The Best Mage Spec in Dragonflight
If you’re looking for a solid ranged DPS class, you can’t go wrong with a Mage.
Mages are versatile and mobile damage dealers that come with a heap of useful abilities, and each of the Mage specializations is useful for different sections of the game. Whether you enjoy throwing spells at ferocious bosses, exploring old raids for interesting transmog, or battling foes in PVP arenas, there’ll be a mage specialization to suit you.
To help you pick out the best Mage spec in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, I’ve put together this guide breaking down the different uses for Mages in the game and advising which one would suit your preferred play style the best.
It’s worth noting that the most important thing above all else is to pick a spec (and class) that feels the most fun to you. These are recommendations based on my experiences and research, but if you find Arcane Mages to be a drag to play, for example, then it’s not worth you picking that, no matter what any guides say.
Here’s a guide to finding the best Mage spec in Dragonflight. What do you think about my picks? Please feel free to tell me in the comments section below. If you want more ranged class guides, check out my guide to the best Warlock specs in Dragonflight.
Best Mage Spec for Solo Leveling
While all three Mage specs are pretty great for leveling up and getting geared, I’d personally recommend sticking to a Frost Mage for quick, easy leveling. They have some great abilities that help with solo content, and the rotation is decently easy to pick up.
That’s not to say Frost Mages are easy, by any means. But if you’re new to ranged DPS and you want a spec to learn that will feel rewarding while you level, Frost Mage is one of the coolest specs to sink your time into.
One of the best things about leveling with a Frost Mage is that the spec has heaps of movement control and mob management abilities. This means that if you get into any sticky situations while leveling up, you can hit a group of mobs with Frost Nova or Cone of Cold, and Blink away to a safe distance.
There are plenty of damage mitigation choices on offer in the Frost Mage talent tree that are great for leveling up and staying alive, too. Being able to use Alter Time alongside spells like Ice Barrier and Ice Block is great for staying alive while doing dungeons to level or while pulling large groups of mobs for a fetch quest.
The movement, mitigation, and survivability skills that Frost Mages have make them incredible for leveling, especially when you consider the standard mage benefits like being able to Blink, conjure food, buff, and teleport, too.
Again, you can level comfortably with any Mage spec. But from my personal experience, playing a Frost Mage gives you great control and survivability while you’re leveling.
Best Mage Spec for PVP Arenas
Mages have always been a popular choice for arenas, especially when paired with a strong melee partner. If you’re looking to jump into some arenas in Dragonflight, my personal recommendation would be to opt for an Arcane Mage.
Arcane Mages can pull some incredible numbers when playing through arenas, and if you’re looking to hop into the solo shuffle queue as a ranged DPS, they’re one of the main specs that I’d recommend playing as.
Aside from the punchy damage, Arcane Mages now have access to some wicked abilities like Dragon’s Breath that give them extra freedom during arena matches. When paired with a strong melee for 2s or a powerful melee and a talented healer for 3s, Arcane Mages can do a ridiculous amount of damage. They also have good survivability.
The damage potential alone is great but if you combine it with the various abilities that offer extra utility and mobility, along with the potential for powerful comps, Arcane Mage is absolutely worth checking out for Arenas.
Best Mage Spec for PVP Battlegrounds
Arguably all of the Mage specs are suitable for Battlegrounds in World of Warcraft to some extent, but my personal recommendation is to opt for Frost if you want to maintain a good level of control over your enemies. Fire is a close second, as the mobility it offers is unmatched.
The main reason I’d recommend Frost Mages for Battlegrounds is the wide variety of snares, roots, and damage mitigation options. They’ve also got some great AoE abilities which are useful if you’re rushing a particular location or if you end up on your own.
Splitting Ice is another useful ability to have on hand in a Battleground. Being able to split your damage when fighting in a team situation is a great asset and can help to make the difference between winning and losing.
The addition of Dragon’s Breath to the Frost Mage rotation has given them extra utility in PVP, in a similar fashion to Arcane Mages. While Fire and Arcane Mages can certainly pull off some incredible feats in Battlegrounds, Frost Mages stand out as being the most versatile and suitable for this particular kind of PVP.
If you’re hunting for more Battleground-friendly specs to play, take a look at my guide to picking the best Rogue spec in Dragonflight.
Best Mage Spec for PVE
As someone who mains a Fire Mage, it pained me to not be able to put them first for every category in this list. Fire Mages are a hell of a lot of fun, and they’re arguably the best spec for PVE content in World of Warcraft.
While this spec does have some fiddly timing requirements in terms of cooldowns, the Fire Mage rotation is hard to beat when it comes to stacked mobs or single target boss damage. Fire Mages have a fantastic rotation that works well in a raid or dungeon encounter, with various options for high damage and increased mobility.
One of the main reasons I suggest checking out a Fire Mage for PVE content is their survivability. While they don’t have as much damage mitigation as, say, a Frost Mage, they do have the killer combination of Cauterize and Blazing Barrier to help keep them steady in difficult encounters.
Fire Mages also have some great abilities relating to movement that are very handy during PVE encounters. I’ve personally found that having Scorch in my rotation during boss battles that require a lot of movement to be very helpful.
As with PVP content and leveling, it’s possible to do incredibly well with Arcane and Frost Mages in PVE, of course. It depends on your preferred style of play. If you want a high-impact, ranged character with good mobility and a cheat death ability, Fire Mage is the one to pick for your next raid.
Best Mage Spec for Soloing Old Content
If you’re a fan of tackling old content for rare mounts, pets, and transmogs, you should consider playing an Arcane Mage. They’re the most suitable Mage type for soloing old content, and they can help make your single player runs a lot smoother.
One of the main reasons that Arcane Mages are great for soloing old content is that they have the Arcane Familiar ability, which summons a cute wisp that helps to do damage. Having a pet handy is always great for solo work, as they can help pull aggro and survive tricky encounters, too.
Arcane Mages have particularly good burst damage, which is useful for burning down old bosses quickly. They’ve got great mobility options too, making it much easier to zip about different raids and work on larger mob pulls.