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7-30-2011 @ 2:23PM
Hey, August isn't for another two days! Don't be so hard on yourself. ^_^I was going to fill this space with various kinds of adulation for the fire spec, but really, it'd be pretty damn redundant. Instead, I'll ask a question: am I doing something wrong if my fire mage constantly has mana issues? I play pretty much as you've described here - Living Bomb on available targets, Fireball spam on one, doing what I can to spread the burningness around when available - and in 5-man dungeons, I find myself having to drink cake every few pulls. It's kind of annoying and makes me wonder if I'm doing something wrong.Also: anyone with this spec who hasn't tried Combustion Helper really, really needs to. It's incredibly helpful, and has all kinds of options for those who really want to keep an eye on their performance and squeeze out every last few bits of DPS they can. It's also great for people like me who just want to know the best possible moment to hit Combustion, hear that wonderful BOOM! sound effect, and watch our foes turn into small piles of ash. ^_^
7-30-2011 @ 2:39PM
I believe you're supposed to switch to scorch during movement and when your mana is getting low. Scorch is a beast of a spell because you can cast it while moving AND it doesn't take any mana. Of course you have to spec for it (what fire mage wouldn't?). Basically you should use fireball until the lack of mana will cost you dps. You could also switch to scorch instead of slowing down on your dps if aggro is becoming an issue. You'll do less dps, use less mana, and hopefully won't pull aggro and die (and do 0 dps). Knowing when to use scorch instead of fireball is a skill you should develop over time (one I don't have as my highest level mage was in the 30s...)
7-31-2011 @ 2:32AM
You shouldn't need to 'scorch weave' as a method of mana management. I have mana problems sometimes as fire too, esp if I'm manually LB-ing a bunch of things. I'm specced away from 1 mana talent (Master of Elements, I think, in the 1st teir), so if you are too that's an option. Usually I am careful in my mana management cooldowns, and if needed swap on mage armor for a bit (Not in any kind of high-dps phase, obviously) and that seems to work.
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