Thursday, August 14, 2008

BETA - Stop the Presses

WARNING!!!! Priests duck and cover... Downranking is no longer and option!!!!

Ok the sky isn't falling, but I'll be interested to see what the world is going to do. With the latest round of changes Blizzard has sent out, it seems that the world that we knew is no longer applicable. Lets look at some of the more recent changes:

  1. You now get a type of Potion Sickness for the length of a combat meaning that you can't chain pot to make it through a fight. So long fights where you don't have enough mana you CAN'T pot early and Pot often. One shot in every combat... so mana or health or protection... take your pick.
  2. They changed how mana on spells work. A level 1 Frostbolt is going to cost the same as your lvl 12 so... there's no point in downranking. With this change you pretty much have to be casting at max level or you are wasting your time.

At this point it looks like the world will be rewritten a bit here. So anyone can tank anything and downranking isn't an option. It looks like a whole host of new strategies and optimization will be required.

I logged in last night and downloaded the latest patch. I was completely surprised to see that I went from being only 300,000 XP away from leveling to being 1.3 Million points away. Blizzard really amped up the xp requirements. So I'm back tracking to Howling Fjord with my main to check out the quests there. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Under the past XP requirements it felt like everyone would be at lvl 80 in about two weeks and then we'd be all grinding in Naxx. I don't mind at all if its going to take me a month or two to get from 70 to 80. It just means I get to enjoy all of the cool quest lines along the way.

Hold onto your hats.... it looks like WotLK will be a fun ride... and as always expect things to completely change before the expansion comes out.