Focusing Your Magic- Focus Magic
After a few name changes, Crando’s weekly Mage miniguide is ready to serve its purpose. Educating YOU in the magical field of the Arcane!
Alright students, to recap we have spoken recently about two things. The different viable specs in PvE (Player vs. Environment) and the stats that best suit them. Before we dive deep into gear choices and other things, we should learn a crucial ability in all of the specs spellbooks-Focus Magic!
Okay, so you may be thinking now, “if someone can’t comprehend this ability and use it to its maximum potential they should just roll a Warlock”. In which case, fine, go roll a Warlock, but we are still going to do a quick review on the subject!
What Does it Do!?
First of all, the spell Focus Magic is a buff that does two things. If you read the tooltip it will say that once you put it onto a player it gives them an additional 3% chance to crit with their SPELLS. In addition to them getting a bonus, you also get a bonus 3% to crit with your spells whenever they crit with any of their spells.
Confusing, eh? Sort of. Basically what you have to do is buff a player in your Group/Raid that you know adores crit so much that they will give the 3% spell crit part of the buff to you almost 100% of the time. It’s ideal to have a Class that a) uses spells and b) crits a LOT!
Is it hard finding someone who can crit a lot with their spells? Unless you are the only Caster in your Raid/Group, then no it is not. So, now that we have the basic idea of how FM (Focus Magic) works, let’s look at who has priority for your FM!
Who get your buff?
This decision should be made carefully as it is the equivalent of naming your newborn child. I’m not even joking. You don’t want to name your boy Nancy regardless of the humor at his expense as you would not want to give a Tank your FM! Focus Magic is serious business!
- Other Mages- All Mages enjoy a delicious amount of crit, and since all of our abilities are spells it helps us 100% of the time. However, other Mages also can give you THEIR FM and with 100% up time you both get 6% crit rather than the 3% you both would have if you gave it to anyone else.
- Warlocks- Set aside the sibling rivalry we share and figure it this way. Warlocks like crit, they sling as many spells as we do so we can ensure that the 3% crit is used to its fullest potential. Sure, they can’t put a Focus Magic back on us, but they are a close 2nd if there are no other Mages in your Group/Raid!
- Ele Shammy/Boomkin/Spriest- I’m not sure whether to put the rest of the Caster DPS with the Warlocks or not. I suppose it does make a difference if you are friends with a Spriest/Boomkin/Ele Shaman/Lock and there are no Mages in the group. In which case it would be best to give it to a friend, or the most geared person. It’s your decision I guess, but I’ve always preferred: Mages > Warlocks > The Rest.
- Holy Pallies/Disc and Holy Priests/Resto Druids/Resto Shamans- Alright, if there are no other Caster DPS in your group (if you are the only Caster in a Raid be afraid) then you may as well give it to a Healer. They will not crit as much as an equally geared Caster, but they at least use spells so the buff will be up an acceptable amount of the time.
Basically who you give FM depends on a series of questions:
1. Are there any other Mages? If yes, then give it to them. If no-
2. Are there any other Casters? If yes, decide between them. If no-
3. Are there any Healers? If yes, give it to them. If no-
4. GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE!
It’s as simple as that. You do not give this to anyone else as those people are the only people that use spells, or enough of them to allow us to get as much up time for FM as possible. It’s plain and simple!
Edit- As Sheildbreakr and Anexxia pointed out in the comments it could be a better decision to give the FM to an Afflic Warlock or Spriest if you are deciding not to FM trade with other Mages. Like they said, a Spriest/Afflic Lock’s DoTs can keep the FM up time to a very high percentage of the time. It’s personal preference more than anything!
Just one more thing before I let you all go, when you are in a Raid or Guild with a bunch of other Mages (probably a 25 man Raid) you should consider setting up a FM “rotation”. Each Mage only has 1 FM to put on someone else, so having more than 2 Mages in any given Raid can be a bit of a pain to figure out who gives who FM.
To set up a “FM Rotation” you will want to first figure out how many Mages are in the Raid. Let us say 4 for good measure- Their names are Crando, Mage 1, Mage 2, and Lenny. Yes… I rather like Lenny.
Anyways, they each have a Focus Magic because they are good little Mages and didn’t spec 71 points into Frost like oh so many people in my Random Heroics. The dilema is having everyone getting a FM so ALL of the Mages can get a 100% up time of both their own FM and another Mage’s FM making 6% crit for all of them.
There are multiple ways to do it, but here’s my solution: Crando gives his to Mage 1, Mage 1 proceeds to give his to Mage 2 who gives theirs to Lenny, and finally, Lenny gives her FM to Crando. Everything is solved. It takes a bit of coordination in a PUG (pick up group), but for a Guild you can easily inform the Mages before the Raid in Guildchat, or make a post on your Guild’s forums (assuming it has forums).
Yes, Lenny is a girl’s name. What is the problem with that?
Exactly, no problems.
Anyways, good job today, I will see you all back here next Sunday for another lesson on Focusing Your Magic!