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Old School WoW: Patch 0.7

Welcome to Old School WoW, the reincarnation of Patches of Yesteryear -- the column that is magically back from the dead, just like these long lost patches! In the last (and previously only) edition of this column we took a look at patch 0.6, which was the first recorded beta patch that we have public records for. Now we move a couple of months forward...

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beta patch 0.7 was released on April 13, 2004, a whole 63 days after patch 0.6 was released. The time in between these two patches is notable in and of itself. Back in the day, 63 days between beta patches wasn't a big deal. If there were 63 days between Wrath beta patches or the upcoming open Cataclysm beta, there would be so much pent-up nerd rage the internet would explode. You can't have this kind of patch silence today (and it's something that Blizzard is aware of, I'm sure).

Patch 0.7 represented another step forward in Blizzard's development of WoW. Some of the major things that we'll take a look at:

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Old School WoW

Shifting Perspectives: A brief history of time

Every Tuesday, Shifting Perspectives explores issues affecting Druids and those who group with them. This week, we plagiarize from Stephen Hawking, jack a WABAC Machine, and begin a joyride through the evolution of the Druid class.

Dear Blizzard,

There are too many bosses to write about in Ulduar. I find this vexing. Please eliminate 5.

Sincerely,

Sleepless in Silithus


Salutations, Druids. As is probably obvious, we're going to take a detour out of Ulduar class strategy this week, because I'm going to shoot myself if I have to write about another boss I haven't been able to smack around since the PTR. We'll be back for Freya, Thorim, and assorted vaguely Norse-sounding entitites wishing to destroy the world for some unspecified reason but they drop phat lewtz so who cares next week.

Anyway, one of the things that's fascinated me about the Druid class since Burning Crusade is the growth in its popularity. Historically we have never been among the more commonly-played classes, and for a wide swathe of classic WoW and BC, were actually the least-played class or within the bottom 3. While there are various reasons for this (and I could devote a column to how this probably happened), Druids became more popular as time went on, and an increasing number of people began to play the class without knowing just how far it's come.

A little time spent reading through Wowwiki's list of the game's patches makes for interesting reading. A little more than 5 years ago, Druids could Feign Death, the Feral 31-point talent was Improved Pounce, and Moonkin form wasn't even in a gleam in a designer's eye.

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Filed under: Druid, Analysis / Opinion, Features, Humor, Classes, (Druid) Shifting Perspectives

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