Archive | April, 2010

Unplugged

21 Apr

Mostly anyway.  So the Army calls and I’m off for a couple of weeks wearing the salad suit and practicing my grim demeanor.  For the moment it just means that I’m fairly busy – Internet challenged much of the time – and enjoying a few days in the Twin Cities before heading off to the land of beer and pretzels for a couple of weeks…(that’s Germany folks…not Wisconsin…..)

For the most part my efforts in game have been reduced to logging into my AH alts and conducting a little business.  I could do a little more, maybe eek away at Loremaster or try to finish up the Battered Hilt quests so I can finally get rid of my old 232 2-hander.  Honestly though – the desire just isn’t there.  Its Spring – the weather is amazing and St. Paul / Minneapolis have enough trails and bike paths to keep the mountain biking and trail running part of my brain on overload.  Each day we’re released – I jet back to my room – drop the salad suit and throw on my running shoes.  It feels good.

A big part of the mindset change has to do with going from an 150+ mile daily commute to one that lasts about 10 minutes (if I get lost…)  The amount of free time that gives me back is just this side of obscene and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

I’m going to keep writing right up until we ship out in a few days (European Volcanos and Airlines permitting) – but after that it’s probably going to go quiet for a while.  That’s okay though – we all need a break from one another and honestly – you’ve been letting yourself go some.  Maybe you should hit the trail while I’m gone – will do you some good.

Until then – take care of  yourselves – enjoy the game and don’t delete the Paw from your daily reading list quite yet 😉

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I Do Not Want a Star Pony…

15 Apr

Just saying…

Strong *and* Smart

14 Apr

Paladin changes are up.  I know the class is severely overpopulated – but I still enjoy it.  There’s one particular change (other than the fact that Pallies finally get Crusader Strike at level 1 … thank goodness) – that just makes me all warm inside.

Blessing of Might will provide the benefit of Wisdom as well. If you have two paladins in your group, one will do Kings on everyone and the other will do Might on everyone. There should be much less need, and ideally no need, to provide specific buffs to specific classes.

Makes so much sense I think I cried a little.  Seems like they should have changed the name or something though.  After all – when hunters got both Aspect of the Hawk and Aspect of the Monkeh rolled together we were blessed with “Aspect of the Dragonhawk”.  Not sure what they might call this buffed blessing….

Blessing of Norris maybe?

(ducks)

Making Druids Mad – Everywhere I go….

12 Apr

Just a few thoughts about the Cataclysm Druid Preview:

  1. Tree of Life will be a cooldown kinda thing – which means that while you’re healing, you get to look like a druid instead of the halleluja tree.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like the tree and all, but it would be nice to get to look like a *druid* for once – so I’m for this change.
  2. I wish they’d do this with Moonkin form too.  Seriously – I hate balance druids.  No, that’s not right.  I mean I love that druids get a ranged caster talent spec, but Moonkin form – really?  I know there are thousands of you that love being fat dancing birds – and you all deserve your own special club – but I just don’t get it.  If balance druids have to keep the owl-bird-thing, here’s to hoping Trolls and Worgen get a different form – I’m not expecting they will – but I can hope.
  3. Bears get a new button to push while tanking – good about time.  But best we can tell – they’re not getting anything to silence casters or reflect spells.  That’s too bad.
  4. Cats dps rotation is going to get simplified a little – probably a good thing – I’m getting old.
  5. We might get our bear and cat forms earlier than we do now.  That would be a huge help leveling and would allow folks that really want to be feral to at least feel feral before level 20.  I’d like to see the cat form get its own quest too.  I doubt it will – but again – I can hope.
  6. Magic Mushroom Attack….sigh….

A lot of angst out there regarding the druid preview.  Won’t go into it here – suffice it to say some folks seem fairly happy, but the rest are either underwhelmed or RAGING.  I’m undecided.  I was a vanilla WoW druid.  I remember them when they SUCKED no matter what form they were in.  Today – druids are one of the most versatile and impressive classes in the game.  I’ve got buddies in the military that refuse to play anything *but* druids.  The combination of stealth and attacks that come from land, sea, or air just suit their playstyle.

Overall – I guess I can say that I’m cautiously optimistic.  Druids have to be a miserably hard class to balance and they’re pretty damn formidable as is.  I don’t see the addition of 5 levels as being something that guarantees significant new abilities.  The refinement of existing abilities sure – but no overhaul.

Historically – I’ve alway gravitated to Shaman, Druids and Hunters (thus – the name of the blog) and I’m fairly happy with what I’ve seen for all three classes.  Whether I step down from the world of huntering and start a new main come Cataclysm really remains to be seen.

