Gripe of the Week: Shooting Stars, Blizzard

by on Nov.30, 2010, under Gripe of the Week

Special edition:  Two part Gripe of the Week!

First off, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’d know I’ve been leveling a warlock.  (The post Shattering level changes are pretty amazing, and leveling is both easy and fun).  One of the neat talents that a Destruction Warlock has is [spell]34939[/spell].  Basically you have a chance on melee strike to proc an instant shadow bolt or incinerate.  Neat, right?

Here’s the even NEATER part.  If this procs while you are casting shadow bolt, the current shadow bolt does NOT consume it!  Awesome!  Now why can’t they do that for [spell]93399[/spell]?

Also, I’ve been all excited and as soon as I saw Lissanna re-tweet that the [item]68619[/item] was available on the US Blizzard Store, I hopped on over there and bought my own little moonkin.  Here’s the problem.  It’s my “time of the month”.  That’s right.  11/29 happens to be my “renewal day”, and in the eyes of, my account is “Pending” and not “Active”, which prevents me from doing basically any sort of account maintenance, which includes adding a digital item!  I have to wait until Blizzard actually renews my subscription automatically tomorrow for my account to be “Active” again, and add my (already paid for) Moonkin Hatchling!

I will hopefully have a cool screenshot of my new troll druid with his (sigh) Tauren Moonkin Hatchling soon.. as well as another neat screenshot I took.

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6 Comments for this entry

  • Rakhasta

    Same goes for warlock’s talent Nightfall (Affliction tree), that’s basically like Shooting Stars. Each tick of Corruption has a 4% chance to proc an istant Shadowbolt – which is not consumed if you are already casting a Shadowbolt.

    Form a programmer point of view, Shooting Stars’s problem might be that Starsurge has a cooldown that triggers at the end of the cast, resulting impossible to behave like other similar talents and mechanics.

    Just my 2 (euro)cents :P

    • Sunfyre

      I don’t see why they can’t make it proc a spell called Starsurge! that has no CD and is instant, and when you proc Shooting Stars, your Starsurge button on your toolbars is replaced with it. This way if you’re currently casting Starsurge, it wouldn’t consume the Shooting Stars, as the buff would only be cleared when Starsurge! is casted. When the buff clears, Starsurge! would be reverted to Starsurge. They did something like this for Pyroblast/Pyroblast! (when proc’d from Hot Streak). They also did it with another ability but I can’t think what it is off the top of my head.

  • Fearon

    I really hope they change shooting stars to work like any other spell proc talent. However considering we are moonkins we will probably have to wait for another 3 years or so for that to happen (if ever).

    Considering the pet:
    Why would you spend money on something on something like that? I know it doens’t cost a lot but it really adds nothing new to the game experience (at least from my point of view). If you like pets there are already 50 different species to pick from in-game.

    • Sunfyre

      See, I mailed off some of my personal information and bank account numbers to some wealthy prince in Nigeria and now I have tons of money!

      No, really, why not? Half of the $10 goes to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

      • Fearon

        Haha ^^ give him my bank account number too!
        I didn’t know half of the $10 goes to the Make-a-Wish foundation. I guess Blizzard will gain the golden tiles for their golden swimming pool a bit slower.

        • Sunfyre

          Even though Blizzard basically prints money at this point, you have to admit they do produce a high quality product with more changes, updates, responses to player issues, conventions, etc, then any other MMORPG out there.

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