November 13, 2014. Only 10 days away from the actual 10-year anniversary. I like the date. It’ll add an extra level of excitement to the BlizzCon festivities since they’re so close together. I’ll be killing Iron Horde at the Dark Portal and the revamped UBRS on one screen, with the BlizzCon livestream on the other.
The only thing I don’t like is that it’s a mere 5 days away from the release date of Dragon Age Inquisition, a game I am very excited to play. Sorry, Dragon Age, you’re going to have to be put on the backburner for a while.
There’s some other bits and bobs I wanted to mention. Small stuff I didn’t think was deserving of its own post, so I’ll cram them in here.
The Warlords cinematic and Lords of War
As a longtime Warcraft player (prior to WoW), I enjoyed the cinematic quite a bit. But… I was kind of hoping for a cinematic look at some of the actual zones, and more characters beyond dude orcs. I know this is an orc-themed expansion and this is important background information, but after Mists (especially over a year of 5.4), there’s only so much orc this and orc that I can take. Orc orc orc. Orcs!
It was cool to see Maraad and Varian in Lords of War though. I actually think I was more impressed with that then the cinematic even though it was more Orcfest ’14. Can’t wait to see the remaining episodes.
Tom Chilton interviews at Gamescom
There were a few fairly informative interviews from Gamescom with WoW’s game director, Tom Chilton. Here were some of the highlights:
- Legendary ring quest! Similar to the legendary cloak quest in that it will span most of the expansion, but they promise less grindy parts.
- Transmog system revamp is likely to arrive in a Warlords content patch. Similar to Diablo 3’s where you don’t need to keep a physical copy of the item to keep its transmog look.
- Patch 6.0 will be out around 1 month before Warlords (the closest Tuesday would be Oct. 14th).
- Extremely rare Garrison missions will award raid quality loot.
- The Inn building in Garrisons gives you a daily dungeon quest, like the old Proof of Demise quests from Wrath.
I’m really excited for the transmog revamp. I have 4 free bag slots on live (on my main), and I’ve calculated the inventory changes in 6.0 will free up around 75 slots for me, give or take. That will tide me over for a little bit, but the real inventory problem for me is transmog. Since I play multiple hunters, I’m also insanely excited about the prospect of it being account-wide so I can use my main’s transmogs on other hunters.
New hunter spell effects on the way?
Hunters are a little lacking in the spell effects department. We have a few cool new effects in Warlords, but outside of that we’ve got… Glaive Toss?
Lead VFX artist Terrie Denman asked for player input on old spell effects the other day. I happily obliged.
@TerrieDenman Older hunter stuff in general is a little lacking in the flashy department. I like Exotic Munitions and Focusing Shot though!
— Bendak (@BendakWoW) August 15, 2014
I went on to suggest some new effects for Arcane Shot and Aimed Shot. I suggested having them leave tracers and maybe some kind of laser sight (or equivalent) effect while casting Aimed Shot. I could have suggested many more, but I didn’t want to spam her twitter. I thought focus dumps — the effect we see most — would be a good place to start. It seems she is open to the idea…
I believe trails are an avenue worth exploring for certain hunter abilities. — Terrie Denman (@TerrieDenman) August 15, 2014
Maybe we’ll see something in a future build? I sure hope so!
Spell alerts for Sniper Training
Marksmanship’s Mastery, Sniper Training, requires that you stand still as much as possible to maximize your damage. The problem right now is there is no visual to tell you it has activated. This is being remedied.
— Celestalon (@Celestalon) August 16, 2014
Requiring one less mandatory WeakAura is a good thing, but I’m still not crazy about Sniper Training. I like the concept, but it feels wrong to me that if you move for more than 3 seconds at a time, one of your major secondary stats is entirely negated. It also causes other weird problems with the range component where you can be in range one second, and out of range the next.
My humble suggestions for Sniper Training would be for the damage and crit damage components to be active at 50% strength at all times, and 100% strength when you are standing still as it is now. I’d also suggest that the range component is permanent so you don’t run into those annoying out of range issues. It would still reward you for movement management, but punish you less in PvP or on movement heavy fights.
Incredible Hunter Cosplay
This guy won first place in the Blizzard cosplay competition at Gamescom this weekend. His amazing Gronnstalker armor actually has moving and blinking eyes on the shoulders and head. He even had a hunter trap prop. I didn’t see any pictures with a bow or gun though. Too bad. The armor is fantastic though.
What to do in WoW until 6.0?
I’m categorically done with raiding in MoP. I’ve got my challenge mode armor. Got most of the achievements, mounts, etc. that I want. I’ve got one more thing I’d like to get around to finishing and that’s Brawler’s Guild, which I haven’t touched for around a year it seems.
Beyond that I’ve thought about farming up some old mounts to get me to 200. I think I’m about 15 away right now. There’s an easy 5 I can get from the Nether Rays. I never bothered finishing that reputation in Burning Crusade simply because the mounts didn’t appeal to me. But I’ll log in every day for the dailies and get there well before WoD. I could also get some more Argent Tournament mounts, but I’m not sure how keen I am on more jousting.
I could do Loremaster? Meh… too time consuming. I will finish The Explorer title though. I have like 2 zones (Blood Elf and Draenei starting zones) with a couple unexplored areas I’ve been putting off for years and years. Now seems like a good time.
Last on the list is cleaning up the old pet stable. I’ve decided I’ll abandon most pets that can be easily reacquired. I hate deleting pets, but there’s so many new ones to tame.
In terms of beta, I likely won’t be doing any more leveling even if they do another character wipe. I’ve leveled 2 hunters to 100, 1 hunter to 96, and 4-5 of them to 92. I submitted a metric tonne of quest bugs and also have a good idea of what leveling route I’ll take on live. That’s enough for me! What I will keep testing is new class mechanics, number tuning, dungeons, Ashran, and of course hunter pets.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Finally got around to seeing this massively hyped movie. I don’t see many movies in the theaters nowadays, but everywhere I went people were hyping up this movie and saying how it’s the best Marvel movie to date.
For once, the hype was real. Guardians is one of those films I’ll probably never get sick of watching. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s not a landmark piece of cinema. It’s just ridiculously watchable. Go see it.
Leave it to Blizzard to get a Groot reference into the game in a matter of days.