Patch 4.3 from the perspective of a tiny guild
Patch 4.3 dropped on Tuesday, and with it, quite a bit of content – Three new Heroic dungeons, a new raid (the last raid of the expansion) the raid finder, epic gems, the new Darkmoon Faire, void storage and transmogrification were the big ticket items. There were also a few other, smaller things, like changes to threat mechanics and Chaos Orbs no longer being soulbound.
If you’ve been reading the blog, you already know my guild doesn’t raid, so the last raid isn’t that big of a deal to us; nor, for that matter, is the LFR tool. The new dungeons, while I’m looking forward to them, are not content we’ll get to very soon. The conversion of Valor Points to Justice Points (a common trend now, each time a new raid is released) is actually bigger news to me, and something I’m pleased about. Kerridwen got new bracers last night, and Shoryl will be getting some very soon, all because my points all got lumped together, making my meager stores enough to actually get somewhere.
Chaos Orbs are a bigger deal for us, since we’re just now getting into heroics, we’ll be able to get some, but better than that, they’re going for relatively cheap (under 100g each) on our server. I’ve picked up the 5 I need for a new sword. Too bad Truegold is still at a premium. This change will help out quite a bit in the short term as well as the long run, as we’ll be able to give ourselves a leg up in the gear department, making those heroics a lot easier.
Epic Gems would be more exciting if I could figure out whether I have a shot at getting my hands on either the patterns or the gems themselves. I have a maxed jewelcrafter, so it’s merely a case of figuring out where on earth I buy the cuts, and whether we can transmute the gems, or can only get them via raiding (or raider spillover in the coming months). Either way, I’m looking at it more from the profit standpoint than adding them to my own gear right now. *Note: I’ve learned where to buy the patterns. Silly Blizzard made Ms Facet hard to see! Now I just need to wait until my server has a surplus of gems.*
Transmogrification and Void Storage I was very excited about before the expansion dropped. I’m still quite excited about transmogrification, though I need to figure out how to convince Sonaira to go to Molten Core so that our reputation remains fairly consistent and I can get the rest of the Lightbringer set. I also would really like to be able to ‘mog my tabard. Blizz, can I please advertise my guild all the time? Please?
Void storage, on the other hand, is nowhere near as exciting as I had hoped. First, it is just deep storage. It costs 25g to store each item there. There’s lots of limitations – nothing that’s not soulbound, meaning no simple guild tabards or heirloom gear. Nothing unique, meaning about half of the holiday gear can’t be stored there. Second, you have to have the item in your bags to transmogrify using it, meaning your items can’t be in void storage at the time of transmogrification. Sure, I’m going to use it for what I can, because it will free up bag space, but it still leaves a bit to be desired. I’m not asking for the world. I just want to stow old tabards and holiday gear along with my proper pally getup. 🙂
Both of these things still have potential, and we were warned early on that they would be more limited in scope at release than the ultimate plan. I suppose it is better to giveth than to taketh away.
I am super excited about the Darkmoon Faire changes. the Faire was something that I’d never really bothered with previously. It seemed like a difficult grind of exotic items for minimal reward. Now, it looks like there will be dailies… and I won’t have to track the darned thing down any more! Whoot!
My dear Sonaira, the tank, is generally pleased with the changes to threat mechanics, though she was always a threat tank rather than a mitigation tank, so she’ll have a bit of an adjustment to her methodology. But I have faith that she’ll do a good job. She’s just that competent. This change certainly means that if the rest of us outgear her because we have more play time, she’ll still be able to hold aggro without any difficulty.
Another minor, generally undiscussed change is the ability for guilds with inactive GLs to take control of their guild. I think Blizz hit on a very good methodology for making this possible, without allowing a bitter GL to tie up control by merely not promoting anyone active to a proper rank. I’m sure adding these mechanics takes some of the headache away from the GMs with petitions for guilds.
This seems to be a nice end of expansion patch all around, though; and I’m happy that I got some new content too, not just the raiders. Blizzard has been doing a better job of providing a wider variety of new content each patch, and that makes this girl happy.