Playing a Mage is a lot of fun in World of Warcraft: Classic. The mechanics of the class are straightforward and it certainly doesn't require a lot of macros to play well. The macros on this page are designed to add a little extra utility and make some of the spells quicker to cast in the midst of combat.
These are adapted from my original Vanilla Mage Macros which were created for the original 1.12 version of the game. Though the new engine is far more restrictive than what we had originally, most of the Mage macros translate just fine to the World of Warcraft: Classic engine.
Most of the Mage attacks are spell casts, but I like to use these macros to acquire a target, as these will get a new target if your current one is dead.
This macro targets an enemy and starts your melee attack. Hitting this repeatedly won't stop your attack, making it safe to spam.
/cleartarget [dead][help] /targetenemy [noexists] /startattack [harm]
This macro is similar to the Melee Attack, but uses your wand to attack. Unfortunately, hitting this repeatedly will cancel your wand, so be careful not to spam this. I tried using
/cast [harm] !Shoot, which would seem to prevent canceling Shoot, but it doesn't work.
#showtooltip Shoot /cleartarget [dead][help] /targetenemy [noexists] /cast [harm] Shoot
These macros all start your auto attack and cast a spell. Instant cast spells also cancel your other casts so they can fire as fast as possible.
This macro starts your attack and casts Fireball.
#showtooltip Fireball /startattack [harm] /cast [harm] Fireball
This macro starts your attack and casts Frostbolt.
#showtooltip Frostbolt /startattack [harm] /cast [harm] Frostbolt
This macro starts your attack and casts Arcane Missiles.
#showtooltip Arcane Missiles /startattack [harm] /cast [harm] Arcane Missiles
This macro starts your attack, stops your other casts and casts Fire Blast.
#showtooltip Fire Blast /startattack [harm] /stopcasting /cast [harm] Fire Blast
This macro stops your other casts and casts Frost Nova. This doesn't start your auto attack because that requires having a target and Frost Nova doesn't.
#showtooltip Frost Nova /stopcasting /cast Frost Nova
This macro casts Arcane Intellect on your target, including a friendly mouseover target. If you hold down a modifier key, it will cycle through the nearby player targets. This is great for when you want to buff all your party members or even just random people you meet in the world.
#showtooltip Arcane Intellect /targetfriendplayer [mod] /cancelform [nomod] /cast [nomod, @mouseover, help] Arcane Intellect; [nomod] Arcane Intellect
These macros all cancel your current actions and cast the spell for quick use.
This macro casts Blink as fast as possible.
#showtooltip Blink /stopcasting /cast Blink
This macro casts Counterspell as fast as possible.
#showtooltip Counterspell /stopcasting /cast Counterspell
This macro casts Cold Snap as fast as possible.
#showtooltip Cold Snap /stopcasting /cast Cold Snap
This macro casts Polymorph as fast as possible. It will also use a mouseover target, if you have one.
#showtooltip Polymorph /stopcasting /cast [@mouseover, harm] [harm] Polymorph
Potions and Bandages
This is an easy way to bind Health Potions, Mana Potions and Bandages to a single button. Pressing it normally will use a Health potion, holding down control will use a Mana potion and holding down shift will use a bandage.
Don't forget to change which type of potion and bandage it uses as you are leveling up.
/use [mod:shift] Wool Bandage /use [mod:ctrl] Lesser Mana Potion /use [nomod] Lesser Healing Potion
These macros aren't terribly sophisticated, they mostly just let you cast a spell a little quicker by cancelling your other actions when necessary. In a panic situation, these moments can add up. I find these types of macros let me stay focused on choosing the right spell to cast instead of how to cast it.