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7-13-2009 @ 8:22PM
I would be happy with the way soul shards are, if they could stack. that's all im asking. I dont mind taking up the bagspace with a soulbag or farming shards. But in extended raids and repeated bosswipes they seem to dissapear before your eyes.I agree completely with the flying mount bit. I wouldn't mind doing a long quest chain for a demonic dragon or some Demon Wings i've seen suggested on the forums, It would actually bring me back into the game.Green fire, MmmmmmmmmmCustomizable pets? I want my succubus to wear a turtleneck and three layers of pants so my dad doesn't wonder what I'm looking at when he comes home.
7-13-2009 @ 9:31PM
I do mind that we have one fewer bag slot than the other classes. Inventory management is supposed to be a fun minigame, remember? Why do warlocks have such a disadvantage at it?
7-13-2009 @ 10:55PM
I'm hardly out farming long enough so that my bags get filled. The only time I farm is for Herbalism, and if that's the case I just replace my soulbag with my herb bag. I guess if the Soul Shards stacked then a bag wouldn't be necessary, but still, I'd hate to see every class morph together till everything is rendered gray and the only ability is Auto Attack
7-14-2009 @ 12:07AM
I have a problem with Soul Shards.. particularly since I'm leveling a Warlock.. freaking things needs to stop at the size of the soul bag you have, not the soul bag you MIGHT HAVE ONE DAY or when something larger replaces it because no one is grinding Ebon Blade anymore (like the two 20something bags who's recipes only drop in classic instances no one grinds.)I hate when the shards overflow into my bags.
7-14-2009 @ 1:15AM
My hunter has an ammo bag. My friend's hunter has a quiver. My druid has an herbalism bag AND an inscription bag. If I were smart, my main would have a mammoth mining bag.You don't HAVE to have a soul shard bag. It's just a good idea.
7-14-2009 @ 2:21AM
7-14-2009 @ 3:33AM
My first toon in WoW was a warlock. He was my second to 80 and i love him dearly, as much as that statement can realistically apply to a video game toon.Having said that, my warlock now sits firmly at the "least played" slot among my 3 lvl 80s.I can crank out competitive dps with him, but my favorite facet of the game is and always has been PvP.And warlocks currently eat voidwalker crap in PvP. Any 1v1 PvP action on him, with any class of similar gear and skill, is an exercise in hypertension.When I play my Feral or my rogue alt (who will soon be 80 as well), one on one fights are exceedingly fun. I don't always win, but i'm no push-over and more importantly.... I DON"T ALWAYS LOSE.Between the complete lack of any stun escape mechanics, glass cannon fragility reminiscent of Vanilla WoW mages, spell casting pushback, and Lord knows what else it's simply not any fun EVER to PvP as a warlock. There is NO other class that NEEDS a healer sitting on them to be able to FUNCTION.Oh, and then there's our "fun" pet mechanics. Sure, i can keep a caster relatively 'locked' down for a while between myself and my Felpup, but WTF?!? As a Feral druid or rogue, or many other classes for that matter, you press ONE f-ing button and the enemy is stunned.period.one button.warlocks have to click all over their screen or type all over their keyboard to accomplish CC equivalent to what a Feral or rogue can pull off in 3 GCDs.That, my friends, is 'class balance' at it's finest. I know all of the counter arguments reguarding what i just said. That we don;t want every class to be the same. Blah, blah blah.Yes, i agree. But i also think that there are appropriate degrees of variation for PvP performance and there are inappropraite ones.rogue: multiple CC on single GCDFeral: multiple CC on single GCD or short cast timei'm sure there are others.warlock: spin around 3 times, say 14 "Hail Mary"s, 7 "Our Father"s, show your driver's license, birth certificate, and proof of purchase, wish REALLY hard and maybe MAYBE you'll CC them long enough to attempt a kill.Oh, but if they trinket or resist a spell, then too f-ing bad. You lose.I miss my warlock, but PvP as a warlock is currently a joke. It's literally a joke. Rogues and Feral druids just laugh it up when a 'lock steps into the room alone. They represent ZERO threat alone. Blow a CD or two and they probly won't even get a spell off on you. /corpsehump /spit /laugh /walk away chuckling.And i know this from direct experience playing my Feral (80) and lower rogue alt. Warlock? Yay! Free HK!Maybe if he has 28k health then i'll have to blow more than one CD to keep him roflstunlocked.Oh, what a cost! I don;t know if I want to blow BOTH my cds to roflstomp that 'lock....Oh, wait. Yeah i do. lolz lolz lolzAgain, i'm not saying that I want every class to mirror the rogue/feral playstyle mechanics. What i am saying is that other classes need to have their own utility. And i think that their utility in PvP should at least be independent utility. Sure, warlocks are currently hated in PvP as the class that can create possibly the most chaos on the BG battlefield when casting from the back of the pack and left unchecked.But as a longtime warlock, I don't want to have a PvP niche for battlegrounds when no one is looking at me.So... if i'm in a closed room, with no lights on, and there are no enemies within 25 yards of me, and it's a leap year.... then I can perform my PvP roll?No thanks.I rerolled a feral and a rogue so that i could actually have fun in my favorite activity in WoW again. Never looking back, Blizz.Warlocks are a design issue? Too hard to balance/design for?Just ignore them long enough and they'll all reroll. Problem solved.But then you're already doing that aren't you, Blizz.Suffice it to say that i was also extremely disappointed with the Q&A for our class.I think the warlock Q&A should be renamed the Warlock Q&BS.The customer base supplies the questions. Blizz supplies the bs.Evasive and incomplete asnwers to questions? CheckBroken class mechanics (like having the larger half of our CC tied up in cumbersome pet cast bars)?CheckVague promises about some recycled class mechanic that will supposedly revolutionize warlocking?Check.BS?Check.I'll stick with my feral and rogue. See how bent out of shape i get when warlocks are on the discussion table? It literally gets my blood pressure up. stealthing in PvP is as calm and fun as PvP gets. i recommend it to any and all other frustrated warlocks who read this.DO yourself a favor like i did and reroll now. don't wait. fun and enjoyment in our favorite game are just a leveled toon away. go level it. you'll thank yourself. a lot.
