I’m playing a mage this expansion and I know that dealing damage is a much more competitive scene than how I typically play, which is healing. As a group be are going to be maintaining the stance that you are not required to use the expensive raid consumables this first week. The normal and heroic versions of Uldir will be out today and we plan to get through all of normal and some of heroic. While we are not requiring consumables this week I do know that most of my group is competitive and will be using them anyway. I want to be prepared and will be using my consumables if we are not able to kill a boss in one or two tries. I may not be using all of the items that I bring in preparation but it is nice to have the option to if I want.
If you are going use any consumables at all the best one to start with is a flask. The great thing about flasks is they will last the entire one hour even if you die. This is not the case with most of the other consumables which will only last through one death. Knowing how many flasks you need is a simple calculation of how many hours you will be raiding. A gain of 238 of our main stat is a huge increase and will definitely help make up for the lack of gear that I was able to get in the first few weeks of the expansion.
There are different levels of food consumables and depending on what your stronger secondary stat is you will want either crit or haste as a frost mage. An easy way to find out your ideal stats is to do a quick sim in raidbots. This will tell you what type of food is best to use. You can choose a food that will increase a single secondary stat by 41 or 55 points, and you can only use one food at a time.
Augment runes are an item that was first introduced in Warlords of Draenor and served as an additional consumable which you could get as a random drop in dungeons, reward from follower missions and can also be bought and sold on the Auction House. During the first few weeks of a new raid tier the price of these will sky rocket. Since these do not persist through death you could potentially be using a lot of these on new content. I have some of these runes but plan to hold onto them until we have a strategy down for a boss and just need that extra damage to hold us over.
The final consumable that I would use would be one of the battle potions which grants great increase for a short period. You always want to make sure that you are timing these potions effectively. I’ll be using these along with my Icy Veins during our initial burn phase making sure to use it a couple seconds before the boss is engaged and then again when I have cool downs available. You are able to squeeze two uses out of these potions if you time it correctly but they are expensive.
One thing that never seems to change with the game is that raiding is an expensive expensive.