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    Kerghan’s 3.4 Guide to 61 Harbinger



    With 3.4, a few changes were made to Harbinger and it’s high point skills which have pushed 61 harbinger to be the top dps spec for mages by a significant margin.


    Empyrean Ascension now does 40% increased damage, up from 20%.
    Storm Shroud now makes the next 3 abilities crit after it’s use.
    Rending Slash now only stacks once and increases damage taken by 9% (no damage change, just target swap QoL)

    Seeing as there isn’t a detailed 61 harb guide, I thought I’d do one cause why the hell not.

    Build

    61Harb/13Sc/2Ele

    Masteries:

    65: Arcane Manipulation
    64: Sparking
    63: Mental Cynosure
    62: Rejuvenating Presence
    61: doesnt matter


    Buffs:

    Eldritch Armor
    Reaper’s Blade

    Crystal:

    Eldritch Crystal


    Macros:

    Warning! There are a lot of macros thanks to Charged Blade!

    Spoiler!


    Keybinds:

    You need all the macros above keybound and the following:
    Blazing Light
    Empyrean Ascension

    There is also a tonne of utility spells which are very useful and should be bound but I’l leave it to you to figure them out as I could go on about the utility for pages.


    Debuff and Cooldown Tracking:

    To play 61 harbinger well, you must be able to track the cooldowns of pretty much all of your abilities. The most important of these are Vorpal Slash, Arcane Manipulation, Storm Shroud, Empyrean Ascension and Hailstorm. Doesn’t matter what addon or UI config you use to track them, just do it.

    On top of this, the debuffs and buffs you need to track are Empyrean Ascension, Conductive Medium, Piercing Beam, Blazing Light and Rending Slash.

    Kalert set I use:
    Spoiler!



    Eldritch Gift

    Eldritch Gift is the proc which is given by Eldritch Armor. This makes your next cast time ability instant and also have a 0.5 second gcd. Understanding this mechanic is essential to playing this well. Your slashing attacks (spam macro) have a 60% chance of proccing Eldritch gift

    When you get a proc, Eldritch Gift last for 8 seconds. There is an internal cooldown on Eldritch Gift of 3 seconds which blocks you from gaining another proc. If you have not consumed the proc after the internal cooldown is over (5 or less seconds remaining) you may overwrite the proc if you continue using Slashing attacks, essentially wasting the proc. This is important to know as it means we have a 3 second window in which we can delay the use of the proc so that we can use high priority slashing abilities or wait for high priority procs to come off cooldown. I will go into more detail into this later in the guide.


    Rotation:

    There isn’t a set rotation in 61 harb. You can do okay mindlessly spamming the macros but for you to do good dps, you need to understand the priority list and some of the decision making you need to do during fights. Here is the priority list as well as some guidance on proper use of your abilities.

    Hailstorm (via Eldritch Gift)
    \/
    Piercing Beam (when Piercing Beam is not on the target)
    \/
    Vorpal Slash
    \/
    Lightning Strike(via Eldritch Gift)
    \/
    Tempest Winds
    \/
    Storm’s Fury
    \/
    Crystalline Missiles
    \/
    Blazing Light
    \/
    Rending Slash (with Charged Blade active)
    \/
    Living Storm
    \/
    Rending Slash (without Charged Blade)

    • Maintain Piercing Beam, Rending Slash debuff and Blazing Light on the target.

    • Piercing beam should be refreshed in a manner which all your slashing attacks get the increased damage. You can refresh this early (while a few seconds are left) if it means you do not delay Vorpal Slash.

    • Refresh Blazing Light by casting Lucent Slash when the DoT has around 1-2 seconds left on the duration. This will account for Lucent Slash’s animation and also means you don’t clip it too early. In certain situations, it is not terrible to let Blazing Light fall off, an example would be if you had Tempest Winds up with EA having 1 second left, you cast Tempest Winds instead of refreshing Blazing.

    • Rending Slash should be cast at the start of the fight after Piercing Beam to get the damage buff up before you start using your big hitters. It’s pretty much impossible to let Rending Slash fall off during the fight but you should track it in case you target swap. Now it is only one stack, it is not a big deal even if it does fall off.

