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    Default [Guide]Mage Builds for PvE

    Updated for Patch 4.5, Hotfix #9.

    TANK - DUNGEON
    51 Arbiter/11 Harbinger/4 Frostkeeper
    This spec is a well-rounded tank with an expansive toolbox for quickly generating threat. It is ideal for dungeons where Dodge can provide an enormous amount of overall mitigation.

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    TANK - RAID
    51 Arbiter/11 Mystic Archer/4 Stormcaller
    This spec is a tank focused on consistent, predictable mitigation. It is ideal for raids where certain attacks from bosses require strong defensive cooldowns.

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    HEAL - SINGLE/DOUBLE TARGET
    51 Frostkeeper/9 Chloromancer/6 Stormcaller
    51 FK is an incredibly strong tank healer with a plethora of cooldowns for spot healing.

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    HEAL - SINGLE TARGET OR AOE
    51 Chloromancer/9 Frostkeeper/6 Stormcaller
    51 Chloro is a good generalist healer than can seamlessly swap between tank healing and AoE healing.

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    HEAL - RAID
    38 Frostkeeper/28 Chloromancer/0 Arbiter
    This spec is a tremendously versatile healer that combines the best of Frostkeeper and Chloromancer. It is ideal for raiding due to its strong, consistent tank healing and quick AoE healing.

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    HEAL - GENERALIST
    38 Chloromancer/28 Frostkeeper/0 Arbiter
    This spec foregoes some of the utility of 38 FK in exchange for stronger throughput. It is a great spec to play for all content.

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    DAMAGE - SINGLE TARGET
    43 Pyromancer/23 Mystic Archer/0 Arbiter
    43 Pyro is the top ST DPS spec for mages. It has moderate utility, passive cleave, and self healing.

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    DAMAGE - SINGLE TARGET
    51 Pyromancer/12 Stormcaller/3 Harbinger
    51 Pyro has strong single target, some utility, and infinite mana. It does ~92% of 43 Pyro DPS but doesn't have to worry about targetting/LoS shenanigans from Mystic Archer abilities.

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    DAMAGE - SINGLE TARGET
    48 Elementalist/18 Mystic Archer/0 Pyromancer
    48 Ele does ~96% ST DPS of 43 Pyro, but it is easier to play.

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    DAMAGE - GENERALIST
    34 Mystic Archer/32 Pyromancer/0 Arbiter
    34 MA/32 Pyro does ~85% of 43 Pyro ST DPS but surpasses 43 Pyro on fights with high uptime on at least 2 targets. It is completely mobile with great passive cleave and AoE. It is also a superb spec for leveling and for questing at 50 due to the plethora of movement abilities and strong self healing.

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    DAMAGE - DUNGEON AOE
    51 Stormcaller/8 Harbinger/7 Mystic Archer
    51 SC deals great damage when there are 3 or more mobs, increasing exponentially with each additional mob. Use this to clear trash quickly in dungeons.

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    SUPPORT - RAID
    51 Archon/13 Pyromancer/2 Elementalist
    51 Archon is a damage-oriented raid support that has a few niche skills not seen in other supports. It does not bring enough personal dps to be useful in dungeons.

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    Nice. Was waiting for a resource like this that wasn't Pyro. Have you tested all dps specs to confirm the ele/MA hybrid is best? I was really hoping necro would beast out with the final two skills you can get.
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    Ele/MA is ahead of Pyro/MA, which is ahead of MA/SC. Any other MA hybrid isn't worth talking about. The only other competitive dps soul is 51 pyro, which does less than both MA hybrids.
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    ur chloro build is not correct
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    Nice thread, can you some parsiong adn compare the ele//ma with pyro 51 build - I amintrigued to see the difference

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    51 Pyro Stats and Damage:

    32% cinderburst crit rate and with 31 procs in 3 mins, which is pretty favorable RNG.


    44 Ele/22 MA Stats and Damage:

    This was the first run I did. 22% crit rate on Flash Fire and 0% crit rate on Elemental Burst.


    51 Pyro is ~10% behind 44 Ele/MA and ~5% behind 43 Pyro/MA.
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    How legit is Arbiter for tanking? Are there even essences available for purchase to make a sigil at level 50? The ones I see seem to lack any defensive stats...i guess you use cleric essences?

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    Nice going with the parse - some food for thought that is for sure. I imagine when elemental burst ifs fixed it will make

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonrakerx View Post
    How legit is Arbiter for tanking?
    Arbiter is very good in dungeons right now. Healing as whole is very overtuned. Purifier, Physician, Warchanter, and Frostkeeper can pretty much heal any tank through any amount of dungeon damage currently. The limiting factor ultimately comes out to be whether tanks can hold threat on ever-increasing amount of mobs.

    Warriors are bottom here: their snap aggro is weaker than the other callings and their ranged threat is poor. Rogues struggle to hold threat on more than 10 mobs and have poor ranged threat too, but have excellent mobility and great cooldowns to compensate. Mages and Clerics hold threat on well over 10 mobs quite easily. Mage deals the most damage of any tank, but does not have a defensive kit as strong as Clerics do.

    As far as raiding goes, Warriors will likely shine here. They have much better party utility than any of the other tanks. Rogue's great mobility allows them to get to adds quickly and position them quickly as well. Clerics have some decent AoE healing at this gear level which will see a fair amount of use in GSB and RoS. It probably won't be enough to completely drop a healer, but it can help take the edge off since we won't have the Justicar hybrids that vanilla heavily relied on. Mage is sort of the odd man out here. The best ranged aggro of any tank currently and superb immediate threat generation via Misdirection, but their lack of personal CDs leave something to be desired at level 50 in a raiding scenario.

    Keep in mind, this meta will shift once we move into the next expansion. All of the tanks are more than adequate for any content now, and will be continue to be so throughout the life of the game.
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    Why is Archon considered garbage? Just because of not having Flaring Power?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scourge View Post
    51 Pyro Stats and Damage:

    32% cinderburst crit rate and with 31 procs in 3 mins, which is pretty favorable RNG.


    44 Ele/22 MA Stats and Damage:

    This was the first run I did. 22% crit rate on Flash Fire and 0% crit rate on Elemental Burst.


    51 Pyro is ~10% behind 44 Ele/MA and ~5% behind 43 Pyro/MA.
    You really should be doing a minimum of 5 min long parses.
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    Why 10 points in Harb for AoE spec?

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