based on simulation data, tools, and theorycrafting from original Cataclysm. We'll be sure to update them when modern sims are finished. Rotations are likely to get optimized via sims, but it should already give you a very strong starting point.

Introduction

    Arcane Mages are 1 of 3 specializations to bring an All Damage increase with
    Arcane Tactics
    . Mages now have their own version of
    Bloodlust
    with
    Time Warp
    , and bring a 6% Spell Power and Max Mana buff with
    Arcane Brilliance
    .

Cataclysm Classic Arcane Mage Rotation

    Arcane Mages are all about managing their Mana properly, and making the most out of their Burn Phase with
    Arcane Power
    and staying at high Mana during their Preserve Phase because of
    Mastery: Mana Adept
    .

Single Target

  1. Use
    Mage Armor
    .
  2. Proceed with Burn Phase or Preserve Phase.

Preserve Phase

  1. Your goal is to stay as close to 100% Mana as possible and not go below 90% Mana because of your
    Mastery: Mana Adept
    .
  2. Cast
    Flame Orb
    .
  3. Cast
    Presence of Mind
    with
    Arcane Blast
    .
  4. Cast
    Arcane Blast
    . The number of
    Arcane Blast
    you can cast will differ depending on your gear, but you will most likely be resetting your stacks after 2-4 casts with either
    Arcane Missiles
    procs or
    Arcane Barrage
    .
  5. Cast
    Fire Blast
    if the target will die before your next
    Arcane Blast
    cast finishes or while moving.
  6. When
    Arcane Power
    is off cooldown proceed with Burn Phase.

AoE

  1. If you have 4 stacks of
    Arcane Blast
    , refresh in between
    Arcane Explosion
    casts.
  2. Cast
    Arcane Explosion
    .

Burn Phase

  1. Cast
    Arcane Blast
    to 4 stacks.
  2. Cast
    Arcane Power
    ,
    Mirror Image
    (Off GCD), and
    Mana Gem
    because of the
    Improved Mana Gem
    talent.
  3. Cast
    Flame Orb
    .
  4. Cast
    Arcane Blast
    .
  5. Cast
    Evocation
    when
    Arcane Power
    runs out.
  6. Proceed with Preserve Phase.

Cataclysm Classic Arcane Mage Talents

Standard Build

0
Arcane
0
Fire
0
Frost

Cataclysm Classic Arcane Mage Glyphs

  1. Prime:
    Arcane BlastArcane Blast
    ,
    Arcane MissilesArcane Missiles
    ,
    Mage ArmorMage Armor
  2. Major:
    Arcane PowerArcane Power
    ,
    EvocationEvocation
    ,
    BlinkBlink
  3. Minor:
    Conjuring-cataConjuring
    ,
    Arcane BrillianceArcane Brilliance
    ,
    Mirror ImageMirror Image

Cataclysm Classic Arcane Mage Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of the Draconic Mind

Food

    Best:
  • Seafood Magnifique Feast
    ,
  • Severed Sagefish Head
    ,
  • Fortune Cookie
    Alternatives:
  • Broiled Dragon Feast
    ,
  • Pickled Guppy

Potions

    Best:
  • Volcanic Potion

Cataclysm Classic Arcane Mage Best Races

Alliance

  1. Gnome:
    Expansive Mind
  2. Worgen:
    Viciousness
    and
    Darkflight
  3. Draenei:
    Heroic Presence
  4. Human:
    The Human Spirit

Horde

  1. Troll:
    Berserking
  2. Goblin:
    Time is Money
    ,
    Rocket Barrage
    , and
    Rocket Jump
  3. Orc:
    Blood Fury
  4. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent

Cataclysm Classic Arcane Mage Best Professions

  1. Engineering:
    Synapse Springs
    .
  2. The rest of the professions are very close in power, with Blacksmithing becoming better with epic gems in T13.