In 9.2, Blizzard introduced a new system for obtaining legendaries in World of Warcraft known as Gizzard Stones. Players can now purchase these stones with game gold and use them to unlock their favorite legendary weapons without having to complete the original quest line.
The “best arcane mage legendaries shadowlands” is a combination of the Arcane, Fire, and Frost talents. This will allow for a powerful mage build in the new expansion patch 9.2.
Double Legendary testing began on the PTR earlier this month with the inclusion of the Memory of Unity pattern, which allows players to wear both a standard legendary and a covenant-specific legendary at the same time. In Patch 9.2 – Eternity’s End, our Mage Guide Writers have created a first look at the Double Legendary combos you’ll likely equip in Sepulcher of the First Ones and Mythic+.
On the 9.2 Eternity’s End PTR, the timeframe for acquiring Double Legendaries has altered. Learn how and when you’ll be able to equip two legendaries in our article below.
In Patch 9.2, you may get two legendary items.
In Patch 9.2, our Guide Writers have shared their early impressions on the Double Legendary combos you’ll most likely equip. Below you’ll find a list of all of our recently published articles.
Double Legendary Theorycrafting in 9.2
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Disclaimer: All theorycrafting is based on the PTR’s current tuning, which includes all of the most recent class and system improvements, as well as a full 9.2 4-Set Tier bonus. Additional tuning and class adjustments may have a significant impact on the following suggestions. This is only a sneak peek at each spec’s Double Legendaries; definitive recommendations will be released closer to the release of 9.2.
Porom, the author of our Arcane Mage guide, has written a detailed analysis of the Double Legendary combos for Arcane Mages in Patch 9.2!
Double Legendaries of Arcane Mage
To begin, I’d want to point out that Arcane Mages are among the luckiest mages in that they have a covenant that obtains a significant amount of player power from baselined covenant legendaries. Non-Kyrian covenants, on the other hand, will receive absolutely little advantage from this modification. It’s worth noting that all of the difficulties I raise here are particular to single targets, since all of the covenants in AOE are rather close, with variation being based on target counts.
The TLDR is that Kyrian was already a powerful player in the community and is shaping up to be Arcane’s sole competitive option in 9.2, and this acquisition just strengthens that position. While Venthyr comes close quantitatively, it does not provide anything unique that Kyrian does not, including the extra bonus of funnel. Necrolord and Night Fae are on the verge of becoming non-viable, since they are now more than 10% behind Kyrian in terms of stats, provide nothing distinctive or especially beneficial for raiding or M+, and the adjustments outlined below will further widen the gap.
The latest 2-piece set bonus nerf (18 percent 10 percent Touch of the Magi damage) doesn’t really alter the following impressions since it affects all covenants, however it does help to aggravate the discrepancies that currently exist as well as those stated below. Finally, before we go into particular covenants, I’m not going to differentiate between raid viability and M+ viability since Arcane’s AOE is rather excellent regardless of covenant choice, thus its ability to deal ST and prio/funnel damage is what determines whether it lives or dies in M+ and Raid.
Kyrian: Harmonic Echo & Arcane Harmony
Once we unlock two legendaries in Zereth Mortis, we’ll employ this as our main legendary combo. Harmonic Echo already has a strong synergy with Kyrian’s Radiant Spark ability. Arcane Harmony enhances this synergy by inflicting 25% of the damage delivered to your RS target on your target and four adjacent opponents. As a result, Arcane has evolved into an absolute powerhouse on 5-target cleave, in addition to its already strong 5-target funnel.
One thing to keep in mind about this change is that it significantly alters the burst rotation; gone are the days of queuing Arcane Barrage after every fifth Arcane Blast cast; now, we’ll try to cast four Arcane Blast before queuing Arcane Barrage. The reason for this is because Arcane Harmony does not enable Arcane Barrage to double dip as Radiant Spark does. In reality, this is a little uncomfortable since purposeful stopping is not something that comes naturally in WoW rotations. However, the command /cqs, when macro’d to Arcane Barrage, may be useful, although this is still being investigated.
Venthyr: Sinful Delight & Siphon Storm
Unfortunately for Venthyr, the only other covenant that comes close to Kyrian in terms of potency, the covenant legendary does not lower Mirrors of Torment’s cooldown to 45 seconds, which would enable it to sync with Touch of the Magi. This legendary has a 60-70 second cooldown, which, when paired with Arcane’s need that it be used in burst windows for optimum efficiency, effectively means that this legendary accomplishes nothing in any circumstance since you will always combo it with Arcane Power.
