Stacey Landry — (@_vidyala) likes writing, reading, art, baking, and roughing up warlocks (not necessarily in that order). She's been playing and writing about mages since 2008 and was a contributor to the official strategy guide for Warlords of Draenor. She is also the artist for the ongoing comic From Draenor With Love.
Welcome to another installment of Arcane Sanctum! This week, we’ll be finishing up our look at Blackrock Foundry with the final four bosses. These include all three encounters in the Iron Assembly and Blackhand himself in Blackhand’s Crucible.
In this week’s Arcane Sanctum, we interrupt our look at Blackrock Foundry for an important announcement. Patch 6.2 is on the PTR and that means we have our first look at what the future holds for mages!
First, let’s get this out of the way and just pull off the band-aid: these patch notes contain the sad news that Amplify Magic is going away. Some of you may find this sadder news than others. When I first read the patch notes, my immediate reaction was dismay. I’ve always enjoyed bringing utility to my raid. I liked having a cooldown I could use for the benefit of all. Unfortunately, it seems that Amplify Magic was just a little too beneficial.
Welcome to this week’s Arcane Sanctum and happy Noblegarden! Have a seat, help yourself to some chocolate eggs while we take a look at some of the treats you can find in Blackrock Foundry along with how to cast your way to victory.
Whether you’ve been playing a mage for a week or for years, there are usually things we can all do more efficiently to maximize our damage. There’s a big difference between theorycraft and practical damage. Many factors affect damage dealing execution: lag, reaction time, environmental hazards, RNG, and of course player error. Your damage is also dependent on your gear, spec and talent choice, but that’s not what we’re looking at this week. Instead, we’re considering ways that will allow any spec of mage to see an improvement in their damage immediately.
This week’s column was suggested by BeckieSueDalton who asked for a guide to trying out a new spec. I think this is a fantastic idea and it can apply to many mages; veterans, alts and new casters alike.
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