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*
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.