UPDATE: Servers are starting to come back up, US side anyway. A handful are live, like Draka and Dark Iron. And with that said, and having successfully logged into Draka just to see, I can affirm… there are some servers coming up. Whee.
I’m gonna go give my son a bath and make some dinner.
Okay, panicky panickers of the realm of panic.
Yes, as I said in the last post, the patch notes as released ain’t complete.
And no, neither are the updated ones WoW Insider posted at 3:30 eastern time here.
I mean, seriously did you read that?
New Talent- Protector of the Pack (Feral): Increases the bonus attack power for Bear Form and Dire Bear Form by an additional 20/40/60% for each friendly player in your party, damage taken is reduced while in Bear Form and Dire Bear Form by 1/2/3%. New Talent – Mother Bear (Feral): Increases the bonus attack power for Bear Form and Dire Bear Form by an additional 20/40/60%, and for each friendly player in your party, damage you take is reduced while in Bear Form and Dire Bear Form by 1/2/3%.
Boy, I just can’t wait to get both Protector of the Pack AND Mother Bear! Woot!
Ghostcrawler popped up and said on the Beta forums that we will not, in fact, be getting 100% of everything for every class.
Fine. I’ll post it here.
The build going live right now has a lot of class changes. But it doesn’t have all of them. Some changes, particularly those that affect high level abilities and some of the changes we made more recently won’t be in today’s build. But you will get them all on or before Nov 13 when Lich King goes live.
While we have done some balance testing at level 70 with the changes, we tested at level 80 a lot more, since so many players are focused on Arena combat and endgame raiding. Balance at 70 is going to feel different from 80. 🙂
If you played WoW at the 2.0 version before Burning Crusade shipped, you’ll remember that this can be a crazy time. You have new abilities through talents, but not new core abilities, and not enough talent points to get everything. There are major gear changes, major mechanic changes, and a lot of class changes.
Some of those are going to take some getting used to, and despite our best efforts, it’s entirely possible we’ll find something broken that needs to be hotfixed right away.The game should start feeling a little more normal again when Lich King ships. It’s cool to keep providing feedback and testing things out.
Just try and be a little patient and understanding over the next couple of weeks as players learn about the changes (especially players who weren’t in the beta), get all of their broken mods working, and we make whatever fixes we need to make on our end.
People seem to be freaking out that this means no Titan’s Grip, Berserk, or other 51 (or even 46 point) Talents, because the patch did not specifically call those Talents out by name.
At ease, people.
Bornak has posted on the official WoW forums that, as far as he is aware, we are getting our 51 point Talents. It would seem that our Talent trees are complete.
And I’ll post that too.
Last I heard:
All players will have their talent points reimbursed and will have access to new talents throughout their trees; this includes the 51-point talents. Several new spells and abilities have been added for all classes. Players will need to visit their class trainer to learn new spells.
If I were to hazard a guess, and yes I am the kind that will, I would suggest that what is most likely, is that some changes to existing Talents that we have seen in the latest PTR and Beta builds may not have gone live just yet.
As in, we may not in fact see unlimited targets affected by Swipe. Or we may not see Predatory Instincts affecting cat form ONLY.
But Bornak says, as far as he knows, we will get 51 point Talents.
If you want to believe we are getting completely broken Talent trees or believe it’s all gonna end in tears anyway, that’s fine. Different historiocal patch updates could legitimately lead you to believe that. In fact, we have had some server downtime in the past that was scheduled to end at a certain time, and we were still waiting 8 hours later, with less changes coming in the pipeline.
But if you are building panic based on vagueness in the patch notes and Ghostcrawler’s even vaguer mutterings bereft of specifics, just relax and wait and see.
PLEASE relax and wait and see.
TOMORROW we can rant and whine. ‘kay?
And when I download and INSTALL a patch, I call the patch live. It may see additional ‘hotfixes’ before servers go up, but I’m calling a patched game install a ‘live’ patch. I know Bornak said we should wait until the patch goes live for updated patch notes. I have no idea what he’s talking about. I got patch notes when the patch installed. I can’t believe I’m actually seeing arguments by people nitpicking that ‘if the servers aren’t up, the patch isn’t live, whine, whine..’. Geez, are you kidding me?
I’m not gonna sit at my computer and obsess, I’m gonna go watch Junkyard Wars.