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The Artifact Series is back with our overlords of the Elements: Shamans!

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Take a trip across the Elemental planes to discover the new Shaman artifacts and the stories behind them!

Have you ever sat down and watched Avatar: The Last Airbender? Have you ever spent your time wondering how cool it would be to command the elements, their powers always at your disposal? Look no further, the Shaman is here!

 

Before we get started, make sure you haven't missed any of your favourite classes that have already been covered:

 

Back to the Shamans!

 

Let's take a look at what wonderful specialisations are available to them:

  • Elemental is the spellcaster of the three Shaman specialisations. With the ability to harness the destructive forces of the elements, they truly have the spirit of nature running through their veins.
  • Enhancement is the melee damage dealer. Equipped with dual weapons, these warriors are known for their versatility in the totemic arts, as well as their ability to imbue their attacks with the power of the elements.
  • Restoration is the most proficient in the wielding of the power of water. They allow the essence of the ancestral spirits to guide their hand in healing and aiding their allies in need.

 

Elemental Shaman - The Fist of Ra-Den

 

The FIST of Ra-den? That's an interesting choice of weapon for an Elemental Shaman. Let's see what the story behind it is:

 

"Aman'Thul the Highfather, leader of the titan Pantheon, entrusted his greatest servant, Highkeeper Ra, with this artifact, which could channel the fury of the storms. Ra used it to bestow life on the titan-forged mogu race, and he wielded it in battle against the Black Empire for years beyond counting. Later lost to Ra, the weapon was ultimately recovered by the August Celestial Xuen, who saw its immense and dangerous power, and chose to safeguard it until someone worthy could take up the weapon in a righteous cause once again." (source)

 

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The first, glaringly obvious problem with a fist weapon as a caster artifact is that we will never see it. As the current animations stand, fist weapons are hidden from view when sheathed. Due to the fact that a caster will very rarely unsheathe their weapon, this means that this artifact will very rarely be seen by the player. From my point of view, this just seems pointless. Either the animation needs to be changed or there shouldn't be a fist weapon as a caster weapon.

 

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Aman'thul with his legendary weapon, Orodur.

 

From a lore point of view, the weapon is an excellent choice. Aman'thul was known as the "High Father", the leader of the Pantheon and the oldest titan to have lived. He wielded a large staff of lightning, Orodur, that was said to constantly surrounded by the power of the winds. At the time, Highkeeper Ra, now known to the Mogu as Ra-den, was created by the Titans to watch over the Mogu as they created the continent now known as Pandaria. 

 

He was entrusted with the legendary weapon, the Fist of Ra-den, which held the ability to channel the power of the storms by Aman'thul. Ra used the weapon to grant life to the Mogu, a race forged by the Titans. He used the weapon in his war on the Black Empire, the civilization governed by the Old Gods and Elemental Lords. While he fought a brave battle, his minions eventually become affected by the Curse of Flesh. The Curse of Flesh was initially created by the Old Gods in order to make the titanic creations more vulnerable, such as the Dwarves and the Mogu. 

 

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Ra-den in Lei Shen's dungeon.

 

When the curse hit the Mogu, one of the race, Lei Shen, decided to rise up against Ra and challenge his authority as their watcher. Lei Shen defeated Ra in combat and decided he could rule over Pandaria in lieu of Ra. He tore the out the heart of Ra and drained his power over the winds and storms. Through Ra, he learnt the secrets of the Titans in regards to flesh-shaping and Anima.

 

Lei Shen used this new knowledge to his benefit, creating the Anima Golems and the Saurok to populate Pandaria. He imprisoned Ra under the Throne of Thunder, Lei Shen's base of operations, and began what is now known as the Mogu Empire. 

 

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Lei Shen, the Thunder King, in the Throne of Thunder.

 

At this point, the location of the Fist of Ra-den is unknown. The August Celestial Xuen eventually finds the weapon and decides the weapon needs to be kept secret until a worthy adventurer comes forward to claim it. 