Venthyr, interestingly enough, gets extremely close in single-target even without the covenant legendary effect. As a result, I don’t expect any updates to this tale, but they would be nice. There will very certainly be some more theorycrafting for this covenant, since there may be a better performing combination than Siphon Storm.
Necrolord: Death’s Fathom & Siphon Storm or Temporal Warp
Outside of the Touch of the Magi windows, Necrolord’s covenant legendary gives very little for Arcane, since it simply grants increased uptime on Deathborne, which means very little for us. The fact that Deathborne’s power is focused on its duration rather than its potency, and that the best third conduit option adds 100 percent uptime exacerbates the problem; the covenant legendary exacerbates the problem even more, and the end result is a covenant that embodies everything Arcane does not want from a borrowed power. Although, like with Venthyr, extra theorycrafting may be required to completely optimize Necrolord, it is quite doubtful that it will catch up to Venthyr or Kyrian at this time.
Night Fae: Heart of the Fae & Siphon Storm or Temporal Warp
Finally, for identical reasons, Night Fae meets the same end as Necrolord. After using Shifting Power, the Night Fae’s Covenant legendary grants a huge stat boost, but you can only utilize it after a few GCDs in single-target and after a few GCDs in AOE. Much of the buff’s duration will be lost, with just 1% crit/haste for 15 seconds in single-target. Night Fae is in a similar situation as Necrolord, with faster cooldown resets (higher uptime overall) and lesser cooldown potency (both not having a covenant ability increasing damage done as well as trinkets covering less cd windows or being a lower powered trinket). There may be more theorycrafting, like there was with Necrolord, but it’s unlikely to close the huge power difference between Night Fae and Kyrian or Venthyr.
For Arcane Mages wanting to perform at their best, Necrolord and Night Fae are dead on arrival without particular buffs tailored to shore up their deficiencies. For one or two weeks, Venthyr may be significantly stronger than Kyrian in ST battles, however this is only true if you have 4pc and don’t have the covenant legendary. Without any more covenant-specific adjustment, Kyrian is quite likely to remain the dominating covenant for Arcane Mages in all PvE content during 9.2.
Preheat, the author of our Fire Mage guide, has written a detailed analysis of the Double Legendary possibilities for Fire Mages in Patch 9.2!
Sepulcher of the First Ones’ Best Fire Mage Double Legendaries
Night Fae: Heart of the Fae & Sun King’s Blessing
For Night Fae Fire Mages, this is the default combination. Heart of the Fae does relatively little damage in Single Target, but it does give a considerable (over 5%) boost when two or three targets are struck.
The new tier 4p bonus, Fiery Rush, offers a lot of synergy with Sun King’s Blessing. Due to recent nerfs to the Fire 4p, the value of Venthyr’s Sinful Delight has diminished, placing him closer to Night Fae in terms of Single Target (without externals). As a result, Night Fae will be preferable in cleave and AoE, although the final choice on which covenant to raid as will most likely be based on battle timings, preferences, soulbinds, and covenant signature abilities.
Venthyr: Sinful Delight & Sun King’s Blessing
Necrolord: Death’s Fathom & Sun King’s Blessing (Honorable Mention)
Due to its cleave power, Death’s Fathom receives an Honorable Mention. This legendary dramatically boosts our damage at 3-5 targets, but since Necrolord is already so far behind, it is unable to come ahead. That said, I believe this combo will work effectively in scenarios when 3-5 targets can be cleaved and the Deathborne cooldown or procs from Death’s Fathom are available.
Best Mythic+ Fire Mage Double Legendaries
Night Fae: Heart of the Fae & Sun King’s Blessing
This is the usual Fire Mages Mythic + combo, not because of the strength of Heart of the Fae, but because Night Fae is very powerful in Mythic+. The Haste and Critical Strike buffs from Heart of the Fae are nice, but the biggest advantage is that you may cast Shifting Power while traveling. Because this legendary stacks 10 times and each hit counts, it delivers a modest damage boost in AoE but considerably less in Single Target.
Due to the synergy between Sun King’s Blessing and the new tier 4p bonus: Fiery Rush, Sun King’s Blessing will likely be chosen over Disciplinary Command in Mythic+. To be honest, our covenant legendaries for Fire Mage don’t do anything to change up the balance in Mythic+.
