There are a few times in my life I wish I didn’t need to sleep, but sadly has to, and one of those times is right now. Between Overwatch (which I love), the new Fire Emblem, hype for the Warcraft movie, my Patreon work, I do other things as well. I have a confession to make.
There is a natural decline in WoW activity right now, part to the above-mentioned reasons and part to being at the end of an expansion. People have time to breathe a little, do other stuff and come back to Legion refreshed. That is the sane thing to do. You should take breaks, makes you savor the game more the times you play. But I am so bad at taking breaks.
I’m gonna do something different this month, and instead of showing you a small sneak peek of this month’s Patreon rewards, I will show you a full preview. Do mind though, it’s still a work in progress and I still have time left before deadline. I’m still polishing the art and work at other pieces!
A new reward for this month is the Texture Package. It contains 5 textures that can be used for different things such as unit frames (if you implement it with SharedMedia addon), weakauras, or other creative work. I love customized textures, especially once implemented with SharedMedia, because you can personalize your UI so much. Works for Elvui, DBM, Skada, and many more addons.
The art can also be used for your own creative work if you want to do extended work on your UI. I’ve seen some of my patrons done their own version of my UIs through some awesome Photoshop work, and I love to give you the tools to customize how much you want! Go nuts!
Rejoice, my dear readers, I am back with another Legion Mistweaver article! Today, I want to take a bite of the utility discussion that rages on all forums, in practically every expansion. While utility is heatedly debated in the healer community (the whole utility-decides-raid-spot topic), there’s much I don’t agree and many other points that I think have been overlooked. So in this article I will not only try to explain my point of view on Mistweaver utility in Legion, but also clarify a few things in the debate that I think are a bit misleading.
There are two major points that I think muddies the waters in debates and those are 1) lack of definition of what utility is 2) the importance of utility is often grossly overvalued to 98% of the WoW population due to the discussion about utility in hardcore mythic raiding. And I mean hardcore, as in top 50 guilds that spend months on beta to practice raid, then spend months racing through mythic raids on minimum sleep and probably a crap load of fast food. Top guilds deal with a much more extreme raiding environment; extremely difficult content with bad to worse gear. Utility has a potential for them to be their saving grace, but for us other mortals, it plays a lesser role.
But then people see top guilds discuss utility on forums and very special tactics that use certain classes in very niche ways; it seems to color the debate more than necessary. My point is; while I do want to discuss Mistweaver utility with you guys, also remember that utility is notas important as you’d might think.
And if I here another “but shaman utility” argument against Mistweavers, I swear I will explode. The leading healer classes in HFC >Progresssion< have been Disc, Holy Paladin and Shaman due to the type of healing they provided (absorbs, spirit link totem x2, deep healing mastery, etc). So, don’t even go there, my ear drums will scar of hearing this, I swear to Yu’lon.
Legion Beta is up and running! For all you lucky ones, log in and break the servers so they know how to fix it before launch! No seriously, do you worst, it just gives the developers more data for bug fixes and server stability issues. I’d like a nice clean Wow expansion launch for once.
I did not get an invitation for Beta testing, but luckily I can still get access through my boyfriend’s beta. Though, I’d still like my own access so I can get play whenever I want + make my own characters + more time for testing + being able to run dungeons and raid with friends. But I’m not bitter, it could’ve been worse. Could’ve had no access whatsoever. Me and my small violin.
So in the meanwhile, I’m working on the art for Patreon May’s rewards. Got to make all my characters UIs nice and pretty before the launch! This month’s UI is called the Dreamcatcher, and for you who are patrons can watch the sketch of the art on my Patreon page (patrons have access to patron-only blog posts).
Tomorrow (Thursday, 12th of May) Legion will finally go into Beta stage. All specs are available, including artifact acquisition quests and class hall quests. Broken Shore intro is available, all zones are open and world quests have launched. A new wave of Beta invites will come as well!
Personally, I am skeptical that I’ll get an invite because there is a physical law of cosmos that says Ashleah cannot be lucky and get stuff she actually wants, such as invites. But here’s hoping!
If you happen to be a very lucky person and get that pretty Legion: Beta tab in your Blizzard client, here are a few tips of what to do in Beta. Firstly, report all the bugs you come across so most of them have been ironed out for the launch. Secondly: feedback, feedback, feedback! Thirdly, give feedback in a constructive way. There is way too much feedback out there that’s too abstract to be of any help. Here are a few pointers:
After some quiet time, a new alpha build is up and running! This time, developers have officially announced that they’ve begun tuning (on everything except Artifacts, which will be later). Mistweavers’ artifact have had some touch-ups already though!
Sheilun’s Gift now heals for 200% of Spell power per cloud absorbed, up from 150%.
Our base toolkit has been buffed, while the artifact has seen both buffs and nerfs. Renewing Mist had Vivify have certainly been on a rollercoaster ride of buffs and nerfs, and it probably still won’t settle for a while.
Class Hall Monk Set (Icons)
The class hall sets are the old CM Pandaria sets, recolored and with some variation of the shoulders. The old set looked like this:
While we don’t have a screenshot of the new version of the set, we do have the icons, which reveal the color scheme of the set:
Jade green, anyone? Yes, please!
Raid Testing – Krosus and Elerethre Renferal
FatbossTV has posted a few more videos from raid testing:
This month’s Patreon cycle is complete! I’d like to thank everyone who supported me this April – it means a lot! I’m very pleased with the art of this month, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too. As always, I encourage you to experiment with the art and assemble it to your own personal liking – but to get you started, here are some export strings that uses the art!
This month’s art took a little darker turn and has a more futuristic look, while still retaining my visual painting style. I’ve also gotten a little faster at painting, so I managed to create some more pieces, which felt very nice. Progress!