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Warlords of Draenor - New Mage Spells
We are starting off our look at new spell effects with the new Mage spells. This includes Comet Storm, Ice Nova, Arcane Orb, Supernova, Meteor, Evanesce, Amplify Magic, and Prismatic Crystal.

Update (5:15 PM EST): Celestalon shared a few notes about the mage visuals - Meteor still missing a warning visual, Evanesce has a newer visual, and Prismatic Crystal is missing its damage pulse visual. Additionally, allies see much much more subdued versions (less visual clutter).



Warlords of Draenor - Orc Clan Armor Sets
Today we are taking a look at another of the Orc Clan armor sets, the Thunderlord and Frostwolf Clans. These sets are currently not available to players.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Druid (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
No instant starsurge affects DPS on the move alot.Most moonkins use starsurge instant cast procs as a 1 second time of movement
We decided to go with trying Instant Starsurges. (Celestalon)

Will Moonkin be able to show their armor or are we destined to always be owl beast models from duskwood no matter the gear?
Did you miss Glyph of Stars? (Celestalon)

Sine-wave is very forgiving to timing. The bonus damage is minute due to it. And it's very, very easy to learn&master.
FYI, based on testing, we're going to try a 40sec long cycle (still 20sec with Euphoria). DoT base duration raised to 20sec too. (Celestalon)
It also pauses at the ends now (most of the added time).Nerdy details: Now a sine wave between -110 and 110, capped at -100/100 (Celestalon)
This change makes it less stressful, not really less skillful. Skill is still strong. (Celestalon)
Starsurge and Astral Communion usage are the biggest high end skill differentiators now. (Celestalon)
DoT uptime and Wrath/Starfire are solid core mechanics to master. (Celestalon)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Would u consider cutting two seconds off freezing trap and scatter so they can coexist in WoD? Scatter is ideal for landing traps.
We'll see how the change works out in testing. There is a benefit of getting rid of an instant CC button. (holinka)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
will the base damage increase to tanks be enough to make leveling as prot viable?
Absolutely. (Celestalon)

Priest (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Doesn't that mean in effect, that Devouring Plague still technically snapshots?
Yes, for [6/Haste] sec. Little snapshots like that are fine. (Celestalon)

Character / Items
Hey, Will we ever see new weapons with cool 'equip' or 'chance on hit' effects like the ones from DS?
Potentially. We try to mix it up. Some tiers we go a little more crazy with trinkets, sometimes weapons, etc. (Celestalon)

not sure what the state of tier bonuses is in WOD, but will Mythic tier have the same bonuses as Normal/Heroic tier?
Yes. (Celestalon)

Achievements
Herald of the Titans achieve/title still going to be available in WoD?
Should be, yes. (WatcherDev)

PvP
Will garrisons have any PvP aspects/benefits/gameplay involved? Thanks!
still discussing (holinka)

Wtf Heart of the Valorous? How about Honorable Heart or Hear of the Conqueror for a bit? (C'mon you knew it was coming)
Valor and Conquest serve very different purposes. Valor doesn't give you gear. Conquest does. (holinka)
There are already tremendous catch-up mechanics in place for PvP: rating inflation and catch-up cap. (holinka)

One of the issue's with Ret in PvP atm is that Templar's Verdict is too weak as a finisher. Outside of major cd's Ret is no threat.
"Outside of cooldowns I'm not threat" is a complaint we here from every spec with cooldowns. It's why we're removing many of them. (holinka)

Just wondering if you guys have put any thought into scaling gear up in pvp (bgs) before WoD?
No there is tech involved to do this that's coming in Warlords. (holinka)

Will PvP set bonuses change as we change spec in WoD?
yes (holinka)

is chaos bolt damage reduced by 25% against player?
Yes it's damage is reduced against players in Mists. Possibly not in Warlords. (holinka)
In WOD pvp crit reduction means CB does 25% less against players anyway, doesn't it?
yes (holinka)
Dont you think crit and other stats should be downscaled in PVE too? To have the same rules for PVE and PVP?
Crits are awesome so you can say "woah HUGE number" but gameplay dictates different magnitudes in two modes (holinka)

could we see some news on Ashran soon? Would love to see some more in-depth discussion about the "Ashran Only" weapons.
We're getting to a point where we think we'll have a lot more to share soon. But we're early on in that process. (holinka)

