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Vortex

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Vortex Information Magick vortex.png
Game Description: Sometimes you want to tear reality a new one. With Vortex magick you can! This spell creates a singularity that sucks everything into its infinite center. The forces involved are so strong that anything that approaches will be torn to shreds.
Combination: IceArcane (S)IceShield (E)Ice
Keycode: RQSRQERQ, QRSQREQR
Location: Chapter Twelve: Given to you after defeating the final boss.


Spell effects[edit | edit source]

Vortex opens a small purple and black portal on the ground that exerts a weak pull on nearby units. If no units are sucked in, the vortex fails to sustain itself and vanishes within three or four seconds. Once a unit is sucked into the vortex, however, it is utterly destroyed, and the mass of the destroyed unit contributes to increasing the size, force, and duration of the vortex. To provide the vortex with a larger mass, drop spells into it that include earth (Earth (D)), use Raise Dead to send waves of shambling fodder into its maw, or employ Push or Tornado to fling enemies into it.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

The following achievement requires the use of Vortex:

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I call it a Hawking Hole
Kill fifty enemies with the same vortex

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Can "one-shot" whole armies and even most bosses. If something goes inside, it will never come back (unless it is a wizard with someone to cast Revive).
  • Utterly destroys its target, rather than dealing damage
  • Appears in a mostly predictable location
  • Becomes more powerful as enemies are slurped inside
  • Appears to pull the caster less than it pulls enemies
  • If it starts to suck you, it's possible to escape using Haste (more "horsepower" in wizard's legs), Teleport or Nullify Magicks.
  • Can be "fed" with spells containing Earth (D) or Ice to increase its range and duration.
  • Looks bizarre and fascinating. In fact, it's a black hole.
  • One of the best magicks in challenge mode. The only ones even close are Summon Elemental, Haste, Conflagration, Napalm, and Thunder Bolt.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Long casting time
  • Can easily kill the caster, allies and minions
  • Loot from killed enemies is also destroyed
  • Most bosses are immune (But if you cast Vortex directly on them it will kill any boss that moves, like Ygg, Jotunn, Warlock, Khan, The Aristocrats, Vlad, Death, and Assatur.)
  • Can be removed by casting Nullify, which has a much faster cast time.