Thwarting the Twins: a Legion Timewalking Mage Tower Guide for DPS

Last updated on Feb 15, 2023 at 18:22 by Azortharion 5 comments

This Mage Tower Challenge for many Ranged DPS Specializations — Affliction Warlock, Balance Druid, Frost Mage, Marksmanship Hunter, and Shadow Priest — is focused on burst DPS, cooldown timings, interrupting, and a little bit of add management.

You will be fighting the two brothers Karam Magespear and Raest Magespear, as well as unique adds they spawn that must be dealt with.

This guide will explain everything you need to know to improve your chances of success at Thwarting the Twins, including a strategy on the encounter itself, and how to best prepare your character.


Thwarting The Twins (Raest and Karam Magespear) Guide

Welcome to our strategy guide for the Mage Tower challenge Thwarting the Twins. On this page, we will tell you everything you need to know about the encounter, and how to defeat it. If you are not playing the specs listed below,check out one of our other Mage Tower guides for your spec.


Thwarting the Twins Mage Tower Rewards

Completing this Mage Tower Challenge will unlock a unique recolor of the Tier 20 Raid Set from Tomb of Sargeras. Completing all 7 of the Mage Tower challenges will unlock the Mage-Bound Spelltome Icon Mage-Bound Spelltome Mount.


How To Start Thwarting The Twins

This Mage Tower challenge has been open as of Patch 10.0.5 and should be doable until the end of the expansion. We will update this page in case this changes! This guide is for the 'Thwarting of the Twins' Challenge, available to the specs listed below.:

To begin this challenge, you need to visit War Councilor Victoria on the Broken Shore (coords. 45, 62). If you have your Dalaran Hearthstone Icon Dalaran Hearthstone, you can get there very easily. If you do not have your Dalaran Hearthstone, go to Orgrimmar/Stormwind and take the portal to Azsuna to fly to the Broken Shore.


Gear Considerations for the Mage Tower

The effects below will not function within the Timewalking Mage Tower event:

  • Dragonflight Embellishments
  • Any Covenant-related effects (Covenant Ability, Signature Ability, Soulbinds, Conduits)
  • Legendary Powers from Shadowlands or Legion (the items will still provide stats, their equip effects will not)
  • Legendary items from Questlines (Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve, Warlords of Draenor Legendary Rings, Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest Icon Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest, Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings Icon Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings)
  • Any Shards of Domination
  • Any Battle for Azeroth systems (Azerite Gear, Traits, Essences)
  • Any tier set bonuses
  • Mists of Pandaria Legendary Meta Gems

You should also keep in mind that all items are scaled to item level 120 in the Mage Tower. This means that your item level is completely irrelevant, and that all that matters is the quality of the items you are bringing. This also means that sockets have exceptional value in Mage Tower Challenges.


BiS List for Legion Timewalking/Mage Tower Challenges

Since many specs can do this challenge, we can not offer an individual BiS list for every single spec. However, the sources for nearly all BiS items are the same.

Slot Item Source
Helm Any 2-Socket Helm Throne of Thunder/Siege of Orgrimmar
Necklace Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth or Prizerock Neckband Icon Prizerock Neckband (enchant with Enchant Neck - Mark of the Hidden Satyr Icon Enchant Neck - Mark of the Hidden Satyr) Battle for Azeroth Main Storyline/Legion Archaeology
Shoulders Any 2-Socket Shoulders (enchant with Greater Crane Wing Inscription Icon Greater Crane Wing Inscription/Greater Tiger Claw Inscription Icon Greater Tiger Claw Inscription; Scribes can use upgraded "Secret" versions of these) Throne of Thunder/Siege of Orgrimmar/Dragon Soul
Cloak MoP Legendary Cloak (enchant with Enchant Cloak - Minor Power Icon Enchant Cloak - Minor Power) No Longer Obtainable - MoP Legendary Cloak Questline
Cloak Alternative Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve (enchant with Enchant Cloak - Minor Power Icon Enchant Cloak - Minor Power) Patch 8.3 'Through the Darkness' Questline (starts at Magni in the Chamber of Heart)
Chest Any 3-Socket Chest (enchant with Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats/Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats depending on iLvl) Throne of Thunder/Siege of Orgrimmar
Bracers Any 2-Socket Bracers (enchant with Enchant Bracer - Super Intellect Icon Enchant Bracer - Super Intellect/Enchant Bracer - Greater Agility Icon Enchant Bracer - Greater Agility) Cataclysm Tailoring/Leatherworking
Gloves Any 2-Socket Gloves/Vigilance Perch Icon Vigilance Perch for Hunter (enchant with Enchant Gloves - Major Spellpower Icon Enchant Gloves - Major Spellpower/Enchant Gloves - Major Agility Icon Enchant Gloves - Major Agility) Throne of Thunder/Siege of Orgrimmar/Legion Legendary
Belt Any 2-Socket Belt Throne of Thunder/Siege of Orgrimmar or Pandaria Tailoring/Leatherworking. Add extra socket with Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs Any 3-Socket Legs (enchant with Powerful Ghostly Spellthread Icon Powerful Ghostly Spellthread/Shadowleather Leg Armor Icon Shadowleather Leg Armor) Throne of Thunder/Siege of Orgrimmar or Pandaria Tailoring/Leatherworking
Boots Any 2-Socket Boots/The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge Icon The Sentinel's Eternal Refuge for Balance (enchant with Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step Icon Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step/Enchant Boots - Assassin's Step Icon Enchant Boots - Assassin's Step) Throne of Thunder/Dragon Soul/Legion Legendary
Rings WoD Pre-Legendary Ring (for example, Spellbound Runic Band of Unrelenting Slaughter) (enchant with Accord, or Binding of Haste/Mastery/Crit/Vers depending on iLvl and spec) WoD Legendary Ring Questline
Rings (alternatives) Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division and Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band Operation: Mechagon
Trinkets Chipped Soul Prism Icon Chipped Soul Prism for all/Dragonspine Trophy Icon Dragonspine Trophy for Hunter/Unblinking Gaze of Sethe Icon Unblinking Gaze of Sethe for Casters Supreme Lord Kazzak World Boss/Gruul's Lair/Hellfire Citadel
Weapon (Hunter) Hellscream's Warbow Icon Hellscream's Warbow (LFR, Heroic)/Shiver Venom Crossbow Icon Shiver Venom Crossbow (enchant with Flintlocke's Woodchucker Icon Flintlocke's Woodchucker) Siege of Orgrimmar Heirlooms (unobtainable)/The Eternal Palace
Weapon (Caster) Dying Light Icon Dying Light (enchant with Enchant Weapon - Jade Spirit Icon Enchant Weapon - Jade Spirit) Icecrown Citadel

