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Bringing addons into the default UI

We've written about Totemus before here on WoW Insider-- even though it does a lot more than just time your totems as a Shaman, that's mainly what I used it for. Not only did it provide me with a visual representation of what my current totem situation was like, it also gave me a heads up whenever my totems were failing, reminding me to put them down again. But of course since that's mostly what I used it for, I may not have a need for it after patch 2.4-- along with the other UI changes, Blizzard is going to be putting a totem timer into the default UI.

It's not the first time they've "stolen" addon functionality, and it definitely won't be the last. And while a few reports are coming in from the PTR, it remains to be seen whether this change will actually replace more complicated addons (my guess is no, considering how simple Blizzard's timer looks).

But expect more of this in the patches to come-- everyone heard that Blizzard wants to implement a threatmeter into the default UI, and a "DamageMeters" type of tool would likely be appropriate for the default UI as well. Blizzard has always had the luxury of a great and hardworking addon community, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them start taking advantage of that luxury more often.

Filed under: Patches, Analysis / Opinion, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Add-Ons

What you really want to know about the patch 2.4 notes

Yeah yeah, the full patch notes are a good read, but why read those when we can pull the good stuff out? Here's what we thought was big in patch 2.4:
  • Sunwell is inc! Also, the island where the Shattered Sun Offensive is fighting is called the Isle of Quel'Danas.
  • There's a Keeper of Time to take players in Shattrath to the Caverns of Time
  • Spell haste changes are in, as well as item casting changes (items that cast spells will do so at player's level now), and more intellect will now regenerate more mana per Spirit
  • Find Treasure doesn't deactivate on death anymore, but there's nothing about Find Herbs, Find Minerals, or any of the other tracking spells
  • Fear Ward usable in Shadowform (meh, say shadow priests)
  • A whole host of spells that weren't penalized at lower ranks are now penalized
  • Earth Shield nerfed-- mana cost lowered and charges dropped from 10 to 6, and Shamans get a default UI totem timer
  • Ritual of Summoning can bring players into instances now
  • Warrior Endless Rage is fixed, and now you can't change into a stance that you're currently in
  • Honor instantly calculated, since there are no diminishing returns
  • Warmasters and marshals in AV now share each other's health, and Horde starting point has been moved south
  • WSG changes: when both flags are held for 10 mins, flag carriers take more damage, increases over time. Also, flag carriers can be tracked after holding flag for 45 seconds.
  • Enchanting: Void Crystal to Large Prismatic, and Defense +15 to chest
  • Rocket Boots nerf is in there-- players carrying flag in WSG will drop it when boots are activated
  • 25man bosses drop more cash and an extra set token
  • No attunments for Hyjal and Black Temple any more (players who've completed Attunement will get "Hand of Ad'al" title)
  • Vashj and Kael can be fought without finishing all other bosses in the instance
  • Undead and Mechanical can bleed, elementals not always immune to poison and disease effects (though nature-based elementals will be immune to nature poisons and effects)
  • Level 70 superior quality PvP items from rep vendors
  • Weightstones and sharpening stones now work while shapeshifted
  • Lots of UI changes, including new options screen
Whew! Even as a summary, that's a lot of notes. Players aren't exactly excited about the patch on the forums, but odds are there's something pretty big that affects you in there.

Filed under: Patches, Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, Instances, Bosses, Classes, Battlegrounds

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