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Cataclysm class skills previewed in Icecrown Citadel

Every one of us has been sitting at our computers with bated breath, eagerly waiting to see the new spells and abilities coming to our favorite class in Cataclysm. The truth, however, is that we've already seen many of these before. Some of these class previews started in Icecrown Citadel, not on the forums.

What are we talking about? In Icecrown Citadel, there's a mob in the Upper Spire region of the raid zone called Val'kyr Heralds. They summon other mobs called Severed Essences, which are clones of members of your raid. They don't use all of your exact spells, but they fit each class. With the exception of one (Focused Attacks), each of the unique spells Severed Essences possess have ended up being a new spell for their class in Cataclysm. There's only one unique spell left on these Severed Essences, which is the paladin's Radiance Aura. Focused Attacks didn't make it into the rogue preview, so there's no guarantee paladins will be getting Radiance Aura, but chances seem very good that they will. It's not the most exciting spell in the world, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be useful. A decent aura option in situations with multiple paladins on an encounter with no need for resists. One paladin puts up Devotion, the other puts up Radiance. You're good to go!

Unfortunately, the Severed Essences didn't hold any hints for today's hunter preview, and they don't have much to say about druids or mages either. We'll have to wait and see if Radiance Aura finds its way into the paladin preview.


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