I love what I'm hearing about the new itemization from beta. A lot of it is still in flux, but there's a core variable that isn't: a number of formerly separate stats have been combined:
- critical strike = critical strike + spell critical strike
- hit rating = hit + spell hit
- haste rating = haste + spell haste
- spellpower = healing + spell damage
This is absolutely wonderful. If you're wondering why they're doing this or why it's so important to the quality of PvE, let's geek out a bit and look at each class, the kinds of gear it currently wants, and what just the spellpower (healing + spell damage) combine means in terms of how it's going to make your PvE instances and raids happier.
Continue reading WoW Wrath Class Redesign and Reitemization Explained
As Blizzard announced last week, every WotLK raid will have a small-raid (10-man) option.
So if there are (guessing) four endgame raids at launch, each will have a 10 and 25 man version, creating a completely parallel path to the current 25-man raiding standard. Every subsequent patched-in raid will follow the same design. No more of this "two raids for small group raiding, eight raids for big group raiding". All 10-man raids will be able to physically visit every raid instance, see every boss, gear up and progress along a similar path, and ultimately see the entire expansion.
This is like ice cream in digital form. Strike that, this is like a pack of ice cream wolves wearing ice cream shoulder-cannons running through the streets, shooting ice cream fireworks everywhere. This is simply the best news since the game was released.
Continue reading Small Group Raiding in WotLK
I'm working on a couple of pieces based on the WotLK news updates. Before that flurry of announcements, I was working on boring posts like "Master Looter is the only option", "Pace isn't that hard" and other pieces that sound even worse. Blah blah. I got bored while writing them.
I write everything concurrently, so when I do update it will be with a series of posts. This is how I wrote fiction, too.
Part of writing about the expansion is typing out the name of said expansion. I mistype WotLK every time. What should be:
Wrath of the Lich King
Wrath of the Licking
(Insert massively multiplayer punchline here.)