We’re getting a new expansion announcement in a week and, of course, the rumors are flying. One rumor that I’ve seen in more than one place is the idea of a new class that uses ranged weapons but is not a hunter. Demon hunter? Ranger? Scout? Who knows?
Let’s talk about this idea, though. A non-hunter hunter. What would that be like? I imagine they probably wouldn’t have pets, and I feel like a new ranged weapon class would focus more on magic than on physical damage to further differentiate themselves. Maybe a sort of… gun-wielding spell slinger. That sounds pretty cool, right?
Even more interesting would be if this class came with a tank or healing spec (or both). Blizzard has not introduced a pure DPS class since Vanilla and I honestly I don’t see them introducing another one since DPS queue times for things like LFR are currently through the roof. Healing with a gun? Tanking with a gun?
How do YOU GUYS think something like this would play out?
P.S. Kind of unrelated but I wrote a Warcraft fanfic and then tossed it on AO3. If you want to read about elves doing elf things, check it out.
StarCraft 2 is already getting its (final, I think) expansion.
It doesn’t really sound Diablo related to me. Councils exist, but I’m not so sure about glades. But who knows, I guess?
This brings us to four possibilities: A WoW expansion, a Hearthstone expansion, something involving HotS, or something entirely new. Hearthstone just got a new thing and I don’t really see Blizzard doing anything completely new with the Warcraft universe, since Hearthstone is still pretty young. It might be HotS, but that’s not nearly as exciting as wild speculation. (Although I would sell a kidney for a Medivh hero.)
So, let’s see here:
Medivh was (is?) in the Council of Tirisfal
Medivh is connected to Khadgar
We were just reintroduced to Khadgar
It’s about time for a WoW expac announcement
“Council of Glades”
KHADGAR/MEDIVH THEMED EXPANSION WITH KARAZHAN INVOLVED.
I’m not a huge fan of trillions of dailies which is probably why I only played MoP for like two months. I mean, yeah, we all did them back on the Isle of Quel’danas in TBC and whatever and it was all well and good. But that was then and this is now. And now I’ve definitely had my dailies fix for a lifetime.
But I really like how WoD has done it. You only get a couple! And they’re like… “freeform” so can improvise on them a little! You know, pair this up with that today, and pair that up with this tomorrow, and so on.
I dig it. I dig it a lot. The one thing I do wish that Blizzard included was more of a story, the way they did with the Dominance Offensive in MoP. I mean, I guess there’s kind of a story there but I don’t think it was pulled off as well. And besides, WoD’s story isn’t super engaging to me anyway (it’s one of the few aspects of this expansion that I find truly lackluster.)
Anyways, I realize that this expansion hasn’t exactly had a lot of fans but I hope that Blizzard doesn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to future expansions!
What are your thoughts on the dailies this time around?
Although this doesn’t address whatever the core, underlying problems are– and I suspect racials have to do with a lot of it– I think this will probably do a decent enough job at helping to treat the symptoms, at least. I don’t really suspect us Hordies will be able to try the faction hop anytime soon, since it’s the Alliance who has most of the queue problems, but hey, maybe with some Alliance on our side we can actually win AV now? Maybe? Like, just once a week?
Honestly my biggest question right now has to do with battleground chat. It’s always been a toxic place; one that I put up with, rather than leave, just because it’s nice to be able to call out “incs” and be able to actually talk tactics on the rare occasions that I’m not making liberal use of the ignore feature. Presumably now you will be able to communicate with the opposing faction and I foresee a lot of dumb playground fights and namecalling from both sides.
Ah well. More people to sacrifice to Ignore for the Ignore God, I suppose.
The REAL question now becomes “Is Ashran fixable?” (Probably not)
…seriously did you guys think I was going to say anything else?
My alts are really fun though, as I mentioned in my last post. My paladin got some sort of execute and it’s just absurd how fast things die. But if I were going to start from scratch and make a new main, there’s only one class for me.
I mean, clearly.
