Slow

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For the debuff type, see snare.
Slow
Spell nature slow.png
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

36

Related debuff
Spell nature slow.png
  • Magic
  • Slow
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
"A... little... help... here?"[1]

Slow is a level 36 Arcane mage spell that slows the enemy's movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds.

Notes

This is very powerful crowd control ability, and if used correctly, can save more lives than [Ice Block].

Slow is dispelled as a magic type debuff.

Tips and tricks

This is useful against most melee classes in PvP. The snare is as effective as any frost-based snare, and the cast is instant, meaning it can be cast on the run to better escape.

Background

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness:

The Mages of Lordaeron have been able to create a spell that hinders both movement and reflex. By warping the very patterns of time that surround his target, Slow enables the caster to bring an enemy's offensive to a crawl. Time cannot be held in check by even the mightiest of Mages, however, so the effects of this temporal shift cease as the power of the spell wanes.[2]

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos:

The Kirin Tor developed a technique that envelops a person in a field that reduces kinetic energy. This spell actually pulls the energy directly from the creature trying to move and attack, and channels it into the ground, causing the creature to have reduced attack and movement speed.[3]

Patches and hotfixes

  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer affects attack or casting speed. Additionally, Slow can now affect more than one target at a time.
  • Hotfix (2014-01-10): "Slow now reduces the target's casting speed on player targets by 10% (down from 25%)."
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Movement speed reduction reduced from 60% to 50%, casting time increase increased from 30% to 50% (25% against players) and no longer increases the time between ranged attacks.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Now increases cast time by 30%, down from 60%.

See also

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