Fire Mage PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 22, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 5+ Rank 1
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championships


Best race:

  • Human gives you the best of both worlds as you can reduce the amount of crowd control you sit by playing with Relentless while still having Every Man for Himself to break out of high impact stuns

Alternative race:

  • Night Elf has its place in matchups with limited stuns as it can be used to avoid big damaging spells such as Chaos Bolt and Greater Pyroblast


Best race:


Firestarter should be used when playing without Greater Pyroblast and Searing Touch should be used when playing with Greater Pyroblast

Without Conflict and Strife

With Conflict and Strife

With Conflict and Strife vs. Resto Druids

Greater Pyroblast

Conflict and Strife

Strongest defensive talent for the double versatility while stunned and to gain an additional PvP talent slot for Kleptomania or a defensive option

Minors: Memory of Lucid Dreams + The Crucible of Flame or Condensed Life-Force

The Crucible of Flame

Provides the most damage and gives you a lot of extra burst during your kill attempts when you run out of other damage globals

Minors: Memory of Lucid Dreams + Condensed Life-Force

Recommended traits:


  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge
  3. Shiver Venom Relic
  4. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Cyclotronic Blast


  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Emblem
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard

Haste > Versatility > Mastery > Crit

/cast [target=focus] Counterspell

/cast [target=arena1] Counterspell

/cast [target=arena2] Counterspell

/cast [target=arena3] Counterspell

/cast [target=focus] Polymorph

/cast [target=arena1] Polymorph

/cast [target=arena2] Polymorph

/cast [target=arena3] Polymorph

After using Kleptomania offensively:
/cancelaura Lifebloom
/cancelaura Rejuvenation
/cancelaura Gladiator’s Safeguard
/cancelaura Ice Barrier
/cancelaura Regrowth
/cancelaura Wild Growth
/cancelaura Blessing of Protection

  • 1
    3 months ago
    When would you want to play Great Pyro over the Firestarter build?
  • 0
    4 months ago
    So for major essences what makes flame better than lucid dreams? My current aggro essence build goes Lucid major C&F and Flame minor. I don’t raid so I’m not planning on getting CLF. Thanks for the help!
    • 1
      4 months ago
      Lucid is only good when combined with Combustion and people usually trade a huge defensive cooldown for it. The cooldowns also don't line up if you play the Fireball build as you'll be reducing the cooldown of your Fireball.
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