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.