- Author: Luxrah
- Date: May 11, 2023
- Expansion: World of Warcraft
The evoker class will be getting another talent specialization in the next major content update, Fractures in Time. We’ve been seeing datamined morsels of a possible third evoker specialization for a while, and now it’s official! The new spec will be augmentation, a second caster dps specialization that draws on the power of the Black and Bronze Dragonflights to buff nearby allies.
Blizzard has shared some examples of augmentation evoker abilities, which you can see in their full article below. It seems that the spec revolves around granting buffs to allies and then using their damaging abilities to ramp up or maintain that buff. It looks like having a strong augmentation evoker in your group could make a huge difference to your overall damage.
Through the augmentation talent tree, evokers can choose a Draconic Attunement, with Black Attunement buffing your allies’ health and Bronze Attunement buffing their movement speed. They also get an armor buff they can put on an ally and an ability that seems similar to warlocks’ Demonic Gateway, except the other end of it is planted on top of a targeted ally.
The Fractures in Time update is scheduled for this summer, although no date has been given yet.
Emberthal and Ebyssian are working together to release the Black dragonflight essence that had been siphoned from the Dracthyr during their long stasis, unlocking memories and powers forgotten to them.
The result of their efforts will be felt by all Dracthyr Evokers as they’ll gain access to a brand-new Specialization: Augmentation, available immediately with the release of the Fractures in Time Update!
WHAT IS THE AUGMENTATION SPEC?
Augmentation is a new Damage Dealer role with a twist: they use the essence of the Black and Bronze dragonflights to amplify the abilities of nearby allies. The playstyle for this new specialization involves empowering your allies with a variety of beneficial effects. Some can be cast directly on your allies, while others are tied to using your damage-dealing abilities effectively.
Augmentation Evokers deliver their damage in a wholly unique way. They act as force multipliers, increasing their group’s capabilities (and damage output) significantly.
Certain Augmentation abilities (see some examples below) buff either your whole party or specific members. Many of these have smart or proximity-based automatic targeting, enabling you to maintain focus on the battlefield and enemy selection. You will still be able to target specific party members if you desire; however, there is plenty of freedom to bolster your allies as you see fit.
Like the other Evoker specs, Augmentation makes use of familiar capabilities like spending Essence, using your mobility to navigate the battlefield effectively, and making use of empowered spells.
THE POWER OF BLACK AND BRONZE
These sample abilities for Augmentation should give you an idea of what each aspect of magic brings to the table. Black dragonflight magic focuses on raw power increases and forceful outbursts of earthen might. Bronze dragonflight magic is all about bending time, changing fate, and shifting timelines to tremendous effect.
- 1.5 second cast, 30 second cooldown.
- Increase your 4 nearest allies’ primary stat by a percentage of your own, and cause your Eruption to deal more damage for 10 sec. Some of your other spells extend the duration of these effects.
- 2 second cast. Costs 3 Essence. Replaces Disintegrate.
- Cause a violent eruption beneath an enemy’s feet, dealing Volcanic damage split between them and nearby enemies. Increases the duration of your active Ebon Might effects.
- 2.5 second empower, 40 second cooldown.
- Gather earthen power beneath your enemy’s feet and send them hurtling upwards, dealing Volcanic damage to them and nearby enemies. Empowering expands the area of effect. Increases the duration of your active Ebon Might effects.
Breath of Eons
- 1.5 minute cooldown. Replaces Deep Breath.
- Fly to the targeted location, exposing Temporal Wounds on enemies in your path for 10 sec. Temporal Wounds accumulate a portion of damage dealt by your allies, and then critically strike the enemy for that amount at the end of the duration. Increases the duration of your active Ebon Might effects.
A GREAT DISPLAY OF TALENT
With access to a brand-new spec tree, Augmentation Evokers can choose to further specialize in Bronze or Black magic, as well as discover new ways to power up their allies.
Draconic Attunements (Passive)
- Learn to attune yourself to the essence of the Black or Bronze dragonflights:
- Black Attunement grants you and your 4 nearest allies increased maximum health.
- Bronze Attunement grants you and your 4 nearest allies increased movement speed.
- Protect an ally with explosive dragonscales, increasing their Armor by a percentage of your own. Melee attacks against them cause a scale to explode, dealing Volcanic damage to enemies near them.
- Conjure a pair of Weyrnstones, one for your target ally and one for yourself. A weyrnstone can be activated by the bearer to transport them to the other Weyrnstone’s location if they are within 100 yds.
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS
Augmentation Evokers offers a unique opportunity to delve into a playstyle never seen before in World of Warcraft. While we’re still working on some aspects of this new paradigm (like introducing some new combat log hooks so that addons and community websites can effectively measure your performance, for example), we hope you’ve enjoyed this early look at it. We’ll see you in the Dragon Isles!