Casting spells has been a cornerstone of World of Warcraft since the game launched, and while the models and particle effects have gotten better, not much has been done about the actual casting animations themselves. The upcoming patch 7.3 revamps these animations, and a new entry on the official site takes a look at how the animations are being changed, including the new idle stances for the various casters to make their poses look as distinctive as wielding a weapon.
The animations also include different looks for spell effects to distinguish things like Mage frost magic from Shaman frost magic. You can check out a quick look at the animations in the video just below if you’re curious to see everything in action, or you can read through the whole article to understand why Arcane Missiles now looks like fireworks popping on your target. (It still has the four-pronged burst, don’t worry about that part.)