Fire Mage PvP Guide – Shadowlands 9.0.5
Welcome to Wowhead's Fire Mage guide for Arena PvP (Player vs Player), up to date for 9.0.5! This guide outlines the role of Fire Mages in PvP, their strengths and weaknesses, strong compositions for Fire Mages, and effective PvP strategies. It also includes advice on talent builds and PvP talent builds for Fire Mages, as well as recommended gear, covenants, macros, and addons for PvP. This up-to-date guide aims to help you improve as a Fire Mage in all aspects of arena PvP.
About the Author
Piecez has been a Rank 1 Mage dating back to Burning Crusade and currently plays for the
. Most notably, he placed 1st in Armageddons 3v3 tournament, with multiple appearances in both BlizzCon and MDI regionals. He also has 10 Rank 1 titles exclusively on Mage across all three specializations. Find him here:
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This guide was previously maintained by Rositajonez, a multi-rank one player and tournament veteran. Much of his work exists in the guide and is still relevant, find him here:
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Fire Mage PvP Overview
Fire is the most aggressive Mage specialization. It has many tools such as
to lock down enemy players for extended periods of time. Fire also has access to tons of burst damage via
and other abilities. When a Fire Mage gets a crowd control chain going, it can snowball the game extremely quickly and lead to quick victories. Fire Mage is a fairly straight-forward spec and pretty easy to pick up, but it has a lot of depth that will take you some time to learn by playing.
Fire Mage Strengths in PvP
Fire Mage has the most crowd-control of any Mage specialization. Utilizing
in combination with
to land (almost) guaranteed CC on the enemy healer can set your team up for quick wins.
Multiple Schools of Magic
Fire is also very strong in PvP because unlike many other specializations, they have access to three schools of magic: Frost, Fire, and Arcane. Because interrupts are so prevalent in PvP, (
, etc.) having the ability to get interrupted on one school and immediately start casting in another is a huge advantage. Knowing this is imperative to playing the specialization correctly.
Extremely High Burst
Fire Mage is known to do large amounts of damage in very short windows. Using
in combination with
, along with your normal damage rotation, you can take a large portion of an enemy's health in 2-3 seconds. Alternatively, you can also use the PvP talent
in combination with these spells to do even higher amounts of burst.
Fire Mage has access to many different tools that make it durable in PvP. Baseline abilities such as
give Fire the ability to slow down the enemy team when being pressured.
provides a huge shield on a relatively short cooldown. Talent choices like
allow you to kite through, as well as tank, tons of damage. The innate defensive abilities of Fire Mage
also give you some more room to breathe when under heavy pressure from the enemy team.
Fire Mage Weaknesses in PvP
Even with all of their utility, Fire Mage still has a hard time dealing with being tunnel-visioned down by melee classes. Part of the reason is the lack of a strong slow effect. It can also be very difficult to deal with the tons of interrupts that come out from melee 'cleaves'.
While Fire Mage has tons of burst every two minutes with
, their consistent pressure is not the best because getting lots of casts off in arena can be difficult. A lot of the time, your pressure outside of offensive CDs will come from
, which has a very long cast time (4 seconds).
Fire Mage PvP in Shadowlands Patch 9.0.5
has now been changed to calculate its damage upon impact. While not a direct nerf, this gives players more time to react accordingly.
While not a change in 9.0.5,
was recently nerfed from 20% to 10%.
The initial damage of
has been buffed by 20%.
duration increased to 25 seconds (was 20 seconds) and Spell Power buff increased to 15% (was 10%).
Fire Blast cooldown reduction from
buffed to 6 seconds from 4 seconds.
buffed to 20% increased Critical Strike damage from 15%.
For a detailed look at the changes to Fire Mage, check out our
Mage Changes in Shadowlands Patch 9.0.5
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