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2-19-2011 @ 8:38PM
I'm just getting into heroics on my mage, and I I've had a fiddle with all three specs. While fire has the more interesting rotation and aoe potential, I've found I can get more reliably get decent dps with arcane. I guess it's because I don't need to work has hard: why try to line up 3-4 cooldowns and procs when I can get the same results with one finger :-)Can someone confirm that fire gets better once crit values increase in heroic gear? If arcane and fire both move up in parallel, then I must be doing something wrong.
2-19-2011 @ 10:30PM
"why try to line up 3-4 cooldowns and procs when I can get the same results with one finger :-)"Interesting. I avoid arcane principally for that reason.
2-20-2011 @ 12:52AM
While I can't speak on Arcane's value compared with my gear, as I've gained better gear and reforged everything to crit, my damage has become much more consistent as Fire. Some fights still suck, but I'm typically where I want to be damage-wise. Ignite-munching still throws me into fits of rage when I pop Combustion, though.......
2-20-2011 @ 4:22AM
I'm not sure how long your heroic fights are taking, but remember that arcane has the top burst of any dps spec in the game. The problem is sustaining that burst. What that means is the shorter the fight, the more effective arcane will be. The longer the fight, the worse arcane is. As everyone gets geared up in heroics, including yourself, you'll find arcane better for those shorter heroic fights.This also will happen in raid fights eventually. Arcane mages started dominating world of logs at the end of wrath because raid dps was so high, some boss fights were lasting under 2 minutes.Fire dps will definitely go up and become more steady with better gear however. Not enough data on the 4.06a changes yet to see how that has affected arcane. It got seriously buffed so we'll have to see how that plays out in terms of dps.
2-20-2011 @ 3:47PM
I think this is precisely what the article is about. Lee likes his arcane, Moonfaxx likes his fire, and I suppose both are at their best in their specs.
2-22-2011 @ 12:47PM
Fire and Arcane are both fun. I felt like Arcane was a lot better for leveling and regular 5 mans. There are certain fights (heroic Ozruk, add fights) where fire is much better even at low gear levels. But overall it seems that until you are raid-ready arcane consistently does better damage than fire.My question is about how much crit do you need for fire to match arcane's damage in a raid. I have had several guildies experiment with both arcane and fire. While all of them did better with arcane at minimal gear levels they are split more reasonably when wowheroes and gearscore indicate they out-gear the raid encounter. For my own planning on my mage alt I'd like to know where the breakpoint is (if there is one).
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