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PostSubject: Arcane mage rotations   6/27/2009, 2:13 pm

I have a level 80 arcane mage and I was wondering what your guys' rotations are. I can get upwards of 3.7k dps with arcane blast x3 --> arcane missiles (if missile barrage procs) --> arcane barrage, but I'm finding I run out of mana in a longer fight like Patchwerk, even using mana pots, mana gems, and evocation whenever I can. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a rotation that puts out good dps while being a little bit more mana-conservative?
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PostSubject: Re: Arcane mage rotations   6/30/2009, 11:45 am

That's my rotation as well and I, too, begin to feel the mana pinch in longer fights.

What I've taken to doing is slightly throttling back on how rapidly I cast. For example, I'll wait and see if Missile Barrage procs after I've cast the third Arcane Blast instead of as usual, which is to follow with another three Arcane Blasts whether or not it procs on the last one because by the time I see that it has proced I'm already casting the first of the next three Arcane Blasts. Missile Barrage remains castable for 15 seconds and casting three Arcane Blasts takes seven or eight seconds. Plenty of time!

Anyway, waiting that extra bit only takes a second and over the course of the fight can help keep mana going just a bit longer.
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PostSubject: Re: Arcane mage rotations   6/30/2009, 8:15 pm

I don't play a mage, but when my warlock was my main I relied heavily on info from http://www.maxdps.com . And, with their current upgrades, the site is even easier to use. Check it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Arcane mage rotations   7/29/2009, 1:06 pm

For long fights i find a sustainable rotation with decent dps is just one Arcane blast, Arcane barrage, and Missiles whenever Missile Barrage procs. Even then i'll have to use gems/evocation. Unfortunately horrible mana efficiency is just the price of the Arcane tree at the moment.
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