Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Arcane Mage Guide

Introduction

    Arcane Mages bring
    Arcane Empowerment
    which is a raid wide damage increase and all Mages will still bring
    Arcane Intellect
    with them as well.

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Arcane Mage Rotation

    Arcane Mages follow a simple 4x1 rotation using
    Arcane Blast
    and
    Arcane Missiles
    to consume
    Missile Barrage
    . Since
    Missile Barrage
    has only a 40% chance to proc, there will be times where you will need to cast more than 4
    Arcane Blast
    s, which will eat up your mana faster than normal.
    Mana Tide Totem
    from Restoration Shamans,
    Innervate
    from Druids, and any of the specializations that provide a raid wide mana regeneration buff will be beneficial to you.

Opener

  1. Pre-pot
    Potion of Speed
    .
  2. Pre-cast
    Mirror Image
    .
  3. Cast
    Arcane Blast
    3 times.
  4. Cast
    Presence of Mind
    with
    Arcane Blast
    .
  5. Cast
    Icy Veins
    ,
    Arcane Power
    , and any on-use trinkets.
  6. If you have a
    Missile Barrage
    proc, use
    Arcane Missiles
    , otherwise keep using
    Arcane Blast
    until you get one.
  7. Cast
    Arcane Blast
    4 times.
  8. If you have a
    Missile Barrage
    proc, use
    Arcane Missiles
    , otherwise keep using
    Arcane Blast
    until you get one.
  9. Proceed with normal priorities.

Single Target

  1. Use
    Molten Armor
    .
  2. Cast
    Presence of Mind
    with
    Arcane Blast
    .
  3. Cast
    Icy Veins
    and
    Arcane Power
    .
  4. Cast
    Arcane Blast
    at least 4 times before consuming your
    Missile Barrage
    proc with
    Arcane Missiles
    . (If you are conserving Mana, use
    Arcane Missiles
    after casting 3
    Arcane Blast
    .
  5. Cast
    Mirror Image
    while moving.
  6. Cast
    Fire Blast
    if the target will die before your next
    Arcane Blast
    cast finishes or while moving.
  7. Cast
    Evocation
    when you run out of mana.

AoE

  1. Cast
    Blizzard
    with
    Presence of Mind
    because of
    Arcane Potency
    .
  2. Cast
    Flamestrike R9
    .
  3. Cast
    Flamestrike R8
    .
  4. Cast
    Blizzard
    .
  5. Cast
    Arcane Explosion
    and
    Cone of Cold
    while moving or to finish off low health enemies.

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Arcane Mage Talents

Standard Build

There are a few points you can move around in the Arcane Tree depending on the situation. We opted to max out
Arcane Stability
and
Student of the Mind
, but the other talents you can choose are
Magic Attunement
,
Arcane Meditation
, or
Incanter's Absorption
.
0
Arcane
0
Fire
0
Frost

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Arcane Mage Glyphs

  1. Major:
    Arcane MissilesArcane Missiles
    ,
    Arcane BlastArcane Blast
    ,
    Molten ArmorMolten Armor
  2. Minor:
    Arcane IntellectArcane Intellect
    ,
    Slow FallSlow Fall

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Arcane Mage Stats

Hit Cap

  • 7% (184 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
    ,
    Arcane Focus
    ,
    Precision
    , and
    Improved Faerie Fire
    or
    Misery
  • 8% (210 Rating) with
    Arcane Focus
    ,
    Precision
    , and
    Improved Faerie Fire
    or
    Misery
  • 10% (263 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
    ,
    Arcane Focus
    , and
    Precision
  • 11% (289 Rating) with
    Arcane Focus
    and
    Precision

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Arcane Mage Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of the Frost Wyrm
    Alternatives:
  • Spellpower Elixir
    ,
  • Elixir of Spirit

Food

    Best:
  • Fish Feast
    ,
  • Tender Shoveltusk Steak
    ,
  • Firecracker Salmon
    Alternatives:
  • Great Feast
    ,
  • Dalaran Clam Chowder
    ,
  • Shoveltusk Steak
    ,
  • Smoked Salmon
    ,
  • Snapper Extreme
    ,
  • Worg Tartare

Potions

    Best:
  • Pre-pot
    Potion of Speed
    ,
  • In combat
    Runic Mana Potion
    Alternatives:
  • Potion of Wild Magic

Miscellaneous

    Best:
  • Dark Rune
    or
    Demonic Rune

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Arcane Mage Best Races

Alliance

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

Horde

  1. Troll:
    Berserking
  2. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Arcane Mage Best Professions

  1. Engineering: Best profession thanks to
    Nitro Boosts
    ,
    Hyperspeed Accelerators
    ,
    Springy Arachnoweave
    enchants,
    Global Thermal Sapper Charge
    , and
    Visage Liquification Goggles
    for early gearing.
  2. Tailoring: Second best profession thanks to
    Lightweave Embroidery
    .
  3. Jewelcrafting: Third best profession thanks to the 3 unique gems such as
    Runed Dragon's Eye
    and
    Rigid Dragon's Eye
    .
  4. Blacksmithing: Fourth best profession during phases 3+ thanks to
    Socket Bracer
    and
    Socket Gloves
    .
  5. Leatherworking, Enchanting, Inscription, and Alchemy: All provide comparable stat bonuses with
    Fur Lining - Spell Power
    ,
    Ring - Greater Spell Power
    ,
    Master's Inscription of the Storm
    , and
    Mixology
    respectively.
  6. Skinning:
    Master of Anatomy
    .