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World of Warcraft Dives Deep In New Look At Dragonflight's Dracthyr Evoker Class

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While the current Dragonflight alpha is ongoing, Blizzard is taking a deeper dive for those who don't have the chance to try out the Dracthyr hands-on as the team pulled back some of the veil on the Evoker hero class.

The upcoming Dracthyr Evoker is a new hero class that sees players take the role of one of the natural inhabitants of the Dragon Isles. Since this is a hero class, Dracthyr Evokers start at level 58 and you can only have one per realm, according to Blizzard.

Evokers wield magic, both DPS and restorative varieties. Devastation, the DPS line, sees players use spells that focus on overwhelming opponents (Blue spells) as well as use Red spells to deal out "fast explosive power" in their attacks.

Meanwhile, Preservation is a healing line that sees players use Green and Bronze spells to heal or bend time to their whim. 

Evokers can also use Empowered abilities that can increase the strength of the ability they are using. 

"Dracthyr Evokers have special Empowered abilities that they can use to change the strength of the spell or ability they are casting. By holding down a button on your keyboard or mouse, you will power up a spell. The longer you charge the spell, the more damage it could do or the more targets the spell could hit."

As such, spells such as the example Fire Breath can be powered up to three different levels using Empowered. The amount of damage done with each Empowered level is increased over the last level, though moving or releasing the button too early can result in the spell not going off.

The Dracthyr can also use their anatomy to their advantage, as racial skills such as Wing Buffet, which knocks back enemies with a flap of your wings, or Tail sweep, which can launch enemies into the air. Dracthyr's can also glide to a safe landing or even take to the skies for a brief period of time by soaring across the land. 

You can check out the full preview on the World of Warcraft website. In case you missed it, Robin was able to take Dragonflight for a spin in the ongoing alpha, coming back with some rather pleasant results. Also, yesterday Blizzard showed off The Forbidden Reach, the Dracthyr starting area, highlighting the ruined nature of the island as the Dragon Isles start to come back to life.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore