Topics of the Week #9

My oh my kitty fans, so many timbits of information, so many things to cover, lets get to it!

Badge/Honor Conversion

Blizzard announced their conversion system for badges & honor into justice & honor points. MMO-Champion being awesome put together a calculator to identify what you will have come 4.01. I thought I’d share with you what I’m looking at come 4.01.

I’ll probably start looking to cap my JP before 4.01 which will require an additional 1515 JP. At a conversation rate of 1 JP per 2.75 Conquest/Frost badges, looks like I need 551 badges. Also, I’m way over the Honor Cap of 4000 points (with 15858) so that’ll be converted into 4150.30 gold (11585 *.35s per). Meaning I’ll be looking at a total of 5803g to add to my coffers (neat!).

Guild Chat to Armory Premium Service

Just announced today, Blizz will be implementing guild chat to Mobile Armory. This will be a supplement to the existing Mobile Armory premium service which allows a user to use the AH remotely. So good on Blizzard for further improving the current premium service vs making up an excuse to say this is a separate function which would require a separate fee. While the remote AH does not “remotely” (har har) interest me, having the ability to chat with guild remotely is kind of a neat feature. At $2.99 its not that expensive ($35.88 a yr) and who hasn’t been in a situation where they wanted to pop on and communicate with a guildie about something when you’re out. Then again, $35.88 will buy a lot of diapers…

Realm Firsts

A really interesting timbit that was announced was the shared FOS for realm firsts.

Originally Posted by Mumper (Source)

They are available to both 10 and 25 player raids, whoever does it first.

The interesting thing is, we all know that 10 mans have traditionally been easier than 25 man, and while Blizzard has stated that they want to keep 10 and 25 difficulty equal in Cataclysm it should still mean that 10 man will be easier. Why? Because its easier to rely on 9 people vs 24 other people. How many of you have felt that “oh we could have killed that boss” if it werent for the fact that person A is inconsistent or person B stinks and if we had X more dps it would be dead. Ya all those arguments. Its much easier to field a competent 10 man group vs a 25 man group.

What does that mean to the big picture? It’ll really be interesting to see how guilds react to this, specifically the big top end guilds that are loaded with 25-30 talented people which could now theoretically drop down to 3 x 10 man groups and have a better shot at a realm first. Drama Inc?

T11 Bonus & Graphics

Amazingly enough, T11 has already been mined out so here is what it looks like (eck) and it’s bonuses:

First off, 2pc awesome as usual, who doesn’t like more passive dps boost for the cost of nothing? As for 4pc, it looks somewhat sketchy if you ask me. Why? Mangle has a duration of 1 min and generally speaking, kitties have no reason to mangle more than once a minute. Yet here we have a 4pc which is telling us to mangle 3 times every 30s or 6 times a minute to get 3% more AP? Strange to say the least. Then again I haven’t been on Beta yet (where’s the key Blizz!) so perhaps I’m just missing something (any beta-er’s gimme a shout in the comments if you know something I don’t). Also, neat that there are 3 very distinct colour schemes, perhaps someone was reading.


Shapeshifting – Worgen vs Druids

Originally Posted by Zarhym (Source)
Running Wild is indeed the new racial “mount” for worgen. Functionally the ability works exactly like a mount. This does mean the worgen are not bringing faction mounts to the table which other Alliance races can access. This is also of course very different from the original Plainsrunning implemented for taurens. We have no plans to try and bring that ability back in any form.

Ultimately, we feel Running Wild fits very well with the nature of the worgen race. Rather than getting a physical mount, they get down and sprint on all fours. When you’re playing a worgen, it just feels awesome.

Sweet! Looking at the Wowhead Beta site it shows Running Wild as having a 1.5s cast timer like all other mounts. But this popped another question into my head which is, with flying mounts now being usable everywhere come Cataclysm, does that mean that flight form works for an instant ground mount? (Can anyone on the Beta PTR confirm that?)

Patch Notes (12984 Code Name Puppy)

More druid ability changes, but nothing too critical to speak of:

To generalize (summarize), base mana cost of shapeshifting has been reduced which is a big bonus for Arenas but not really important elsewhere. Skull Bash range reduction isn’t cool but 13 and 18 yards which really does not matter from a PVE or PVP perspective since you generally should be up the mob/person’s ass anyways. Also apparently I missed it but Nom Nom Nom was already named and renamed again, curse you Blizzard!

PVP Update

After about a month of struggling in 2’s and essentially being stuck between 2100-2150 I decided to make a change and switch my spec to the more typical 2’s spec of 21/0/50. One Word, WOW it made such a world of a difference. The added pressure that IS provides made 2’s so much easier and put a lot of compositions we had difficulty with into a much more manageable means. You might ask why I didn’t I respec earlier and the simple answer is “I was too lazy to” Yes, a very contradicting answer considering how much time I spent breaking the 2200 barrier. However with that, Just the Two uf Us: 2200 was achieved and now only one bracket left to go. With the announcement of the arena season ending with 4.01 the pressure is on to try and finish before I lose the opportunity to. With the advent of revamped talent trees and all kinds of other changes that will inevitable break many things, its best I finish it before 4.01 happens.


6 Responses to “Topics of the Week #9”

  1. 1 Menglor September 22, 2010 at 12:52 am

    “Then again, $35.88 will buy a lot of diapers…”

    No it wont!!! maybe a couple of weeks!! Maybe!

  2. 2 Eulogy September 22, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I thought they had mentioned that Mangle was getting buffed? Perhaps It will be viable to mangle 3 times in quick succession to get the AP buff + SI increase then resume normal play?


  3. 3 Vallen September 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

    It is getting buffed but heres the thing, 3 times in 30 seconds is a lot. Think about how many abilities you would use in 30s and now try and squish in 2 mangles into that timeframe.

    I don’t have any mathematical proof to say this is bad or anything, its just more of a gut reaction that says “why are we trying to mangle 6 times in a min when blizz has stated they want to keep the feral rotation in tact?”

  4. 4 Ilnezhara Eonar September 23, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Wouldn’t the 4 piece be like everything else? You mangle 3 times to stack the buff then again once every 30s to refresh? Makes sense to me.

    With the amount of switching targets required (basing off Icc here) I do not think it’s unreasonable to say I mangle every 30s.

  5. 5 Anonymous September 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    from what i can tell you arent able to cast flight form in places you cant actually fly. you can cast the flying mount and make it work as a ground mount, but not the flight form

  6. 6 Jey September 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I am also pretty tentative on the set bonus but it wouldn’t be 6 times a minute. It would be 3 times right away and then once every 30 seconds just to keep it rolling, more like a lacerate than a rake. but i’m still not sure (having not seen any numbers) that the 3% AP is going to make up for the missing of a better option.

    And also while i agree that it is logistically harder to run a 25 man it is worth a lot less to lose a dps in a 25 man. losing a dps or 2 in a 25 man is par for the course but losing a dps or 2 in a 10 man and you miss enrage timers. obviously doing harder content makes losing one person bad in either case but losing 1 dps in a 10 man is like losing almost 3 dps in a 25 man given the uneven scaling of tank and healer numbers.

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