September 14, 2010
Yes I have been rather quiet lately, mostly because my WoW life has been a revolving door of mostly the same things over and over – I raid, I level alts, I raid some more – but today I got a Very Special Email, one that definitely injected a little shot of YAY into the doldrums.
I almost deleted the email thinking it was yet another badly-worded, grammatically incorrect phishing scam, but noticed all the headers actually originated from blizzard.com. Could it be? I logged into my battle.net account to see first hand, and there it sat in shiny, sparkly glory – Cataclysm beta! SQUEEEEE
Blizzard probably sent out another mass wave of invites now that the expansion release is drawing closer (I got a beta invite to WotLK right around the same time and the servers were a giant lagfest with all the new people logging in at once), but I’ll take a beta key in any form!
To fulfill my roguish duty I’ll copy over my beloved dagger-wielder and see how she feels with a severely pruned talent tree and OLD WEATHER FLYING (can I get an amen!). I’ll also probably copy over my other 80’s just to check out the changes; my hunter and shadowpriest in particular are sounding like they will be interesting to test drive with new talents. My druid, I’m not sure about… I’ll spend most of the time logged into him crying over spilled tree form – and I probably don’t want to touch my paladin with a 10 foot pole, based on the feedback on the wow forums…
Sigh, beta installer at 18%… *twitch*
July 18, 2010
I was enjoying a nice relaxing day off last night leveling my wee noob eleshammy when my raid leader asked me to come heal an altie ICC 10 on my druid. Now, my druid is fun to play but 1.) he has never been in ICC in any form and 2.) his GS is a paltry 4500-ish. Not so awesome when most of his raid gear came out of Naxx. My raid leader was either crazy or had a lot of faith in me cause he insisted I come along anyway. So, off went ol’ Nadeau to the big scary icy land of ICC.
There were 2 other healers in the group, a shammy and priest, both of which had gearscores around 5100-5200. I felt a little better knowing I was just going to be blanketing the raid mostly and not assigned to keep up a tank, which combined with my random DC issues would have probably given me hives. I whipped out my little mini-me pet and off we went.
I'll enjoy treedancing while I can, darnit
Aside from having to innervate myself every fight it actually went wayyyyyyy better than I was expecting. In spite of my drood’s mostly crap gear he seemed to be outhealing the other 2 healers fairly regularly (though I’m sure a lot of that can be attributed to typical druid overhealing). I did DC a few times but thankfully never at a time that it would have wiped the raid.
shortly before my rogue's favorite ICC fight
I ended up picking up some new gear for him – the first ICC rep ring and a decent mace upgrade in Lockjaw. After the raid I also had enough frosties to get a T10 piece so he is also now the proud owner of T10 gloves and his GS is up to somewhere in the 4600s, woo!
Course now my raid leader wants me to start bringing him along more often… so I have totally screwed myself in regards to getting to DPS every raid, haha. >_<
Playing my druid also reminded me of the sad day approaching when my beloved tree form will no longer be around.. it will be a sorrowful day indeed in Avvyland :(
April 12, 2010
With the rush of new class info for Cataclysm dripping down from the mouthpieces of Blizz there were a lot of interesting, kind-of-meh, and “different” battle plans revealed, but I have to say the one thing bumming me out more than anything else is this little tidbit:
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. You also will not be able to be banished in Tree of Life form (this will probably be true of Metamorphosis as well). Additionally, we would like to update the Tree of Life model so that it feels more exciting when you do decide to go into that form. Our feeling is that druids rarely actually get to show off their armor, so it would be nice to have at least one spec that looked like a night elf or tauren (and soon troll or worgen) for most of the time.
I love tree form. Absolutely love it. I love its goofy expressions and hilarious emotes. Jumping around as a freakin’ TREE is the whole reason I picked my druid to be my healing toon in the first place (that and he was a tribute of sorts to old friends that no longer play WoW who were also charmingly bark-covered in-game). I have many other toons I could play if I wanted to look at a character in “caster form” – the different appearances are part of what make druids so unique and fun. I mean there could have been more variety in the tree form – different-colored leaves based on hair color, or something like that, or at least a difference between Alliance and Horde versions – but to scrap the form altogether and turn it into a lame cooldown is pretty disappointing… so much so that I may retire the resto side of my druid entirely and embrace the boomchicken within.
SAVE THE TREEEEE!
Guess I’ll have to go fraps myself dancing in tree form before it’s too late!
In other musings on the cata changes, I’m mostly “meh” about the rogue info – it seems more PVP-orientated with not much to chew on in regards to PVE. I mean I can see SMOKE BOOOMB having its uses but it’s not going to go into my dps rotation. Redirect will be kind of cool, but again, not going to help much on single-target DPS races. Blizz wasn’t very clear on how exactly they were going to chuck all the “passive damage bonuses” from our talent trees (does this mean HfB will be interesting again?) so I guess I’ll have to wait and see what they replace all those holes in the talent trees with.
My shadowpriest is going to like the shadow balls of doom, though, I can already tell…
January 1, 2010
Reading up on post-3.3 restodrood changes it looks like haste has become the AMG NEED MORE stat of the moment. My lil resto dood Nadeau is not even close to well-geared (his gear is a curious mix of naxx and ToC10/badge stuff) but I think that just makes respeccing even MORE important for him. The spec du jour seems to be 18/0/53 for a HoTting machine. Think I also need to start running daily random heroics on him (I’ve been terrified I’ll get thrown into oculus, which I have never healed, or worse yet one of the new ICC heroics >_<)
I should mention I never dual specced this guy. Questing as a wrath-spamming restodrood isn’t THAT bad, I swear! Still, the main reason is I’m a cheapskate with my gold (my roommate, when he played wow, made fun of me for complaining about 20g items on the AH) and just didn’t want to drop the 1000g when I could do just fine slowly plugging through quests as a pathetic NE-form roots-moonfire-wrath machine. I’m beginning to think spending half my time as a fuzzy cuddly boomchicken wouldn’t be so bad, though!
Man, this toon has been the epitome of my wow-masochism – a few days ago I decided I would finally level his tailoring (which has languished at like, 195 for probably 3 years) and emptied the banks of all my toons in a rabid search for the metric crap ton of cloth it takes to level this freaking tradeskill. After much gold dumpage and a random lucky streak of skill points for a green pattern he sits now at 379, impatiently waiting for all the alts I have slowly lurching through Northrend to send him their cloth drops. (He took a brief break to pick up some novelty patterns in gnome form as well)
don't tell me to use OneBag or Bagnon or whatever, I hates them
Gnome druids would be awesome
Well I’m gonna log in and see what’s going on… by the way, happy new year and all that :>