Mana Tap

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For the former warlock ability, see [Mana Tap].

Mana Tap
Spell arcane manatap.png
  • Mana Tap
  • Blood elf racial
  • 30 yd range
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Reduces target's mana by X and charges you with Arcane energy for 10 min. This effect stacks up to 3 times.
Usable by
Class

All

Race

Blood elf

Properties
Type

Offensive, Utility

School
Cooldown

30 seconds

Related buff
Spell arcane manatap.png
  • Mana Tap
  • Energizes you when consumed by Arcane Torrent.
  • Duration: 10 minutes

Mana Tap was a blood elf racial ability used in combination with [Arcane Torrent].

This ability was removed in patch 3.0.2, partly due to lore reasons. In the closing hours of Burning Crusade the Sunwell was reignited and began to feed the sin'dorei addiction for magic again, thus removing the need to tap mana from other creatures. The practical reason however was that while it had its uses, such as a ranged cornerpulling tool for blood elf paladins, the mechanic to maintain three charges to release arcane torrent was deemed too much of a hassle, especially in raids and other content that required more attention to other functions.[citation needed] 

It is still referenced in the flirt emotes done by female blood elves. It is also still used by some blood elf NPCs in Outland.

Notes

  • The value of X = (50 + level).

Role in the lore

Mana tap is unique in that it is (or was) one of the few racials not only directly referenced in the lore, but a large part of it. Via Illidan Stormrage, Kael'thas Sunstrider was able to learn a formidable technique by which to sate the elves' magical addiction: the process of forcibly taking arcane magic from external sources. A servant of his, Rommath, went on to spread these teachings back home in Quel'Thalas, allowing the general sin'dorei populace (of which we the players belong to) to better deal with the pangs of addiction. Prior to its removal in Patch 3.0.2, instruction in its usage (mana tapping the crazed mana wyrms around the isle) was among the first things taught to new blood elf players.

Reckless overuse of the technique led to the birth of the Wretched, a group of physically warped magical addicts who showed neither restraint nor sensibility in their mana tapping.

The racial's removal also ties directly into the lore, as with the revival of the Sunwell there is no longer any need for blood elves to risk getting their arcane "fix" from any other source than the well.

Tips and tactics

  • Mana Tap breaks [Polymorph], [Sap], and [Freezing Trap] as the mana drain counts as an attack.
  • Since Mana Tap costs zero mana, it's good to use mana tap as quickly as possible, remembering that arcane energy stacks up to 3 times.
  • An enemy that has run out of mana will have any remaining mana drained up to the maximum of the ability.
  • Doesn't work on enemies with no mana bar.
  • Can be used to pull mobs efficiently if you lack any other means.
  • Mana tap activates the global cooldown.
  • For a long while, the racial was a retribution paladin's only source of ranged attack, barring judgement.

Trivia

In Heroes of the Storm, Mana Tap is one of the Talent choices for Kael'thas Sunstrider.

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