3.2 First Impressions (3 days late)

August 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Posted in General, Tanking | Leave a comment
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Marked Readers –

I was a bit surprised the patch dropped this week.  I was predicting in vent Monday night that Blizzard likes to tease us for a few weeks – let the pundits assure us its this week, then this week, then this week before finally giving us the goodies.  Well, I was wrong obviously.  Somewhat happily, but man, does patch day suck. 

Actually, it started Monday night.  A group of us went into EoE and for some reason I kept getting LUA errors.    On top of that, my Pitbull was all messed up.  I have no idea what happened there, Sunday it was fine, Monday it was back at the default mode.  Ugh. 

My impressions of 3.2 after I finally logged in on Tuesday –

  1. Never do a heroic until you’ve done it on regular mode first.
  2. Laggy as all get-out in Dalaran.  It was quicker to run around rather than wait for my mount to appear (ironic since mount cast time was reduced to 1.5 seconds in the patch).
  3. Outside of Dalaran, not laggy at all – even the instances were ok!
  4. Timoth Jones was simply mobbed.  I counted myself lucky that I could open a dialog box and turn in my quest for 5 tokens.  It was a bleeding miracle I could open it again and browse the new epic recipes.  I came back down to earth when I couldn’t buy any – they were all ‘item busy’.
  5. You won’t recognize the New and Imroved Argent Tournament.  I was lost before the taxi dropped me off.  I was able to find the AT QM (in the tent where you pick up the Thread From Above quest).
  6. Never do a heroic until you’ve done it on regular mode first.
  7. The new Heirloom chestpieces are sold here for 60 Champion Seals 😦
  8. The new Heirloom chestpieces are also sold in Dalaran for 4o Badges of Heroism!
  9. No, I can’t reconcile #6 and 7.
  10. There is a summoning stone at the Argent Tournament.  I found it.  Once.  I’m not optimistic for a repeat visit without an escort. 
  11. The entrance to the instance the northern door/entry/grand hallway.  I think. 
  12. Those guys hit HARD! 
  13. Never do a heroic until you’ve done it on regular mode first.
  14. Blizzard’s UI isn’t too bad, actually.  I really missed bartender, but Pitbull (or X-Perl)? I may just run a few more instances and raids without them and see what’s what. 

I didn’t get on Wednesday.  I went to see Funny People after my guitar class.  Good movie, if a bit long.  Adam Sandler is turning into a real actor – who knew?

I got on Thursday morning after the maintenance and was finally able to buy my epic gems.  I got the +SP, +agi, +Stam, +Hit, +Hit/Expertise, and many others.  I cut them and put them on the AH.  The new gems seem to be going for 4-500g a pop which I will gladly take.  Dalaran seemed to have much less lag, thankfully, so hopefully things will settle down.

Questions I Have Been Pondering Lately

August 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Posted in DPS, General, Tanking | Leave a comment
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Marked Readers –

I’ve been pondering some questions about WoW lately and I thought I’d jot them down.  Hopefully, some of you may have the answers, or suggested resources to find the answers.  But if not, at least they’re written down somewhere so I can come back and remind myself about them when I have time. 

  1. Can a fully spec’d and geared bear out DPS a bear-spec’d slightly under-geared cat?  Or a cat wearing full tanking bear gear?  – I’ve been pondering this since some recent raids in Uludar and Naxx where I tanked, but also did DPS (on Loatheb for example).  My bear DPS is pretty consistent around 15-1700 and I was surprised to see my Cat DPS in the same ballpark, maybe a bit higher, but not obviously so.  I need to test this out on a battle dummy one of these days and see what the results are.  I know there are several factors that will come into play – bears need rage to produce DPS, can they sustain it without tanking (ala fury/arms warriors)?  And I’m not the smoothest cat in the pack – my rotation is not the best.  The bulk of my catting comes from doing quests where I’m killing widely spaced mobs, so the AP boost skill and the bleed skill aren’t second nature to me.  I will do this soon, so keep an eye out!
  2. Do I really want to roll a new druid just for the moonkin set? – Yes, the Big Bear Butt just covered it, but I swear I’ve been thinkin’ on this for some time.  I’d like to try moonkins out, but I don’t want to build up a set on Noze and I don’t want to respec just for it.  I’d rather build up a new toon completely.  Does that even make sense?   Maybe a NELF?   Probably not since I’d want to take advantage of all the heirloom gear I’ve gotten for my priest (lvl 45 wee!) 
  3. Will I ever get off the pot and roll an ally toon to see what there is to see over there? – Yes, the Big Bear Butt  (I’m not a stalker, really) just covered it, but this has been something I’ve tried several times.  I even have a bastard collection of toons on another server (gasp!).  A 30-something warrior and teen-aged pally, shammy, and mage.  But will I put the effort into it and make it work?  I dunno.  I’m not sure I want to keep up with these guys or not.  I think perhaps Anvilmar might be an option.  I can set up a pet selling syndicate in the neutral AH’s, take over the chanting mats market, and level a toon.  But which toon/race?  I’m fascinated with gnomes.  Seriously.  But I love druids (see question 3).  Humans have that reputation bonus which would rock hard.  Draeai get a hit bonus racial.  And dwarves are….well, not one of the races I’m contemplating.  And which class?  Again, so many possibilities.  Not a rogue, warlock, death knight or hunter.  I’m not a big fan of melee (unless I’m tanking) so probably not a warrior or Pally (though I’m fixated on healing lately and I want a shield).  Who k nows,  I’ve got awhile to go on Knowscrusher before I decide to start someone else.  Or maybe not.  Maybe I’ll just get bored one night and re-roll a questing alt for kicks n giggles. 
  4. Aside from the non-combat pets in the capitol cities, what Horde/Ally only items are there to sell on the neutral AH’s? There is that one ally recipe from bloodmyst isle that sells for 500g, but is that it? 

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