Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Why so.... ugly?

Patch 3.1 is spilling it's test realm goodness all over the interwebs. Some pretty interesting information is coming out. Such as the introduction of the Argent Tournament (JOUST!), and new achievements showing up. Plus more pets, and unknown to some, I love collecting pets, though I'm still nine pets short on the "Shop Smart, Shop Pet... Smart!" achievement to get my Pepe, Le Pew.

Another change is some talent tree changes for us Pallies.

- Auras will now persist through death. (Not super important, though I have forgotten to put my Frost Resist back up during a Sapphiron fight)

- Blessing of Kings is now trainable at level 20. Removed from talent trees.

Yay, extra talent points, but is it the full 10%?

One change that I found interesting was the new "Divinity" talent at Tier 1 of the tree:

- *New Talent* Divinity: Tier 1 protection talent, increases healing done by and to you by 1/2/3/4/5%.

Yay, there went those extra talent points. I find this new talent interesting, in that 5% increased healing could make a big deal, but I'm not sure how they will calculate it. Is it based on your spellpower, or your average heal, or what? I guess it would be a decent increase for those Prot pally off tanks that have to pop out and heal something or someone, but an increase of 5% could be a decent chunk for us Holy Pallies. My current Spellpower unbuffed is at 1747, so 5% of that would be an extra 87 spell power... and that's unbuffed. It'll be interesting to see how this is calculated.

Next biggie is the introduction of Dual Specs. I'm going to love this, since I sometimes have the urge to swap to Ret to do some dailies. I had so much fun in the pre-nerf days of the Ret pally. I
tore through my Shattered Sun dailies in record time, and it was a nice change of pace. However, even after the nerf, I still had a lot of fun bashing things skulls in for once. Only downside.... saving another 1000g. That's not going to be fun, but hey, you gotta pay for convenience.

Lastly, the Paladin T8. I'm a stickler for esthetics. I like to have my paladin looking decent, since he'll be in the middle of my screen all the time. (Though right now, he's got skin tight capris with some dang goofy looking boots that just don't go high enough... guess it's the metro part of my that hides in the deep recesses of my mind that cares, but dang it, my Pally's gotta look good, haha.)

I've seen the Paladin concept art, and was excited. The chance of light and energy eminating from my gear, and a flash back to the good 'ol kilt of plate awesomeness that was the Tier 2 Judgement set. However, the latest screenshots have shown that there was no kilt, and
instead regular leggings... I did laugh at Megan from Out of Mana's post about the new look. Apparently the new leggings have been deemed the "Bulging Jock Strap of Truth", and the shoulders are now vessels for healing fluids like Robitussin. Well, like she mentioned. We'll
just have to see how it turns out. I'm looking forward to watching MMO-Champion's coverage, they've always got pretty screenshots.

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