Posts Tagged ‘patch notes’

Thank You Blizz!

May 20, 2014

From today’s 5.4.8 patch notes:

Going to Need a Bigger Bag is now an account-wide achievement and items obtained by all characters on the account now contribute credit towards completion. This means the achievement can be completed by obtaining all the required items across multiple characters instead of having a single character obtain all the items needed.

Now I can work on this on whichever alt I bring to the Timeless Isle. I don’t suppose it gives you credit for what you’ve already picked up previously though. But still … yay!

Abilities … Gone!

April 4, 2014

So … with the new 6.0 patch notes out, I am going to put down my thoughts here AS I READ THROUGH THEM. So, this is off the cuff, first reaction type stuff. I reserve the right to calm down and write something with more thought and insight later on if necessary.

Death Knights

I hope you weren’t too much in love with having your army or your temporary ghoul. Now you only get army as blood, or a permanent pet as unholy. Oh, and that army does 75% less damage, too. I think I can hear Schriko crying.

Horn of Winter is now a 1-hour buff with no cooldown that doesn’t generate runic power. So, it’s just like everyone else’s party-wide buffs.


Innervate … gone! Yes, they adjusted druid mana regen to compensate, but this still amuses me, as it has been an iconic druid ability since .. forever.

Symbiosis … gone! Really? REALLY? I haven’t even gotten to play with it yet. This was one of the most fun things ever added. I’m sad about this one.


I … um … there are a lot of changes here.
Aspect of the Hawk … gone!
Distracting shot … gone!
Hunter’s Mark … gone!
Rapid Fire … gone!
Serpent Sting … gone!
Widow Venom … gone!
I have no clue what we have left. This isn’t even the whole list, just the things that apply to me as BM.

The one change I DO understand and like, Revive Pet and Mend Pet now share a button, which toggles depending on whether you have a live pet.


Arcane Explosion is only for Arcane, Blizzard is only for Frost. etc, etc. Basically they made a lot of things that were previously only available to a specific spec, back to only being for that spec. As it should be, really.

The three armors are also spec-specific now and are passive effects.


Clash has been removed. Hmm … that was quite useful to a tank who wanted to move a mob. Do not like.

Avert Harm has been removed. I don’t know why. I like damage reduction cooldowns. Need more explanation.

Healing Sphere as a spell has been removed. Like, the targeted, drop a sphere here thing. The other spells that create spheres still exist.

And it looks like each specialization just has its own stance, rather than being able to toggle between stances. Makes sense.


Oh boy here we go. I’m almost afraid to read it! Please be good, please be good, please be good.

Avenging Wrath .. ret only. Ok.

Devotion Aura .. not available to prot. Meh.

Divine Light renamed to Holy Light. Yeah, yeah, holy light removed yada yada. I’ve already read through the healing changes and am ok with them for now. Whatever they do, I will adapt.

Divine Plea removed. Mana costs adjusted accordingly. One less cooldown to keep an eye on/forget to use.

Guardian of Ancient Kings .. prot only. Cool.

Hand of Salv and Inquisition remo … wait. Inquisition? So … do we get more damage passively then or what? *scratches head* Ok, so I’ll file that under ‘yay one less cooldown to keep track of’ for now.

So, ret gets wings and prot gets the angry man. What do I get as a cooldown as holy? Divine Favour I guess. And Holy Avenger if I take it. Basically, I have far fewer extra buttons to push and remember to use outside of my direct healing spells. Hell, I even have one less direct healing spell. I can live with this.


Hymn of Hope .. gone! So, what, they nixed every single mana return spell? I bet there’s no more mana tide totem, either.

Inner Fire and Inner Will removed … um. But … boo.


Disarm Trap .. gone! Have fun in the suppression room in BWL like the rest of us losers.


Rockbiter Weapon has been removed. I guess the hopes of the people holding out for a shaman tanking spec just went up in flames.

Stormlash Totem … gone! Ok, now Shudal is over in the corner crying with Schriko.

Nothing about mana tide totem? What?? So, is every raid going to require having a resto shaman now? D:


Drain Soul and Fel Flame are gone. I never used them anyway.

A couple of the Metamorphosis spells are gone. Since I don’t recognize them, I guess I won’t miss them.