Preheat, the author of our Frost Mage guide, has written a detailed analysis of the Double Legendary options for Frost Mages in Patch 9.2!
For Sepulcher of the First Ones, the Best Frost Mage Double Legendaries
Before we begin, it’s worth noting that Frost Mage is unusual in that it has various legendaries depending on the number of targets. The majority of these choices have nothing in common with the covenant legendaries. If there are no significant distinctions between the legendaries and the covenant, they will be grouped together. Freezing Winds, in general, and Slick Ice, for Single Target, are Frost’s finest Legendaries. Frost Mage has a lot of AoE power, therefore it’ll probably be the popular spec for Mythic+. Although the Frost Storm and Frost Storm set bonuses are powerful, particularly in AoE, they have little bearing on our selections here.
Venthyr: Sinful Delight & Freezing Winds or Slick Ice
Due to the reduced cooldown for Mirrors of Torment, Venthyr Frost Mages using Sinful Delight earn a minor boost in Single Target. Because Mirrors of Torment doesn’t do anything for us outside of Single Target, this covenant legendary gives virtually little in AoE. This combo doesn’t do much to shake things up and has very little synergy, but because Venthyr is already a powerful Single Target player, any boost is appreciated. Because other covenants are preferable at greater target counts in AoE, I suggest sticking with Freezing Winds or Slick Ice for Venthyr.
Necrolord: Death’s Fathom & Slick Ice
Because they both impact Frostbolt, Death’s Fathom and Slick Ice have some synergy. Frostbolt is a rather weak spell on its own, but the synergy between it and Death’s Fathom, which increases our spell damage with each strike, makes this combo worth noting. Necrolord, on the other hand, will likely lag behind other covenants in AoE and Single Target, and will be used mostly when combat timings align nicely with Deathborne for cleave.
Necrolord: Death’s Fathom & Freezing Winds
Outside of the spell damage boost, Death’s Fathom and Freezing Winds have relatively little synergy, although this combo will likely be useful in raid encounters with long cleave, particularly if it happens every 3 minutes, like as the Prototype of War and Anduin Wrynn engagements. Because Freezing Winds is so powerful in cleave, it doesn’t matter if the synergy isn’t present.
Night Fae: Heart of the Fae & Freezing Winds
In AoE, Night Fae is quite powerful. The Haste and Critical Strike buffs from Heart of the Fae are nice, but the biggest advantage is that you may cast Shifting Power while traveling. Because this legendary stacks 10 times and each hit counts, it delivers a modest damage boost in AoE but considerably less in Single Target. Because it delivers a flat secondary stat benefit, Heart of the Fae has relatively little synergy.
Freezing Winds does a lot of damage in cleave and AoE, thus it’s an excellent choice for raiding mages that prefer Night Fae over Necrolord in AoE. Due to Shifting Power’s shorter cooldown, Night Fae is often the superior of the two when it comes to persistent AoE.
Best Frost Mage Mythic+ Double Legendaries
Night Fae: Heart of the Fae & Freezing Winds
As already noted, Night Fae is quite powerful in AoE. The Haste and Critical Strike buffs from Heart of the Fae are nice, but the biggest advantage is that you may cast Shifting Power while traveling. Because it stacks 10 times and each hit counts, this legendary delivers a significant damage boost in AoE, but considerably less against monsters.
Freezing Winds has a lot of cleave and AoE damage. Frozen Orb’s cooldown is reduced by Shifting Power, thus it has some mild synergy with Freezing Winds, although this isn’t new in 9.2. In much of Mythic+, Heart of the Fae has little bearing on our choice to choose Night Fae.
Necrolord: Death’s Fathom & Freezing Winds
Outside of the spell damage boost, Death’s Fathom and Freezing Winds have relatively little synergy, although this combo will likely find application in dungeons where Deathborne’s cooldown aligns nicely with monsters that also have cleave. The ideal place to employ Necrolord is in dungeons like Halls of Atonement.
Necrolord: Death’s Fathom & Cold Front (Honorable Mention)
Because every Frostbolt cleave also counts towards the Cold Front, Death’s Fathom and Cold Front have a lot of synergy. Even though there is a lot of synergy here, Cold Front isn’t particularly powerful outside of Deathborne, thus it’s more of a “all-or-nothing” playstyle where you keep Frozen Orb and Blizzard on cooldown and spam Frostbolt. This arrangement is a bit of a meme, but it is quite powerful in the correct circumstances (Huge pull every 3 minutes).
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