 

I think this is an interesting part of the lore. Blizzard has chosen to have Xuen take the artifact and hold it, despite him being associated with physical strength in the Pandaria legendary cloak scenarios. Even during the duel between Xuen and Lei Shen, Xuen is quoted as having physical strength rather than magical. I feel it would have made more sense to have Yu'lon recover the weapon, since she is the spirit of wisdom. She was included as the spirit of the spellcaster cloak in Pandaria, which Elemental Shamans wore.

 

Other than that, the lore is fantastic behind this weapon. It ties in perfectly with the idea of wielding the power of the winds and storms. On an aesthetic point, the weapon needs to be changed into a 1-handed mace or axe, or the sheathed animation for fist weapons needs to be changed soon. An artifact weapon shouldn't be invisible 99.9% of the time.

 

Alternative Artifacts for Elemental Shamans

 

Krolmir, Hammer of Storms

 

Our alternative weapon for the Elemental Shamans is the personal weapon of the Stormlord, Thorim. As one of the titan watchers, he served as a guardian of Ulduar and the Terrace of the Makers. Thorim was deceived by his brother, Loken, who murdered his wife Sif and blamed the King of the Ice Giants.

 

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Thorim with his mighty hammer, Krolmir.

 

In a rage, Thorim threw his mighty hammer to the earth with all of his might, creating what is now know as Thundefall, a location found in the Storm Peaks. The hammer was kept in the crater in order to prevent it falling into the wrong hands by King Angrim, King of the Frost Giants.

 

When Thorim had been forced out of his rage-induced stupor, King Jokkum of the Ice Giants removed the spell placed on the hammer and returned it to Thorim.

 

I feel like this could have been a great artifact for the Elemental Shamans, since it holds such a strong tie with the Stormlord. With a power as great as his, I think he is a fantastic basis for the artifact; he is said to be so powerful, he turned an entire continent to dust. It would also be interesting to see how Thorim might relinquish the hammer and what could cause him to do so. There perhaps could be a a follow-on from freeing him from Ulduar and the adventurer being granted the weapon after fully cleansing him of Yogg-Saron's corruption.

 

Enhancement Shaman - Doomhammer

 

The legendary Doomhammer is finally in the hands of the player! Let's take a look at the journey this weapon has had since it was first forged:

 

"Forged in elemental lava on the orc homeworld of Draenor, this massive hammer is connected deeply with the elements, and its true power is only awakened in the hands of those who can speak to the elements in kind. The Doomhammer was long wielded by Orgrim Doomhammer, one of the greatest orc warriors of the Horde, and now rests with Thrall, one of the most powerful shaman Azeroth has ever known." (source)

 

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What a treat this weapon is! The legendary Doomhammer has passed through some of the greatest Orcs in history and now the player finally gets to use it. Starting with Telkar Doomhammer, the father of Orgrim Doomhammer, the weapon was forged on Draenor within the elemental lava of the planet. The weapon holds a huge bond with the elements, its true power only to be unlocked by those that can truly connect with the elements themselves.

 

Orgrim admired the hammer as a child, knowing that one day he would wield that mighty weapon. When meeting with his best-friend Durotan, the father of Thrall, and the Prophet Velen, Doomhammer gives a prophecy concerning the future of the hammer. It can be found in the World of Warcraft Official Magazine and is as follows:

 

"The last of the Doomhammer line will use it to bring first salvation and then doom to the orc people. Then it will pass into the hands of one who is not of the Blackrock clan, all will change again, and it will once again be used in the cause of justice."

 

The last of the Doomhammer line that the prophecy references is Orgrim. After escaping from the prison of Lordaeron, Doomhammer wandered the continent as a hermit, reflecting on the loss suffered by his forces at the end of the Second War. He is eventually contacted by Drek'Thar, the Shaman of the Frostwolf Clan. He is informed that the son of his murdered friend Durotan has rejoined the Frostwolves. 

 

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Grommash Hellscream, leader of the Warsong Clan.

