TBC Classic Arcane Mage Guide

Introduction

    While weaker than Fire Mages early on, Arcane Mages hit their stride during Tier 5 thanks to the 2-set bonus and access to a larger mana pool. This spec's performance is heavily influenced by the duration of fights because of how quickly it can burn through mana.

TBC Arcane Mage Rotation

    The key to maximizing your DPS as an Arcane Mage is through optimizing your mana usage. Your rotation will change based on your gear, consumables, and group composition. Access to a Shadow Priest,
    Mana Tide Totem
    , and
    Innervate
    will highly increase your performance. While you want to spam
    Arcane Blast
    during your cooldown windows, you will need to figure out your ideal N in
    Arcane Blast
    xN
    Frostbolt
    x3 rotation. The goal is to end the fight with 0 mana having had as little downtime as possible. For any fight that lasts more than 3 minutes, make sure you have enough mana to spam
    Arcane Blast
    when
    Arcane Power
    and
    Icy Veins
    come off cooldown.

Single Target

  1. Use
    Mage Armor
    .
  2. Cast
    Icy Veins
    .
  3. Cast
    Arcane Power
    and any on use trinkets.
  4. Cast
    Presence of Mind
    with
    Arcane Blast
    if your
    Arcane Power
    will expire before your next
    Arcane Blast
    cast finishes.
  5. Cast
    Cold Snap
    when
    Icy Veins
    expires and re-cast
    Icy Veins
    .
  6. Cast
    Arcane Blast
    .
  7. Cast
    Evocation
    when you run out of mana.
  8. Cast
    Frostbolt
    to conserve mana or
    Shoot Wand
    if you are low on mana.
  9. Cast
    Fire Blast
    while moving.

AoE

  1. Cast
    Arcane Explosion
    .

TBC Arcane Mage Talents

Standard Build

0
Arcane
0
Fire
0
Frost

TBC Arcane Mage Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of Blinding Light
    Alternatives:
  • Adept's Elixir
    ,
  • Elixir of Draenic Wisdom

Food

    Best:
  • Blackened Basilisk
    ,
  • Crunchy Serpent
    ,
  • Poached Bluefish
    Alternatives:
  • Skullfish Soup
    ,
  • Juicy Bear Burger

Potions

    Best:
  • Super Mana Potion
    Alternatives:
  • Destruction Potion

Weapon Buffs

    Best:
  • Brilliant Wizard Oil
    Alternatives:
  • Superior Wizard Oil

Miscellaneous

    Best:
  • Dark Rune
    or
    Demonic Rune

TBC Arcane Mage Best Races

Alliance

  1. Gnome:
    Expansive Mind
  2. Draenei:
    Inspiring Presence
  3. Human:
    The Human Spirit

Horde

  1. Troll:
    Berserking
  2. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent
    and
    Mana Tap

TBC Arcane Mage Best Professions

  1. Tailoring: Every Spellfire piece and the set bonus from Spellstrike are bis until Tier 5.
  2. Enchanting: Provides 24 Spell Power with
    Ring - Spellpower
    .
  3. Leatherworking: Provides 80 spell haste for 30 seconds with
    Drums of Battle
    and 60 spell power for 30 seconds with
    Drums of War
    .
  4. Jewelcrafting: Provides two unique gems for 14 Spell Damage and 12 Spell Crit.

TBC Arcane Mage Aldor or Scryer

    We recommend going Scryers as an Arcane Mage in TBC Classic. The Aldor shoulder enchant,
    Greater Inscription of Discipline
    , is slightly better than the Scryer
    Greater Inscription of the Orb
    . However, Scryer's has the advantage of providing one of the best trinkets in Phase 1, the
    Scryer's Bloodgem
    and a powerful ring, the
    Seer's Signet
    .