Quick little re-post of my thoughts when asked on the Guild’s forums. Overall there is a lot of material in WoW Warlords of Draenor which could be wonderful (WoD is about as great as MoP for an expansion abbreviation).
I’m pleased with the item stat squish, and the associated HP value changes, etc.
separate raid lockouts
added flex style to normal mode
stat / gear use simplification. Pally Plate’s often DE needs to stop, this addresses that issue.
reduced gear-sets. The gear model means that one item may serve multiple roles. Brilliant. The negative on this system is not as large as the negatives we already have in game with the current system.
removal of reforge, etc. It was a way to “fix” shitty complex itemisation, or the wrong stats on gear. It was also a gold sink. I won’t miss it at all. i.e. I think I reforged manually about three times in the expansion, otherwise I used a mod. If I am seeking to automate a function then why bloody have it. Just fix the itemisation.
free level 90 toon. Cool, more powerful bank alts.
Too soon to tell:
How much sense does Garrosh escaping into the time machine really make?
Garrisons might be cool, or might be the “farm” of MoP. Great at first, a grind, and then pointless.
20 man Epic mode. Might cause issues. Might be the same problem we have now but a different number as the target. Moot.
character models. Increased polygon complexity is fine and good, hopefully we see more. What about a thin human male model which has actual fingers?
followers akin to Star Wars. Good system.
craft from your bank mats. Great.
+10 levels vs 5
Orc vs ?? Lore. Frankly the lore is never going to be cohesive and congruent to what came before.
no flying. It was ok when we could, it was ok when we couldn’t.
time travel stories
the renaming of the raid types is confusing at the moment because of the re-use of the same words. It’ll be fine later.
why scrap “the blood” corruption of the orcs totally? It was a cool lore.
the trailer was meh, but I’m thinking we’ll get a better one when the launch the actual expansion.
more/better Archy information, & Profession changes to suit actual raid benefits
As a blogger I never seem to have the “right” image, and get tempted to hike images from anywhere. Well, shamefully I do admittedly hike them, but I try to grab my own, or take them from folk who are willing to give freely.
I found that “The Other Tank” Blog has compiled a batch of images which are perfect for bloggers to use for wow-related banners and panoramas. Even better he has supplied a batch of these in zip file shared via DropBox for anyone to grab. Darn fine work sir!
Yehaw for both! The Death Gate change means we’ll not be stuck in old world which is a nice quality of life change. I can now use DG to quickly get to a vendor then back into play. for DKs who are leveling it also gives you a place to port to if you’re stuck somewhere dangerous; although not much is dangerous to a DK while leveling. The IBF change is good to allow its use exactly when it is needed. Excellent.
The video series “The Burdens of Shaohao” by Blizzard is darn excellent. I’ve not yet got back to watch it all but what I have seen so far is fantastic. Great tone in the story and beautiful animation.
It did highlight to me how much bolder and stronger looking the Emperor is in the animation vs how portly and cute the in-game character model is for the Pandaren male race. My Pandaren character makes me feel more like a silly bumbling sidekick character for comic relief instead of a powerful Monk. I think it all comes down to how portly and round they are, and it is a shame.
I think I’d prefer the Pandaren to be shaped with more upper body strength and a imposing presence then they have now. A more “Tauren” style model.
You know how happy those kids look when they’re bouncing away on the merry-go-round horses? Jumping, screaming, drooling, and yelling in excited glee as the poor inanimate horse-seat just goes around in circles…
.. I’m that horse at the moment. Real life distractions are keeping me well out of game to the point where I’ve not capped on valor (hateful), not collecting coins for extra rolls (dastardly), and even not finding time to DE my junky green loot (lazy sod).
So with a dearth of activity comes an absence of posts.The guild continues to progress in Heroic modes, and the members seem to be getting along famously well. It is pleasing to watch from this side of the monitor. With patch 5.4 dropping later rather than sooner it helps us, especially if it drops in mid September (my total guess) rather than late August.
There will be more soon, as the merry go around is scheduled to end after August, and I’ll be unshackling myself from the merry-go-round and launching into the game.
WoWInsider’s Lichbourne thoughts on the current patch 5.4 are good, so good in fact that I’m just going to link it. Have a read if you’re interested in what Death Knights have coming soon. It’s early days for these notes, but overall nothing I can see is major or especially bad. A DRW free is great for Blood spec.