Blood Magic for Minecraft is a simple mod that lets you play with the powerful magical properties of the Blood Cells. When a Blood Cell is killed, it drops a beneficial Soul Fragment that when added to an empty Blood Container can transform the cell into either a Soul Gem or Health Stone. When using a Soul Gem, it makes the player temporarily gain extra health points and damage immunity. Soul Crystals can be destroyed however, so using this mod is recommended for players who like to experiment on the value of their souls.
As with any other Vanilla mod, Blood Magic has a variety of spells to practice and do in-game. Spells are divided into tiers, and each tier contains several different kinds of spells. There are mainly three types of spells – offensive spells, defensive spells, and soul restoring spells. The offensive spells are used to cause massive amounts of damage with little cost, while defensive spells are used to either heal yourself or a teammate immediately upon being damaged.
Soul gems are usually collected while questing, but can also be purchased from a merchant or purchased from a vendor at a Bloodling shop or in the Mine. Soul gems can then be transformed into a variety of useful items. These are then placed inside the Soul Memory, a special memory pouch that can be used to recall your favorite spells. You can only have one Soul Memory at a time but can organize your existing ones into multiple versions by copying them onto other Memory Pouches. A maximum of twenty can be stored, and after twenty-one are disassembled and placed back inside the pouch. Once the maximum allowed number of spells has been gathered, they are permanently erased from the player’s memory.
Defensive spells are mainly used during battles to slow the enemy down or to temporarily stun them. Most of these, such as Spike spells and Force Field spells, are used in large battles where the player’s health is a big factor, and to keep them prepared for group moves. Some defensive spells can also protect the player from certain devastating damage, such as from explosions, although their duration is shorter than their offensive uses. Slow spells, which last for a long time but don’t do much damage, are also a popular choice.
When spell casting, the player shifts their focus to one element for a specified amount of time, repeating a selected spell each time. For example, a Frost Mage shifts his attention to one of the elements during his or her casting and will cast that element three times. At the end of the spell period, all of the elements are combined into one type of magical energy, which the mage then transmutes, creating a powerful attack. Some of these spells are self-cast, which means that the player simply focuses on them and casts them without thinking. Self-cast spells are often used to simply get out of sticky situations that the player isn’t sure about, or to try something new and surprising.
There are several iconic locations in the World of Warcraft that feature Blood Magic spells as part of their background. Lordaeron, the home of Arthas, has several cells where wizards are put to sleep and can be targeted by their killer, Kel’Thuzad. This is the home of Illidan Stormrage, who is said to be the most powerful Blood Elf on Azeroth. The Lich King, dwelling in his castle on Icecrown, has a special place for those who practice this form of magic in particular. The Icefang Keep is where Illidan gains power from, and inside the keep are creatures that are made wholly out of ice, including a portion of the Legion that can be controlled by Illidan with his power. Finally, in the Sunwell, located at the very center of the game, women use the Sunwell to summon powerful creatures from the land of Azeroth and the Lich King to aid them in fighting off the Scourge.