Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Priest Racials get the Chop

I read through this post a number of times, and I wanted desperately for my feeling of anguish to come out, but instead the post seemed to fall apart. It has no real structure and adds no real value to the ongoing debate, which is why I almost pulled it, but none the less, here it is.

A topic of much discussion today is the demise of the priest racial talents. Interestingly the views on this change aren’t as split as I had envisaged. The volume of people excited about being able to train some of these previously unobtainable spells is overwhelming. It leaves behind a minority of people such as myself who are left both shocked and maybe even a little distressed by the news.

I appreciate that we were the only class to have such unique abilities, but isn’t that half the beauty of our class. Every single race of priest was unique, we all had our own abilities to bring to the raid, and this in itself could change the tactic for any one fight. I still recall the days before Fearward was a non-racial ability, and how important it was for every raid to have a dwarf priest to hand.

I have felt an increasing trend in wow recently and more and more I find myself not playing my priest because of it. We now have 4 healing classes, and if you were splitting them over 40 people it wouldn’t be to bad, but over 10 and 25 it limits peoples chances of raiding. I understand this isn’t commonly a problem, but it bothers me, it bothers me that so many classes have become so flexible in the game, that it has removed the speciality of a class, and yet Im not always able to do the sole job I was designed for!!!

… I have gone completely off topic.

Admittedly I too am excited about the new expansion, the new talents and the fact I will now be able to use some of the previous locked racials, but I also mourn for those spells that have been lost, and the uniqueness that they brought to our class. In a world (of warcraft) where things are becoming ever more linear, surely its this uniqueness that adds character and value to not only the priest class but the game itself!!!

Monday, 15 September 2008

Wrath Release Date Finally Announced!

Mark it in your calendars boys and girls, the 13th of November is Wrath day (sorry I couldn’t come up with something more catchy). So what does this mean? It means that approx 10million people will be doing exactly the same thing come midday on the 13th……..

….. you got it one…. They will of course all be looking at the same “world server is down” screen!!!

Ok, so im sure that wont be the case, as far as I can remember the BC launch went off without a hitch (other than some dodgy disks), and Wrath will be no different.

What this news also means is that I have a lot to do in the next few months. I want to get my gold reserves up to at least 40k if that’s possible, and I’d quite like to build up my herb stock in the coming weeks.

Of course the most time consuming thing is going to be levelling my shammy between now and wrath. He’s only level 12 or something at the moment, and I don’t have much spare time, so my aim may well be to get him to 60 pre wrath, but we’ll just see how it all goes.

So, today’s question is…. What do you want to achieve before Wrath lands this November?

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Without Rhyme or Reason

Its been over a month since my last post, man I’ve been slacking.

In my defence ive been spending some time of late considering the original reasons for the inception of this blog, what my target niche was and where its all gone wrong.

a) I don’t play wow as much as id like anymore. Around the time of creating this blog I was starting to get more heavily involved in raiding again, and I was really enjoying playing a healing class again! That went well for about a month, and I was enjoying blogging about all my new experiences. Since then there has been a lot going on in my personal life and not I or Misty have played anywhere near as much WoW as we’d probably like to.

b) because im not playing wow, its really quite hard to write about it. The times when I do get to dip into the game I tend to play on alts as I didn’t schedule in to raid etc… which means im not playing on my priest meaning I have noting to say about her in the blog.

c) Essentially, I pitched my blog to be all about being a holy priest, starting from scratch in end-game. Subsequently I haven’t been playing end game and so haven’t been posting. Now I really do hope that this all changes post WOTLK, but I really cant predict the future for this blog at the moment.

I want to take this opportunity to thank anyone who still subscribes to this in their reader, and im really sorry that I haven’t fulfilled my original scope for the blog. Im currently considering a redesign and name change for it, maybe to make it less focussed on my priest and more just about my wow experiences, but again, I guess time will tell.