I will go on later to praise many things about the recent patch, but for now, I’d like to take a moment to get down on paper how irritating some of the bugs are.
First, a brief moment of silence for the many, many folks whose servers have been screwed since the Patch, and who have been unable to play at all. Our thoughts are with you all. That bites.
Second, a heartfelt /mourn for all of the Hunters who are trying to play with their pets and enjoy the new Talent trees, but who are being affected by the Pet auto-cast Cower/Prowl CRAP.
I can tell you from personal experience, that having a pet that you count on to provide Threat and all-up-in-your-face damage decide that, no matter what you do, it’s gonna auto-cast Cower every time the cooldown is up, regardless of what is activated or turned off, and regardless of whether the skill is left in the Spellbook or placed on the Pet Bar with the ability right-clicked off, SUCKS. And the Prowl turning itself on auto-cast every time you pull your pet out? Including every time you dismount or take a flight? You’re killing me here.
And please, don’t bother saying “l2p just do xxx it goes away, you sux”, just because it worked for you. Or linking to Blue posts. Seen ’em all, tried ’em all, and they don’t reliably work because it is a bug unassociated with Addons or corrupted files. It is a bug. A problem in the core programming. Deleting WTF folders, removing all Addons, pulling abilities onto the Pet Bar, running the in-game reset UI, they do not work for everyone. If it worked for you, great. Really, great. I mean that.
But until there is a proven solution that works for everyone, giving advice is fine, but don’t presume that because you are not experiencing the bug, that it does not exist. My Hunter is fortunate, Moonclaw’s Prowl is not bugged, only Cower is. Cassie’s Hunter pet has both bugs. Many other players I talked to don’t have either problem, or had it on a pet and then it went away. And some did have the problem with Cower… they just didn’t know it, because Cower was only on their Pet Spellbook, not on the Pet Bar where they could keep an eye on it.
Seriously, the last thing someone struggling with a problem wants to hear is how someone else isn’t experiencing the problem, so it must either be our imagination, or we just don’t understand such byzantine concepts as moving abilities to the Pet Bar and right clicking them to turn auto-cast off. (Why am I getting that point down? Just go read the Hunter forums. You’ll see why soon enough.)
It’s not a game breaking problem while soloing, but in raids, when everyone is rejoicing in their newfound power, it is irritating. I want my kitty big, red, and behind the bad guys’ back doing massive damage, thank you very much. And we gots good tanks in these here parts, mister. Don’t be needing your dang ol’ Cower.
Oh, and on the subject of pet bugs… Heart of the Phoenix? Yeah, I spent a Talent point on that. Hey Blizzard, could you please take a look at this Talent that is supposed to let my pet auto-rez once in an hour, and get it to actually, like… auto-cast?
Here’s the deal… Heart of the Phoenix, for me at least, is not auto-casting when my pet dies. Okay, no problem, I hear you say. Just add it to the Pet Bar, and when pet dies, cast it manually.
Well, that would work great, except the Pet Bar disappears when your pet dies, so you can’t clickie the little phoenix head button to cast it.
So you need to either open your spellbook to click the spell, or you need to create a macro/keybind to cast it manually on your UI.
Which, hello… is not quite the same as having an auto-cast pet rez, like we thought we were buying. I’ll take an instant cast pet-rez any day of the week, make a macro, taht’s cool and all. Totally not whining, please don’t steal it away… just asking, can ya fix it up the rest of the way, when you get a chance? No problem if it’s low on the priority list. That’s cool. Just let me know how it’s going, okay?
Last thing… yes, there have been lots of other bugs… instance servers down, server instability, lag, global D/C… even server resets taht kick off the AQ war event all over again.
Blizzard, I love you dearly. You folks really nailed the fun factor releasing this massive activity and new toy patch a month before the expansion. It’s awesome.
Just… please keep us informed in how the debugging is going. We really, really want to know.
Even a “we know there is an issue, it’s on the list” would give us a great deal of /sigh, /relief. We don’t have that for our pets yet, and it makes us /sad!
We now return you to your regularly scheduled gushing over WoW awesomeness, already in progress.