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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. Luccas's Avatar
    These new spell effects are all coold and whatnot, but imagine such effects coming from 20 players + boss effects in a raid setting all at once. Even worse if it's some open world boss like Ordos with sometimes more than one 40man raid group.
  1. Stormykitten's Avatar
    So wish blizz would do more racial and class armour...
  1. echoSAW's Avatar
    Seems to be a lot of borrowing/inspiration from D3 wizard spells. Cool.
  1. Lycanitus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Luccas View Post
    These new spell effects are all coold and whatnot, but imagine such effects coming from 20 players + boss effects in a raid setting all at once. Even worse if it's some open world boss like Ordos with sometimes more than one 40man raid group.
    Remember they're going to limit the effects of other people's spells on your screen so it should all work out.
  1. hunterakos's Avatar
    Love the mage spells. Too bad they are for a class i dont like to play
    The fan art login screen is epic. Love that red smoke in the portal. Sad that the actual portal is going to be less detailed
  1. Jingshui's Avatar
    Can we ditch Monk T17 and replace it with that Frostwolf set?

    Let's be honest, the Frostwolf set looks more like an actual leather set than Monk T17, and has about as much to do with monking.......

    ;p
  1. raviadso's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jingshui View Post
    Can we ditch Monk T17 and replace it with that Frostwolf set?

    Let's be honest, the Frostwolf set looks more like an actual leather set than Monk T17, and has about as much to do with monking.......

    ;p
    Looks leather but it looks nothing like a monk. It has "shaman" written all over it.
  1. mordrac's Avatar
    am i the only one to notice that in the bottom left corner of the wod login video it say beta 15th june 2014?
    so beta starts in a week?

    edit:
    nevermind, just read its fanart.
  1. Mang's Avatar
    NPC armor sets look better than player tier. Stay classy Blizzard
  1. Jingshui's Avatar
    @raviadso

    Right, I know that it looks more shaman than monk. My point is that the frostwolf set looks about as monkish as the actual monk tier - because monk T17 is a mess that hardly looks monk-ish.

    I took a lame opportunity to QQ, basically. Now, back to your regularly scheduled on-topic QQ! ;p
  1. Brytallica's Avatar
    About 4 months I was thinking that I wish some of the Diablo 3 wizard spells were used by mages in WoW. I'm glad that had the same thought.
  1. Hazori's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by raviadso View Post
    Looks leather but it looks nothing like a monk. It has "shaman" written all over it.
    It's not because it's wolves it's for shamans. If anything it makes more sense as a hunter, hunters equip the skins of their hunted prey.

    Shaman's wouldn't wear the armor that is skinned from their beloved and sacred wolves.
  1. ColbaneX's Avatar
    Hey! My Tweet(the one about Devo Plague) Made it onto MMOC!
  1. Thaladhrun'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.
    Supernova also looks underwhelming in terms of its effect. As a PVPer I would not replace Frost Nova for that. But then again, the way arcane is going, I'd not use it anyway for that. A shame that what little PVP capability the spec had is being further reduced.
  1. solvent's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hikashuri View Post
    It's not because it's wolves it's for shamans. If anything it makes more sense as a hunter, hunters equip the skins of their hunted prey.

    Shaman's wouldn't wear the armor that is skinned from their beloved and sacred wolves.
    Blizzard begs to differ. Look up the Headdress of the First Shaman, or the current Grievous/Prideful helm.
  1. Strandson's Avatar
    Those Mage spells man. Looks great!
  1. Ilyiana's Avatar
    Ahhhhhh shit the mage spells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  1. Doxshund's Avatar
    Beta will be in September
  1. Tisane's Avatar
    I guess Meteor will be an avoidable spell due to it's impact delay and the still missing warning visual?

    Also, the Prismatic Crystal spell looks so odd to me. 'Lorewise', how does a mage hide that massive piece of stone in his/her pockets? And if a mage just 'summons' it instead of carrying it around, why would a mage summon a piece of stone instead of just AoEing the place down?!
  1. Aevic's Avatar
    For a fan art login screen that seems highly accurate to what it might be... really well done.

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