World of Warcraft Patch 3.1 (Dual Spec/Ulduar) Now Live!

15 04 2009

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To think I wrote a rant just a few days ago about the lack of stuff to do in this game; I guess Blizzard heard me.  Patch 3.1 arrived today, to the glee of millions of bored MMORPG fanatics.  Things didn’t go smoothly though, since a majority of the servers were down till as late as 9 PM EST.  Nevertheless, Blizzard has apparently fixed the problems, since I am now able to get online.  Now to go over what’s new with patch 3.1:

  • Ulduar raid, with both 10 and 25 man versions
  • Ground mounts can now swim
  • Argent Tournament – A new PvE battle zone in which you help particular factions fight for their respective cities (rewards you with weapons, tabards, mounts, special items, etc.)
  • Dual Specialization (Finally!) – A 1000 gold fee is required at the beginning, with standard costs implemented afterward — Free respecs rewarded when you first log in
  • Some minor Wintergrasp changes (more NPCs, vehicle tweaks)
  • New VoA Boss
  • Talent tree revisions for all classes

All in all some major stuff taking place here — which is fine by me.

See you all in game!





Ulduar Where Art Thou?

10 04 2009

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I admit, I’m a Warcraft addict.  Not just from the largely popular World of Warcraft, but the series as a whole.  I’ve always been a fan of the Warcraft line, dating back ten years ago when it was a kick-ass RTS series.  Nevertheless, my guild has been bored as of late, with many of them not even logging in due to the tedium of the current endgame.  The problem is that there just isn’t enough to do after you run through Naxxramas for the twentieth time.  Sure it’s exciting to see how well you can tank, heal, or DPS, but after a while the fights become so easy that you can do it blindfolded; I like the term “rolling your face across the keyboard” though.  It’s not enough that it’s too easy, the trash is so troublesome that most of the guild go AFK when it comes to clearing all the extra monsters in the Plague and Military wings — ugh.  Also, the guild isn’t trying as hard as they used to, which results in wipe, after wipe, after wipe (yea I’m talking to you Thaddius).

Now I play a Death Knight, which so happens to be the new “huntard” class in Wrath of the Lich King.  Though to protect my class choice I must say that is not entirely true.  Any class can put out good DPS, but it takes someone who knows their gear, rotation, and talents to truly produce the best damage output.  It is this element of the game that I have been truly obsessed with for the last few months.  Watching which runes are currently available, all the while trying to use your rotation amongst all the chaos is why World of Warcraft is such a brilliant game.  Unfortunately, because it is an MMORPG, it consistently needs “patches” for players to stay interested.  A lot of ignorant players today wish for the game to revert back to its earlier days, but they couldn’t be more wrong.  I wouldn’t wish that kind of grinding upon anyone to be honest; it really was ridiculous.

So now that Wrath of the Lich King is entering its 6 month mark, it is time for the next big patch.  Of course with it will be some errors, bugs, and plenty of downtime, but the end result will truly be worth it.  I am displeased at the Death Knight losing its dual wield power with the talent changes, but it just opens up some new doors and playability choices.  It’s a good thing I just got Death’s Bite two weeks ago; it will give me a chance to try out the Unholy changes.  Also, some of the new weapons that Ulduar is introducing look spectacular, with rogues getting the most love (not that I’m surprised) with all those daggers to choose from.  The focus definitely seems to be on “Armor Penetration,” which up till now hasn’t been a particularly spectacular statistic.  Though I’m sure enough it, like expertise, will result in it being more of an asset.

So all in all, for the sake of those poor bored addicts, please bring out patch 3.1 soon Blizzard.  At least there’s PvP . . . damn retribution Paladins.