Feb 11th 2011 9:34AM I don't know, because I still haven't done one.
I have two healers, a resto shaman and holy priest, both at ilvl 336. I gave up on the resto shaman to level the priest from scratch, and while the priest has had much better luck in normals (I've been farming them for the easy JP) they're still pretty horrible. Yesterday I had a group for Grim Batol where the bear druid refused to let the mage and rogue CC, the DK tanked at least one mob every pull (taking ludicrous amounts of damage in the process), and I was constantly OOM. Yet I was clearly the problem.. I got called names in party chat and then vote-kicked. All before the first boss.
So.. yeah. I'm practically terrified to even queue for heroics.
Jan 21st 2011 11:43AM As far as what zones are new content wise..
From my leveling experience: In Eastern Kingdoms, Westfall, Redridge, Cape of Stranglethorn (there's a lot of old stuff in Northern Stranglethorn, but there's a healthy dose of new stuff and the old stuff is rearranged to make questing easier), Swamp of Sorrows, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Western Plaguelands, and Eastern Plaguelands have been pretty much redone entirely. In Kalimdor, Darkshore, Ashenvale, Thousand Needles, Stonetalon, Southern Barrens, Desolace, Tanaris, and Un'goro are the same way. I haven't gotten around to most of the dwarven lands yet so I can't speak to those.
Jan 20th 2011 11:28AM They didn't change Dustwallow much as it was already revamped once back in TBC. Consider doing Desolace instead.. it's about the same level and pretty much completely different than it used to be :)
Jan 12th 2011 12:23PM That chest was where the end reward of a vanilla quest called Cortello's Riddle was located. The quest started on one of the pirate ships off the southeastern tip of STV and led you all over the world picking up clues. First one was under a bridge in Swamp of Sorrows, then to a raptor cave in Dustwallow Marsh, then finally to that chest under the waterfall in Hinterlands. The reward was some money and a 14 slot Explorer's Knapsack bag, which I still have on several of my older alts :)
With all the Cata changes that quest is no longer available, so the poor chest will just have to sit there all by itself until Blizzard removes it :(
Jan 12th 2011 11:50AM "Well, but the thing is that Blizz has said "we don't want heroics to be easy". If you are having trouble with heroics, run normals...that's what they are there for"
As a healer (and let's face it, the healer almost ALWAYS gets blamed for wipes), I welcome any changes that make heroics more forgiving. I dislike the idea of having to spend tens of thousands of gold on crafted gear before I can reasonably expect to successfully heal a heroic PUG (I'm talking about the LFD tool here). Sure, I can run normals, but what happens when I get the last gear upgrade from them? Keep on running them for fun and a measly 75 JP per day? No MMO, or any game for that matter, is fun when you have nothing more to gain or the possible gains are very few and far between - especially for those of us who have at most a couple hours of playtime any given day.
Heroics should stand between normals and raids, with a smooth progression from one to the next. This has to stand for PUGs as well as guild groups. If it takes a few nerfs for heroic PUGs to actually succeed 90% of the time (as opposed to the 50% or less I see now), that's what Blizzard needs to do.
Jan 11th 2011 8:44AM Overall, as a long-time player.. yes, I'm a bit disappointed. For new players I think the changes are fantastic but there's just not enough going on at 80+ to keep old-timers engaged.
I've already got 3 85s without really even trying, playing a couple hours here and there. One tank, one healer, one caster DPS.. and I don't really care about any of the new instances. Healing and tanking are too unforgiving (this could be due to the idiots in the dungeon finder, but still) and DPS queues are far too long. I'm having much more fun with my started-from-scratch worgen priest.
Really I just can't see this content lasting for two years, which seems to be the length between expansions. That could be because I am a casual player and do not have the time to raid (I only have the 3 85s due to taking a week off work after Christmas). I'm still finding things to do for the moment, but I have a feeling that this will be the expansion where I finally quit WoW for good :(
Dec 28th 2010 12:32PM me please!
Dec 22nd 2010 7:35AM I'll give you milk and cookies if I win
Dec 13th 2010 3:52PM At first I was a little upset by this, the same way I'd been a little upset at the whole guild leveling system in general, because I am in a very small guild of RL friends and relatives and therefore won't see very many of these perks. It kind of felt like a betrayal, since Blizzard has always before made it a point to cater as much as possible to solo and small group players. I might not make world firsts or top 5% of arena but I can get gear and see endgame raids if I want to.. there's never really been anything truly out of my reach in this game before. Now, there's almost no way I'll ever see my guild past level 8-10 (at least, not without a massive shift in the way I play WoW), so I miss out on a ton of perks.
But, something (cutaia) said in one of these similarly themed posts last week stuck with me. What is it about these small guilds that made people want to be in them through vanilla, BC, and Wrath, when there were no guild perks, when being in a small guild was just as "inconvenient" as it is now? Clearly there's something about being in a tiny, no-drama guild with RL friends that is worth the drawbacks. Sure, we have trouble fielding enough folks to do a heroic at times, but I get to play with people I know and I do have a chance to see some of these perks a month or two (or six) down the line.
What I think will eventually happen is, a year from now guild leveling will be made much easier in some way so that us tiny guilds can catch up (by then, the big guilds and hardcore guilds will already be level 25 so it won't matter anyway). Similar to how casual players can get old-news raid gear months after the fact, casual guilds will get the perks long after most players paid attention :)
Dec 13th 2010 11:43AM I've got screenshots from the vanilla open beta, so.. October 2004? Unfortunately they are on my computer at home so I can't post them, but I've got a couple pretty cool ones from the "end of beta" event where the devs rained infernals down on Stormwind right before they turned the server off at midnight.
Can't believe I've been playing WoW for 6 years. And I think I've had an active account almost that entire time, though I have played less and less as the years have gone by :)