So today I wanted to write about how I'm making the move back to Adgamorix - my original angry bald Paladin. I've been tanking in Firelands, healed it some more, and even have a viable ret build. Slipping back into the Paladin role has been like putting on an old pair of shoes, fits perfect every time.
Blizzcon goers taken hostage
Unfortunately, I can't really talk about that today. As I'm sure you're well aware, Blizzcon started today, and there has been an overwhelming ammount of WoW info coming forth. As I expected, the next expansion has been announced, and I'm sorry to say that I am underwhelmed to say the least. If anything, I'm terrified.
The only thing I can really hope is that everyone at Blizzcon, and watching the stream, is currently sitting there with a gun to their head preventing them from admitting that the news we're getting is really just the world's best April Fools joke. Please let this be true, otherwise I'll probably be found setting fire to my authenticator if all the announced items actually go live.
Issue number one - it actually is Jack Black
Kung Fu Panda here we come. Not only are we getting Panderans, but the new class is a freaking Monk. Panda racial is "Bouncy - take 1/2 damage from falling", and other such nonsense. The trailer video looked like "Kung Fu Panda" gone crazy.
Not. A. Fan.
Issue number two - talents revamped again!
This one isn't really so much of an issue, as it is something that makes me laugh. Every expansion, hell every Blizzcon, they talk about wanting to make talents count, and your decisions matter. They wanted to move away from cookie cutter builds, and focus you more into your particular spec.
This was a HUGE fail for Cataclysm, since the revamp to 41 points, with 31 minimum in your selected tree made for the greatest cookie cutter builds of all time. There is little to no variation in your builds, even going from PvE Holy to PvP Holy involves shifting two or three points. Glyphs are the same thing, there's no variation - your choices are pretty cut and dried for most classes.
So I'm happy to see the talents changing, but I don't seen them really making any significant impact on the whole system. I could be wrong of course. It has happened before.
Issue number three - Pokemon gone wild
I honestly was speechless when I saw this news. Your pets, our little non-combat pets, will now have stats and be able to battle? And you can battle "Masters" to get more powerful abilities? I really have no response for this. This is so far away from what we have now, much less what Vanilla was, that it's actually difficult for me to comprehend it on any rational level.
My only hope
Much like the announced changes to guilds, the Archeology system, and many other sweeping changes announced at Blizzcons of yesteryear, I can only hope that many of these changes go the way of the Dance Studio and dissapear into the Twisting Nether. Maybe I'm totally wrong and they will be the greatest changes ever, but I kind of doubt it. To be perfectly honest, if I hadn't seen the new Heart of the Swarm trailer, I probably would have already written the whole convention off.
The other truly scary thing I see (for WoW) is that if you commit to a one year subscription, you will automatically get a Beta invite to MoP (right now I need a mop for my vomit), a mount that looks like the Sparkle Pony and the Winged Gaurdian had a baby, and....Diablo III for free.
That's right. Spend up to $180 (it's less if you pay for it all up front obviously) and get a copy of D3 (which will be what, $60?), a BoA mount (typically $25) and a full year of WoW. Plus the Beta invite, if that's worth anything. This to me says volumes about the state of the game. HoTS and D3 will do well, no matter what WoW does, so you know that 2012 is going to be a banner year for Activision/Blizzard earnings. Maybe they need the extra cash infusion at the end of 2011 to push over some bonus numbers - who the hell knows.
What I do know is that if I had to commit right this minute to playing MoP, I'd probably pass. While I haven't actually seen the footage from Blizzcon, I'm just feeling pretty sour about the whole mess.
My biggest fear of all
Right now I'm truly afraid that we are looking at another year of Cataclysm. While I can't put my finger on exactly when ICC launched vs Cataclysm, I know it was a long damn time. Twice now they've hit us with "shit, we need more content" patches, and both the Sunwell and Ruby Sanctum felt like failures (though for different reasons). I'm afraid 4.3 won't launch until Thanksgiving, and I truly hope and pray they aren't waiting for Christmas to directly compete with TOR. I don't think I can handle eight more weeks of Firelands. I am not a groundhog you know.
My parting gift
I won't show the MoP trailer here, but I will at least show the truly awesome trailer for HoTS. I cannot wait for this to launch.