PvE Fire Mage Rotation, Abilities & Cooldowns
  • Author: Kurathis
  • Date: April 27, 2021
  • Expansion: TBC Classic

Fire Mages have a fairly simple-to-follow rotation for both single-target encounters and AoE pulls.

Buffs to Maintain

  1. Arcane Intellect or Arcane Brilliance for increased mana
  2. Molten Armor for increased DPS or Mage Armor for additional mana regeneration

Single-Target Rotation

  1. Ideally, we want to use Scorch 5 times (If you are the only Fire Mage in the raid – if not, coordinate with the others to get the Improved Scorch debuff to 5 stacks)
  2. Since Improved Scorch lasts for 30 seconds without you having to use Scorch before then, we are able to use Fireball, with a 3.0 second cast time with Improved Fireball, approximately 9 times before we’d have to use Scorch again to maintain the debuff.
  3. Rinse and repeat!

Ideally, we want to use Combustion and Icy Veins in conjunction with any on-use trinkets we have to increase our damage output to the maximum potential.

Area of Effect Rotation

  1. It’s best to start with Flamestrike since it has initial damage followed by a Damage-over-Time (DoT) effect for 8 seconds
  2. Follow this up with Blizzard
  3. Rinse and repeat!

Note: While Blizzard is affected by the AoE cap in TBC, Flamestrike is not.


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