Yep, got my last rep this morning before heading out to work, and now all that is left is to log in, buy the Hammer…. and start looking for an enchanter to put the +35 Agi enchant on it.

Now, I wouldn’t be ME if I didn’t then spend part of my morning checking the TBC Bear Tanking Gear List to see where my new hammer will rest on the chart… as if I hadn’t already memorized it.

And you know, the daydreaming can’t be complete until I peruse the WoWHead pictures and comments, as if I hadn’t read those either…..

And lo and behold, there is something new to be found!

Now, with Patch 2.3 looming, we had already mentioned Blizz’s plans to change our Heart of the Wild buff in cat from buffing Strength to buffing pure Attack Power, and how they were gonna ALSO buff weapon Attack Power that specifically applies to our forms. And of course we speculated on what that might mean…. Horns had even posted in the comments that when I mentioned Staves as boosting Attack Power in our forms, that I shouldn’t forget a certain HAMMER we all know and love…

But I guess I STILL didn’t consider that if Blizzard was going to buff weapons that provide attack power in our forms…. that it was our TANKING that was gonna benefit the most from the goodness.

Seriously, check this shizznit out…

Now, the image on the left is the original Earthwarden that we have come to know and love… and the image on the right is what WoWHead is displaying as going live in Patch 2.3.

A frantic check of OTHER druidic weapons shows a similar attack power buff.

If this goes live as is… then the threat output from damage done just got a whole lot tastier. And our holding aggro is gonna get just that much better.

I am still feeling sick, but I gotta say, I’m one happy damn Bear right now :)

6 Responses to “Earthwarden HO!!!”
  1. Conquernfool says:

    That sounds great. I’m working on cenarion rep to get the hammer but it will be a long way off for me. I’m half way through friendly. I’m a hoping to get my earthwarden soon after I hit lvl 70 (2 more levels to go), but it will most likely take a while after I hit 70 to get exalted.

    Conquernfool

  2. DC says:

    OMG … I’d heard they were increasing feral AP but 556 -> 712? That’s about 28% more AP. /crytearsofjoy

  3. BigBearButt says:

    @Conquern…

    I see you’re already Honored with Cenarion, so it might be too late to save you, but hopefully I can still save others….

    When you are leveling your character, and you wander fat dumb and happy into Zangarmarsh, DON’T do what I did and do every damn quest.

    Instead, run normal 5 man instances in Coilfang Reservoir, and collect Unidentified Plant Parts. You can turn in Unidentified Plant Parts at Cenarion Expedition for rep, until Honored. Killing mobs in instances other than Steamvaults gets you rep until Honored. When you turn in those Unidentified Plant Parts, sometimes you get an Uncatalogued Species in return. DON’T TURN THOSE IN until you reach Honored!

    Once you hit Honored, you no longer get rep for killiong mobs in Slave Pens or Underbog, and you can no longer turn in Unidentified Plant Parts. However, you can now turn in Uncatalogued Species for rep.

    After you use up your Uncatalogued Species, you should be well into Honored, and have all of your quest rep to look forward to.

    There are tons of quests in Zangarmarsh, but there are almost as many in Blades Edge Mountain at Evergrove. There are alos tasty rep quest chains in Terokkar Forest, and 3 little quests in Netherstorm that net 750 rep.

    After you have exhausted all of the quests, hopefully, you will be VERY CLOSE to exalted, and will only have to run Steamvaults and do Heroic Coilfang instances a few times to hit Exalted. At the very least, you won’t be trying to farm 1000 coilfang Armaments to turn in for rep.

    Please, don’t make the same mistake I did, blow through the entire quest line first, and only then say, Unidentified Plant Parts? What’s that?

  4. Karthis says:

    Grats on the rep & Earthwarden! I just finally got the hammer last weekend…. I’m so glad to be done with SV – I’d imagine you feel the same! =)

    The added attack power was immediately noticeable in my soloing exploits, and news that it’ll be even higher has me over the moon. Things just fall over and die when I hit them now…. and the extra threat (and rage) when tanking is a sweet boost too.

  5. Ferocious Bite says:

    Grats on the Hammer!!! You too Karthis!!!

    I’m glad to see the new stats it will have. Awesome!

  6. Aden Nak says:

    Yep, it looks like all Feral AP items are getting a 1.28057 multiplier (or somewhere around there). I have no idea how they arrived that that particular number, but at this point I don’t quite think I care.

    Honestly, at first I was annoyed by the HotW changes, not because I saw them as a nerf, but because I had often passed on AP/AGI gear in favor of raw STR gear that was only preferable because of the 2.2 multiplier on STR. So the patch bones some Druids to start. But in the long term, it’s going to be a huge buff, especially with the additional buff to Feral AP gear.

    What’d be really nice would be to have some Feral AP items that aren’t weapons, but I doubt we will ever see that. The AP change was made because it’s easier to just give Druids proper access to Rogue gear than to invent a whole subset of leather for Druids. I have mixed feelings about that, actually, since it simultaneously provides us with a greater pool of gear and puts us back in competition with Rogues, Hunters, Enhancement Shaman and even the occasional DPS Warrior for gear.

    Guess Blizzard just had to pick their poison there. Thankfully, they picked AP.

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