    • Conductive Medium needs to be maintained at 3 stacks. This is refreshed when you use Hailstorm, Icicle and the Piercing Beam macro but there will be instances that it will fall off if you don’t manage it. Use your keybind of Charged Blade and simply toggle it off and on to refresh the stacks.

    • The spam macro contains your slashing attacks. You use this when you do not any debuffs to maintain or any procs to use. This will give you a chance to gain Eldritch Gift procs.

    • When you gain a proc, use the proc macro to consume it. This cast will be instant and will have a 0.5 second global cooldown, Make sure not to spam this macro any more than you need to when consuming the proc you might start hard casting spells which is bad.

    • Use Empyrean Ascension on cooldown and with raid cooldowns. Your rotation doesn’t really change but you can throw in Icicles in the place of Crystalline Missiles to make advantage of the extra charge EA gives you.

    • Use the Arcane Manipulation macro every 30 seconds, make sure to spam it to make sure both Arcane Manipulation and Storm Shroud are cast. First time it should be used at the start of Empyrean Ascension then it must be cast on cooldown. Make sure to track the cooldowns of these well.

    • Tempest Winds should be used as close to cooldown as possible. However, never delay Vorpal Slash for it, either by using it ahead of it or if Vorpal Slash is coming off cd within the duration of Tempest Winds, you should then delay it. You should also not use it if you have Storm shroud and Arcane Manipulation coming off cd within 3 seconds. If you get Tempest Winds coming off cooldown towards the end of EA, use it at the last second of EA to snapshot the damage buff.

    • Living Storm should be considered a Charge regen skill. Use this when you begin to get low on charge. Only use this during the internal cooldown of Eldritch Gift (the 3 second window I mentioned earlier in the guide). Never ever clip this DoT.

    • Be aware of your internal cooldown of Eldritch Gift. When the reactive shows between 7 and 5 seconds left, you cannot gain another proc. This is important as it means we can use slashing attacks in that period and not waste the proc which we have just gained. If the proc is going to be used on Hailstorm, use it straight away. If it’s going to be Lightning Strike, delay it for Vorpal Slash. If it is Crystalline Missiles, use Vorpal Slash and Storm’s Fury. If the timer on Eldritch gift gets to 4, you must consume the proc regardless.


    Opener should go as follows:

    Piercing Beam > Rending Slash > Blazing Light > (Raid cooldowns used) > Empyrean Ascension > HailStorm > Storm Shroud and Arcane Manipualtion > Vorpal Slash > Storm's Fury > Lightning Strike (if proc available) > Tempest Wind (if no proc)


    Cleaving/AoE

    This spec has the ability to cleave very well while still maintaining good ST dps. It might not be able to beat out 61NB or Reaver but it still does very well.

    When you are required to cleave, take the following steps:
    1. The first thing you want to do is swap to the Luminous Weapon buff. This is an off global cooldown ability so you do not lose any dps by doing this mid fight.

    2. Cast Living Storm on your main target. Maintain this for the duration that you have adds to cleave.

    3. Make sure Blazing Light is up on your main target (should be up regardless).

    4. Use Lucent Slash to spread Blazing Light to the adds you are cleaving.

    5. For procs, you want to use Hailstorm obviously, use other procs to maintain charge. If you have 4 or more targets, only use Hailstorm and Forked Lightning.

    6. If you are cleaving off of a boss, you should still use Vorpal Slash, Storm’s Fury and Tempest Winds to maintain your ST dps. You must keep track of Rending Slash at this point and refresh it manually as you will not be using your spam macro when cleaving.

    7. If you are just trying to do maximum aoe dps, Lucent Slash spam like crazy but still use the Charge Gain macro to keep your charge at a reasonable level.

