Mists of Pandaria :: First Thoughts

by on Oct.05, 2012, under Mists of Pandaria, Rants

I usually post this much earlier after a major content patch or expansion, but I’ve been investing a lot of time in the game trying to gear and rep up.  I also wanted to get a good feel for everything before I posted my opinions.

Eclipse damage disparity

Whether you’re attempting to single target or AoE, there’s a huge disparity in our DPS.  Wrath and Astral Storm have been nerfed to give a ‘flavor’ to each Eclipse.  Lunar Eclipse is much stronger for direct damage and Solar is much stronger for AoE.  I don’t like it.  Eclipse/Astral Communion management now becomes an integral part of min/max.  I would be much happier of Starfire and Hurricane were nerfed and Wrath and Astral Storm buffed.

Burst versus Sustain

Due to our two (or three, depending on your talents) cooldowns, balance druids are excellent at burst DPS in Mists.  The problem lies with sustain.  We’re like a charging stallion out of the gate, but by mid-field, we’ve slowed to a trot.  With the lack of an execute (and the fact that most other classes now have some sort of execute), other classes are quick to catch up to us.

Lack of talent variety

One of the attractive things to this new talent system was the supposed lack of talent variety.  While we may see this a bit with our level 90 talents, it really isn’t true in level 60.  Incarnation hands down beats the rest.  Force of Nature is an absolute joke that scales horribly, and hasn’t been addressed, since, well, when it was first introduced.

Forced Hybridization for top DPS?

I’ve never been a fan of all three level 90 talents involving some sort of hybridization.  That being said, the hybrid-portion of HotW and Nature’s Vigil can largely be ignored (unless you really want to mooncat).  Many sims, however, are showing Dream of Cenarius to be the top talent once we get to high haste levels at the end of this tier.  I do not want to be forced to throw healing touches just to min/max my DPS.  This talent needs a complete rework.  We need a throughput-only level 90 talent.

All-in-all, I’m happy with Mists.  It’s probably one of the most enjoyable expansion launches for me so far.  Every expansion, Moonkin are making great strides to really be on par with non-hybrid classes, however I am starting to wonder if we’ll ever hit equalization before World of Warcraft is replaced by Titan.

Sound off, what are your thoughts about Mists?


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Anti-Symbiosis Rant of the Day…

by on Mar.25, 2012, under Mists of Pandaria, Rants

From the MMO-Champion Druid forums:


Hold on 1 sec… I really thought this was a joke! Are they really gone mental or something? Every pvp team, will have a druid, if not 2 or all being preferable, depending on the implementation of the spell. Its so ridicules I’m sure that everyone who ever had a nut-ball idea for their favourite class (myself included) will now actually believe they can have the ‘stealth circus-pegasus noob discriminator’ ability w/o gcd (not included here)! Apart from the practical imbalance, there are some ethical rules being cast aside – are we not all equal in the blizzard god’s eyes?? Well, I thought we were at least supposed to be (even if some are less fortunate and have to eat out of dumpsters every now and again) and that there was a pretension to the idea that ‘we are all the blessed children. Even you Ele Sham, your ugliness makes all greater for your departure to the graveyard’. But hold on, now things have changed! You could say that the DK was a touch evangelistic- everyone gets one, robs all good stuff from the poor kid (enhance D': ), laughing heartily etc, etc but here we go, the messiah himself, the first coming has been taken over by the pagans and the big J has arrived dressed in any ‘ol varmet’ hat he can get his head under so as he can dole out ‘favours for favours’. Everyone wants a piece of him now – they’l want to be him, they’l want to know him, do his laundry, clean his feet, no one will actually want to be anyone else but Big J, and eventually they’l take over america, i mean azeroth. My point is that, this is something like a phenomenon – I mean, I just realised that I wasted my SoR boost to L80 on a flippin mage! Actually, it is a joke,.. yes, i’m sure now. All of those who got there boost on Big J are gonna find out April 1 that, in fact, you just cant have that ‘stealt circus pegasus’ even in fantasy land there are rules! THINK of the RUUUUULES wont you please think…. yes, in the end surely it will something like ‘you can give an ability to another player until you are but a naked toon who has learned his lesson from big J that being greedy and wanting to have everything everyone else has is not always the greatest cause for your actions to find fruit’. Happy 4/1, roll on 21/12 when the druids are in charge!

