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I'm wondering what people consider to be the best mage talent tree for single target 5 man heroic and raid dps in WoW 4.2 and why? TIA

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Could you be a little more specific about what features you're looking for in this spec? Are you just worried about sheer DPS, or are there other important factors? Without a little more detail, this question comes across as a rather open-ended opinion poll and is likely to be closed. –  sjohnston Aug 14 '11 at 23:00
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@sjohnston Generally speaking, if someone asks about a tree 'for raiding', one can assume that they're asking for the highest single target DPS spec unless the 'intangibles' of an alternative are absolutely massive. There's a reason cookie cutter specs are cookie cutter at the top end! –  LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 15 '11 at 4:52
    
@LessPop - I realize that, I was just hoping the OP could be a little more explicit about those expectations. –  sjohnston Aug 15 '11 at 16:12
    
Sorry I'm primarily interested in single target dps. –  Baywolf Aug 20 '11 at 19:59
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Boss fights is the only thing you need to focus on for raiding, and usually, single target DPS is most important. Arcane outshines every other spec for that, but there is slight variations that depends on encounter. Typical Arcane spec

5 Points in Improved Blink and Prismatic Cloak are optional and it could be spread between 4 talents

  • Invocation - While seems good, I would not recommend this talent because CS has long CD compare to Kick, Pummel etc, and mages are usually not assigned on interrupt duty
  • Improved Blink - Very good talent for active player, there is a lot of situations where you can gain DPS by simply getting faster to a new location as required by encounter.
  • Prismatic Cloak - Failsafe, good to have if you are trying to push to aggro limit
  • Improved Arcane Explosion - Must have for some encounters, completely useless for others
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And then you dual spec for heavy AoE fights if needed. not everything can be dealt with via AE –  user4634 Aug 15 '11 at 8:17
    
Care to explain the rotation(s) on the spec you linked? Thanks! –  user3186 Aug 25 '11 at 10:21
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