Topics of the Week #7

Damn, things are slow around the blogosphere and wow in general. Its hard to keep people motivated but doing fun things definitely help. In case you’re wondering, we’re up to 4 Mimi Heads total with more to come! Some interesting things to talk about this week, lets get started…

PVP Update

Good News Everyone! As Professor Putricide would say, we broke 2200 in 5v5 this week. Had a good week of 5’s going 12-0 and I now have the rating to get the 2.2k weapon. All that’s left is to wait to get enough points to do purchase. Only on more tier of reward is available in the 2300 Wrathful Gladiator’s Tabard. Nice thing to have, but it definitely won’t replace Tabard of the Lightbringer 😉 2’s on the other hand was good but not as successful. We broke 2000 last week and this week we went 21-9 which on paper looks pretty good but overall we only went up 23 points. But as I’ve been told that is the nature of 2’s. Your comp may be extremely efficient against some but extremely handicapped against others. Its just not as balanced as it used to be which I guess is probably the reason why 2’s has been removed from arena title consideration. Looking forward to stopping 2’s once/if I get to 2200.

Furor, Master Shapeshifter and Savage Roar Changes (Source)

The latest feral kitty changes, note there are a bunch of bear changes too but this ain’t no bear blog! For a full list of bear changes as well, check the source link.

  • Savage Roar now increases auto attack damage done by 50% instead of physical damage done by 30%.
  • Master Shapeshifter bonus increased from 2% to 4% for all forms.
  • Furor now gives you a 33/66/100% (up from 20/40/60%) chance to gain 10 rage when you shapeshift into Bear form and you keep up to 33/66/100 (up from 20/40/60) of your Energy when you shapeshift into Cat Form. Now increases your total Intellect by 2/4/6%. (Old – Only increased in Moonkin form)

While Master Shapeshifter is not a big change (just a stat bump), Savage Roar and Furor are both pretty interesting. Furor first of all, is a change that has been forthcoming for a while. Having only 80% (3/5 points in talent) of your energy persist through a shift is kinda dumb (based on the current talent specs) and really it should have been 100% to begin with. Good on Blizz for recognizing the stupidity of the current situation and making the adjustment.

The real interesting change is Savage Roar. Once again we see a further push towards increased auto attack (white) damage. Couple this along with Fury Swipes, we’ve got some serious white damage boosts. The thing to note here is, Savage Roar now no longer produces any benefits to our yellow damage abilities such as Rip, Rake, Mangle, Ferocious Bite & more. So this is actually a change in the mechanics of feral druid dps. No longer is there that requirement to time your dots to be reapplied before a SR falls off. Seems to me as somewhat of a dumbing down of the feral tree.  Another interesting thought to think about is how will this change the priority of abilities in a dps rotation. With SR no longer affecting yellows, should its priority be well after applying dots and ensuring dots are kept up? This looks like to me as further support that haste will become the primary stat for feral druids in Cataclysm.

Good Bye Idols (Source)

Quote from: Ghostcrawler

You are looking at existing, Wrath of the Lich King, items. Those are currently only used by those classes, so there isn’t a great motivation or need to change them.

Cataclysm-level relics can be used by any paladin, shaman, druid or DK, though there may still be some class-specific ones from time to time.

Cool, if anyone remembers trying to farm Idol of the Emerald Queen from Shadow Labs they know how bad the system was back in TBC. Blizz did make some headway into the problem by changing the idols into badge items so that you wouldn’t be stuck farming a dungeon or raid boss nonstop to get a mandatory item. With greater flexibility amongst all the classes to use Idols this should make for some interesting combination of stats and hopefully better idols in general.

There are some images of new relics with raw stats, secondary stats & gem slots which are kind of neat but they just look off. The thing to take away from the image is that Cata relics will have stats and gem slots just like guns/bows and wands.

310% Mount Speed for Everyone (Source)

I’m pretty sure Blizz already stated this was going to happen but in case you didn’t’ know or haven’t heard here it is. 310% Mount Flying Speed will be available for purchase in Cataclysm for the low low price of 5000 gold. If you already have 310% mount speed then you will not have to pay for it once Cata hits, and no there is no faster mount speed past 310% (as far as I know). There are a few ways to obtain 310 right now, you can either do it via PVP (get Gladiator) or via PVE (via raiding drakes, world event drakes or rare drops like Mimiron’s Head). The easiest/fastest way to obtain it is to probably go after the Ulduar 10 proto drake (Glory of the Ulduar Raider)


5 Responses to “Topics of the Week #7”

  1. 1 Russ August 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Vallen,

    Congrats on the 5s 2200 PR! While I haven’t stepped into the arena (yet), I’ve been getting heavily into feral PvP over the past several months, and I’ve come to enjoy it as something that is both a lot fun and constantly challenging. I’ve learned so much about my class, and that is rewarding in itself.

    In part from reading your posts on the subject, I took the plunge last week and cobbled together most of a Furious/Relentless/Wrathful resto off-set. I did reference your spec and enchants while making choices… So thanks for the inspiration!

    Best wishes. And you’re right, it seems not much is going on. Achievements, PvP and other fun stuff are filling my pre-Cata void as well.

    • 2 Vallen August 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      Glad to hear I inspired some people to branch out into something new.

      I’ll be the first to admit (as does my about me section of the blog) that I am a PVE kid at heart and I was/am truly fearful of PVP. I’ve never liked the PVP culture as its always seemed like a “my e-dick is bigger than yours” type competition. Not to mention everytime I tried to get into PVP I always seemed to struggle and was generally turned off very quickly and gave up.

      This time around though I will say that a few things are different for me that has increased my enjoyment and length into the PVP space. Firstly, a lot of the friends in game are there to play with me which make it enjoyable and help to “carry” me. Secondly, I somewhat avoided reading about “how to” arena and simply learned from trial and error. Rather than doing what people say I should be doing from mistakes I’ve made and understanding trends of other players. Thirdly I started 5’s first which allows for your inadequacies to be covered up by 4 other people whereas in a bracket like 2’s its all too nonforgiving.

      I admire you jumping straight into feral pvp. I choose not to do so (or as some commenters would point out I chickened out) bc I wanted to ensure I really made a real attempt at learning/experiencing arena and Resto seemed like the most viable way.

      Finally, in regards to lack of things to do. As much as people around you complain about lack of things to do and how Cata is too far away. If you think about it, there’s always something to do in wow which is what keeps most of us going.

      On my list?

      – Gold Cap
      – Arena Master
      – 59 More Achievements Pts!!!
      – Insane? ok maybe not…

      ps. Played 3 more games last night and pushed from 2076 to 2111 🙂

  2. 3 Evoq August 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Vallen!!!! ❤

    /hugs from an old crazyian ^^

  3. 5 Mitch August 18, 2010 at 8:35 am

    It’s actually kind of disappointing how much more emphasis they’re putting on white attacks. Thankfully there’s at least the haste portion of the equation that will keep things at least a little interesting.


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