Thursday, October 14, 2010

End of Wotlk

Patch 4.0 went live yesterday. To me, this marks the conclusion of Wrath of the Lich King. Talents and class mechanics will be tuned for 85, so the game experience in the next few month will shift constantly until a few month after the launch of Cataclysm. As a result of this, I think I'm done with WoW for now.

My highlights for Wotlk are the following:

  • Full clear Naxx 10 in a pug for the first time
  • Full clear ICC 10 in a pug for the first time
  • Completing Benediction quest line
  • Wiping on Sindy 10 for 4 hours in a pug and witnessing the raid leader raging and kicking 1 warrior and 3 more warrior replacements
  • Healing Heroic Hall of Reflection
  • Holy Nova farming in Icecrown
  • Winning a Battered Hilt in Pit of Saron on the first day returning from hiatus. (I sold it)
  • Doing 2s arena with my DK partner and getting Hot Streak with him having 500 resilience and moving with a touch pad. I suppose we got lucky. We finished off with 1100 rating 5 days later on the night before he quit WoW, had a blast, best partner ever. Vent helps, but I think I made his ears bleed on one of our match days.
  • Getting Twilight Vanquisher title in a pug and had mount ninjaed by a DK. You may ask why it's on Master Loot, the answer is the DK kicked everyone but 3 guildies from the raid when Sarth was at 1%. So it wasn't on ML, but we weren't getting anything. I didn't really care about the drake, but trade chat was crazy afterward, admittingly I had fun watching the drama unfold itself.
  • Pug finish Ruby Sanctum 10 and 25
  • Took a resto druid for my pug and watch him rocking ToC 10 and later ToCG 10 with 4300gs. He two healed with another resto druid. He was good, gearscore fails.
  • Finally got enchanting to skill cap after 2 years.
  • Finally managed to pick an alt class/spec that I enjoy and can commit to level - feral bear tank.
  • Writing this blog
I know my "Highlights" are not Val'anyr or Light of Dawn but they are personally perspectives. I don't play all that much, usually a few weeks of hardcore gaming then a good half a year of hiatus. Regardless, Wotlk was fun. Dual spec was a nice addition. Smite was relatively broken compare with what it was in TBC and sadly, only more broken in Cata but we'll see.

Peace out.


  1. I've been using your guide to level my priest (since I love holy and hate shadow) so I was pretty disappointed when 4.0.1 came out and I saw they had effectively removed most DPS talents from the holy tree.

    However, I've been messing around with a Discipline build, incorporating Penance (as an opener) into the Holy Fire/Smite rotation you suggest on the site, and I'm actually finding it very fun and effective!

    I have no idea how competitive the DPS is in groups, as I tend to stick to healing in groups, but it may be a great viable alternative for those who still wish to level as a priest without going shadow, and while using your recommended rotation. :)

  2. What have your numbers looked like since the new patch as a smite priest?

    Do you think a shielding, dispelling, smite-healer(atonement speced)disc priest is viable?

    I know my healing wont be as much as other healers, and dps wont be as much as other dps, but the hope is the combined amount would be enough to keep me a raid spot.

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