Well well, it’s been quite a while, and since my last post a lot has happened. I don’t know where to begin…..lets start with the easy stuff!
Blizz announced the preview of Druid and Priest class changes for Cataclysm on the forums, makes me happy and sad at the same time. I just got use to both of the classes after they went through tweaking in the last two patches even thinking about relearning something is a little scary, but at the same time it makes me all bubbly inside to think of all the new toys I’ll get to play with. I’ll go over my favorite things:
- Wild Mushroom (Level 85) Grows a magical mushroom at the target location. After 4 seconds the mushroom becomes invisible. Enemies who cross the mushroom detonate it, causing it to deal area-of-effect damage, though its damage component will remain very effective against single targets. The druid can also choose to detonate the mushroom ahead of time. This is primarily a tool for the Balance druid, and there will be talents that play off of it. No cooldown. 40-yard range. Instant cast.
GREEN WRITING! Back to the subject…..So yea…..League of Legends…..or the other way around, I forget….but YES! Can you imagine PvP servers with this. Park yourself fake-AFK with this blocking the only way to you….Rogue hits it….mwhahaha. I can’t recall who mentioned Moonkin’s becoming hippies but they were wrong, we were always hippies. The long hair, the nature love. I have the ponderment this image will look like the mushrooms in Old Kingdom at the fungus boss, I hope so, those mushrooms are pretty cool.
- Eclipse We are moving Eclipse from a talent into a core mechanic of the class and making it less random. Balance druids will have a new UI element that shows a sun and a moon. Whenever they cast an Arcane spell, it will move the UI closer to the sun, and buff their Nature damage. Whenever they cast a Nature spell, it will move the UI closer to the moon, and buff their Arcane damage. The gameplay intention is to alternate Arcane and Nature spells (largely Starfire and Wrath) to maintain the balance.
MORE GREEN WRITING! Omg, I need to focus. Ummm, yea….please tell me how this makes any sense. So imagine if you will a bar…..like a PvP flag bar in Hellfire Peninsula. The little marker are the bar moves Left and Right. Got it? Cool! Fealen is chugging along casting Wrath (cause it’s quick) and he fires off 4 off them, the little bar is 4 ticks into Arcane bonus….so he starts firing off Arcane spells until he’s four ticks into Nature bonus. Rinse and repeat. But wait, this doesnt seem very effiecent, he is losing all that damage building up nature bonus….so wouldnt it be better to cast one Wrath than one Starfire. If this bar effects all Nature and Arcane damage then the game plan is entire different and my hatred of it might be null and void, but if I’m hitting the nail right on the head than what use to be a 1111,222,1111,222,1111 just became 1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2. That doesnt seem like a fun rotation. Not inculded in this post is a new spell we are getting which leads me to believe Blizz is going show some tricks from their sleeve, I can only hope.
- Leap of Faith (Level 85) Pull a party or raid member to your location. Leap of Faith (or “Life Grip”) is intended to give priests a tool to help rescue fellow players who have pulled aggro, are being focused on in PvP, or just can’t seem to get out of the fire in time. Instant. 30-yard range. 45-second cool-down.
BLUE TEXT! I FEEL LIKE A CM! Wait….Leap of Faith. So the general outcry from this has been “Not only is our fault when you die, it’s our fault when you stand in fire”, which is part of what I feel. I think in some secret room in the Blizzard Studios someone suggested a way to move D/C’d and lagging members of a raid to safe zones….thus Leap of Faith was born. Thou the abuses of such tool will come in due time I can’t express the amount of excitement I’ll receive watching my friendly mage blink and then be pulled back to me in the race after wiping on a boss. (We all do it, don’t deny) On top of the nicknames I give spells that Coag has (Holy Baseball, Holy Confetti) I can easily see this as becoming perverted, but here it goes: “Come to me Altar Boy”
I have been playing in Disc spec now on Coagulater as well, and as I told Missmedicina “My priest got in a time machine and got stuck in the DISCO era” I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I plan to write a little learning experience post coming up, I just realized how long this post was.
Good night Azeroth!
Tip: Penancing random people in Dalaran and then hiding in buildings is a fun game. Disc Priest tag anyone?