PVE Arcane Mage DPS Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)
Welcome to the Arcane Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing an Arcane Mage in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.
1. Talent Tree
Don't change the Fire and Ice talents, simple as that. Change points in Arcane Tree, if needed. New players might take Arcane Barrage to reset the Arcane debuff – this will help you with mana problems.
Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.
Runed Cardinal Ruby is used only if the socket bonus is +7 or +9 Spell Power
Purified Dreadstone x2, to activate the Meta Gem
Rest if filled with Yellow gems. Also, do not forget about the Hit Rating, it's a priority
Head – Arcanum of Burning Mysteries
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Storm
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Superior Spellpower
Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Brilliant Spellthread
Boots – Icewalker or Tuskarr's Vitality
5. Gameplay & Rotations
Presence of Mind → Three Arcane Blast → Mirror Image if you have 4 T10 pieces → Icy Veins, Arcane Power, Trinkets → One Arcane Blast → Arcane Missiles if Missile Barrage activated, or wait until it procs.
Add-ons improve your gameplay by a lot. It is necessary to utilize add-ons, since they play a vital role in your performance, whether you are in a raid, arena or at the auction house.
Check out our Add-ons Page which will provide you with a download link and some configuration info. The addon versions are for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a. The site has multiple versions of the add-ons, so if you need another version – you can also search for it there.