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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Waiting for the Release Candidate...?

Oh look, there it is on MMO. No escaping the inevitable then, 4.3's gonna be this month.


It might therefore be time to read the 4.3 Patch Notes properly, if you have not done so already. Yes, I KNOW: they're long, complicated and you want to carry on playing Single Player Campaign in MW3. Trust me, having at least looked at the Class-specific section is a good idea. This patch has 3 new Heroics, a Baradin Hold Boss and an entire new Raid. Really, five minutes with the Patch Notes will be worth your while. Who am I kidding, you're still not going to look at them: I'll be nice and give you some pointers then. I'm such a helpful Dwarf, after all...

If you haven't considered a Transmogrification Set yet, and you're not going to wait for the Recreated Tier available at the Darkmoon Faire, it might be time to start looking at your options. I was paid 200g last night to craft some Invulnerable Mail for a Shaman who was doing just that. One of my more surreal conversations of the last few weeks was in the Dwarven District bank, and saw me giving critical appraisals of another player's Mogging gear sets via /say. I have no idea who he was, I'd never spoken to him before, but he seemed to appreciate my input. People are taking this new development pretty seriously: if you've not thought about it, not long now...

Have you a character stuck at 70 that you just can't stand the thought of levelling through Northrend? It will be approximately 33% faster to do this come 4.3. This change means that many group quests are no longer labelled as such and can be soloed, except if you are a DK. They can now complete these quests while AFK ^^

If you're a melee class, you get a huge great big pat on the back from Blizzard as they admit they really did hate you for most of this Expansion buff your attack power by 20%. Threat mechanics have also been changed, with threat generated by classes in active tanking modes being increased to 500% damage done, up from 300%. It appears that tanks in our Ragnaros fight this week had to actually stop attacking the big guy because they were threat capped, and I assume this is being bought in to counter the issue. The issue of stat inflation's gonna need to be looked at, you know...

Troll Heroics will soon be considered 'Normal' Heroics, and you will only need to kill two out of four bosses to gain access to the end boss. Needles to say, if you want a Bear Mount in an LFG group you have until 4.3 to do it because I can tell you now, no-one is ever going to do those complete runs EVER AGAIN.

Void Storage becomes active, as does a nifty Bag Search option, Archaeology Dig Sites on your mini-map, plus the ability to unlearn a Profession Specialisation without unlearning the entire profession as well (ticks this off the 'What is Wrong With Professions' list of grievances) There's already details surfaced of the changes to Alchemy Specialisations, I'm betting the same could well be true for Engineering (no Engineer on the PTR, curses!) Needless to say, if you were considering a change in specialisation before the patch, I'd do it now, as it will cost you more afterwards.

Oh, and Chaos Orbs are no longer BoP.  That's not in the notes. In fact, there's a lot of stuff currently not listed on Blizzard's 'official' page right now. You know what, playing MW3 might not be such a bad idea after all...

You can't even be bothered to do that? Then watch this instead :D


5 comments:

The Renaissance Man said...

Just as a heads up to your tanks, who apparently don't quite understand how threat works at cap, once you've hit the threat cap of 20 million threat, which is really only possible at the moment on a few encounters, Rag being the most salient, the only way someone can pull aggro is by taunting. What this means is that once you've capped threat, the OT can go all out, the DPS can do whatever they want, and the MT can go AFK, but no one will pull aggro unless they taunt the boss.

The Godmother said...

I'm sure our Tanks are competent and know exactly what they're doing. Me reporting this however, there's where the stupidity and misunderstanding comes in :D

arcanewordsmith said...

Yeah, I expected 4.3 early in December, so the news that Arena Season is ending gave me the old o_O.

Ah, Northrend, here I come. I have a 75 Hunter and 72 DK that I want to put some time into, but it just seemed so futile to do when I knew the XP slash was coming.

The Renaissance Man said...

I didn't mean to insinuate that they were incompetent. Hitting the threat cap is new territory that's only been possible due to threat generation being nearly doubled in a recent hotfix. As such, a lot of people don't know what exactly happens there. My inital fear was that aggro would default onto whomever hit him last at cap, or worse, it might overflow and reset tank threat at zero. I was taught what exactly happens, and I think it's important for raid tanks to know.

The Godmother said...

Nope, tanks are definitely competent (I live with one) but my understanding of what happened with threat in the run was inherently flawed. This is the woman, after all, who thought today (Friday) was actually Monday... ^^