Mages to get Heroism and other lame jokes…

This Sunday was lovely Sunday. I spent a lot time in bed, playing WoW and had a great lunch. I even opened the blinds to let the sunshine in. Yep, it was that great day. My cats were trying to prevent me from any work by lying down across my keyboard, mouse, hands, laptop or whatever they thought may cause me most inconvenience at the time or were sitting there meowing at me loudly to be let out.

Late at night I opened up MMO-Champion and started scanning through class changes for Cataclysm, to get at least rough idea what will others get and how can gameplay change (pretty much trying to get some vague idea of it, as most things will change). So I went quickly through Hunters, nothing new there the Mana -> Focus change was long time coming, hunters will get some pet at level 1 (seriously can the class be any more nerfed for leveling?) and they will be able to swap pet without going to town (at last!).

Next up were druids. I was quite interested in those not just because I have one, but because me and my dear druid friend talked it on Friday and he was concerned that druids might get either only dps or tank tree (see Death Knights) and it turned out that I was right. I can’t imagine how pissed all the Trees were, seeing that not only…

Unlike the other healers, Restoration druids will not be receiving any new spells. They have plenty to work with already, and our challenge instead is to make sure all of them have a well-defined niche. A druid should be able to tank-heal with stacks of Lifebloom, spot-heal a group with Nourish and Regrowth, and top off lightly wounded targets with Rejuvenation.

.. Haha! Sorry. But as well…

Tree of Life is changing from a passive talent to a cooldown-based talent, similar to Metamorphosis. Mechanically, it feels unfair for a druid to have to give up so much offense and utility in order to be just as good at healing as the other classes who are not asked to make that trade. We are exploring the exact benefit the druid gets from Tree of Life. It could strictly be better healing, or it could be that each heal behaves slightly different.

So instead of having talent  just to be on par with other healers, they will get cooldown to empower their healing? A talented cooldown? And will that cooldown put them on par with other healers (think rogue stealth) or just boost their healing for a while? Mind boggling. But fear nothing dear trees, the talent of epicness and awesomeness is coming…

Restoration druids will have a new talent called Efflorescence, which causes a bed of healing flora to sprout beneath targets that are critically healed by Regrowth.

I really hope that’s new Restoration sub-51-pointer for 5 talent points (the one you need to max out to reach juicy 51 pointer)  and that only thing it would do is sprout those flowers. 1/5 is daffodils, 5/5 is rose garden. Seriously, this would be even more hilarious (read retarded) than Life Grip. Sorry, Leap of Faith. Oh and don’t forget boomkins shitting mushrooms. Seriously, what the fuck. I understand the mechanic, but mushroom??? Come on.

But hey, amusement of the day is behind us. And then, the F-bomb landed. Still amused by the poor resto druids, picturing all possible scenarios and really looking forward to Kae’s comics tactics involving sprouting and I start reading mage changes. Mages will get Herolust* spell. Fine carryin o- waitwha’?

Time Warp: Grants a passive Haste effect much like Bloodlust or Heroism to party or raid members. It also temporarily increases the mage’s own movement speed. Time Warp will be exclusive with Bloodlust and Heroism, meaning you can’t benefit from both if you’ve got the Exhaustion debuff, though the movement-speed increase will still work even when under the effects of Exhaustion.

*cue jaw hitting floor so hard it scratched floor tiles*

WHAT

THE

FUCK

Really, Blizzard? Really? After confirming yet again that hybrids will do less damage than pures, absolutely ignoring the fact that some hybrids play only dps spec. Correct me if I am way off the mark here, but in ideal circumstances considering your players are on the same level of skill, do mages not beat elementals? And I believe that enhancement shamans are even lower with their raid utility pretty much gone since 3.3.3? The only tricks those two specs had to push for worthy raid spots was Herolust and totems. Totems that are getting obsolete and need some rework in mechanics (longer duration? Maybe. Bigger range? Definitely). And they give Herolust to the prototype of dps. If we have to share the love, please be it with another hybrid. And they will even move faster. Bitches.

As a raid leader…

I honestly appreciate the spreading of Herolust. I am unlikely to ever see the real benefit as I lead raids as a Shaman, so Herolust is present at all times, as well as having another Elemental Shaman in guild to actually cover for me. So yeah, it was needed change. But damn it, why mages? I am still concerned a bit for dps Shamans loosing their spots, in majority “bring the player not the class” works quite fine – if Cataclysm keeps that up we are fine.

Lame jokes are lame.

