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The 4th spell line / focus

    • 132 posts
    April 3, 2020 9:15 PM PDT

    Based upon the recent Shaman stream and the deep stats windows.

    It looks like the 4th spell line is Essence.

    Unless it's a placeholder name.

    • 39 posts
    April 4, 2020 2:25 PM PDT

    Isn't essence related to the Dire Lord resource? No idea what it means in the context of "X-Focus" though.

    • 418 posts
    April 8, 2020 2:33 PM PDT

    All I know is Essence sounds like a badass type of magic for a wizard to focus on - whether that means healing, blood, dark magic, metaphysics-y magic, soul magic, or whatever. If the implication is the wizard is tapping a foundational force of the universe, cool =) Or even if it's just blood, still cool.

    • 280 posts
    April 12, 2020 1:52 PM PDT

    Nice catch! Was just looking over the wizard skills and was wondering what the mysterious 4th type was. I would bet this is it, rather than just placeholder. 

    • 1563 posts
    May 15, 2020 12:36 PM PDT

    There was some speculation that the 4th school of magic "essence focus" would essentially make a wizard like a blood mage and allow them to have heal abilities mixed with damage. This speculation coming because of the direlords combat resource entitled "essence" which often heals based on damage.

    I'm torn. If the speculation ends up being true, as a wizard, I wouldn't want to be forced into a back up healing role. That is not why people pick the wizard class. I could see this turning myself and others off to playing a wizard.

    I have bad memories of playing a runekeeper in lotro and wanting to be a dps caster role but was expected to heal at times...which wasnt fun for me.

    If the essence focus heals were self only that would be fine I guess but not exciting to me.

    As a wizard you want to do the highest burst damage possible period. Other spells can be a nice bonus but if a player unlocks this secret 4th spell focus type and it ends up not being about doing noticeably more damage I know I would be disappointed.

    This post was edited by philo at May 15, 2020 1:00 PM PDT