WoW Wrath Class Redesign and Reitemization Explained

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.

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Small Group Raiding in WotLK

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.

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Wrath of the L

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

comes out:

Wrath of the Licking

(Insert mas­sive­ly mul­ti­play­er punch­line here.)