Well, despite all the vagaries of beta from buging quests to character wipes, I have been having fun as always, and will probably chare some thoughts before launch. What I do what to share right now though is one thing that did make me smile.

Yesterday I (a predominantly resto druid who loves his tree form) killed an ancient tree for lumbar, that tree dropped a quest, asking me to kill other trees, so I could get an item to become a tree. Yes that reads right, a tree killing a tree so he can kill more trees to become a tree .. what more could I ask for?

say trees


Warlord Zaela

I took a brief fly-by of the Dark Portal on the way to Kara on the beta .. and take a look at this, I ran into an old friend! After the Seige of Ogrimmar I was wondering what would happen to the four Orcs I thought may have had a shot at being Warchief .. its good to know that we will see a bit more storyline for at least two of them (Zaela and Ariok), and can hope for more on the others.

What I wanted to really talk about today was the changes in classes – spells, talents, abilities.  I’ve had a week now to play around with the main class (druid) and a few alts – like Warlocks, Warriors, Hunters etc. I can’t complain about the amount of damage I’ve been doing in dps, or the fact that I had no problems healing Bloodmaul Slag Mines, overall in that respect I have no concerns .. but, I’ve been looking at what has been removed, and what has been given, what has been changed, and the one thing that keeps coming to mind is .. was it or is it necessary?

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Guess who was lucky enough to get a beta invite? Never mind, I think that answer is fairly obvious at the moment! At any rate, I am sadly the only “Veteran Player” amongst those I usually associate with to get one, so for now I have been exploring solo content rather than subjecting anyone to my healing tests … and what I am seeing so far I approve of. At least for the most part.

While seeing people like Durotan, Kargath, Blackhand has been very nice (yes I’ve been playing Warcraft games since the original RTS),and while getting access to some rare mounts has also been great (I always wanted a rhino), there have been some definite small improvements that have really stood out for me.

Click the link to read on, but be warned, this post is a little more image heavy then usual!

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Well, my internet connection is still borked, and my provider continues to make screw up after screw up .. 2 months in and still no end in sight to these accursed problems. Despite my lack of internet at home, I have been keeping up with news on the mobile via RSS feeds, facebook etc, and while I would love to start dissecting what I am seeing with WoD … I feel I should leave off until I either see it for myself or until Beta is a bit further along.

No, what I want to talk about today is the “patience”barrier. In game I will admit, that for the most part I am fairly forgiving, and willing to work with the worst groups to get things done, because I realise not everyone has the same skill, adaptability or knowledge that you do. I even understand that communications are not some people’s strong points – hell back in Wrath we had one guild member who became so lost in Ungoro that despite over half hours worth of instructions in guild chat and vent I had to personally fly down there and lead him out.

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I have been informed by wordpress that I have been running this site for 4 years, I can hardly believe it. I can also hardly belive that my internet and phone provider is still out after what seems to be a month, though is probably closer to two weeks.

My apologies on the silence, I had been planning to post something a week or so ago, but work on the other sites that I am involved with have kept me pretty busy, and surprisingly during my free time, I’ve been playing wow instead of writing about it!

I have though been keeping up with the News and Feeds about Warcraft, and I have to admit I am still waiting for some more juicy news on what is coming. For the most part I have to admit, numbers on how spell worls, and pvp changes go over my head .. or past it, and changes to healing, well after every change we have been through since TBC I sort of shrug and say, well I’ll adapt as I always have.

There are a few things though that have caught my attention, and I’ll probably run over them in more details on a future post, but for now I’ll look at three that relate to my main character – Jodrath – my first toon, and still the one I like the most.

The first concern for me when they mentioned updated models was how much looks would change, and I had worried incessantly about how they would change – after all I have been playing with Jodrath for , well seven years now, a change in looks will be a big thing. I mean apart from a 5 second change, which was reverted immediatly I should note, to get the barbershop acheivment .. how Jod looks now is how he looked when I made him. So I’ve been concerned.


A comparison Old vs New thanks to Wowhead

Having finally seen the new Tauren Models, well most of those conserns have been put to rest. The depths of expression on the new models while retaining the familiarity of the old has me impressed. Now I will have to wait to see how my exact model looks once the change hits, but I think the new models will live up to the hype. Though I will say this after watching the Artcraft videos – I didn’t realise that spell casting was such a windy process.

Now onto other things, notably Insect Swarm. I was always a fan of this spell. Not because it was useful, or was incredibly powerful. No I always liked this spell because more than moonfire, or starfall or wrath this spell said .. hey I am a druid. Yep summoning a swarm of biting clawing and stabbing insects feels much more in touch with nature to me than  summoning the power of the sun or moon. So I am glad to see this returning.

On the other hand, I have to admit, I am sad to see Symbiosis dissapearing, even if I am the only one who will mourn its passing. It is not that I had much use for it, lets be honest with my normal raid group the best I could hope for was Ice Block, or the paladins clense. But it did allow me to give our raid a bit more versatility. On the odd occassions I was the only druid and we didn’t have a Death Knight or a Warlock, it mean’t we could give a pally an emergency battle rez. It mean’t we could give a mage a healing spell so if (like she always is) was nowhere near the rest of teh group they get a few seconds extra survivability. So yes, the button may not have been uber to me as a healer, but I did enjoy the opportunities that it presented my raid. I also know our raids Moonkin will miss her mirror images come WoD.

In any event, I shall post again when my Internet returns and fill you in on my thoughts in regards to WoD more fully, but this is me signing off fr now .. thanking those that have patiently followed for the last 4 years.


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