    8. Don’t forget to switch back to Reaper’s Blade once you have finished cleaving! Do this just before the adds die as you want the damage buff to be applied from Reaper’s Blade



    Blademark

    This ability is so strong it deserves it’s own section. It is pretty simple when you should use it. If you have two targets which both need to damaged, you use it! Make sure before you use it that you have all your debuffs up on your main target first (Rending, Piercing etc) then use Blademark on the second target and proceed to go HAM on the first target. This can be slightly annoying as it can mean you have to switch targets manually. A good way to make this much easier is to use the Blademark macro in this guide and to get your raid leader or whoever marks in your raid to mark the add that you want to Blademark. Then you want to use the following macro:

    focus @mark 1

    Then all you have to do is use this macro when the target you want to blademark has been marked followed by the Blademark macro and you will never have to target switch. Of course, if your raid leader marks the target with a different mark to 1 then you have to find what number that mark is and change the macro accordingly. Or, of course, you can just moan at him until he either changes the mark to 1 or kicks you from the raid, either way, you won’t have to change your macro.


    Videos

    61 Harbinger 3.3 guide, good for those with no prior knowledge
    3.4 Harbinger Update Summary
    Murdantix Parse
    Sicaron Parse


    Thank you for reading my guide! I hope you found it useful, if you have any questions, leave them in this thread and I will do my best to answer. If you spot any mistakes, drop a post as well and I will fix them.
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    Does Tempest Winds no longer crit on the whole thing with 1 charge of Storm Shroud? Cuz that's the only thing that would makes sense to me as to why you'd use Lightning Strike as higher priority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KelbornOrdo View Post
    Does Tempest Winds no longer crit on the whole thing with 1 charge of Storm Shroud? Cuz that's the only thing that would makes sense to me as to why you'd use Lightning Strike as higher priority.
    Tempest Winds crits on the first tick and last tick, not every tick.
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    Good min max guide as always.

    A couple of points thought.

    EA is 40% up from 25% (not 20%). In reality the 25% gave an actual increase of 18%, and the 40% now gives an increase of 29%.

    Rending now only gives 8%, not 9%.

    The majority of people will get higher DPS with a macro like this:

    #show Vorpal Slash
    suppressmacrofailures
    stopcasting
    cast [notactive] charged blade
    cast arcane manipulation
    cast storm shroud
    cast Vorpal Slash
    cast Storm's Fury
    cast Rending Slash
    cast Introspection
    cast Vengeful Shock
    cast conditioned response

    Heck, for solo you could stick EA at the top too, but I'd never advise it.

    I precast AM, I aim for 15-20 secs before pull (normally when the ready check is done) but it's not always possible. This means you still get it with EA buffs.

    I'm not a fan of Living Storm for ST DPS. The 1.5 sec GCD is really annoying. Also the DPS gain is negligible, I'd rather take the extra 1% crit chance. It's very rare you need the charge gain really.

    What are your thoughts about opening with a proc via spamming Lucent Slash as per Harbichon? Opening with Lightning Strike would mean it is up again at the end of your TW channel so you still get it within EA / raid CDs.


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    Hey
    1. thx for your guids and vids, helped me a lot!
    2. perhaps i missed that somewhere in your posts, but would you mind giving out a list of your raid addons?
    especialy the tracking ones (not kalert)
    ( perhaps a shortlink in your signature would help others )
    Thx and keep going with your good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilkoss View Post
    Good min max guide as always.

    A couple of points thought.

    EA is 40% up from 25% (not 20%). In reality the 25% gave an actual increase of 18%, and the 40% now gives an increase of 29%.

    Rending now only gives 8%, not 9%.

    The majority of people will get higher DPS with a macro like this:

    #show Vorpal Slash
    suppressmacrofailures
    stopcasting
    cast [notactive] charged blade
    cast arcane manipulation
    cast storm shroud
    cast Vorpal Slash
    cast Storm's Fury
    cast Rending Slash
    cast Introspection
    cast Vengeful Shock
    cast conditioned response

    Heck, for solo you could stick EA at the top too, but I'd never advise it.

    I precast AM, I aim for 15-20 secs before pull (normally when the ready check is done) but it's not always possible. This means you still get it with EA buffs.

