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Debating whether to play a Fire Mage or Balance Druid? Knowing which currently performs better DPS in PvE might help make a decision.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Fire Mages and Balance Druids using profiles and settings intended to achieve their maximum DPS. Multiple sim environments are used to test how they perform in various conditions. Is one the AoE king? Does one scale better with gear upgrades? Is one more bursty, and more reliant on big cooldowns? Below analyzes the data to find the strengths of each.

Simulation results were created with SimulationCraft
Using game data from Patch 10.0 WoW Dragonflight Pre-patch

  • Balance Druidbalance icon
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Balance Druid achieved 8.92% more maximum boss DPS than Fire Mage when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Balance Druid achieved 4.29% more AoE DPS than Fire Mage when there was no movement or lag.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Balance Druid’s single-target DPS was 266.32% less affected by increased movement compared to Fire Mages.
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  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Fire Mage achieved 6.32% more maximum boss DPS than Balance Druid when there was no movement or lag.
  • Simplest GameplayFire Mage has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsFire Mage’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 65.63% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Balance Druids.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Balance Druid and Fire Mages, the DPS potential should not be the only factor in your decision. Ultimately, you should also consider the playstyle that you enjoy most while crushing it in Mythics+ and Raids!


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