 

Doomhammer ventures to meet Thrall and they quickly become close allies. They establish a plan to free the captive orcs from the camps around the area. They request the aid of the legendary combatant Grom Hellscream and his Warsong Clan. They quickly liberate a large number of camps, but they encounter resistance at one of the later raids.

 

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Thrall, wielding the Doomhammer and wearing the armour of Orgrim.

 

Doomhammer is fatally wounded and ends up passing on his armour, weapon and title of Warchief to Thrall. Thrall accepts and becomes the black-armoured, Doomhammer wielding Shaman we all know and love. It seems like, after venturing deeper into his shamanic future, Thrall no longer wishes to wield the Doomhammer and instead wishes to pass it on to a new, worthy adventurer. You lucky dogs!

 

Alternative Artifacts for Enhancement Shamans

 

Now a huge number of you are most likely worrying about the Doomhammer being used by an Alliance Shaman. Why would a Draenei wield the hammer of an Orc, considering the fact that the Orcs nearly eradicated their race from the universe?

 

I'm going to try propose a concept that might not be the most logical, but I think it follows a somewhat coherent explanation and it allows for the use of an Alliance artifact. Today, we're going to be talking about the Hammers of the Wildhammer Clan.

 

The Hammers of the Wildhammer Clan

 

The Wildhammer Clan are based in the Hinterlands and have officially joined the Alliance, with their representative sitting on the Council of Three Hammers: Falstad Wildhammer. Falstad's brother, Kurdran, used to be the Chief Thane of the Wildhammer Clan, and it's these two Dwarves I'd like to discuss.

 

Now, neither of these two are strictly considered Shamans. They haven't become the Spirit of Earth as Thrall has or trained as a Shaman for years like Drek'Thar, but they are definitely very large lore characters that show a form of kinship with the skies.

 

Let's take a look at the history of the two brothers, Kurdran and Falstad.

 

 

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Falstad Wildhammer.

 

Falstad is most notably known for his role in freeing Alexstrasza, the Red Dragon Queen. He aided Vereesa Windrunner and Rhonin in their quest to infiltrate the Orc stronghold of Grim Batol and free the Queen, who was being held captive via the Dragon Soul. 

 

If you attempt to kill the Council of Three Hammers as a Horde player, you might notice that Falstad shows some shamanistic abilities, namely Chain Lightning and Stormhammer. These abilities, as well as his incredible kinship with the skies and flying, demonstrates some capabilities in regards to controlling the element of wind and fire. He also uses abilities, such as Cleave, which are based on a strong melee capability.

 

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Kurdran battles the forces of the Burning Legion.

 

Kurdran, on the other hand, is mainly known for his contribution during the Second War, in which he single-handedly slew a total of nine dragons. He was a menace in the skies to the Orcs and fought valiantly for the Alliance forces. He, as a Wildhammer, is prone to an affinity towards the elements and therefore shamanism. He is a gryphon-rider, as his brother is, and shares the same kinship with wind.

 

Between these two, I feel Blizzard could have allowed for an artifact to have been created, "The Wildhammers", that would have created a separate Horde and Alliance artifact depending on lore. Unfortunately, this would most likely spring up questions about other faction specific artifacts, but nevertheless, this is just an alternative. The concept is based on the idea that both of these brothers are proficient fighters in melee combat, while also harnessing the elements to aid them in their fight.

 

Dual-wielding some form of storm hammers belonging to two of the greatest Alliance gryphon-riders in the game. Not bad for the Alliance.

