This thread shall contain generic Mage issues and information which affects, or is relevant to, all three Mage specs. If you're looking for discussion on topics such as talent trees or rotations, see the spec specific threads in this forum instead.
Although most things I wanted to cover in this thread are added by now, I always appreciate suggestions you can offer regarding what should be added, and will endeavour to update them into my post.
Fire Mage Discussion
Frost Mage Discussion
Arcane Mage Discussion
Simulators and Formulators Discussion
Cataclysm Changes (and more!)
Pros and Cons of the different Specs
+ Highest Single Target Damage
+ High Burst Damage
+ 3% Dmg Buff
+ Medium Single Target DPS
+ Great mobility due to Firestarter
+ Many AoE capabilities, "AoE burst" with Combustion
+ Good survivability (Cauterize, Molten Shields)
+ 5% Crit Debuff
+ Quite high Single Target DPS
+ AoE Snares (Freeze, talented Blizzard, 2x Ring of Frost)
+ High survivability (Ice Barrier)
o Some mobility because of instants in the usual rotation
[table=head]Rating|Level 60|Level 70|Level 80|Level 81|Level 82|Level 83|Level 84|Level 85
At level 85, you will need 648.91 Int to gain 1% crit.
Hit Required @ Lvl 85 in T11 content:
[table=head]Level Difference|Hit Cap %|Required Hit Rating
+3 (skull level boss)|17%|1742
(Required Hit Rating in 4.2 does not change.)
Water Elemental scaling:
[table=head]Health / Mana|Spell Power|Hit / Crit / Haste|Crit Dmg Multiplier
According to blue posts, it will also benefit from mastery "in some way".
The spell coefficient table is outdated. Until I can find new numbers somewhere, i will put the table into spoiler tags.
Flask: 300 Int for 1 hour
Potion: 1200 SP for 25 sec
Food: 90 Int & 90 Stamina
Because Guardian Elixiers are not available for casters, Combat Elixiers (+225 of a secondary Stat) are not competitive. Regarding food there is of course a new Fish Feast (limited to guild achievment), a single player version with the same buff and the usual Int food.
For a full list of non-raid gear focused on heroic instances, have a look at this post.
279|Blackrock Caverns, Throne of the Tides
316|The Stonecore, Vortex Pinnacle
333|Grim Batol, Halls of Origination, Lost City of the Tol'Vir, Honored Reputation Rewards
346|Heroic Instances, Revered Reputation Rewards
359|T11 Raids, Craftable Items, Exalted Reputation Rewards
372|Heroic T11 Raids
378|T12 Raids, Avengers of Hyjal Reputation Rewards - Friendly & Revered, Craftable Items
391|Heroic T12 Raids, Avengers of Hyjal Reputation Rewards - Exalted
404|Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
[table=head]Faction|Honored (333)|Revered (346)|Exalted (359)
Hellscream's Reach / Baradin's Wardens|[Baradin Footman's Tags]|[Insidious Staff]|[Stump of Time]
Guardians of Hyjal|-|(head enchant)|-
Ramkahen|-|[Robes of Orsis]|[Desert Walker Sandals]
The Earthen Ring|[Helm of Temperance]|[Cloak of Ancient Wisdom]|[Flamebloom Gloves]
Therazane|(rare shoulders enchant)|[Diamant's Ring of Temperance]|(epic shoulders enchant)
Dragonmaw Clan / Wildhammer Clan|[Gloves of Aetherial Rumors]|[Band of Singing Grass]|[Lightning Flash Pendant]
Crafted BoE Items (+Darkmoon Faire Trinket)
[table=head]Item (359)|Source|Item (346)|Source
[Dreamless Belt]|Tailoring|[Elementium Spellblade]|Blacksmithing
[Breeches of Mended Nightmares]|Tailoring|[Eye of Many Deaths]|Jewelcrafting
[Flame-Ascended Pantaloons]|Tailoring|[Ring of Warring Elements]|Jewelcrafting
[Darkmoon Card: Volcano]|Darkmoon Faire|[Dungeoneering Guide]|Inscription
Archaeology Items: [Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan], [Ring of the Boy Emperor], [Tyrande's Favorite Doll].
Head|2200|[Cowl of Pleasant Gloom]
Neck|1250|[String of Beaded Bubbles]
Chest|2200|[Robes of Embalmed Darkness]
Hands|1650|[Gloves of the Painless Midnight]
Waist|1650|[Incense Infused Cumberbund]
Justice Points (former Valor Points Rewards)
Back|1250|[Haunt of Flies]
Finger|1250|[Band of Secret Names]
Head|1 |[Firelord's Hood]
Shoulders|1 |[Firelord's Mantle]
The heroic version of the Chest, Hands and Leg T11 Tokens drop of early heroic encounters. These tokens can also be purchased with Essence of the Forlorn (Al'Akir).
For heroic raid loots, have a look at this list at mmo-champion.
Tier 11 Set Bonuses
2P Bonus: Increases the critical strike chance of Arcane Missiles, Ice Lance, and Pyroblast by 5%.
4P Bonus: Reduces the cast time of Arcane Blast, Arcane Barrage, Fireball, Frostfire Bolt, and Frostbolt by 10%.