The Best New Hunter Change for Cataclysm

9 Apr

I’ll be in the minority here – but this is my absolute favorite change to come out of the Cataclysm: Hunter Preview:

Additionally, hunters will now start with a race-appropriate pet at level 1 and will be able to tame a different pet at level 10.

No more starting off life at level one with a bow and a knife only.  No more spending 9 levels using Raptor Strike more than your ranged weapon.  It will be interesting to see what “race appropriate means”.  I hope they make that pet something special and not just something common.

Yeah – there are plenty of huge changes in the hunter preview that are probably more important.  The change from mana to focus – the addition of a new shot and infinitely launchable traps – the rebirth of the Camouflage ability.  But who cares.  I’ll let all those srs hunter bloggers whine/bitch/theory craft that to death – they’re good at it.  What’s cool to me is that when a new hunter steps out into the wastes of Durotar or under the star dusted skies of Teldrassil, they’ll do so with a weapon in one hand and their loyal companion at their side.

Just the way it should be.

(oh yeah a couple of notes: Klinderas – bro – they’re really getting rid of ammo – really….finally)

and

(I guess the addition of some melee ability is dead as they’re giving us some ranged abilities at level 1 now and getting rid of buttons we never hit – like Mongoose Bite….At least they’ve decided!)

(druid changes next plox – I may be back to druiding again full time come cataclysm if the changes tickle me in the right spot…)

and finally…

(I just realized that Negathle has signed off for the last time – what a kick in the junk – if you’ve ever read a hunter blog and and not read  hers – you’ve missed the point in my opinion.  Swing by the Angry Butterfly and let her know you’re miserable that she’s gone…)

Heroic Leap is Back!

8 Apr

Heroic Leap – the most amazing warrior talent ever conceived appears to be back in the game as of Cataclysm!  HL has a bit of an on again – off again history as the devs have put it into beta builds before and then yanked it right back out.  As it stands, before the any subsequent nerfs, or obliterations the ability looks like this:

Heroic Leap (Level 85): This ability makes the character leap at their target and apply the Thunder Clap ability to all enemies in the area when they land. Heroic Leap will be usable in Battle Stance and shares a cooldown with Charge, but the Juggernaut and Warbringer talents will allow Heroic Leap to be used in any stance and possibly while in combat. The cooldown for this ability might be longer than the Charge ability, but it will also apply a stun effect so you can make sure the target will still be there when you land.

Did you get all that?  A leap/charge-thunderclap-stun!  Throw in Juggernaut and Warbringer and playing a warrior just became 150% more fun.

Now – seeing as how Warriors seem to be Blizzard’s favorite class to nerf – I have a feeling that Heroic Leap will get its awesomeness whittled down a little.  But I hope not 🙂

The real question is if Hunters are going to be able to chain disengage away from his monstrosity of a talent!

Cataclysm: Class Reviews

7 Apr

So this week we’re going to get a taste of what Blizzard has planned for our favorite classes in Cataclysm.  There’s a lot of excitement and trepidation around what this is going to mean for game play.  For myself – I’ve been pretty apathetic about the previews as I’m more interested in the changed world, the new quests, and new race class combinations.

But that flip-flopped when I read through the Shaman preview  ( You can find it: HERE )

Seriously – the changes coming for our totem wielding brethren are way more expansive than just a new level of FROSTSHAWK!  They’re getting tweaks that address how they level, how they manage their attributes and resources, as well as an ability that can increase their caster mobility.  Maybe I got a little over excited when I read the preview, but I have to say that I think they’ve really expanded and refined what it means to play a shaman and done so for the better.

Now – I’ve always been a dilettante Shaman.  Cindershock, my 80 has spent the better part of her life at the level cap as either a PvP toy or a transmutation spec alchemist faithfully churning out epic gems for the AH.  But come Cataclysm – I could actually see her taking a more prominent role again.  Or more likely – I could see her continuing to churn out her alchemical wares to fund a brand new dwarven enhancement shaman – which quite honestly – is one of the top 3 race/class changes I’m looking forward to.

(The others are Tauren Paladin and Worgen Druid respectively)

So – I’m excited!  Change!

Yeah!

As far as what the coming changes are going to look like for hunters?  Hard to say.  I’ve heard we’re going to lose our mana bars and that we might get a touch more melee viability.  At them moment I don’t really care.  I’m burnt out enough on hunters in general that I’m going to be cheering pretty much any change we get.  I’m probably in the minority I think, as most folks seem to like hunters pretty well as is.  We’ll see though – our change day comes on the 9th – should be interesting if nothing else.

What are you hoping for?  What race / class combo has you excited?  Or are you sitting in a bunker with your foil hat on, clutching an original copy of vanilla WoW, and praying that absolutely nothing changes?

** Oh yeah – one thing – the fact that come Cataclysm – shaman will no longer be able to cleanse poison – that gave me a serious 😦