Mage: Evocation Macro

A few people have seen me use Evocation during Battlegrounds after I am oom, or even in Ironforge after conjuring up some food for someone. They would ask:

“Why do you switch weapons for Evocation? They changed it from Spirit base to a % of your total mana!”.

I link them my Evoc weapons and most of the time I get a response of, “Oooh… I see, thanks!” other times it is a, “WTF you n00b! Why would you enchant it with Intellect!?”. Sometimes I explain, sometimes I don’t even bother. Depends on the mood I’m in I guess, or if they leave out the “WTF you n00b!” part. Well here it goes…

Before Patch 2.3, Evocation used to return mana based on how much Spirit you had. This gave a few Mages the idea of carrying around a Spirit Staff and Wand to switch to during Evocation. In Patch 2.3, Blizzard changed it so that Evocation now gave you a percentage of your total Mana. No more need to carry Spirit weapons. Now you need to carry Intellect weapons!

Why Intellect? Now that it is based off your total mana, by increasing your total mana before you use Evocation, the more mana you will receive.

Lets take a look at Evocation. While channeling this spell, you gain 60% of your total mana over 8 sec. Gain 15% of total mana every 2 sec.

That means if you are at 9,000 total mana, when you Evoc, you will gain 5,400 mana back. If you are at 10,000 total mana, you will gain 6,000 mana back.

What gives you more mana? Intellect of course. Each point of Intellect will give you 15 mana. So increasing your Intellect +50 by swapping out weapons, will give you 750 more mana.

My Intellect weapons: [Amani Divining Staff] with 3 x 8 Intellect Gems and +30 Intellect enchant, and [Vengeful Gladiator's Touch of Defeat]. They gave me +62 Intellect (930 mana) over my DPS weapons. You can use any weapon which has more Intellect than your DPS weapons.

We’ll use Utada in our example:

With the gear she is wearing, she is at 489 Intellect with a mana pool of 9,296. When she Evocs, she will gain ~1,389.3 mana a tick, for a total of 5,557.2 mana return.

If she swaps out to her Intellect weapons before using Evoc, she will have 10,226 total mana. She will gain 1,533.9 mana a tick, for a total of 6,135.6 mana return.

An increase of 578.4 mana, and that is only in Tier 2 gear! You will get even more with raid buffs, and Tier 6 bonus.

What if we did that with our current raiding gear with 2 Piece Tier 6 bonus? We would get an extra mana tick, giving us 75% of our total mana back.

Without swapping, she is at 581 Intellect, and 10,676 total mana. Evoc would yield 8,007 mana at 1,601.4 a tick. With Intellect swapping, she would be at 643 Intellect with 11,606 total mana. Evoc will give 1,740.9 a tick, returning  8,704.5 mana back. A 697.5 mana increase! Again, without raid buffs.

Evocation Macro:

#showtooltip Evocation
/castsequence reset=10 Amani Divining Staff, Vengeful Gladiator’s Touch of Defeat, Evocation;
/equip Tempest of Chaos
/equip Heart of the Pit
/equip Wand of the Demonsoul

Left click once to swap in the staff, left click again to swap in the wand, left click the third time to use Evocation. Right click after Evoc to re-equip your DPS weapons. Modify the macro to suit the gear that you currently have.

NOTE: When in combat, swapping weapons will put a 1.5 second Global Cooldown on all your spells. So there will be a delay after swapping in your wand before you can use Evocation. With that macro, you can just left click spam the button until you start using Evoc.

As you can see, carrying around an extra set of weapons will give you a big boost in mana return for Evocation, and is totally worth two extra inventory space. A mage with no mana is pretty much worthless in both PvE and PvP.

Again I apologize for the crappy video quality. You can download all 3 videos zipped together HERE. The quality is a little bit better and you can actually read some of the number values, but still pretty crappy.

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  1. isheepthings July 14, 2008 11:17 am 

    Yeah I did have a spirit set of weapons back in the day but have yet to worry about a int set. I guess I’ll worry about that once I get enough T6.

    Also you should look into perhaps using Vimeo for your videos. I think you get a much more clear picture out of those streams then youtube.

  2. Tuna July 14, 2008 11:30 am 

    I can’t put all of the blame on Youtube. My computer is pretty outdated, and Fraps won’t let me record at full resolutions unless I am running at least a dual core. So the results are these low resolution videos, made worst by streaming them on Youtube. Time to upgrade the ol compy.

  3. Khaj August 10, 2008 12:07 pm 

    Ok, so I have a small issue with your macro and wanted to see how I could adjust.

    DPS gear = Vengeful Gladiator’s Spellblade, Carved Witch Doctor’s Stick ( 12 spell damage gem ), Fetish of the Primal Gods

    Intellect gear = Amani Divining Staff, Carved Witch Doctor’s Stick ( 10 intellect gem )

    With this wand I get 25 intellect, with yours only having 14.

    Now I’m heavily dependant upon mana, We’re 4/5 MH and 4/9 BT so I’m still AB spam then frostbolts, so any additional mana I can gain is additional damage.

    Suggestions on how to make the macro swap to the same wand with a different gem?

  4. Tuna August 11, 2008 1:42 am 

    @ Khaj

    Hmm… I think there is one way to do this by equipping by bag slot. I shall look this up and get back to you when I find a way.


    I haven’t got to try this yet but you can give it a shot, and maybe it’ll work.

    /equip [bag] [slot]

    For bag #, it goes from right to left, with your backpack = 0. For slot #, it goes from top left, to bottom right, starting with 1.

    So if you have your wand in your backpack in the very top left slot, use this in the macro:

    /equip 0 1

    Hope this works!

  5. Tuna August 11, 2008 2:00 am 

    Just tested it out, and it works. You can use the following macro if you want to equip by bag slot:

    #showtooltip Evocation
    /castsequence [button:1] reset=10 Amani Divining Staff, 0 1, Evocation;
    /stopmacro [button:1]
    /equip Tempest of Chaos
    /equip Heart of the Pit
    /equip 0 1

    You just gotta be a bit more careful with remember that you have to have the item in the right slot at all times.

  6. korred September 4, 2008 3:05 am 

    Get an addon like closetgnome or outfitter and create an evoc set. then just use the according command to equip that set

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