Especially in such dull community. On Sunday, Chayah brought a topic into SAN chat – and it was referring to WoW.com. Namely one of the latest articles they posted, about merging Warlock and Mage classes. Now, don’t get me wrong, on 1st of April I would applaud for such prank. But as a serious column on community hub that tries to act like one of the biggest and best resource sites around? That’s pretty lame. Have you noticed what mess did it cause in /2? All those people that rely on WoW.com as the only source of their information were absolutely nuts.  Sorry, but that is not what I’d expect from paid editors on such big site. Or at least not with all the well faked blue posts and such. If you don’t have anything important to write about, don’t write at all. It’s supposed to be class and class mechanics column, not a social chatter column in which content does not matter. Just my 2 cents.

Effing 1019 haste from gear!

That’s right kids, aunt Rahana got some new shinies yesterday, finally pushing herself over 1000 haste from gear.  She can hang out with the cool kids now.

[*] Yeah I am tired of typing Heroism/Bloodlust, so it’s Herolust from now on.

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4 responses to “Mages to get Heroism and other lame jokes…

  • Duulket Ariakis

    @Lame jokes are lame.

    First of all, the mage writer was at a funeral so he asked the ‘lock writer to fill in. Most of us that read the columns often knew it was a joke by the end of the column.

    Second, the only people QQing were the ones that are not real players and only get on when something new comes around (like an xpac)or take WoW way to seriously and need to learn that they are only a small percentage of the 11 million subscribers.

    Third, April 1st is not the only day pranks can be made.

    Fourth, we already received the mage changes and the analysis is a “Cataclysm” post and not an “Arcane Brilliance” post.

    Fifth, with all of the excitement and tension with all the changes coming out sometimes you need to have something thrown in to break all that tension.

    • Rahana

      Where the writer was is irrelevant, he wasn’t present and asked for covering, fair enough. Now:

      Most of us that read the columns often knew it was a joke by the end of the column.

      You yourself admit that it was not clear to all readers (who read the column(s) often) that this was joke.

      Second, the only people QQing were the ones that are not real players and only get on when something new comes around (like an xpac)or take WoW way to seriously and need to learn that they are only a small percentage of the 11 million subscribers.

      First off, anyone who logs into game and plays it for any amount of time, at any time is real player. If they wish to spend their money other way than you think is optimal does not make them not-real players. Second, I was at two servers that night checking my auctions. I think we can safely assume that the percentage of people in trade was only fraction of those who fell for it.

      Yes, pranks can be pulled on any day. They should as well receive proper explanation on such days. Which is why WoW.com failed.

      Fourth, we already received the mage changes and the analysis is a “Cataclysm” post and not an “Arcane Brilliance” post.

      Fifth, with all of the excitement and tension with all the changes coming out sometimes you need to have something thrown in to break all that tension.

      Again, break tension all you want, but make clear it is a joke so no one can misunderstand. Especially if you are building yourself a reputation of serious World of Warcraft resource, as I said. With great power comes great responsibility. They are commercial site that must not allow itself to make mishaps like this.

      I have no issue with it as a joke, it was good one, well made and thought through with fake blue posts relying on people being lazy and believing every single word. The issue I have is how WoW.com handled the fallout. In fact, this tension relief caused more tension in the end.

      • Designer

        I think that the fact that so many people took that seriously (apparently*) reflects on payers’perception on the issues with WoW casters and on Blizzard class policies.

        As I don’t read wow.com and I play WoW with /1 and /2 permanently disabled, I only learned about the thing afterwards and read the article knowing it was ‘an optimistic attempt at a joke’. Still, I didn’t find it in the slighest funny, creative, or clever. In fact I think it only lacked a rickrollink ‘link to Zahrym’s comments’ to be ‘complete’.

        A ‘joke’? Seriously? My mate is at a funeral so I’ll f… him up by writing untrue, unfunny, confusing column and make it look like he posted it? A joke? SERIOUSLY?

        I think it was adeliberate, cheap and pathetic attempt by wow.com to get some extra hits on their website, which I don’t think will work in the long term anyways.

  • Maker

    While I was fairly pissed when I saw that mages will be getting Lust, virtually every class has given up its class defining mechanics to someone in some shape.

    I was personally hoping that Lust would’ve remained untouched with the overabundance of mages on most servers and the incoming drums.

    Elementals have all but virtually been secured raid spots in 25 mans going into Cataclysm. With any of their fire totems granting 10% spell power to the raid, many locks will gladly jump at the chance to go back to aff or destro. The few good demo locks will stick around, but eventually, if their dps isn’t competitive with the other specs, they will change too, and thus leave elementals with the spell power niche. This will all but increase the demand for quality elementals in progression minded guilds. If they don’t have a good one now, they will certainly be looking for them soon enough.

    I have no doubt that resto shaman will continue to be in demand. I unfortunately do not understand enhancement shaman. I don’t know if they bring enough to a raid to warrant them being included.

    I still wish another class had gotten Lust over mages, but I guess it makes sense. :(

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