Reputation and Valor Points Rewards will be upgradeable to heroic itemlevel.
[table=head]Faction|Friendly (378)|Honored (378)|Revered (378)|Exalted (391)
Avengers of Hyjal|[Rippling Flamewrath Drape]|[Embereye Belt]|[Rune of Zeth]|[Infernal Signet of the Avengers]
(Daily) Quest Rewards
Thrall|Mantle of Desire (Thrall questchain)
Zen'Vorka|Nightweaver's Amulet (Firelands questchain, early available)
Damek Bloombeard|Widow's Clutches
Ayla Shadowstorm|Moonwell Chalice
Varlan Highbough|Spirit Fragment Band
Crafted BoE Items
[table=head]Item (378)|Source|Item (365)|Source
[Boots of the Black Flame]|Tailoring|[Masterwork Elementium Spellblade]|Blacksmithing (Daily Vendor Plan)
[Don Tayo's Inferno Mittens]|Tailoring||
Wand|700|[Trail of Embers]
Neck|1250|[Amulet of Burning Brilliance]
Finger|1250|[Crystalline Brimstone Ring]
Heroic Raid Loot Table @ MMO
Tier 12 Set Bonuses
2P Bonus: You have a chance to summon a Mirror Image to assist you in battle for 15 sec when you cast Frostbolt, Fireball, Frostfire Bolt, or Arcane Blast.
4P Bonus: Your spells have an increased chance to trigger Brain Freeze or Hot Streak. In addition, Arcane Power decreases the cost of your damaging spells by 10% instead of increasing their cost.
Head|60 Int & 35 Crit|Guardians of Hyjal - Revered
Shoulders|50 Int & 25 Haste|Therazane - Exalted
Back|65 Crit or 50 Int|
Chest|20 All Stats|(PvP: 40 Resilience)
Hand|65 Mastery or 50 Haste|Consider 28 SP here (wotlk)
Waist|1 Socket|Made by Blacksmithing
Legs|95 Int & 80 Stamina|Made by Tailoring
Feet|Movement speed & 35 Mastery|no runspeed: 50 Hit, 50 Mastery, 50 Haste
Main Hand|500 Int for 12 sec|
Off Hand|40 Int|
Burning Shadowspirit Diamond (54 Intellect / 3% Crit Damage) - "requires" 3 red gems
40 Int|20 Int & 20 Crit|40 Crit|20 Crit & 20 Hit|40 Hit|20 Int & 20 Hit
|20 Int & 20 Haste|40 Haste|20 Haste & 20 Hit
|20 Int & 20 Mastery|40 Mastery|20 Mastery & 20 Hit
There is a major change in how engineering enchants work: The use effects do not overwrite the usual enchant anymore.
Synapse Springs: 480 Int for 10 sec (4.0.6) on a 1 min cooldown results in 80 additional Int.
Nitro Boosts have their crit bonus removed and are applied to your belt. Due to the high amount of malfunctions, it is dangerous to use them in raids or battle grounds. Belt tinkers do not work in arenas or rated bgs. Personally I don't like the idea of making the speed bonus depend on payed racial changes instead of professions...
Lightweight Bio-Optic Killshades with special engineering sockets. You can choose from different cogwheels, each granting 208 of a different (yellow- or blue-gem) combat stat. The resulting values match non heroic T11 raid loot, so this item will only help in the first progression phase.
Lightweave Embroidery: 580 Int for 15 sec, 35% procc chance, ~64 sec internal cooldown. Asuming maximum uptime we get an average of 133.8 Int instead of the 50 Int (+83.8) enchant. The effective gain is, of course, less than that value!
3x 67 Int Gem results in +81 Int over 3x Brilliant Inferno Ruby. There are also Gems for each combat rating with the same profit.
The two additional sockets Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves result in 80 Int, or whatever stat you can gem for.
Mixology adds 80 Int to your Flask of the Draconic Mind and doubles the duration.
2x Enchant Ring - Intellect for another 80 Int.
Felfire Inscription adds 80 Int to Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone, which also saves you some reputation farming
Draconic Embossment - Intellect: 130 Int instead of 50 Int (+80).
Lifeblood: 480 Haste for 20 sec on a 2 min cooldown works out to 80 Haste. *
Master of Anatomy - 80 Crit. *
Toughness will only help tank mages.
* The benefits of Herbalism and Skinning depend on relative stat values and thus cannot be compared directly to the other professions. Due to the low values of combat rating in the early tiers, these professions are not yet competitive.
Heroic Presence: +1% Hit
Expansive Mind: +5% Mana pool
Escape Artist: Removes snares and slows
Every Man for Himself: Removes movement impairing effects amd silences.
Viciousness: +1% Critical Strike chance
Arcane Torrent: 6% Mana restore (2min CD)
Will of the Forsaken: Removes Charm, Fear and Sleep effects
Time is Money: +1% Haste
Rocket Barrage: xxx fire damage (2min CD)
Blood Fury: 584 SP / 15s (2min CD), ~73 SP
Command: +5% Pet's Damage
Berserking: 20% Haste / 10s (3min CD), ~1,1% Haste
Beast Slaying: 5% Damage versus Beast
- Updated for 4.2: New Craftables, new Reputation Rewards & new Item Levels added
- Some more quest items added