 

Restoration Shaman - Scepter of Azshara

 

A scepter belonging to one of the most powerful beings in the universe, so powerful that even Mannoroth trembled before her? Sounds good. Let's find out what's going on behind the scenes of this artifact:

 

"A powerful scepter created by Queen Azshara long ago, before her transformation into a naga. The scepter swirls with waters from the Well of Eternity prior to its corruption, granting the scepter great magical and restorative powers. The Scepter of Azshara was lost during the War of the Ancients, shortly before Azshara and many of her followers were swallowed by the sea. Taken up by surviving night elves who knew nothing of the power it truly held, it was buried with an unknown priestess in a family tomb in Azsuna, waiting to be discovered by someone that could unlock its true potential." (source)

 

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For those of you that are unsure of who Queen Azshara is, let me take you on a journey through time spanning as far back as 10,000 years. Just before the Great Sundering, Queen Azshara ruled over the Elves of Kalimdor. She was known as the most beautiful ruler, her charm unstoppable and her appetite for power unquenchable.

 

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Queen Azshara sitting before the portal for the Legion to enter through.

 

Her people lived around the Well of Eternity, a lake holding the true natural power and energy of the land. It drew energy from the infinite Great Dark Beyond, a void spanning between different worlds. It acted as a fountain of power and Azshara became obsessed with it, seeking to draw as much power from it as possible. 

 

Her most trusted adviser, Xavius, came to her with the suggestion of re-creating and cleansing the world in a new, perfect image. Despite their honest intentions, they quickly garnered the attention of Sargeras, who noticed their meddling with the huge power of the Well. In an attempt to enter Azeroth, Sargeras corrupted Xavius, then the highborne, then Azshara herself. 

 

Through the influence of Sargeras, Azshara was convinced by Xavius to open a portal into Azeroth by the Burning Legion, thereby starting the War of the Ancients. The Elves began to form a resistance, but Azshara continued with preparations for the arrival of Sargeras. 

 

They decided they must first summon lower lieutenants of the Legion, such as Hakkar the Houndmaster, Mannoroth and even Archimonde. Mannoroth was charged with maintaining the portal for forces to come through, but an attack on the Highborne led to the portal failing. Azshara demanded an explanation from him, but Mannoroth quickly lost control of his rage.

 

He went to attack the Queen, but quickly understood that to do so would be suicide. Within this great Queen was a power so great, that only his masters, Archimonde, Kil'jaeden and Sargeras, would match up to her strength. He retreated quickly and apologised. Azshara forgave him and pushed him to continue trying to summon Sargeras.

 

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The Well of Eternity, prior to the Great Sundering.

 

The summoning was eventually stopped, but the Well lost all control. The fountain of magic became completely de-stabilised and eventually exploded, causing the Great Sundering. While Azshara was meant to die in the explosion, she shielded herself and some of her most trusted handmaidens against the magical overload. As they began to drown, a voice whispered to her, promising a life beyond her own. The whispers are as such:

 

"There is a way...you will become more than you ever were...we can help...You will be more than you have ever been...and when the time comes, for what we grant you...you will serve us well..."

 

Rather than die, she accepts the offer of help and finds herself turned into a beautiful monstrosity: the Naga.

 

A mace that belonged to such a powerful figure in lore, as well as holding a small amount of the Well's waters, is going to turn out to be an incredibly powerful weapon. The direct link to the element of water seems like a perfect choice for the Restoration Shamans, as well as a strong link to the magical essence of the Well.

 

Alternative Artifacts for Restoration Shamans

 

The Staff of Farseer Nobundo

 

This was a very difficult one to decide on, since there aren't many weapon-wielding Shamans in the game. I decided on Nobundo because I feel he is a hugely influential figure within lore, while also having one of the most tragic stories.

 

Farseer Nobundo was a Draenei vindicator, a paladin of sorts that sought to bring retribution to those that had committed wrong-doings. He channeled the powers of the Light and fought in the war against the orcs. During the war, he found himself deserted by his powers and was trapped under the rubble of a building. He awoke to the sounds of screaming women and children being slaughtered and thrown into the Lower City of Shattrath. He wished to help, but with a broken leg, no powers and being severely outnumbered, he knew he could do nothing.

 

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Shattrath City prior to the siege.

