Vanilla Mage PvE Enchants for Patch 1.12.1
In vanilla patch 1.12.1 enchanting your mage is pretty straightforward as the BiS enchants are so much better than any alternative enchant for the item slot. However in order to have all the best enchants you need to raid a lot of Zul’Gurub for [Primal Hakkari Idol]s and exalted Zandalar Tribe reputation.
Head & Leg
[Presence of Sight]
Mages have one of the best Zul’Gurub enchants in game as you get both spell hit and spell power which are your main priority stats for PVE. For one enchant you need a [Primal Hakkari Idol], [Punctured Voodoo Doll] and Friendly reputation with the Zandalar Tribe.
Please note that as the whole raid only gets 2 idols per ZG run (from Jin’do the Hexxer and Bloodlord Mandokir) and every class needs these idols, it might take a while to have both your helm and legs enchanted. Usually the players with at least Tier 2 level of item have a priority on the Idol over those who have lower tier items. If you happen to get a [Primal Hakkari Idol] before you have any T2 level items it is recommended to save it for later use.
For lower pieces of gear you should use +8 spell power enchant which you get from [Libram of Focus]. The Librams drop from Dire Maul and can be bought from the Auction House. In order to exchange the libram for the enchant you need [Pristine Black Diamond], [Large Brilliant Shard] (4) and [Skin of Shadow] (2) and 30 gold.
Sapphiron in Naxxramas drops the best shoulder enchant, [Power of the Scourge]. However as Sapphiron is the second last raiding boss in the game many players do not have a chance to get this enchant. Therefor most of the players settle for the +18 Spell Power enchant.
+18 Spell Power – [Zandalar Signet of Mojo] – Requires Exalted reputation with the Zandalar Tribe and 15 [Zandalar Honor Token]s. You can buy the reputation with Bijous and Coins but it is very expensive. As you need [Primal Hakkari Idol]s for your head and leg enchants you usually get at least to revered in the process.
Subtlety (-2% Threat reduce)
Nexus Crystal (4), Large Brilliant Shard (6), Black Diamond (2)
+4 All Stats
Large Brilliant Shard (4), Illusion Dust (15), Greater Eternal Essence (10)
Lesser Eternal Essence (3)
+30 Spell Power
Large Brilliant Shard (4), Greater Eternal Essence (12), Essence of Fire (4), Essence of Water (4), Essence of Air (4), Golden Pearl (2)
In Vanilla WoW you do not have a general Spellpower Enchant for gloves, so you need to get separate Fire Power and Frost Power enchants. Ideal situation is to have two pairs of good gloves (ie 2x [Netherwind Gloves]) for both enchants.
+20 Frost Spell Damage for MC & BWL
Nexus Crystal (2), Large Brilliant Shard (10), Essence of Water (4)
+20 Fire Spell Damage for ZG, AQ20, AQ40 & Naxxramas
Nexus Crystal (2), Large Brilliant Shard (10), Essence of Fire (4)
Minor Speed Increase (+8% Runspeed)
Small Radiant Shard, Aquamarine, Lesser Nether Essence
Minor Speed is one of the cheapest enchants in game, so you really should enchant every shoe you get on your mage!