With the new expansion comes a new meta, a new talent tree (and in Dragonflight, there are whole labyrinths), borrowed powers, and mechanics. In this guide, we will reveal all the subtleties and nuances of Mage Class gameplay.
Disclaimer: This guide is unfinished due to in-game circumstances. Dragonflight hasn’t been released yet, so we cannot go through builds, gear, consumables, and rotation here. We think that it is very important to provide our readers with the most up-to-date and relevant information, and that’s why we ask you to wait for a while. Keep in touch, and come back later to learn about the rest of the Mage gameplay secrets.
Dragonflight Mage Overview
Mage is one of the oldest and canonical classes in the game. He is a range class and can only deal damage but in three different specializations. Each of the three specializations has tremendous opportunities for survival or kite. The playstyle revolves around generating skills important for specialization (Heating Up for fire or Brain Freeze for Frost).
Depending on the specialization, the game’s complexity on the Mage also differs. Frost, for example, is a great choice for beginners, while the high-AMP fire and arcane with complex mechanics will appeal to experienced players.
Dragonflight Mage Spec Choice
The strengths and weaknesses of each class are purely subjective things. However, there are axioms with which most agree.
Dragonflight Mage Changes
Many Mage abilities have undergone significant changes or even become general for all specializations. Here you can read about some of the most powerful general changes here:
- Reflection — teleports you back to where you last Blinked;
- Energized Barriers — when your barrier receives melee attacks, you have a 10% chance to be granted 1 Fire Blast/1 Fingers of Frost/1 Clearcasting charge;
- Arcane Missiles — damage reduced by 25%;
- Enlightened — increases Arcane damage by 6% while above 70% Mana;
- Icy Veins — base duration increased to 25 seconds;
- Mass Polymorph — transforms all enemies within 10 yards into sheep.
Dragonflight Mage Talents
In Dragonflight, every specialization has received Greater Invisibility – this ability is similar to Vanish and allows you to become invisible even while in combat. Together with Cauterize and Ice Block, the Mage is almost invulnerable, and with the new Controlled Destruction and Improved Scorch, he has great execute options.
Otherwise, his rotation is not much different from what you are used to in Shadowlands: Hot Streak! procs are your everything in dealing damage. Also, Mastery: Ignite now spreads from Fire Blast instead of Phoenix Flames.
Frost Mage was a rare visitor in high keys because the slow from his abilities wasn’t particularly useful. However, in Dragonflight, Frost Mage has acquired several fire mage abilities that can drastically change the situation.
Now, in addition to Greater Invisibility, Frost Mage has Blast Wave and Dragon’s Breath. And his Flurry is now an instant spell that applies Winder’s Chill. Along with Icicle’s new talents, Frost Mage can now compete with Fire Mages in single-target damage.
The Arcane Mage is the only mage who truly expends his mana. And on this feature, his gameplay in Dragonflight is built. For example, mana-related abilities appeared in talents – Arcane Surge and Enlightened. And such abilities as Slipstream and Ice Floes will allow the Arcane Mage to be as mobile as possible.
Moreover, he, like the other two specializations, received Greater Invisibility, Blast Wave, and Dragon’s Breath, which greatly expanded his arsenal of trash control.
Dragonflight Mage Leveling
Frost is the easiest specialization to level. Its mechanics are simple and don’t take long to learn. Moreover, he has a lot of AoE damage, and his abilities slow down opponents, which can help a lot.
One of the options for fast leveling is to find a group of 4 people and go through the dungeons one by one. Thanks to this method, you will better study not only your own but also other classes and their interaction in dungeons.
You can level in the open world if you do not have a good party. Warlords of Draenor and Legion are the best expansions for this. To start the storyline of these expansions, find Chromie at the embassy in Orgrimmar or Stormwind. She always sits on the hourglass. The quests of these expansions give a lot of experience and do not take much time.
Useful objects list for leveling:
- Gunshoes — a very useful item to become very fast during 25s;
- Light-Step Hoofplates — gives you +20% mounted speed;
- Goblin Glider Kit — allows you to glide from any cliff slowly. Saves a lot of time;
- Fried Bonefish — food from Shadowlands. Gives 263 move speed for 6s after killing an enemy.
Dragonflight Mage Stats
- Intellect— increases Spell Power;
- Haste — reduces your Global Cooldown, increases the number of spells you can cast at the unit of time;
- Critical Strike — increases the chance to deal additional damage;
- Versatility — decreases damage taken, increases damage dealt;
- Mastery — increases the effectiveness of damage spells.
Dragonflight Mage Best Race
Any race can become a mage, but here are some of the most suitable.
Dragonflight Mage Best Professions
For more successful results in dungeons, it is best to study Engineering because it opens access to items like Disposable Spectrophasic Reanimator and Wyrmhole Generator.
However, if you want to make money, then Jewelcrafting, Alchemy, and Enchanting are your best bet. Each of these professions produces items that remain relevant throughout the expansion. For more detailed information, check out our Dragonflight profession guide.
Dragonflight Mage Macros
/cancelaura Alter Time
For those cases when you suddenly realized that you pressed Alter Time in vain.
/cast Ice Block
Emergency Ice Block. Immediately cancel your current cast and Ice Block you.
/cancelaura Ice Block
Allow you to cancel your Ice Block early.
Emergency Blink. Immediately cancel your current cast and use Blink.
Dragonflight Mage Addons
A simple addon that shows debuffs on group frames that you can remove.
Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text
A great addon that allows you to keep track of every point of damage dealt, which will help you better understand the mechanics of your class and specialization.
So, it’s all we can explain about Mage in Dragonflight, but stay tuned because we will update all class guides very soon. Good luck in your adventures, and don’t forget to rate our guide if it was helpful to you.