Caution hot! From a safe distance, Fire Mages unleash a veritable inferno of flames on their enemies.
The most important changes
Your party buff Arcane Intelligence now only gives allies 5% Intelligence instead of 10%. The Arcane Blast and Frostbolt abilities, as well as the former Mirror Image talent, are now always available to Fire Mages.
The damage from Mirror Image has been greatly reduced, and the ability should be used more for defensive purposes. The Time Shift ability is back and, once activated, gives you the ability to return to your original position with previous health after ten seconds or when activated again.
The Rune of Power talent has been revised to additionally cause a rune to appear at your position when Incinerate is cast. The Phoenix Flame talent is now generally available as an ability. It now deals more damage and its recharge time is shorter. However, it no longer guarantees critical hits.
The Ignite mastery has received an overhaul: You can transfer an Ignite effect to up to eight enemies near your target by activating Phoenix Flames.
How to play the Fire Mage
The priority of attributes looks like this for the Fire Mage:
- Critical hit chance
Uses Incinerate, if available, and stays near the Rune of Power that appears. Conjures a meteor on the target. Cast Phoenix Flames if the talent has three charges.
Cast Pyro Strike when you can cast it through a Combat Heat proc with no cast time. Just before Incinerate expires, use Dragon’s Breath. If the Warm Up effect is active, you should use Fire Strike to get an instant Pyro Strike from the guaranteed critical hit from Combat Heat.
|15||Searing Touch||If Searing’s target’s health is below 30%, the spell deals 150% increased damage and is guaranteed to score a critical hit.|
|25||Shimmer||Teleports 20 meters forward as long as nothing is in the way. Is not affected by the global cooldown and can be used when casting spells. Maximum of two charges.|
|30||Rune of Power||Place a Rune of Power on the ground for 12 seconds, increasing your spell damage by 40% while within eight meters. Using Incinerate also creates a Rune of Power at your location.|
|35||Flame on||Reduces the cooldown of Fire Strike by two seconds and increases the maximum number of charges by one.|
|40||Frenetic Speed||Using Searing increases your movement speed by 30% for three seconds.|
|45||Conflagration||Fireball inflicts Great Fire on the target, dealing an additional 67 fire damage over the course of eight seconds. Enemies affected by Large Fire have a 10% chance to flare up and deal 65 Fire damage to nearby enemies.|
|50||Meteor||Summons a meteor that lands at the target location after three seconds, dealing 2,514 fire damage that is evenly distributed between all targets within eight meters. The meteor also burns the ground, causing all enemies in the area to take 638 fire damage over 8.5 seconds.|
As soon as the target drops below 30% health, switch to Searing, as this now always critically hits due to the Burning Touch talent. This will invoke Combat Heat and allow you to use Pyro Strike frequently.
Otherwise, cast Fireball as a filler, or Searing if you need to move. Remember Time Bend, which gives you and your party an immense temporary damage output.