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
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