Garrisons
Out of curiosity, will our friends in the farm become followers in our garrison?
The Panda farm? They don't... really want to go through that portal. Best to stay near a brewery. (Muffinus)

Fan Art - Warlords of Draenor Login Screen
Some more nice fan art of the Dark Portal was recently posted. Keep in mind that this is fan art, not the actual login screen.



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This article was originally published in forum thread: Warlords of Draenor - New Mage Spells, Orc Clan Armor Sets, Blue Tweets, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 62 Comments
  1. moveth's Avatar
    Arcane Orb is literally awesome. Omg.
  1. Tedj's Avatar
    much first, very mage spells. awesome
  1. m2geek's Avatar
    Ooo Pruuudy new mage spells
  1. Klaxxar's Avatar
    Can't wait to get my Ogre Mage and use those spells. Hmmm....mmmmmm...
    Frostwolf and Thunderlord Clan outfits look really good.
  1. Leviatharan's Avatar
    Isn't Devouring Plague a priest skill?
  1. AoBman05's Avatar
    Wow that WoD login mockup is amazing!
  1. Fool's Avatar
    Garrosh with a tiara.
  1. Kanariya's Avatar
    Meteor is a bit underwhelming. It hits the ground and then nothing. No outward explosion visual? No aftermath? Just blank.
  1. Romeothecat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kanariya View Post
    Meteor is a bit underwhelming. It hits the ground and then nothing. No outward explosion visual? No aftermath? Just blank.
    I mean the majority of mage spells on live are underwhelming.

    It is nice to see them get some cool looking spells for once.
  1. Sepehr88's Avatar
    Those spells looks awesome. Although i wish Blizz teams didn't crossbreed their games so much. Most of those spells are taken directly out of D3, just like D3 toke stuff from wow etc. Looks awesome, but not so original, even if it's your own stuff. In the end lets just merge all the games together
  1. Tastyfish's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    Arcane Orb is literally awesome. Omg.
    love it in D3 too.
  1. Sil's Avatar
    I have a feeling that the final login screen is going to look disappointing compared to this fan art. This guy should be hired, lmao.
  1. MikeBogina's Avatar
    The irony of how the corruption from Hellfire Peninsula is on our side, and the lush jungle life is on the other side.
  1. Ikkarus's Avatar
    It would be a shame if the Orc Clan Armor Sets end up not being available in the game, they are better and more iconic compared to our Carnival Costum..err..I mean, Raid Tier Sets..
  1. moveth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tastyfish View Post
    love it in D3 too.
    Exactly! I was hoping they would mimic D3s arcane orb style and they totally did. I love that animation and it is probably enough to make me play my mage at a decent level again :3
  1. Mellrod's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kanariya View Post
    Meteor is a bit underwhelming. It hits the ground and then nothing. No outward explosion visual? No aftermath? Just blank.
    Explosion effects? Can you just imagine how that would look in raids?



    (just skip to 17:36. Could not link start/end times correctly.)
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kanariya View Post
    Meteor is a bit underwhelming. It hits the ground and then nothing. No outward explosion visual? No aftermath? Just blank.
    There is likely a missing texture, as there is a burning sound afterwards for some time. Flamestrike has the same problem, the texture on the ground is missing. Frozen orb has a similar problem as well, the bolts that come off of it are missing.
  1. grandgato's Avatar
    That fan made login screen is simply amazing.
  1. Bathory's Avatar
    Awesome login screen. Even better with the surprise at the end. LOL HL3 confirmed.
  1. vandam's Avatar
    Why did they delete a huge number of class spells , for every class, few of them old, signature spells , loved etc


    Only to add others ...


    No consistency here. Or stupid game design . If you want more spells let the old one in game and add others. If you want less, remove old, don't add others .

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