Soulshatter is gone, and I will miss that one. Seriously, why remove the one threat reduction spell? Does not compute.


Battle Shout and Commanding Shout last an hour and do not generate rage. So, like Horn of Winter, they join the rest of the part-wide buffs.

Berserker Stance is gone.


Demoralizing and Skull banners are gone.

Hamstring is now passive and causes Mortal Strike, Bloodthirst, Revenge, and Raging Blow to reduce the target’s movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds. R U SERIAL? LOVE THIS ❤

Whirlwind is fury only. Good, it has felt really, really weird to me to have that on my bar as Arms this xpac.

Other Stuff

Vengeance … gone! Replaced with Resolve, which increases your healing and absorption done to yourself based on stamina and damage taken in the last 10 seconds. I guess Schriko won’t be leading the raid in damage done anymore. And what will this do for leveling as a tank? I mean, the increased damage from vengeance was a big reason that leveling in a tank spec became possible. Are we going back to the dark ages or what?

Hey Rep! Keep reading, dummy! There’s more! Then, to keep tank DPS meaningful, we’ll be raising their damage, since it would be meager with no Vengeance Attack Power (Vengeance accounted for 70-90% of a tank’s damage on high-tank-damage fights in Mists). To do that, we’re increasing the damage of several prominent tank abilities, as well as having tanks also gain increased Attack Power from Mastery, in addition to the stat’s existing benefits.

Oh. Ok. Well then!


All classes automatically learn some important major glyphs as they level. Sure, NOW that I have everything leveled … ha! Still, this is a great change for newer players who may not have access to gold or a scribe.

I’m not even going to go through ALL of the class changes here. Let me just point you to the notes as posted on WoW Insider.

Leveling Alts

April 24, 2013

No pictures today. Deal with it.

I’m curious about something. Alts. Which ones are people leveling? I don’t mean specifics here as far as classes or races that they like. I mean level-wise.

Let me explain my own situation. At the start of MoP, I had 11 max level characters and one level 82 that I never quite managed to finish. (She/he languished at 76 through the end of Wrath, also, thus has never actually achieved max level at any point.) Currently, I have 3 max level characters. The other 8 still sit at 85-86, the 82 has made it up to 86, and I’ve leveled the warlock from scratch up to 85. So I have 10 level 85+ now sitting around waiting for me to take them through Pandaria.

So what am I doing then? Rolling babies. Yes. I KNOW. I have enough toons. I had to delete toons to make new ones. But …I don’t know. I just *feel* like running around lowbie zones, happily licking flowers and capturing murlocs so old man Calston can have a pet. And I didn’t make just one. I made three. I know what you’re thinking …

‘But wait! Don’t you already HAVE lowbies that you haven’t leveled?’

Yes, yes I do. My panda hasn’t even made it off the turtle yet. I have others that are not so low that had hopes of getting leveled someday as well, like the shaman at 60+ and the rogue at 40+.

You others out there. I see you leveling the ones you already have. I see you gearing up multiple alts in LFR. (Of my 3, only the main is geared for anything other than MSV. The third … um … what is the ilevel for heroics, anyway?) I see you taking multiple toons to the Isle of Thunder day in and day out. And here I am, quietly puttering around on toons that aren’t even able to choose a spec yet, in a guild where only one or two other people are logging in.

Part of the reason I bring this up is because the PTR patch notes indicate a 33% nerf to the xp needed to get from 85-90 in the next patch. Are there others out there like me who just aren’t really motivated to finish off their high-level toons? Will this nerf get you to focus more on those characters to get them leveled?

I really don’t think it will make a difference for me. It’s not that I dislike Pandaria. I like it quite a bit. I like it even more now that I’ve seen everything and don’t feel like my alts that go there have to follow a designated path for leveling. Kirgra has been having fun just riding all over the countryside, hunting down rares and camping spawn points for the BoA weapons. I enjoy the leveling part. It’s just the other stuff that comes after it … especially LFR and Isle of Thunder. (The lock is hopefully the exception since she wants to see the green fire questline, but she has plans to level through Pandaria with a friend, so she’s in a holding pattern temporarily.)

There. Have I rambled enough for one day? Good. So tell me … what level are your alts and what have you been doing with them?