If I was forced to pick a different class, I’m honestly not sure what I’d say. Possibly druid? But right now I’m kind of hugely in love with my mage and spoiled by teleport so maybe that.
That’s a bold statement, perhaps, but it’s true. I have been playing this game for almost a decade and I have never had this much fun leveling up new characters. I’m not sure what it is, exactly. I think it’s a combination of both the new Heirloom Tab and how easy it is to use, and how streamlined classes feel right now. It feels like every class I touch is just an absolute blast.
I’m just having
a great deal of fun right now
playing my alts
and yeah. I highly recommend it. Leveling is smooth, quick (but not too quick– then again, I’m only in about half heirlooms) and fun.
Regardless of what you may think about this expansion’s endgame, I can’t complain about this expansion for alts. This is the best it’s ever been!
So before I start on this, general disclaimer that I might not be getting the full picture, that this relies on third party graphs and datamining, and so forth. But I feel like this is fairly accurate, based on my own experiences and what I’ve heard from others.
Now I used to do quite a few battlegrounds, but I haven’t done any in a while. Why? Well, it’s simple: constantly losing isn’t fun. Constantly losing isn’t fun for anybody, which is probably why the Alliance is now running into battleground queue problems. Because I’d guess a lot of players are like me and stopped trying once it became clear that things weren’t improving.
So what can be done to fix this? Well, I’m no serious PvPer so I’m not going to sit here and theorize on this when I’m sure others can do it better. But it certainly does need fixing! Until then I’m just gonna do other stuff and dream of Alterac Valleys in days gone by.
I still have my level 90 boost, sitting there on my log-in screen, taunting me. I almost wish I could hide it because I have a feeling it’s going to be there forever.
I mean, leveling goes so fast these days (the other day I leveled my baby paladin from, like… 32 to 36 in about an hour and fifteen minutes, and she’s not even in full heirlooms) and I like the idea of slowly learning about your skills and abilities over the course of several levels. I recall using a couple of level 80 boosts back in the day (when they came with recruit a friend) and I basically never touched those characters again because I had no idea what I was doing.
I guess I could use it on (yet another) hunter, because then I would already know what I was doing. But… but… I like leveling hunters! That’s why I have ten million of them!
So yeah. Has anyone else used their free boost yet? What did you use it on?
In a move reminiscent of that “No flying” announcement we got a while back, Blizzard decided to drop a bombshell via a fan interview again. Today’s bombshell? 6.2 is it! No more raids after this!
What are my thoughts on this? Well, I’m thinking about a couple of things. Firstly I’m thinking don’t be surprised if Blizz drops a sudden mini-raid like they did at the end of Wrath, because Blizzard.txt. Secondly, I’m thinking, um… Blizzard… you guys do know you haven’t announced a new expansion yet, right? Which I’m assuming means it’s not anywhere near alpha or beta yet, right? So uh… what is everyone going to do until the next expac?
I mean, for me personally, I think I have enough to keep me occupied for a little while. This is because I was unsubbed for a long time and I like poking around at old content and leveling alts, so I have a lot to catch up on. So I’m not terribly disappointed myself. Like, I think I’ll be fine.
But, seriously. Blizzard. Maybe throw us a bone here and announce the new expac so we at least know it’s coming? Eh?
Overall I’m happy with the patch. I think it added just about the right amount of new stuff without going overboard or anything. There are two things that are less than perfect, however, and those are:
1. WHATEVER THE HECK BLIZZARD DID TO MY POOR SALVAGE YARD – Oh yay… more scrap to sell for 50 silver or whatever…
2. BOAT MISSIONS THAT TAKE TWO DAYS. – I get that Blizzard is trying to be “realistic” here but come on. Two days, really? Especially when I only have seven boats in my fleet? I love boats and I want more of them and I want them doing more missions. MORE MISSIONS.
So yeah. I like the rest of the patch, though. I’ve heard some people say that Tanaan feels grindy but it really doesn’t, to me? It feels like just the right amount of daily quests and things to do. And of course I am IN LOVE with Timewalking.
But those damn two-day boat missions and my poor, poor salvage yard.