As I’m sure most are aware, the pre-expansion patch for World of Warcraft arrived yesterday. And with it, some huge changes, two of which I’m really excited about. The first being new character models and the second being the “stat squish“/class ability changes.
My original stint in WoW was an Alliance human holy priest. As later expansions added new classes and new races I was then a goblin (originally a draenei) restoration shaman followed by a blood elf holy paladin. I dabbled with a pandaren monk, a draenei hunter, a worgen druid, a warrior, a death knight … the list goes on. As the years went by the newer races kept getting better looking. The best being the pandaren. That’s all changed! For Warlords of Draenor I’m returning to my Alliance human holy priest roots and she looks FANTASTIC! I’m not all blocky anymore!
Of course, with the good, there comes some bad. Now that most of the character models have been updated, all the things that haven’t stand out for me now. Some gear looks weird stretched over the new frames and some mounts look so outdated (poor Headless Horseman’s mount!).
Whether or not it was the smartest decision (totally wasn’t), my friend and I decided to hop into LFR (Looking for Raid) to test out the new ability/class changes. I AM SO HAPPY! Healing felt wonderful. It brought me back to raid healing in Burning Crusade. Hit me right in the nostalgia. I had a couple less spells to use and most were no longer instant-cast but I felt USEFUL. That would be the biggest complaint I had about what LFR turned out to be. First trash pull? BLOW ALL MY AOE COOLDOWNS BECAUSE HEALING METERS MATTER. That’s essentially what I saw every time I ran LFR. It made me sad. Right up there with that is the total lack of people following mechanics. So much “standing in fire” and sitting in the middle of everyone with an AoE debuff because we could out-heal whatever lack of attention there was. That’s all over now. It took the group I was in 5 times to defeat Sha of Pride (I was only there for the last 3 attempts). People actually had to LEARN the mechanics and healers had to heal CORRECTLY or someone was going to die. Amazing. Awesome. I can’t wait for WoD!
All-in-all, I’m very happy with the patch and can’t wait for Warlords of Draenor to release!