My apologies for taking some time. I’m a very busy lady, and the time needed to run and keep happy a large guild can be taxing. I love it, and I love the culture and the people, but sometimes life catches up with you. When “real life” and “guild life” both add intensity, “blog time” (my recreation and downtime) gets lost in the shuffle. Rest assured, I will be posting with more regularity soon.
What isn’t exciting about WoW right now? I mean, other than Icecrown Citadel (which we’ve farmed to death), bugs in beta and on the PTR (drowning in no water, for the win!), and the still missing release date for Cata. Other than those things, game looks great, right?
Shadow on the PTR
Spriests have a few things to look forward to in the coming 4.0.1 patch. Our shadowfiends should have higher overall uptime, our damage will come from a few additional sources, and we’ll have a risky but powerful execute move, in the form of a buffed Shadow Word: Death.
Level 80 is not balanced. We’re OP at some things, and our mana regeneration feels off. Blizzard is comfortable with this, as tuning is build around the new cap, of level 85.
Disc/Holy on the PTR
I dueled for a few hours with a retribution paladin friend of mine on the PTR. Holy can win duels, and the new Holy Word series is exciting. It was at this point that I decided to have Holy be my offspec.
And then I tried out Power Word: Barrier. Let me just say that this spell is a visual masterpiece. The detailing is perfect, and it makes the discipline priests–the specialization often seen as unnoticed in the meters and raids–bright and shiny in the middle of the action.
Mana management is more of a mini-game, but if the fights allow for it without giving healers a heart attack, I’m all for the change. Beta reports so far are sketchy.
I haven’t been responsible for the transition between expansions before. I’ve put a lot of plans into place, recruited players with an eye to their long-term prospects in the guild, and kept the space as drama-free as possible.
But I haven’t led raids through a ton of new progression content. That is, I’ve always had Tankspot.com, wowwiki, and a host of Youtube videos to go over first. Tackling new Heroic modes with the guild has tested my abilities, but I’ve always gone in having has someone else teach the major parts of the basic fights.
I’m nervous, but excited. More to follow.