 

He crawled to Terrokar Forest, but passed out along the way. He awoke in Zangarmarsh, where a group of Draenei that were fleeing had dragged him along. He was eventually banished due to the strange aura that surrounded him and a few of the others. They were deemed too dangerous to ever be in contact with a Draenei again. Despite his powers being gone, Nobundo still had his iconic, Light-blessed hammer. Not for long. A former friend of his confiscated the weapon, thereby destroying the final remnant of the vindicator he once was. 

 

Now, he was simply one of the Krokul. The Broken.

 

Some of the Broken fell deeper into madness, some committing suicide as soon as they saw the change happening. Nobundo was haunted every night by the horrors he experienced at Shattrath City. Every day he walked to the peak of a mountain and prayed for the Light to answer his call, to gift him his power back. He never received a response, until one day, Wind responded. 

 

Wind told him of the ways of the Shaman, how he could learn to become one and harness the powers of the Five Elements. A key fact to be noted here is that Nobundo was taught by the elements, not by another Shaman as almost all previous Shamans had been. His energy replenished by this finding, he traveled in search of any Draenei that might listen to him, but none would speak with a Broken. None except Prophet Velen. Velen understood that there was a need for balance and the way of the Shaman, like that of the light, was a path worth walking.

 

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Nobundo peers into the waters and his former self looks back at him.

 

Nobundo quickly became a part of his inner circle and ended up journeying with him to Azeroth. He introduced the Draenei to the way of the Shaman and began teaching those that wished to listen. 

 

He was essentially, the first Draenei Shaman. A weapon from Nobundo would be a huge piece of lore, especially since there is no distinction from Horde and Alliance with the Shamans. During Cataclysm, this is shown by the Earthen Ring. It would fit both of the factions and could be a truly fantastic lore-piece.

 

It is also important to note that Nobundo focuses on the use of the element Water, tying in with the Restoration theme perfectly.

 

So, the mail users are now finished and we're moving on to the leather-wearers. Next week, our new blindfolded friends: Demon Hunters!

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Just as a quick note, Blizzard has stated that they intend to allow the Fist of Ra-Den to show while casting spells, much like the Shaman unit in Warcraft III. Hopefully this'll be the case with other artifacts, too!

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Fingers crossed it will look good. I saw some mention of it by the @WarcraftDevs Twitter, but since we're yet to see it in alpha, I'm not holding my breath for it!

 

Hopefully it won't just be a copy of the imbue visuals.

 

Perhaps they will allow the fist to alter its visuals based on the spell being used.

