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Imbroglio Can Haz Frost

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by Mark Pannell

Last night, I started doing all of the quests that I skipped in Western Plaguelands. To the best of my knowledge, I have no good reason for doing this. I say “to the best of my knowledge” because I can’t honestly recall why I wound up in WPL to begin with. I remember departing IF for WPL, playing a little… OK, a lot… of Bejeweled, then slaughtering some undead. But I’m not 100% sure why I went there to begin with. I’d like to say it was to farm Runecloth for Gnomer rep, but that hardly seems like an ideal grinding spot. Incidentally, I mistakenly took two stacks of Runecloth set aside for rep turn-ins and made bolts out of them this morning. My dog, who had been snoozing a few feet away, was abruptly awoken from his slumber by my verbal response to this realization of, “Nooooooooo!!!”

So, whilst grinding the undead of WPL, I took a cue from Devv’s Frost brethren and did the whole Frost Nova/Blizzard AoE grind. God, that was fun! At first, it was just the most logical way to knock out a bunch of mobs at once. But after a while, I came to realize that it wasn’t just efficient, it was a hell of a lot of fun. I honestly started to understand why so many Frosties were having a hard time making the transition to Fire when 3.0.3 dropped. Frost, on its most basic level, is a riot. throw in all of the goodies that I could have if I were deep into the tree and I could see where it could be downright addictive. My time as a Fire in Frost’s clothing convinced me to re-spec Imbroglio Frost. At level 21, he’s only 12 points deep into the Fire tree, so a re-spec would still provide me a good look at Frost from the ground up. I’m looking forward to leveling Frost for the next 59 levels with him to see how it compares to my experience with Devv.

I’ve never successfully written a short post. It’s at this point that I generally feel obligated to write some filler nonsense to make the post look more substantial and important. I promise you, my readers, that I will not do that this time. No sir! I’m a changed man. You won’t find a single word in this post that’s not relevant to the subject matter at hand. Not one single wor… wait. This is awkward. The end.

Patch 3.0.3, Find Out What it Means to Me

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by Mark Pannell

When the servers finally come back online this afternoon (God willing), Echoes of Doom will get the fixes it so badly needs. Here are the changes which will affect me the most.

Removed “A Mask for All Occassions” as criteria for the “Hallowed Be thy Name” meta achievement.

Yeah, I’m good with that. I’m assuming I’ll get the fancy schmancy little “Devv completed the Hallowed Be Thy Name Achievement” message when I log in later today. I’m kind of pumped to finally have a title. If you’re on SIlvermoon Alliance side, keep your eyes peeled for Devv The Hallowed. Word, yo.

Blast Wave: no longer receives double the intended critical strike bonus from Combustion.

Kinda figured this one was too good to be true. Well, I guess it was fun while it lasted. As long as they don’t take away my knock back animation, I’m OK with this.

Burnout: Now consumes extra mana as intended when Living Bomb gets a critical strike.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot that I took Living Bomb. Note to self: re-spec away from the bottom of the Fire tree and further into the Arcane Tree. Living Bomb is not as cool as it sounded on paper.

Living Bomb: Mana cost reduced to be the same as Arcane Explosion.. It no longer causes the caster to stand up when the final explosion occurs and it is now possible for each mage to have Living Bomb active on a target.

Reduced mana cost. Bah! Forget it. I wants me some Presence of Mind. This little dangling carrot isn’t enough for me to stay that deep in the Fire tree.

Reduced the mana cost of Fireball, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Blast, Arcane Missiles, and Arcane Explosion.

Oh… snap! This is the single most exciting development for me. I started using Fireball less in my rotation when Patch 3.0.2 dropped because it seemed so mana inefficient. If I re-spec all the way down to PoM in the Arcane tree, two Fireball crits will be the beginning of the end for whatever I’m targeting. Fireball, Fireball, instant Pyroblast, instant Pyroblast, fat lady sings. Boo-yah!

And if these fabulous prizes weren’t enough, we got some material to file under irony. The fact that the following two notes were in close proximity to one another on the list only adds to my amusement. The first listing under the “Items” category is:

The war against spelling errors continues: many items have had typos removed or their functionality clarified.

Nine bullet point below, we find:

Discerning Eye of the Besat procs should now be more obvious.

Discerning Eye of the Besat? The Besat? I wonder if they made the procs more obvious for Discerning Eye of the Beast as well. Gotta love Blizz. Anyhow, those are my thoughts this afternoon. Hope ya’ll got what you wanted out of 3.0.3.