Showing posts from April, 2012

MoP Warlock Destro Play Changes

Back in Wrath, I converted from my beloved Affliction to Destruction. As with many, I jumped when running Wrath dungeons was just too painful due to the slow ramp up DOT DPS and tanks wanting to go light-speed through. From what I remember from Wrath, play-style was rather monotonous: Curse, Corruption, Immolate, Conflagerate, (backdraft), Incinerate(x3), Chaos Bolt, repeat. Panda introduces some differences, maybe.  My, oh my, I am actually on fire! Burning Embers triggered. First off, a new resource. Destro works with Burning Embers . You create a burning ember each time you cast Incinerate (or Fel Flame, they all like Fel Flame. You asked for Green Fire, now cast it on every time/mob!). On the training dummies, I am getting 2 Incinerates = 1 burning ember, it takes 1 ember to cast Chaos Bolt. So not really a huge change to your rotation. With some exceptions... (I am guessing that the GUI is broken, because I can't tell when I have embers, except for when Chaos B

MoP Warlock Demo Play Changes

Ok, it's almost midnight local on a Saturday night and I've finally been able to logon to the Beta. They've added a new 'create template' option, which means no more copying from the page, yeah! Now I officially have a level 85 warlock in MoP beta. Demo SpellBook (note destro and affliction tabs disabled) As Poneria mentioned the spellbook is different. They've combined all of the spells I could use as a Demonolgy lock onto a single tab. This includes demo spells (metamorphasis, hand of guldan) with talent spells (shadowfury) and even the demon spells (Imp:Flee). They are listed as active or passive spells. Good? Sure, as I re-learn to play my warlock, I can focus on only those spells that I am familiar with. If it doesn't show on my tab, I can't play it. Bad? Does this mean my demo lock no longer can cast Immolate? Yep! Sure does. The in-game spell helper says "these tabs show spells you would have if you chosen a different spe

I Need These!

I just found this helm referenced on WoW Insider  as part of the new item restoration service that Blizzard will perform. The helm is a level 50 cloth helm that is a quest reward from BRD .  The quest giver is the warlock trainer down in the Drag, Zevrost. During the numerous Brewfest runs, I picked up the remote and was able to drop right down into the bar of the dungeon. From there it is a quick run through the dungeon, to the location of each stone. 4 of the 6 stones were found in the first room, then two down the flight of stairs. No boss fights, and at max level, my puppy did all the killing for me of those few that attacked me. Hearth back to Orgrimmar and turn in quest. Took only 5 minutes. (definitely need that remote) No more skullcap, now this lock has HORNS!

Panda Beta Initial Thoughts

Last night I finished off the Panda starting area on the Beta. When it was all done, my baby monk dinged level 12. As I was playing through the area, I had a few opinions about the area. Nice revision to the character creation UI. It's nice being able to see options for hair, skin, etc. before you apply it to your character. "Ooo, I like how that face has the stripe across the eye.". I wasn't absolutely thrilled on the Orc faces (grumpy, dopey, sleepy... ). Little deceptive, ATM, because picking a race/class, shows mid-level tier gear, then swaps to level 1 gear once you select the class/level. Playing my warlock, I never (don't remember) running at any-time with a staff with a felhound head on it. Of course, Elk never raided in TBC.  The leveling went REALLY quick. I went from 0 to 12 in about 4 hours played. Truth be told, I hate leveling and this was (IMHO) a nice speed. Even without the aide of BOA gear, I am able to delve into BGs and start playing with

Panda Lock Talent Preview

Swifty does a preview of each of the warlock talents, pets and glyphs based on the Beta. If they actually stick with the current build, I see a bunch of fun talents. Unfortunately he doesn't play a warlock, so the review is a bit slanted. He doesn't seem to know what we had before (i.e. glyph to have succy remove dots before seduce). Still fun to see what's coming up.

So you think you want to play the Beta...

This Mists of Panda beta is in full swing and everyone with an Annual Pass is or will eventually jump on board. Even if is just to run around as a Panda for a short time. Watching the general chat in-game, there are a bunch of people complaining about the issues. Here is my 5 things to keep in mind: This is a BETA. Things are changing constantly, quest lines are changing, what you do now, may be completely different next update. If you want to provide valuable input, check the Blizz forums . The way a quest works, or what you need to do something is flexible at this time. Contribute. Expect regular downloads. Beta is not on the regular maintenance window. Major enough bug, you may have to download all 25gb again. I just downloaded a 3GB patch since last week. They appear to have a planned reboot each Monday , but as problems arise, they will reboot mid-day, and they do. Bugs are being fixed. Expect problems with quests, skills, mini/quest bosses and even dungeons. The pink

(Secrets from the Beta) Druid Saddles!

One of the new glyphs to come out in MoP is Druid Travel (mount) form. Yes, you can finally now mount your tank and he can take you around the dungeon/raid as necessary. They can turn into a beautiful Stag mount form. No longer will you need to spend 16kg to buy the 3 person mount, or worry about getting the 2 person love rocket. What Jesse doesn't mention that coming in Panda is new Druid saddles . These saddles will allow you to hop on the back of a druid in bear form. Similar to the Horde's Venomhide Mount quest chain , (or I believe there is something Alliance ) you'll need to gather the various materials to make the saddle. It's looking like 20x Ravasaur Leather and 20x MoP Cloth. Unfortunately, they don't appear to have saddles for Druid flight or swim form (yet) or Warlock flying mounts (yet), but this is only phase one of the beta ..