And the best reply ever, from Warwulf:

Cocaine is a hell of a drug…


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Gripe of the Week: Euphoria

by on Sep.25, 2011, under Gripe of the Week

One of the lesser known ‘features’ of Euphoria is the fact that it cannot proc if you are more than 35 energy towards your next Eclipse.  There really has been no explanation for this.  It’d be nice if there was one.

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Gripe of the Week: Seal of Truth

by on Sep.14, 2011, under Gripe of the Week

I’ve been getting a bit more into PVP, so I’m going to start introducing some more PVP posting.  To start, a gripe of the week:

  Okay, Blizzard.  I understand that Retribution Paladins were pretty derpy in PvE and needed a boost.  Great.  I’m glad they’re buffed.  That being said:  Couldn’t you have found a way to do it to Retribution Paladins only?  I’m tired of getting smashed in the face by Protection Paladins with their vengeance stacked to the max, and dead before I can even get a [spell]2908[/spell] off.  I really feel sorry for the classes that can’t wipe Vengeance.


Okay, let’s hear YOU sound off about your PVP gripes.

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Gripe of the Week: Custom Lag Tolerance

by on Aug.28, 2011, under Gripe of the Week

  I was trying to troubleshoot my DPS late last night and figure out why it was so much lower then others who were comparably geared.

This led me to the ‘Custom Lag Tolerance’ setting under ‘Interface Options | Combat’.  If you recall, this was supposed to be Blizzard’s “response” to the /stopcasting macros of 3.0.  I had mine set, as the tooltip suggests, to my general lag to the server, which is 50ms.

Once I disabled the custom lag tolerance (which reverts it to 400ms), my DPS went up by over 10% overall.  Custom lag tolerance defines how soon before a GCD expires can you queue the next spell available.  The problem with it being that you can’t “pre-cast” spells, so you have to cast them in real-time as your GCD becomes available.  This would cause DPS losses whenever I would rotate spells (like applying DoTs and starting a cycle after each Eclipse proc).  This also wouldn’t allow me to “pre-cast” Treants during a hardcast, I’d have to wait for the GCD to become available before I could drop them.

I don’t know why it took me so long to finally turn this off, but I’m glad I did.

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Random Rants

by on Aug.06, 2011, under Rants

Here’s a few rants that really have no other place, or enough worth to be their own specific blog post.

You may have seen the post on MMO-Champion recently talking about the new Raidbots.com, which automatically analyzes World of Logs parses.  At the time of posting, Moonkin were #2 in the charts.  I am happy to say that we are now on top!  Here’s today’s analysis: (Click to enlarge).

Onto my second rant.  Training Dummy etiquette. Nothing burns my feathers more than another caster class running up and using the same training dummy that I do.  The ones that bother me are those who put magical de-buffs on the bot, which will inflate my damage.  This is really annoying, especially when there are plenty of spare bots to go around!

Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

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OpEd: Separate Latin American servers in Random Dungeons

by on Jun.27, 2011, under Rants

First off, let me just state that I am extremely happy that we have Latin American servers, just like we have servers all over the globe.

That being said, I am absolutely sick and tired of being stuck with players from Warsong and Ragnaros when attempting to do random dungeons.  I understand that Blizzard wants us to be patient with “new players”, and to “guide them”, which is why they throw everyone together into one big melting pot when pulling players for random queues.  That being said, if there is a language barrier, there will be no “guidance”, as it’s impossible to communicate with the players.  The Latin American servers should draw from their own, separate, pool of players, so everyone who ends up in a dungeon together can effectively communicate.

Often times you’ll get thrown into a group with multiple Latin American players, and they cannot be removed due to having reached the kick limit, so you’re forced to wipe needlessly for hours, or leave the dungeon queue.  This further penalizes yourself, as often you’re waiting 30+ minutes for a queue, and now have to wait 15 minutes to requeue on top of that.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who experiences this frustration.  And as I said, it’s not against the Latin American players themselves.  I am happy that they can experience the same game I can, however, I think it would serve everyone’s best interest if they had their own cluster of random dungeons, so everyone can speak the same language and be on the same page.


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Gripe of the Week: Mount Up

by on Dec.11, 2010, under Gripe of the Week

I was all excited this morning to see our guild reach guild level 3, as I’ve been leveling Archaeology and the 10% speed boost would have been welcomed.  Much to my surprise, I realized that ‘Mount Up’ does not apply to Swift Flight Form.  I really hope this is an ‘oversight’ which will be hotfixed in soon.

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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 Battle.net, 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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Another patch, no balance fixes.

by on Oct.26, 2010, under Rants

So another patch is released, and guess what.  Sunfire and Shooting Stars still are not fixed.


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