Mage Talent Builds
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If you’re looking for the best mage talent builds then you’ve come to the right place. This mage spec guide will be continually updated to reflect the current best arcane, fire, frost and hybrid builds for pvp, pve, leveling and more! With that said, let’s get to the good stuff!
PvP Mage Specs
When we consider mage pvp builds their are a variety of factors we must consider. The first, and most important is the purpose of the build. We basically have two types of pvp builds, those builds for arena, and those builds not for arena.
For the purpose of arena we are really looking at 2 types of mage talent builds. Mage builds that focus on burst or mage builds that focus on longevity. In essence, frost vs. arcane.
- 20/0/51 – frost, high survivability, high mana longevity
- 58/13/0 – arcane, high burst, moderate survivabilty
- 55/16/0 – arcane, variation on stanard arcane burst build, very similar to 58/13/0
If you’re looking for additional information on pvp and arena, head over here, mage pvp specs guide.
The following pvp specs are great for battlegrounds and world PvP, though I don’t consider them optimal for arena. That said, if you have the right type of team they could work.
- 0/56/15 – fire, high burst, moderate longevity, great for battlegrounds
PvE Mage Specs
The one thing I really love about raiding as a mage is the wide variety of potential specs you can choose to raid with. There are many great mage talent builds out there for PvE. They all offer a slightly different experience and play style, but each is viable in it’s own regard.
- 18/0/53 – frost
- 0/18/53 – frost
- 30/0/41 – frost / arcane hybrid build
- 0/51/20 – frostfire
- 18/53/0 – fireball
- 57/3/11 – arcane
Mage Leveling Build
For leveling purposes I like to keep it pretty simple…let’s just say we’re going to have a few points in frost. The following build is your ideal leveling build, you’ll have great AoE spells for pulling huge packs, mana longevity, and survivabilty. It’s the perfect build for long grinding and questing sessions.
- 0/0/71 – full frost
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