June is over and I’m home from my latest and last trip. In July, I’m gonna go full cave woman and you’ll have to ply me with a crowbar to get me out of my chair now. I’m here, and I’m gonna be here for a while. So now, let me update you on all that has been going on while I’ve been away!
I’ve done my next-to-last journey for this month (one to go!) and I’ve got a few days at home to catch up on the news. There’s been a few updates in the mistweaver front that I’d like to go through, not to mention a few nerfs (sigh).
A lot of changes for Mistweavers has been filtered through the PTR notes, but in bits and pieces. I try to summarize some of the latest changes and news regarding everything Mistweaver in this post. Take a look at what’s in store for patch 7.2 for Mistweaver Monks!
Vivify heals an additional ally (was 3 targets, now 4).
Has been reported by MMO Champion’s datamining, but not Wowhead’s yet.
This was a primarily PvP-focused change. It wasn’t getting much use in PvE (and when it was, that was almost always the wrong choice), and it was giving Mistweavers far too much mobility in PvP, especially in RBGs where it was highly problematic.
We’re obviously aware that this change has balance implications, and are prepared to make any additional changes necessary for Mistweaver PvP performance.
For today’s schedule we saw Method and Midwinter race each other to finish 4 of the bosses in Highmaul WoD raid fastest. We also saw a panel about the WoD cinematics and how the work process looked like, and later a panel with general Q&A.
The raid was definitely the most interesting part. I watched this purely from a healing perspective and my first impression was that it looked a lot of fun. The content seemed challenging but not overly punishing. As promised, we didn’t see the “health bar whiplash” effect as in MoP. The damage pattern looked more like the raid had a bouts of ticking damage, so it was a slower progress down to the like 30-50% health spectrum. The healing process to full health was much slower and it was clear that the healers had to focus some player over the others. When the raid health was back to full it was another bout of ticking damage down to lower health almost immediately. The healers were constantly occupied in other words.
First day of Blizzcon, and in celebration I’ve corked up my Mohawk Blizzard beer (probably the best porter there is) and watched the whole show online. Today there weren’t too many surprises WoW-wise, but I’ll summarize a little of what was brought up on the WoW panels.
There was one panel about the Warcraft Movie, which we still don’t know much about other than the story will be 50% about the Horde and 50% about the Alliance. We saw some of the actors and they talked a little about the work and characters (Durotan and Orgrim amongst others). Still no trailers though.
On the WoW panel we got a small summary of a lot of things we already knew, but some new things as well. Reduction in CC, ability pruning, item squish and healing gameplay were among the topics that were brought up.
Yesterday my guild and I had a go at Mythic SoO. We scraped up 20 players (we’re originally a 10-man guild), our pots and flasks and threw ourselves into the new raid design without having any idea what to expect. Turns out, it was incredibly easy. I don’t know if it was an effect of the tuning, or the transition to 20-man from 10-man that did it, but we’ve never had it so easy! Encounter wise, that is. Class wise? Crap. Crap on toast.
In all its essence though, SoO still is a Mists healing encounter. Absorbs are still overpowered and the fights are designed for people who can run and cast amazing AoE heals at the same time. It was bound to be a bit awkward. But I hadn’t expected that much awkwardness though.
6.0 has finally launched and it feels like early Christmas! I’ve already sunk my teeth into the new dungeon (easy peasy) and lolled around in Crane Stance (while admiring my new character model). Mostly of it feels pretty comfortable for me since I’ve already gotten accustomed to the changes by playing Beta. Not so for everyone though. Many questions has been raised in Trade Chat about what’s happening. Most of the answers can be found in the patch notes, so why won’t we go through them?
This is a list of changes I have shamelessly copied from MMO;
New Character Models– Often requested, finally here!
Stat Changes– The stat squish is finally here. Yes, you can still solo old raids.
Item Changes– Reforging, Hit, Expertise, Dodge, Parry, all gone!
Auction House Changes– The Alliance, Horde, and Neutral auction houses have all been merged. The BMAH has moved to Draenor.
Currency Changes– Justice and Valor? Gone! You can still buy most items (other than Heirlooms) for gold.
Toy Box– The toy box is here to hold your novelty items and free up some bag space.
Reagent Bank– More storage space for profession reagents has been added. Most also stack up to 200 now as well.
Void Storage Size Increase– Another Void Storage tab has been added. Try not to fill it up in a week.
Guild Changes– Guild levels? Gone! Most perks? Gone!
Group Finder– The Raid Browser is gone and the much improved Group Finder is here.
Siege of Orgrimmar Changes– SoO is giving out Heirloom weapons and now uses the new Warlords raid size system.
Level 90 Upper Blackrock Spire– You can grab some item level 550 gear and preview this dungeon for the next month.
Blasted Lands Quests– The Iron Horde have invaded the Blasted Lands and have a short quest line for you.
New Login Screen– The Dark Portal is back in this new login screen.
Arena Skirmishes– Proving that persistence pays off, the ongoing request for skirmishes has been granted.
UI Improvements– The default UI has received several upgrades, including Raid and Battleground specific graphical settings.
Darker Nights– A few areas such as Redridge and and Elwynn Forest are now actually dark at night.
Old World Dungeon Revamps– Blackfathom Deeps, Razorfen Downs, and Razorfen Kraul have been updated.
Undelete Character Feature– You can now restore characters above level 50 forever.
Server Responsiveness Improvements– The sever now processes events much faster, which should make gameplay feel even more responsive.
Anti-Aliasing– MSAA had to go away to move the client technology forward, so we only have FXAA and CMAA now.
Addons– As always, we need your help collecting data from in game by installing the WoWDB addon. Many other addons are also already updated for Patch 6.0.2.