Author: Josh Pigney

World of Warcraft patch 4.0.1 Is out!

Hey guys it’s Jalmari here to talk about the new World of Warcraft patch 4.0.1 that was released Tuesday. Links to the patch notes can be found here :

So where to begin?! I’ll start off at the beginning i guess…
After playing the patch for 4 days I still have mixed thoughts. The general, yet major changes to the game are as follows: (I’ll briefly talk about each)

The new UI: Is almost completely redone. Upon logging in I was completely lost and confused as to where things were and everything looked completely different. After 4 days of play however, I think I’ve got the hang of it. There is a new guild interface which I don’t care for. It is now a separate tab brought up by the letter “J”, instead of being part of the old social button. Although it is weird to look at, it has its perks. Anyone that is on in the guild will show up and there are tabs at the top to specify what you need to know about them. The best one, I think, is the guild professions tab. Clicking this will allow players to view the professions of guildies that are on and letting them scroll your prof book to see if you can do anything they need. This is a great feature! Other UI changes include spell alerts. These are new notifiers for players with procs. When a spell or ability is proc’d, a flashing spell alert flashes on the screen and the spell will light up on your bars. This is a great way to never miss those procs people! great for dpsing. Another big change was the player page. The page is still opened with the letter “C” however upon doing so opens the page like normal but gives a side arrow to view stats. This window was very detailed and gave a great overview of all aspect of my toons.

MP5, Armor pen,Spell Power(on items) and Defense are GONE. Armor pen has converted into crit and MP5 is gained by spirit now for healers. Intellect has been reworked and now gives Spell Power as well. This is a crazy new thing. My Shammy, spec’d resto before the patch, was sitting at about 24k mana. After patch day she is now at 33k. Most geared pally healers are sitting at around 40-45k mana. Defense is gone, replaced by a talent in the respective tanking trees(ie. Druid, Warrior, Pally, DK) making them uncrittable. Kinda cool but the tanks now have to waste two talent points for that… : / These numbers are insane for me to comprehend. I really hope this doesn’t get out of hand… with blizzard adding all of this stuff, numbers for Cata are going to be huge. I just hope it all makes sense and doesn’t become a crazy race to see who can get the biggest numbers. Already, in most top guilds, its getting out of hand. Most good players in ICC are pumping out a steady 25k dps. Its just….dumb really. NO SKILL INVOLVED!
The talent trees have all been reworked. Players now have a 31 point talent tree with 41 points to spend. Cool addition, but bogus. On most of my toons i got to dabble into the other trees after spending the for 31 in one tree(this is necessary because the other trees are inaccessible till 31 points are spent in one tree) however, on my prot warrior i had to spend all 41 points in the prot tree to get the necessary talents needed to tank. Kinda BS, but whatever.
New talent trees can be accessed here :

Reforging: 40% of any one secondary stat on an item can be allocated to add a new secondary stat to the item.
– This is a fantastic addition to wow. Visit a reforger in all the major cities, talk to them, place an item with a ilvl 200 score or better and you can add stats of more desire to play style. Example was with my Shaman. I put in my shoulders and converted 40% of my crit into haste. Doing this w/ most of my stuff, im at almost 1k haste now. Awesome :) haaaa

Another new feature is the raid lock-out system. Icecrown Citadel and Ruby Sanctum now use it. This system provides the opportunity for a character to defeat each raid zone’s encounters once a week. A character may now complete the encounters during the week with different raids of either 10 or 25 players. THIS IS CRAP! one can only once per week. A 10 or a 25 man. once you do one, you can’t do the other. IT IS THE WORST IDEA EVER! The idea is that if you raid a 10man and down 5/12 boss’s in ICC, then you can join a 25man group that has done the first 5 and finish out icc. It is my opinion that this will be thrown away. People are revolting! I think it is terrible!

Sooooo this is getting long, and I’m tired of ranting and raving lol more about the patch is soon to come, so until then..

Cheers, Jalmari

The Battle for Gnomeregan

Its the beginning of Cataclysm in Azeroth! New quest lines for Gnomeregan opened up in Dun Morogh that begins the retake of Gnomer.  The quest line got a little repetitive for myself, seeing as i needed to do it on 10 toons, but the first time i did it on the Warrior it was really fun.  The beginning quests are a little tedious, however, the quest line itself takes to into Gnomer as you team up with High Tinker Mekkatorque to fight Mekgineer Thermaplugg for control of the city.  Overall nicely done by Blizz. You get a damage and HP regen buff for the fight and any dps class will appreciate the huge numbers you put up in the battle.  Also, you recieve a trinket type of item from the quest line that turns you into a Gnomeregan soldier (Blue armor with a scuba diver helm) that is definitely pretty cool.  Only fail downside i saw was that the soldier costume only lasts for 30min with a 4 HOUR COOLDOWN! omg…  kinda dumb CD but the costume is entertaining haha

Cheers,  Jalmari

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Blizzcon 2010 Announcement

Blizzard’s annual convention “Blizzcon” is fast approaching with its set date on October 22nd and 23rd 2010!  Blizz posted sign-ups for the multiple contests that take place during Blizzcon such as the costume contest, the fan art/original song/ movie contest, and the expired SC2 custom map contest.  I can’t wait for this event to start and I am hoping for a live feed again like they did last year. The tickets for the actual event are, of course, sold out. :( However, you can still purchase a virtual ticket online and get complete coverage of the event.

Also as a side note, I want a release date lol or some sort of awesome WoW  Cataclysm expansion news at Blizzcon… I am foaming at the lips in anticipation for Cataclysm and I really want to hear some news on it, as most of the WoW junkies probably feel as well.

Cheers,   Jalmari

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