7-14-2009 @ 5:23AM
Stackable soul shards only solves the problem of storage space... which isn't a problem to intelligent organised people... If soul shards need changing it's to make them more functional and more fun to use, not to give you more space to carry loot, Blizz seem to have the right idea.The biggest problem with soul shards is for the builds that burn through them quickly, destro, etc. The problem is that they tend to run out of the shards and that they hate farming masses all the time, having the shards stack, of course, would not even begin to resolve that. Even if the stack was 100 large they'd still run out and still need to farm, the only difference would be infrequency and they'd have to farm for even longer.I'll never understand why the lazy disorganised masses who want a major gameplay change for the sake of carrying a few extra stacks of frostweave cloth or grey named loot or whatever have the loudest voice. @Continuum6 - You find your pet bar THAT hard to use that you had to have such a huge tantrum? I always command my pet via the keyboard just like i do with my own abilities... Why don't you just re-bind the buttons?Alternatively have you considered the fact that you just prefer the Rogue and Drood and that is enough? Why do you also have to enjoy the Lock? My first toon was a hunter, sometimes i go back but i happily admit it's my second toon i enjoy the most. The Q&A was disapointing because Everything, bar the flying mount, is either obvious design principles or has been mentioned before, even the green fire... but still, it's more than we've had before and hardly worth throwing ALL the toys out of the pram eh?
7-14-2009 @ 5:36PM
My biggest issue with soul shards is the matter of going about farming them. At level 80, there is NO way to get shards if you in the Outlands (I think... at least not conveniently).If I'm doing, say, achievements and run out shards, the easiest thing is to hearth to Dalaran or fly to Shat, take a portal to a major city, farm off the training dummies, then hearth/recall back to Dalaran, and port back to Shat.What compounds it even more is they made the Abyss Shard worthless. I would have loved to hear the reason why they changed it. http://www.wowhead.com/?item=20534
7-14-2009 @ 11:54AM
Actually there are level 72 (green to an 80) mobs in just about any place which required a flying mount to reach. The ogres above Shatt are a good example.
7-14-2009 @ 12:14PM
@ rosencratzFair enough :)It was early in the morning when i read the Q&A, had just come back from a get together with friends. So yes, /tantrum is over now.I openly admit that I am a far better Feral druid/rogue than i am a warlock, and that just really comes down to who i am and what i'm capable of/best at. Nothing wrong there, either with me or with the classes. It's just an issue of aptitude and what i enjoy.My only real argument is that I believe warlocks are generally weaker in all forms of PvP combat than stealthers, not just in certain situations that would be more advantageous to a stealther class, but in all situations, barring a couple questionable "niches" for ranged dps in PvP. Niches like downing a defense cannon or siege vehicle in WG, or DoTing up a large number of people in a crowded BG scrap.So my argument against the current state of the warlock is just that it *seems* to me that warlocks are generally weaker than some (i think many) classes at all times and in all situations in PvP. And that is what troubles me about the class.But I appologize for the /rant and I wholeheartedly agree that I am a terrible warlock. I dislike casting times in general in a PvP environment. I don't play particularly smartly in terms of pressuring healers, or using my powerful ranged CC to optimal use under pressure.Compare that to my learned ability as a stealther to lock the right people down at the right times, dynamically react to a combat situation, knowing when to engage and when to back off and restealth or cast CC, and knowing when to switch targets and not indulge in tunnel vision...I think it's clear what play style my brain favors. And that's okay.I think the one constructive thing that comes out of my rant last night is that I do believe a Feral druid or rogue is an excellent choice for any 1st-toon warlocks out there who find themselves similarly frustrated with their class. I enjoy PvP and PvE 100 times more than I ever did as a warlock. I can't recommend stealthers highly enough.
7-14-2009 @ 1:33PM
@ Xander (and @ Nick W. too, actually)Easy-mode shard farming in just THREE STEPS!1. Make friends with a healer.2. Before you go into an instance/arena, duel your healer friend, but have them just heal through the Drain Soul, and do nothing but cast Drain Soul.3. Continue to drain their soul in bite-sized pieces until your bag is full. Mind you, because of the wildly unpredictable proc rate on DS, sometimes this method is super duper fast, sometimes it takes a few minutes, but it beats farming them off the trash below Naxx or across from Ulduar.
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