So I’m a little long-winded. My typical posts run somewhere in the 2000 word range, with the longest of them hitting a staggering 4000 words. As a personal challenge, I am going to provide a little commentary on multiple aspects of Patch 3.2 . . . in two sentences or less. Patch changes are listed in descending order according to the very scientific standard of my personal interest in them.
Coliseum Raid Instance
Five bosses is far too few for a new raid dungeon, regardless of how many times we can play through it in a week. Also, if Blizzard thinks I’m going to be satisfied fighting a Jormungar that looks like every other big worm just because it drops Tier 9, they are fooling themselves.
Normal and Heroic Versions for both 10 and 25 players
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really don’t enjoy killing the same boss repeatedly–regardless of the “extras” in hardmode–in the same week. I used to really, really hate the 3-day reset on Zul Aman for that reason.
New Druid Art
I applaud any and all new artwork in game, including the pink kitty. Now, if I can have one of these forms, I might just go feral myself.
Resto Tier 9 Bonuses
Lackluster compared to Tier 8. HoT ticks that can crit will have less impact than a small front-end instant heal on Rejuvenation.
Three Flavors of Tier 9
They had better not be Rum Raisin, Licorice, and Bubble Gum. In all seriousness, the designers need to take care that the color mix doesn’t make us all look like clowns.
Wait, didn’t they realize that the Bloom is nearly 100% overheal anyway? This spell’s now awkward mechanics and situational use have already minimized its place in my rotation, and I’m quite sure that we don’t need it at all as things stand.
New Resto Idol
This will be the new must-have Resto druid accessory, more stylish even than a pair of Manolo Blahniks.
Changes to Mp5 allocation
It’s about time! Even in BC this stat was too “expensive” for its value.
Upgrades to Profession Bonuses
These are all fantastic and I applaud them, but I had really wanted a new alchemist stone. I just really like the idea of manufacturing my own Pet Rock of Uber.
Epic Gems Available
There goes all my hard earned flask money! Seriously, did we even need these?
Reuseable Flask of the North
Why haven’t they thought of this before?
New Moonkin Idol
Probably not as good as the Resto idol since Moonfire is a low-priority spell.
New Heirloom Item
With this stacking bonus, my baby priest will be leveled up to . . . 40 in no time, before I forget her again.
Streamlined Emblem System
Golf claps. The system as it was could be pretty awkward, and at this point in progression it’s appropriate to use emblem gear to facilitate a reroll.
I want a baby raptor, especially if he makes a cute squeaky noise.
More Argent Tournament Dailies
I wish I didn’t have to have exalted reputations to unlock them. Dailies are a nice thing to do on alts, and I’ll be stuck doing them on Syd–I just can’t really see myself getting the Argent Dawn/Crusade rep a second time.
More Argent Tournament Mounts
The dailies didn’t hold enough of my interest for me to buy even one of the mounts yet, so I’m indifferent. I still have two pets to go as well.
More Tasks For My Argent Tournament Squire
I love how Averna calls him her pet boy. I humiliate mine by making him carry the Gnomeregan flag, and I can’t wait to make him fetch my dry cleaning.
Changes to Mounts and Mount Prices
I am extremely puzzled by anyone who opposes these much needed quality-of-life changes. To them, I will only say that every generation, as it ages, always claims that when they were young, things were “much better” because they had to work “much harder”–It’s annoying when Gramps says it, and it’s annoying when you post it on the forums.
Venomhide Ravasaur for the Horde
That’s just ducky, but why doesn’t Blizz let everyone get both this mount and the Winterspring Frostsaber? I have never understood the resistance to cross-faction mounts.
Changes to Shield Block on Items
This is not a genuine fix to warriors and paladins, and is barely a bandaid. I still foresee a day of reckoning ahead for tank balance.
Funny, I still haven’t managed to visit Strand of the Ancients yet . . .