WotLK Beta Testing: Focus Magic

Next up is the 11 Point Arcane Talent: Focus Magic. This talent gives the Mage another raid utility, and gives the raid another reason to bring a Mage. I also updated my posts on Mirror Image, Fingers of Frost, and Blizzard.

9/10/2008

When cast, the Focus Magic buff is applied to EVERY raid member, pet, and minions. For Mages, that will also include Water Elementals, and Mirror Images. Rank 1 gives 50 Spell Power, Rank 2 gives 100 Spell Power, and Rank 3 gives 150 Spell Power.

This makes it extremely useful since Spell Power ALSO affects Healers as well as other DPS Casters. The buff lasts for 1 minute or 50 charges. Is it 50 charges per person or 50 total? I was unable to test that since none of the charges were being used up on Beta, but I still got the Spell Power bonus.

There is no cooldown on the spell, and can be re-applied whenever it wears off. The cost of applying the buff however is pretty high (close to 1k mana), so I see this being used during raids whenever they “need” extra dps (enrage timers, < 20%, etc…).

9/18/2008

Focus Magic has been totally redone, and is no longer a party/raid buff. The description of the spell is a little confusing, and doesn’t state any limitations on the spell. It is now a 30 minute buff.

You CAN’T cast this on yourself. You can only cast this on another player. The player you cast it on will get a +3% Spell Critical Strike chance. Whenever THAT player gets a critical strike, YOU get a 10 second buff which grants YOU +3% Spell Critical Strike chance.

You CANNOT cast it on more than one person. The buff will be removed on any previous player when you cast it on a new player.

First player I tested this on was a Death Knight. The party consisted of three Paladins, a Death Knight, and me, so I didn’t have much of a choice. Sure enough, every time he crit with a spell, I got the buff. I then tested it on the healing Paladin, and every crit heal he got, I too got the buff.

What I haven’t tested yet was casting it on another Mage who also has Focus Magic to cast on me. I would assume that it would work, and each Mage would have a +6% Spell Crit chance whenever the other Mage would crit.

9/24/2008

Does NOT work on Crit Heals if casted on a healer. Thanks to Euripedes for pointing this out.


4 Comments

  1. Mae September 20, 2008 12:15 am 

    Great info!! I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed with Focus Magic. I was conflicted with it when it was +spellpower to everyone, now I downright hate it. I don’t like that it’s duration is so short or that it can’t be cast on the caster. I was really hopeful for arcane int he expac and it’s not looking like they’re living up to those expectations. I mean, look what they did to Arcane Blast spamming!! Grr!! It’s going to be frost or fire for me, or perhaps frost with a little arcane, I’m not entirely sure yet.

    Thanks for all the great info, keep it coming!!

  2. Euripedes September 22, 2008 7:22 pm 

    Just tested it, it did not proc off of critical heals, only damaging spell criticals.

    So either I’m bugged, you were bugged, or it’s been nerfed.

    Euripedess last blog post..M&M: Us Versus Us?

  3. Tuna September 23, 2008 1:50 pm 

    @Rip

    Hmm… you know what? Since I was in a group of 3 Paladins, I may have put the buff on the Ret Pally, and he was probably critting with his Seals/Procs. Wished I paid more attention. I pretty much just threw the buff on the Pally and only paid attention to see if I was getting the buff or not, instead of seeing what he was doing.

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