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      Name Effect Source Carafe of Searing Light Refreshing Agony - Sear an enemy with holy light, inflicting 588,708 Holy damage over 18 sec. Restores 4,991 mana each time damage is dealt. (60 sec cooldown, 50 yd range)  Varimathras Eonar's Compassion Eonar's Verdant Embrace - Your healing effects have a chance to grow an Emerald Blossom nearby, which heals a random injured ally for 127,273 every 2 sec. Lasts 12 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your next 4 direct healing spells grant the target a shield that prevents 250,782 damage for 30 sec. Approximately 1.2 procs per minute. Argus the Unmaker Garothi Feedback Conduit Feedback Loop - Your healing effects have a chance to increase your Haste by 855 for 8 sec, stacking up to 5 times. This is more likely to occur when you heal allies who are at low health. Approximately 10 procs per minute. Garothi Worldbreaker Highfather's Machination Highfather's Timekeeping - Your healing effects have a chance to apply a charge of Highfather's Timekeeping for 60 sec, max 5 charges. When the ally falls below 50% health, Highfather's Timekeeping is consumed to instantly heal them for 216,140 health per charge. Approximately 10 procs per minute. Asara, Mother of Night Ishkar's Felshield Emitter Felshield - Place a Felshield on an ally, absorbing 2,416,492 damage for 9 sec. When the shield is consumed or expires, it explodes dealing 50% of the absorbed damage as Fire split amongst all enemies within 8 yds. (60 sec cooldown, 50 yd range) Admiral Svirax Tarratus Keystone Tarratus Keystone - Open a portal at an ally's location that releases brilliant light, restoring 1,633,314 health split amongst injured allies within 20 yds. (1.5 min cooldown, 50 yd range) Portal Keeper Hasabel Caster / Ranged DPS Trinkets
      Name Effect Source Acrid Catalyst Injector Cycle of the Legion - Your damaging spells that critically strike have a chance to increase your Haste, Mastery, or Critical Strike by 92 for 45 sec, stacking up to 5 times. When any stack reaches 5, all effects are consumed to grant you 2,183 of all three attributes for 12 sec. Approximately 9 procs per minute.  Garothi Demolisher Norgannon's Prowess Norgannon's Command - Your damaging spells have a chance to increase your Intellect by 11,483 for 12 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, you gain 6 charges of Norgannon's Command for 15 sec. Your damaging spells expend a charge to inflict an additional 161,332 damage to the target, from a random school of magic. Argus the Unmaker Sheath of Asara Shadow Blades - Your damaging spells have a chance to conjure 6 Shadow Blades. After 2 sec, the swords begin launching foward, each dealing 56,864 Shadow damage to the first enemy in their path and increasing damage taken from your subsequent Shadow Blades by 10% for 3 sec, up to 50%. Approximately 1.7 procs per minute. Asara, the Mother of Night Terminus Signaling Beacon Legion Bombardment - Call a Legion ship to bombard the target's location for 9 sec, dealing 353,311 Fire damage to all targets within 12 yds, including the ship. (2 min cooldown, 50 yd range) Admiral Svirax Melee DPS Trinkets
      Name Effect Source Forgefiend's Fabricator Fire Mines - Your melee and ranged attacks have a chance to plant Fire Mines at the enemy's feet. Fire Mines detonate after 15 sec, inflicting 63,094 Fire damage to all enemies within 12 yds. Approximately 7 procs per minute. Garothi Demolisher Golganneth's Vitality Golganneth's Thunderous Wrath - Your damaging abilities have a chance to create a Ravaging Storm at your target's location, inflicting 524,262 Nature damage split among all enemies within 6 yds over 6 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your autoattacks cause an explosion of lightning dealing [ 4,785,800% of Mainhand Weapon Speed ] Nature damage to all enemies within 8 yds of the target. Lasts 15 sec. Approximately 1.8 procs per minute. Argus the Unmaker Gorshalach's Legacy Echo of Gorshalach - Your melee attacks have a chance to grant an Echo of Gorshalach. On reaching 15 applications, you lash out with a devastating combination of attacks, critically striking enemies in a 15 yd cone in front of you for 1,927,240 Fire damage. Approximately 10 procs per minute.
      Gorshalach's Legacy - Lash out with a devastating combination of attacks, critically striking enemies in a 15 yd cone in front of you for 1,927,240 Fire damage. Consumes all applications of Echo of Gorshalach.
      Aggramar Seeping Scourgewing Shadow Strike - Your melee attacks have a chance to deal 329,772 Shadow damage to the target. If there are no other enemies within 8 yds of them, this deals an additional 176,662 damage. Approximately 3 procs per minute. Varimathras Shadow-Singed Fang Flames of F'harg - Your melee and ranged abilities have a chance to increase your Strength or Agility by 4,548 for 12 sec. Approximately 3 procs per minute.
      Corruption of Shatug - Your autoattacks have a chance to increase your Critical Strike by 2,201 for 12 sec. Approximately 3 procs per minute.
      F'harg Hybrid Trinkets
      Aman'Thul's Vision's secondary "When empowered by the Pantheon..." effect increases your primary attribute, not just Intellect as indicated in the tooltip. The item ignores the maximum cap of Legendary items (2) that can equipped at once. In order for the secondary "When empowered by the Pantheon..." effects to proc, your raid members need to have four Path of the Titans trinkets equipped. The proc only works in Antorus the Burning Throne and Aman'Thul's Vision's buff serves as a wild card for the effect to activate. You can learn more about Pantheon trinkets here.
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      While it won't function in Mythic+ we did change the six requirement so you only need four unique buffs to trigger the Pantheon secondary proc inside Antorus. You can have any possible combination of the unique five to activate this additional proc. Aman'Thul's Vision ignores the rule as a "wildcard" filling any gap that you might be missing from the other five. Trinkets listed in this section can be used and are winnable by multiple class roles.
      Name Winnable by Effect Source Aman'Thul's Vision All class roles Aman'Thul's Grandeur Your spells and abilities have a chance to grant you 3,840 Speed, Avoidance, and Leech for 12 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your primary stat is increased by 3,831 for 15 sec.-  Argus the Unmaker Khaz'goroth's Courage Melee DPS & Hunters Khaz'goroth's Shaping - Your damaging attacks have a chance to make your weapon glow hot with the fire of Khaz'goroth's forge, causing your autoattacks to do [ 4,681,000% of Mainhand Weapon Speed ] additional Fire damage for 12 sec. When empowered by the Pantheon, your Critical Strike, Haste, Mastery, or Versatility is increased by 9,215 for 15 sec. Khaz'goroth always empowers your highest secondary stat. Argus the Unmaker Prototype Personnel Decimator Casters & Melee DPS Prototype Personnel Decimator - Your ranged attacks and spells have a chance to launch a Homing Missile if your target is at least 10 yds away, dealing up to 243,786 Fire damage to all enemies within 20 yds. Targets closer to the impact take more damage. Approximately 4 procs per minute. Garothi Worldbreaker Vitality Resonator Casters & Healers Reverberating Vitality - Redirect the life force of an enemy, increasing your Intellect by up to 9,705 for 15 sec. This grants more Intellect when used against targets at high health. Essence of Eonar
    • By Stan

