The Countdown is On

Patch 4.0 is on the PTR, and while we don’t know how long it will be tested before going to the live servers, it certainly sends a reminder that time left in Wrath is short.

When patch 4.0 hits it won’t immediately change the world, but it will change our class abilities, talents, and playstyles.  It will change our UI (and break our add-ons), change our glyphs, and rewrite our spellbooks.  We’ll have Mastery and Reforging and hunter Focus and paladin Holy Power.

I remember when patch 3.0 dropped before Wrath, and the resulting changes made everyone dramatically overpowered for the level 70 content.  My guild was just working through SSC before patch 3.0, but after the patch we burned through most of SSC and went into Black Temple and cleared through much of it.  Will that happen again?  It doesn’t look like it, from early impressions.  Our talent trees are being compressed rather than expanded.  Healer mana regen is being reigned in.  Could there be a spike in dps, in anticipation of the higher health pools in Cataclysm?  Time (and PTR testers) will tell.

There is a slight sense of urgency now.  There are a few more things that I want to get done in Wrath before Deathwing arrives on the scene.  I still need the Kingslayer title on my main.  I want to do a couple more guild ICC clears to get others their title as well.  I have some more reputations to grind before things change.  I have no interest in hard modes, but our guild does need to get a couple of Halion kills in for those achievements as well.

I have never tried the PTR before, but this time I might go for it just get a taste of what’s barreling toward us.


6 Responses to “The Countdown is On”

  1. September 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Don’t forget the other change that 3.0 brought…a 30% health nerf to all BC raid mobs and bosses. I don’t think we’re getting that this time.

  2. September 14, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Ugh. That means I am going to need to get used to Holy power asap. Brb. Testing it on the Beta =P

  3. September 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Having stood in IF on the PTR yesterday spamming heals I have to wonder if we’ll be able to take down ICC bosses once the patch goes live. I haven’t knocked around enough to know just yet.

    The one thing about the PTR, though: it will tell you what the new talents/abilities, etc., are like for *this* content. I’m not sure how much it will teach us about them in the Cataclysm context.

  4. 4 Drowningpool
    September 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Need….to……..kill…..lick king…….NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will kill lk before 4.0 if it kills me and if I don’t then I have failed my personal goal! Wait a second catas huge health pools inevitable dps increase means sweet sweet revenge at icc

  5. 5 Verbal
    September 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I’m on board for getting lots of Dragons the KS title, cause…well, I don’t have it yet. I want Arthas dead!

    • September 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

      The trouble is that we can’t bring in a whole raid of people who don’t have the title. The Lich King fight take a long time to learn. If you have a whole raid of LK newbies then you’ll be in there for weeks learning the fight.

      So each time we have to bring in a group made of a mix of those who have already done it + a few who haven’t. Even with that, there are nights of wipes as the new people learn it, and the experienced ones shake off the rust. Its not like we have LK on farm – we’ve killed him once.

      Also, we are very short on LK-capable tanks.

      We’ll do our best to get the title for as many as we can.

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