The past few days have been really bittersweet. Trying to enjoy the new features and not let a cold bring me down, fun times. Anyway, I got a lot of sleep today and I feel refreshed and ready to share my experiences with The Shattering.
The most exciting change to gameplay, for me, was the much-needed change to the resto talent tree. Malfurion’s Gift no longer requires you to spend 2 points in a dps talent, making it more easily accessed. Also, there has been a 5/10 second increased duration to ToL on the Natural Shapeshifter talent. Efflorescence is still recovering from its 6+ players healing nerf, but in time should work out just fine. I will be updating my Spec page to reflect these changes accordingly. I may also try to get in a projected spec for lvl 85 in there, but without experiencing lvl 85 content, I won’t know what works for me talent-wise.
I’ve only just begun to explore all of the new Azeroth, the places I did get to see were absolutely stunning though. Garrosh has brought culture into the New Orgrimmar with a slums for the new Goblins, a valley for the Trolls, and a Valley for the noble Tauren. Each little area has its own Bank, Inn, AH, and select class trainers, providing a little piece of home for these races. Blood Elves and the Forsaken did not get such treatment but are welcome in the city regardless.
I was very excited to see that Tanaris’ beachline has moved closer to Gadgetzan. No more running all the way out to Steamwheedle port for the good beach sand. Gadgetzan’s prime source of income, Noggenfogger Elixir, no longer has a quest requirement. It is sold freely by Marin Noggenfogger’s lovely wife, Sprinkle Noggenfogger. I am very happy about this change because now I can go get noggenfogger on all of my toons without having to do the quests all over again. Hurray!
New cooking and fishing dailies have opened up in Orgrimmar, and Stormwind I’m sure. These dailies are a bit different, upon completion you’re actually awarded skill ups in cooking/fishing. Some quests even give you 2 points, neato! They seem to keep in the bounds of Orgrimmar, unlike the Dalaran dailies that would send you to Borean Tundra for a certain fish, which is very convenient. A new cooking award has been implemented for players to buy the level 85 food recipes as well as a fishing lure. The award has a limit of 10 which isn’t too bad considering the amount of new recipes isn’t too extensive. It will still, however, take you a while to get them all if you so desire.
One of the first things I went and did were the pet quests. Four new pets were included, all of which are adorable and somewhat easy to obtain. Some more difficult than others such as the Singing Sunflower, which is obtainable via mini-game quest in Hillsbrad Foothills. The game, as you may already know, is based off the popular pop cap game Plants vs. Zombies (Peacebloom vs. Ghouls). Of the four new pets, I would say that Withers the most easily obtained, for Horde players. The other 2 pets introduced are Mr. Grubbs and Tiny Flamefly. All of them are just adorable.
I was very excited to see a Bilgewater Cartel champion reputation tabard. After the hotfix, allowing reputation from LK dungeons, some friends and I started to chain run random dungeons. The 10% reputation boost from the Spirit of Sharing holiday buff made our grind less time-consuming. With potty and re-buff breaks, we managed to knock out neutral-exalted in about 4.5 hours. It was a tough grind but totally worth if for the Goblin Trikes.
I’m still sorting though a few of my screenshots, but I have a few ready for share. It’s just some pictures of Orgrimmar in different locations. Enjoy.
This one, I just found amusing. So typical of a goblin to have one of these.
More pictures to come as soon as I shuffle through them all. They will be located on the pictures page. If you follow my twitter, the update will be on there, as well as in a post. The same with the updated Spec.
How were your first few days of The Shattering? What changes do you like/dislike most?