      The upcoming Patch 7.3.2 is now available for background download in the Blizzard Battle.net app.
      Patch 7.3.2 Release Date Speculation
      So far, each Legion patch has been released 77 days apart. If Blizzard keeps to that schedule, Patch 7.3.2 would go live on November 14, 2017 in Americas or November 15, 2017 in Europe.
      Antorus the Burning Throne
      If the patch goes live as expected, Antorus the Burning Throne raid would open on the same day in Normal / Heroic difficulty with LFR's first wing & Mythic difficulty available one week later (November 21).
      The background download has an estimated size of ~850 MB.
    • By Stan

      Learn more about the fate of Azeroth and what caused the Silithus Wound! This article is obviously full of spoilers. You have been warned!
      Spoiler Alert
      To put you into perspective, we started speculating that Argus the Unmaker will have a secret Mythic phase involving Sargeras. From the latest Khadgar audio files in Patch 7.3.2 (courtesy of MMO-Champion), we learned that Sargeras wounded Azeroth. Below is the full transcription:
      "The Legion is defeated, its master imprisoned, but in his final spiteful act, Sargeras may have doomed us all. Our world is wounded champion. Its life essence seeps out into the sands just as Magni foresaw. This mere drop of Argus' blood surges with incredible power, the might of a titan. If the blood of Azeroth also proves to be a source of such strength, those who seek to rule this world will stop at nothing to possess it. The days ahead may be dark indeed. For now, go to Silithus. Gaze upon the wound in the world with your own eyes. We will find a way to save Azeroth, I know it."
      Chaud from MMO-Champion also noticed a shirt description that has later been removed for obvious reasons:
      "Before he could be taken by the remaining titans, Sargeras, the unholy leader of the Burning Legion, plunged his sword into the depths of Azeroth."
      Now that we have all the background information about the Silithus Wound, let's check it out in more detail! Note that this is a phased version of Silithus that has four location entries in the game files so far:
      Silithus The Wound North Alliance Silithus The Wound East Horde Silithus The Wound Main Silithus The Wound West Sargeras' sword is plunged into Azeroth, but the model is still encrypted.
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      The final titan is wounded and it's an ideal time for the Black Empire to rise! More information will be available at BlizzCon 2017. Check out the full schedule here.