I’m sure you’ve heard all over the interwebs… the screams of nergasms of WoW fans everywhere… Yes, the MoP Beta is upon us. I’m praying to Elune tonight that she sees fit to give me an early beta key so I can begin posting as much details as possible!
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the World of Warcraft Annual Plan by now, and rest assured, I’ve already signed up so I can get into the Mists of Pandaria Beta ASAP!
Another neat aspect of the Annual Plan is that it will give it’s subscribers Diablo III for free. It was also just announced that for those who desire to be Annual Plan members and also purchase the Collector’s Edition, part of the price of the Collector’s Edition will go towards your WoW Annual Plan as a credit.
What are your opinions of the annual plan? Will you be signing up?
A few changes are going live tonight, as mmo-champion reports, and are pretty major :
Starsurge now generates 10 solar/lunar energy baseline. Lunar guidance only generates an extra 2/4/6 (old : 5/10/15) solar/lunar energy.
Moonkin Form now gives 5% haste instead of 5% crit.
Genesis increases the damage from DOTS by 2/4/6% (old : 1/2/3%)
Finally : Nature’s Grace now is always 100% chance on crit, but 5/10/15% casting speed. This is a 5% decrease from live version. We do gain that 5% all the time on our aura though.
On a minor side, Heart of the Wild increases intellect by 2/4/6%, making it on par with Furor for moonkin benefits. Still going to pick it up on launch day (see my projected spec here)
Although it’s too early to theorycraft and start mathematicalizializing stuff, I can tell you that I’ve switch my SP gems for haste gems. All three of our nukes (Starsurge, Starfire, Wrath) aren’t bound by the haste soft cap anymore, therefore making haste very good. Feel free to prove me wrong or right in comments (read : I let more competent people do the maths)
-BALOURD.Update #1 : I’ve been playing in the Worgen starting zone (which looks awesome btw. Goblin is very fun but Worgen’s great-looking). Seems like they have also set the Passive bonuses you get from choosing Balance. Bonus spell : Starsurge (we knew that) Bonus #1 : Nature’s Focus :70% less pushback suffering on balance spells (we knew that as well) Bonus #2 : Vengeance : +100% crit bonus from Starfire, Starfall, Moonfire and Wrath spells. Bonus #3 : Dreamstate : 3% of your intellect as mp5 I don’t know if I get this correctly, but those are the bonuses we get to increase by stacking up mastery? So this means that with enough mastery… More crit bonus? More regen? More pushback reduction? >_< Update #2 : It took me some time to realize this, but it seems that Earth and Moon now only has 1 rank, and only increases your spell damage by 2%. The bonus damage taken by ennemies is also at 2%. Maybe a bug, because other classes still buff the full 8(?)% Check out the new spec I’d pick up if Cata was live tomorrow.
It’s hard to say what our class looks like so far, since most of the classes’s dynamics are disabled (Eclipse indicates a 0% buff to damage when reaching the 100 energy) + Starsurge (which hits for tons of damage btw) always increase Lunar Energy.
What i can tell you :
Starsurge is very nice. Hardest hitting spell in my spellbook so far, with a knockdown that lets you cast an extra starfire if you have a melee on you.
Jumping around casting moonfire costing 45 mana is hours of free fun.
I’ve picked up Heart of the Wild from feral tree to get increased intellect, with 2 points in Furor. Since lvl 80 doesnt let you get Master Shapeshifter, i prefered waiting till lvl 85 to get it.
Moonkin form was pretty much nerfed to the ground. You only get 120% armor contribution (my health dropped so fast when a rogue ganked me I didnt have time to hit barkskin), we lost the 15% damage reduction while stunned and no new skins for Worgen or Troll (so far).
Also, Insect Swarm isn’t trainable yet (probably will be implemented as a baseline spell when you chose Balance as a spec)
Grim portrait of our situation, you say?
Fear not, for this is only Beta and many changes are sure to come.
Edit #1 : For those of you with Feral off-spec, Pre-made characters don’t come with any feral weapon — or a tanking set. Feral talents are probably the farthest away from functionning (most of them are “go to trainer!” statused, but once at the trainer, you can’t train them) Heck, Bear form isnt traineable!
I’ve been able to get my hands on a Beta invitation (through a friend’s account). I’ll let you guys know my reactions to Moonkin changes and gameplays. I’ll be questing and dungeoning to have a feeling of everything in-game. Tune in later this week !
A few of you might have been luckily chosen to be in the Closed Beta already, and if you are, you have experienced the new changes to deal with our haste soft cap.
It seems developpers have listened to our whining, because most of the changes asked for were delivered :
Haste caps and Nature’s Grace — We’re addressing the haste situation in a few ways. We’re going to up the cast time of Wrath to 2.5, up from 2 sec base (so 2 sec after you get Starlight Wrath). This should help the clipping issues. In general, your haste and crit stats won’t be as inflated as they were in Wrath of the Lich King so it will be more unlikely for you to reach caps for those stats. However, we are also considering short term haste power gains to scale off of your existing haste values. What that means is that instead of just increasing your haste by 20%, it instead will increase the haste value on your paper doll (or rather, the sum of how much haste you have itemized) by a percentage. So the more haste you have, the stronger the effect of Nature’s Grace is.
I think these changes are very interesting. This will make Haste once again a very valuable stat (one of our masteries, should you remember), this will push back the haste soft cap and the haste won’t be as inflated as in WOTLK’s retarded ilevels.
You guys make sure to check out the whole article about Eclipse changes and Nature’s grace changes on MMO-Champion
Bets are open. Who says we’re going back to BC era, when haste was stacked like no tomorrow ?:)