    I'm not a fan of Living Storm for ST DPS. The 1.5 sec GCD is really annoying. Also the DPS gain is negligible, I'd rather take the extra 1% crit chance. It's very rare you need the charge gain really.

    What are your thoughts about opening with a proc via spamming Lucent Slash as per Harbichon? Opening with Lightning Strike would mean it is up again at the end of your TW channel so you still get it within EA / raid CDs.
    Ideally, it is good to precast Arcane Manipulation. However, it is very hard to reliably know if your tank is going to pull in 15-20 seconds. If you do not know when the exact pull imo, it it is better to not precast and to keep it in sync with your cooldowns.

    Opening with Lightning Strike is a good option. I think that icicle would probably be better to open with thanks to the travel time which means you would not delay any attacks at the very start of the fight (unless you want to ninja pull).

    Living Storm is a spell with a lot of hidden power.
    • Each tick can proc Reaper's Blade. On average, it will proc it more than a Rending Slash.
    • Each tick counts as a single target attack which will increase the chance of activating procs i.e more trinket damage!
    • I find myself at a slight Charge deficit during fights meaning that without anything to gain charge, I'm going to lose some dps.
    • Crit chance lost some of it's power with Storm Shroud's force crits. Makes the loss for Living Storm smaller.
    • Very good cleave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hababa View Post
    Tempest Winds crits on the first tick and last tick, not every tick.
    Okay. I remember reading before 3.4 on the "Harb changes" thread that it affected the entire channel... guess I either mis-read or am imagining things, lol. But that still doesn't explain why you have Lightning Strike as higher priority for Storm Shroud. The final tick of TW alone is a higher damage than LS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilkoss View Post
    I'm not a fan of Living Storm for ST DPS. The 1.5 sec GCD is really annoying. Also the DPS gain is negligible, I'd rather take the extra 1% crit chance. It's very rare you need the charge gain really.
    It's higher DPS than a non-Charged Blade buffed Rending Slash. Living Storm is meant to be used in the situation(s) where you're toggle off Charged Blade. Though how often you end up actually using it does define its value. If you don't use it at all during a fight, or very little, then yes you would be better off with the 1% crit.

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    Lightning Strike is on a 0.5 sec gcd and therefore is twice the dps than what you are using to calculate it.
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    Great guide. Just wanted to mention that if you are doing any questing in this spec it's important to have the pet out. If you have storm shroud in your spam certain quest will be quite annoying.
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    have you tried 61harb/13storm/2chloro ?
    10% int

    for me at 4.6k int , 11k sp ,5.3k spell crit,921cp ,no crystal
    does 2k more dmg from 41k dps to 43k over 20mils parse on the expert boss dummy

    39300 hailstorm tooltip with 2elemental to 42900 with 2chloro (while hitting target)

    would be curious to see how it scales with better gear
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garshaw View Post
    have you tried 61harb/13storm/2chloro ?
    10% int

    for me at 4.6k int , 11k sp ,5.3k spell crit,921cp ,no crystal
    does 2k more dmg from 41k dps to 43k over 20mils parse on the expert boss dummy

    39300 hailstorm tooltip with 2elemental to 42900 with 2chloro (while hitting target)

    would be curious to see how it scales with better gear
    You are losing Lightning Strike and 2% dmg from gift for unbuffed Vile Spores. Even with 10% more intelligence, I can't see this being better.
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    Noob question, i just started playing again and looking at your guide why do you have icile on its own macro, would you want it in your proc macro after lightning strike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenx2020 View Post
    Noob question, i just started playing again and looking at your guide why do you have icile on its own macro, would you want it in your proc macro after lightning strike?
    Huge charge drain. Like ridiculously huge. Keep it on separate button for min-maxing during Ascension with the excess charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evantide View Post
    Huge charge drain. Like ridiculously huge. Keep it on separate button for min-maxing during Ascension with the excess charge.
    Its also needed when Hailstorm is off CD while the boss is moving.
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    What are you supposed to pull on the dummy with this?

    Or let me reword, what do you pull on the dummy with it.
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