Posts Tagged ‘Wrath of the Lich King’

Mad about Herbs

November 14, 2008
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There are two reasons why I am deviating from the topic I started previously. Wrath of the Lich King, and… Herbs.

Yesterday, I picked up my Wrath copy, and have been glued to my computer ever since. While I did take some breaks for the bear essentials, I did pass most of my time either in the Howling Fjords or following the (most excellent) Death Knight starter quest chain.

So far, this expansion is something extraordinary. I did enjoy The Burning Crusade very much, but on Northrend everything seems much more enjoyable.

The freshness in the air, it is truly exhilarating. Everything is taken as something that was never seen before, and the key word is fun. Quests, fights, professions… Everything is so much fun!

I’ve been playing on my Dwarven Hunter for quite a bit, but haven’t leveled past 70 yet. I think I did like 40 quests so far, and also ran through Utgarde Keep once, which brought me to 90% to level 71 or so. As a short break, I started a brand new Death Knight (also a Dwarf, because they just rule), and the quest chain until you join the forces of the Alliance is non-arguably one of the best the game has to offer. It ends with a movie-style ~2 minute scene which should never be missed, that even has voice acting!

What was it that prevented me from questing further, and reaching levels never seen before? The answer is often green, and has often a strong smell. No, it is not a filthy Horde Orc. The answer is herbs. But why did I prioritize herbs over experience?

Because I’m mad about herbs.

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Wrath of the Healer – Shaman

September 17, 2008
WotLK Healing Tree (Shaman)

WotLK Healing Tree (Shaman)

This post is part of a series of posts titled Healing Inspection, which discusses healing abilities and styles.

It seems rather official – Wrath of the Lich King is being released in a little less than two months!

Which means I should start finishing with this healer overview thing of mine, and get back to the reason I have come up with this blog in the first place – inventing new stuff.

Last and definitely not least, it is the time to discuss the Shaman healer.

For a long time, Shamans have been the Paladin’s counter-class. Alliance had Paladins, while the Horde had Shamans. This has affected their design greatly. Of course, they aren’t close to being the same, but they follow similar principles. Both rely heavily on group utility, and both started with a similar healing style. Healing-wise, the difference between the two is one got better efficiency, while the other received the spell to treat small groups.

In Wrath of the Lich King, Shaman style is not changing by much. On the opposite, it appears as if Blizzard is encouraging Shamans to keep working in the same way, but with a tweak or two.

Before I start, I’d like to warn for the last time – I am not on the Beta, and in this case I also do not have a Shaman healer. I can however use some analytical skills, and their output is coming up next.

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Wrath of the Healer – Paladin

September 14, 2008
WotLK Healing Talent Tree (Paladin)

WotLK Healing Talent Tree (Paladin)

This post is part of a series of posts titled Healing Inspection, which discusses healing abilities and styles.

I don’t know what is happening to me lately, but it is getting harder and harder for me to come up with an introduction to the post. I suppose this is some kind of blogger’s block, and I hope it is just a matter of short time before it passes.

You will have to forgive me for the lack of artistic posting.

Back to topic.
So far, I have discovered that both Druids and Priests are not going to heal the same way in Wrath of the Lich King. Both have new spells, and talents that make both new and old spells work in more interesting ways.

Diversity seems to be the key word at the Blizzard development center, and every class appears to be receiving new and (relatively) original options.

Of course, Paladins are not skipped in the process.

Through vanilla WoW and Burning Crusade they have been using the exact 3 spells (Holy Light, Holy Shock, Flash of Light) all of the time, and mostly casting the same one (FoL) on most encounters. While they are not being granted the Priest’s diversity in the upcoming expansion, their skills are getting a slight face lift, and some of their problems (through the healer’s perspective) are being addressed.

Allow me to show you what I mean (and do remember I do not participate in the Beta, and following is my personal theorized opinion).

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Wrath of the Healer – Druid

September 12, 2008
WotLK Healing Talent Tree (Druid)

WotLK Healing Talent Tree (Druid)

This post is part of a series of posts titled Healing Inspection, which discusses healing abilities and styles.

In an ancient grove, a distinct tree stands.

This tree, It has been thriving in the past. Ensuring its surrounding was kept rejuvenated, swiftly mended, growing and blooming with life, again and again.

The tree was glad, for it recalled how it traveled through its gardens in the passing days, showering flora and fauna with shining health and sparkling life.

It sadly recalled days of blights and parasites, which were very hard for him to handle, for those struck quickly and viciously, sometimes affecting many of the garden creatures at the same time.

But the tree was content, for it knew its job was done to the best of its ability, and that was an innervating feeling for the tree.

It was a tree bursting with life.

But soon, snow and hail will drop from the sky, and the ancient grove will quickly become as white as the heavens in the clouds. For the tree, this is a sign of good fortune.

For trees in Northrend might just be a little bit taller, or maybe thicker.

Wondering what the heck am I babbling about? Read on.

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Wrath of the Healer – Priest

September 10, 2008
WotLK Healing Talent Trees

WotLK Healing Talent Trees (Priest)

This post is part of a series of posts titled Healing Inspection, which discusses healing abilities and styles.

We have seen the whole picture, with types of heals and categorization.
We have inspected the present, with the niches of each healer, and their biggest drawback.
We will now scry into the future, and have a glimpse of what might be.

But be advised! Foretelling is a very risky business. What may look probable now, can become nothing more than wisps of nothingness. As this entire post is based on information gathered from the latest build (as of today) of the Beta, everything I say here may no longer be relevant in a few days or weeks.

Nevertheless, some of the information may yet indicate the direction Blizzard is taking with our 4 healing classes, and we may still learn valuable lessons from it.

For my ease of writing and your ease of reading, I have decided to divide the post into several parts. Today I will cover changes and additions to the Priest, while on my next posts I will review the same for Druids, Shamans and Paladins.

Following, I will simply give a brief explanation of new healing skills and talents. If the reader would like more accurate information, I suggest checking another resource, since I do not participate in the Beta currently.

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Good Idea Blizzard

August 17, 2008
This Side Up

This Side Up

When I started this Blog, I intended it to be about the balance of the game and how new abilities and stuff like that can change things. Along the way I’ve realized that it could be a bit too stressing to focus on all the time, so I decided to recount some off-topic stories along the way.

Today I’m going to post about something in between. It has to do with a new ability, or more accurately a newish feel to an existing one, but it isn’t something I’ve come up with, but Blizzard did. The off-topic part would be sharing my own opinion about this, as my main is the class that this change is affecting.

So, I’d like to give one big thumb up (even two) to the advertised changes to Freezing Trap and Distracting Shot, which should be upcoming in the Wrath of the Lich King beta.

I for one, am very excited, and I’ll explain why in a bit.

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Crowding for Control, the saga continues…

July 22, 2008

“A blogger is never late, he writes precisely when he means to”

Well, actually I personally discovered that writing a Blog requires more time than it appears. A post every 3 days is not exactly what I’m aiming for, we’ll have to see how things roll in the upcoming time.

Now, back to our topic, the crowd control of different classes. I detailed what TBC currently has in stock, let us review what the future holds.

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