PTR Musing

  • Serendipity now reduces the cast time of your next Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing spell by 4/8/12%. (Down from 6/12/20%) – this is a fairly big nerf to what was orginally proposed and while I can see the 60 percent reduction assuming of course you had already cast 3 flash heals or 1 binding heal + 1 flash being a tad overpowered, I’m not sure 36 percent will make enough of a difference. Especially since you have already had to use in the best case scenario 2 global cooldowns to stack it to 3. Its always going to be situational just like most of the holy tree.
  • Body and Soul *New Talent* – When you cast Power Word: Shield, you increase the target’s movement speed by 30/60% for 4 sec, and you have a 50% chance when you cast Abolish Disease on yourself to also cleanse 1 poison effect in addition to diseases. – I’m in two minds about this talent. Personally I don’t agree with Blizzard’s philosophy that all talent trees should be fit for pvp and pve. When you have 2 healing trees as priests do, one will always be better assuming equal skill for pvp, its impossible for it to pan out any other way. I can see the movement speed aspect having pve aplications, for example: every guild has at least one guy who usually plays a caster dps who sucks at moving out of stuff, they are far too busy staring at the damage metre to notice they are on fire or standing on a black hole, and this talent could buy them enough movement speed to get them out of danger. In fact on any fight where movement is required this could be fun, finally the ability to finish your cast, shield yourself and then beat the rest of the raid to the safe spot. The chance to remove poison is more iffy, if 2 points in the talent bought you 100 percent chance, then yes, great. But the biggest poison problem for priests in PvP was vipersting which has already been nerfed quite considerably in its own right this patch.
  • Noblegarden has been redesigned into a week-long holiday with new items, quests, and more. Various achievements have been added, including the meta-achievement Noble Gardener, which is now required for the meta-achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. – Yay, proper fun things to do rather than just having one day to run around lowbie zones egg hunting.
  • Sprite Darter Eggs: May now (very rarely) drop from Sprite Darters in Feralas. Note that only Horde characters can attack and kill Sprite Darters. – about time really. Having faction specific pets is great only if both factions have something unique available to them.
  • Tiny Emerald Whelplings: May now (very rarely) drop from Adolescent Whelps in the Swamp of Sorrows. – Hopefully that will up my chance of farming one.
  • The achievement Brew of the Year has been removed from the Brewmaster meta-achievement. The achievement Brew of the Month has been added in its place. – All in all, I wish they hadn’t given into the QQ on this one. Not because I’m a member of the Club, although I am but because people who weren’t interested in the festival fun and frolics before they gave tangible rewards and could be checked off are in my opinion doing it for all the wrong reasons and shouldn’t be rewarded when they aren’t interested in taking part.
  • Horde characters may now obtain the quest CLUCK! from Chickens. While Farmer Saldean won’t be selling Special Chicken Feed to the Horde, perhaps “Westfall” William Saldean in Brill might… – Again, just like the Spite darter change this is long overdue for the same reasons.

Over all, I’m fairly happy with all the changes so far. The only real priest nerf is the changes to mana regen and I’m confident if its impossible to function with the new changes, they will be fixed.
Other bits and bobs I’m excited about
Fishing dailies in Dalaran: I might have been a late convert to fishing, but I actually rather like the fishing quests and im glad some new ones have been added. The tasteful jeweled fishing rod, just perfect for doing a spot of city fishing and the crab minipet plus the fact one of them sends you to Shozalar basin and I could happily spent all day there under the rainbow of River’s Heart is just chocolate icing on the cupcake (Yes, giving chocolate up for Lent was a huge mistake, went out for lunch yesterday to a place that does fabulous hot chocolate with marshmellows and cream and I couldn’t have one, next year I’m so giving up something I dislike).
More cooking recipes: Including one to make jelly, finally dinner parties in Dalaran can be complete.
The Argent Tournament: Knights in shining armour, Ladies in Lakes, jousting, mini pets, and smashing people’s faces in with lances….. can’t wait. It is if they are building a mini-dalaran in Icecrown, complete with Inns, tents and profession trainers. Everything a wannabe champion might need in the days and months to come.

A whole new World

The first thing I did this morning was skim MMO-Champion for more PTR updates. I then spent the next 20 minutes laughing.

I’m so glad my paladin is nothing more than a gemcutting bot only escaping Dalaran for the jc daily. I can’t help wondering if like me the tier designer went to see Aladdin during this winter’s pantomine season, its the only explanation I can think of for Ulduar bringing us bellydancing paladins.
Ok, the ladies of the harem, err priests set isnt that much better. Black might be a great colour for our shadowy brethren but its a bit harsh for my tastes. Have to say I love the druid one though, especially the shoulders and helm. Seems a bit unfair though, those ugly druids get a pretty crescent moon balanced on their foreheads and we get a facemask… or a muzzle.
I have given junk food (i.e. chocolate) up for lent so reading patch notes and giggling everytime I see a paladin will be my main source of pleasure for the next 40 days.