Apr 4th 2012 4:26PM I think we're reading into it all a bit too much, and I think, given what we saw and experienced in the game, which out of necessity must be canon, that Christie Golden was taking narrative license.
From the game, it seems clear the Lich King was a ner'zul/ Arthas hybrid still, with the personality of Arthas at the reins. I am inclined not to devote much seriousness to the quest chain involving his heart; mostly it just demonstrated that he wasn't going to be redeemable.
Arthas as persisting influence/aspect of the LK now though feels unlikely. During his death scene, he clearly was himself still, without the helm, and the helm was the vessel containing the LK's control over the Scourge and the connection to what remains of Ner'zul. He even expressed relief, in a way. This suggests he no longer plays a role in things.
I see Bolvar's role now in the jailor sense, a Tal Rasha to the LK's Baal. I don't see Bolvar doing much other than keeping the mindless undead in check; this would leave the sentient undead free, much like Sylvanas became free when the LK was diminished. As such, the val'kyr were free to find allies where they could.
Maybe also the LK is somewhat nerfed due to the destruction of Frostmourne. It certainly played a big role in the LK's power.
Apr 2nd 2012 5:08PM I think that, had I the time to participate in regularly scheduled progression raiding, I would have a hard time stepping away from one toon.
As life doesn't permit for this though, I play when I can, sometimes in large, irregular chunks. Thus, I will end up gearing a toon as much as possible on the off-chance I might fill a pug slot in current raid content, someday, and then... I feel like I've run out of things to do on that toon that are worthwhile to me.
In that circumstance, it's more fun to me to level a new toon than spin dailies and LFD runs through the same three instances over and over.
I'm hopeful that all the new late game content MoP is adding will help bring me back to endgame play, and focus on one or two toons.
Or, maybe I'll finally locate a mythical Thursday night only progression guild. Would be next to impossible to get that going from the ground up on my "main" realm now, alas.
Apr 2nd 2012 1:26PM Wow. Dude doesn't have a job, just plays WoW all day, and doesn't have time for her either? I love the game as much as anyone, but seriously - this guy sounds like a shiftless loser. She should stop carrying this deadweight and, to borrow Dan Savage's term, DTMFA.
Apr 1st 2012 9:19PM My thought too. Frankly, I think that healing on a paladin is more straightforward and simple than any other class, especially in raids these days. This seems absurd to me - surely the priest should be the most direct! And to top it off, we're often stronger healers to boot. Now, we'll be getting a better version of Prayer of Healing, one of our few decisions to make taken away with adjustments to holy shock, and an interesting mechanic in LoD taken away as well.
I don't mean to be a wet blanket, but we've already had it too good, especially the past tier. I feel like we've been eating the resto specs' lunches when it comes to raid healing - raid wide divine radiance is like a "you win" button in comparison to on a cool down, nerfed wild growth and limited target chain heal, and it owns PoH.
So I don't see these changes as needful, unless there will be a corresponding nerf. Maybe removing the total target number on LoD but keep the cone, but otherwise, were we really looking for this? Computer says no.
Mar 27th 2012 11:36AM I sure hope so. As a healer running instances in the mid 30s now, every time a warrior shows up as tank specced as arms, disaster ensues, and four people's time is wasted.
Mar 23rd 2012 5:34PM Blizzard does this all the time - it develops heroes and then turns them around to be slaughtered. Happened to Kerrigan in SC; happened to Arthas. Happened to two former leaders in BC!
Heck, even Deathwing was a good guy before he was corrupted.
I think they take this tact because they have to keep both factions reasonably justified in their worldviews and no one side out and out evil in order to keep players in the Horde. They look more monstrous, so there's already an inclination to go there. How many trolls have we slaughtered as players of both factions, at this point? And how silly would it feel to go after Varian Wrynn this way? (never mind how goofy he would look if he came back from his northrend exploits the alliance-equivalent of Garrosh's new model.)
I think we're being set up for the next expansion to be an onslaught of just pure evil from the Legion, or somewhere. Even the Twilight's Hammer were kind of goofy and bumbling, in their own way. Demons will be descending.
Mar 20th 2012 7:55AM Why on earth would someone sub for three months to gear up all his alts in LFR gear, and scoff at just running it once for the lore, and THEN try to lord that over Blizzard's head?!
From the sound of it, Blizzard is in zero danger of losing you. If you're subbing for three months purely to grind gear you'll patently not need at the launch of MoP, they still have you hook line and sinker.
Unless you're really a raider. In which case, you're being disingenuous AND whingy.
Mar 19th 2012 6:11PM So, there won't be any competition with others for loot, meaning it will be like the loot bags for world event bosses?
Here's to hoping they hit a probability sweet spot for useful drops, and we don't end up with ridiculous dry spells.
Mar 7th 2012 2:30PM I feel like this could be a potent "reward" for people who have maintained subscriptions for years - maybe one fresh 80 per realm (a la the DK limit) for having a year+ of subscription time logged. Make the gear valueless to avoid exploits, and I think it would be a nice way to reward loyalty.
Mar 6th 2012 4:10PM Yeah, lousy blizzard! Only giving many of us a fancy mount and Diablo 3 for committing to stick around. They never do anything for us!