There are also potentially better weapons from utilizing Chromie Time, but they require a leveled character on a second account and so are not within the scope of this guide.

If you prefer not to farm old raids for gear, you can use Crafted Dreadful Gladiator's pieces as an alternative. These can be crafted by all the primary gear crafting Professions, and you will want to use the Relic of the Past V Icon Relic of the Past V Optional Reagent to upgrade their item level when crafting. These items have plentiful sockets, socket bonuses, and can fill gaps in your gear.


Best Gems and Consumables for Mage Tower Challenges



  • Meta Gems: Burning Primal Diamond Icon Burning Primal Diamond for Casters and Agile Primal Diamond Icon Agile Primal Diamond for Agility users
  • Intellect: 1x Timeless Tanzanite Icon Timeless Tanzanite and rest Brilliant Queen's Garnet Icon Brilliant Queen's Garnet
  • Agility: 1x Nightmare Tear Icon Nightmare Tear and rest Delicate Queen's Garnet Icon Delicate Queen's Garnet


  • Greater Flask of the Currents Icon Greater Flask of the Currents/Greater Flask of Endless Fathoms Icon Greater Flask of Endless Fathoms


  • Potion of Unbridled Fury Icon Potion of Unbridled Fury


  • Any Main Stat Feast/Optimal Secondary Stat Food

Thwarting the Twins Mage Tower Strategy Guide

The fight is split into two primary phases. Each time the fight cycles and you begin Phase 1 again, you will meet a new ability.


Phase 1: Karam Magespear

From the beginning of the fight, a Possessed Icon Possessed Karam Magespear will chase you around. He must be kept constantly slowed with abilities like Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot/Frost Bolt Icon Frost Bolt, or otherwise CC'd with abilities like Typhoon Icon Typhoon. He will get faster the longer the phase goes on. We recommend kiting him in a circle around the room. He will regularly knock you back if you are within 10 yards using Rising Dragon Icon Rising Dragon.

You will also need to dodge purple pools on the ground.

At 35% health, the phase ends with Karam gaining the Purgatory Icon Purgatory buff as Phase 2 begins.


Phase 2: Raest Magespear

You will now face Raest Magespear in the middle of the room. He constantly casts Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt, along with spawning Shadowy Fiend and Shadowy Vestige adds near him through Tear Rift Icon Tear Rift that must be killed. We recommend standing near Raest during this phase so that you can cleave the adds more effectively, but only if you can survive it. If you have AoE slows, it may be more effective to stand far away and cleave them from range. Kiting them is also an effective strategy if you are a mobile spec.

The fight is over once Raest dies, but you only have 30 seconds to attack him until he becomes immune from Shadowy Energies Icon Shadowy Energies. This means that you will need multiple cycles of the fight to bring Raest to 0% HP.

If after 30 seconds you have not killed Raest, Phase 1 begins anew with a new mechanic.


Phase 1.2: Karam Magespear's Hand Phase

The second round of Phase 1 is the same as the first, with the addition of a new mechanic.

Every so often, Karam will spawn a Hand from Beyond at a random location in the room. This mob does not move, but will start a 10-second cast called Grasp from Beyond Icon Grasp from Beyond which must be interrupted. Failing to interrupt it will cause a wipe unless you can immune the cast with Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle or Ice Block Icon Ice Block. The mob has a low amount of HP and should be killed as soon as possible. If you can kill it before having to interrupt its cast, that is even better.


Phase 2.2: Raest Magespear's Rune Phase

This is the same as Phase 2, with the addition of Rune of Summoning Icon Rune of Summoning, a purple rune on the ground which must be soaked by standing in it. Failing to soak it will spawn a powerful Thing of Nightmare add that will almost certainly kill you.

After 30 seconds, Phase 1 will begin, but Raest will remain active. Your task is to end Raest as soon as possible before you become overwhelmed by Karam and Raest's combined abilities.


General Tips for Thwarting the Twins

  • The fight is ultimately limited by how quickly you can burst down Raest Magespear, but remember that Karam gets faster the longer his phase goes on. It is optimal to try and save your strong DPS cooldowns for Phase 2, but you will have to hit a balancing act of doing Phase 1 quickly enough that you do not get overwhelmed, while still being able to comfortably kill Raest in roughly 2 phases of 30 seconds each.
  • Using a mouseover or focus target slow macro for Karam is helpful, as you need to keep him slowed while killing the Hand from Beyond.


  • 15 Feb. 2023: Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5.
  • 01 Dec. 2021: Guide added.
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