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Arcane Mage DPS Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (MoP 5.4.8)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants foran Arcane Mage in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4.We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) andprofession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our GearOptimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

The other pages of our Arcane Mage guide can be accessedfrom the table of contents on the right.

 

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Burning Primal Diamond Icon Burning Primal Diamond or Sinister Primal Diamond Icon Sinister Primal Diamond (better)
Red Socket Prismatic Socket
Yellow Socket Fractured Sun's Radiance Icon Fractured Sun's Radiance/Perfect Fractured Sunstone Icon Perfect Fractured Sunstone or Fractured Serpent's Eye Icon Fractured Serpent's Eye (JC)
Blue Socket Sensei's Wild Jade Icon Sensei's Wild Jade/Perfect Sensei's Alexandrite Icon Perfect Sensei's Alexandrite 

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Shoulders  
Back  
Chest Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats  
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands
Waist   Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs  
Feet Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step Icon Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step  
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect (Enchanting)  
Weapon  
Off-Hand Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect Icon Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect  

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to aMain Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

You should always eat food that gives you Intellect. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

Your flask should be a Flask of the Warm Sun Icon Flask of the Warm Sun.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will bePotion of the Jade Serpent Icon Potion of the Jade Serpent.

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Arcane Mage can impact your raidperformance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (withthe exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions forraiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides a gain of approximately 320 Intellect through Lightweave Embroidery Icon Lightweave Embroidery. It also provides Master's Spellthread Icon Master's Spellthread, a much cheaper equivalent of Greater Cerulean Spellthread Icon Greater Cerulean Spellthread, the usual leg enchant.
Blacksmithing Provides a 320 Intellect gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Brilliant Primordial Ruby Icon Brilliant Primordial Ruby.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through the ability of using 2 Brilliant Serpent's Eye Icon Brilliant Serpent's Eye.
Alchemy Provides an 320 Intellect gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Enchanting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect.
Engineering Provides +1,920 Intellect for 10 seconds every minute through Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs (the overall gain is +320 Intellect).
Inscription Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Secret Crane Wing Inscription Icon Secret Crane Wing Inscription.
Leatherworking Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Fur Lining - Intellect Icon Fur Lining - Intellect.
Herbalism Provides a 480 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood.

Engineering is currently the best profession for Arcane Mages, as itprovides you with Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs, which you can lineup every minute with Presence of Mind Icon Presence of Mind (if you chose it as your Tier 1talent) and every 3 minutes with both Alter Time Icon Alter Time and Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power,for increased benefits. For your second profession, any of the passiveIntellect gain will do, although Tailoring will pull ahead slightly.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing changed.
  • 19 May 2013: More testing from Blatty: Mastery > Haste.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 20 Apr. 2013: Fixed advice for yellow sockets (was still advising Intellect/Haste gems).
  • 17 Apr. 2013: As more and more people now have access to Tier 15 gear,we changed the gem advice to Haste Rating (was previously Mastery Rating).
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Improved advice for choosing your profession.



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