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No, I’m not giving up the game.  I’m not that pissed about the changes.

But everything I’ve seen today seems to imply that there are going to be vast changes to the user interface.  Therefore, I’ve decided to start “at zero” again with no addons.

I can hear my guild having a collective heart-attack right now.

I dragged them all to another folder on my desktop (where I can restore them if I start going into convulsions) but I’m gonna see what the new interface is like before I start messing with it.

I think it’s a good idea for addon junkies to start from scratch every once in a while.

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It's a patch. Get it?

Isn’t that one hell of a patch note?  Gives you a headache doesn’t it.  (It sure gave me one.)  One thing is certain.  The game is going to change in a huge way when the servers come up today.

Let me encapsulate some of the highlights of the changes in the rogue and shaman classes (my two primary characters).  I looked at the Hunter changes and just got a migraine.

Rogue (Subtlety)

  • Cloak of Shadows cooldown reduced to 1.5 minutes.  For the non-rogues out there, this means that subtlety rogues are going to be able to dispel almost all harmful effects from themselves every minute and a half.  Subtlety has had a real kick in the ass in the last couple of patches.  It looks like that’s going to continue.
  • Damaging poisons now scale with attack power.  If I understand this correctly (and we’ll see later this afternoon) poison ranks are gone.  You learn the poison, and it grows with you as you level.  Sadly this is going to make well-geared rogues even more deadly than they were before.
  • Thieve’s Tools are no longer required to pick locks or open doors.  Damn, could we make life any more easy?  There just comes a point where things are too easy.  I’m sure this is part of the overall bag space initiative but still.
  • THE POISONS PROFESSION IS GONE! Yeah I’m pissed off about this too.  Now you just go to a poison vendor and buy the stuff you need.  Rogues no longer make it.  This game is feeling more and more like Hello Kitty Island Adventures by the minute.
  • Just like they got rid of blinding powder in the last patch, you don’t need flash powder anymore to vanish.  C’MON BLIZZARD!  QUIT CATERING TO THE LAZY TWELVE YEAR OLD POT SMOKER DEMOGRAPHIC!!

Shaman (Resto)

  • Grace of Air totem has gone BYE BYE!  Before all your hunter and rogue friends have an aneyrism, you should point out to them that Strength of Earth now augments strength and agility.  This is a “lazy change” I can live with.
  • Seven ranks of Water Shield?  I dig it!
  • Earthliving Weapon is a new self-buff for shamans that augments healing, but only when the weapon is swinging.  Interesting concept, but… useless for resto.
  • Cleanse Spirit.  Resto shamans can now take a point that gives them the ability to cleanse one disease, one poison, and one curse all at the same time.  (Kinda like Paladin Purify on steroids.)
  • Tidal Force.  Oh my god this has me giddy.  A resto point where you click a button and your critical chance for your healing spells jacks up 60% but everytime a crit goes off, the chance goes down.  STILL.  I was on a heroic run a few days ago where this woulda come in really handy.
  • Rover can walk on water.  Shapeshifting no longer cancels waterwalking.  So I’m guessing you’ll see bears and kittys on the water from time to time too.  Dunno about mounts, but that would be funny.
  • Totem range increased by 50%.  Thank you.  No really.  Thank you.  You can stop clapping.  Thank you. Really, I mean it.  Thank you.
  • Tranquil Air totem has gone bye bye.  No threat reduction for shamans.
  • Windwall totem has gone bye bye.

Other Items Of Note

  • Barbershops are open, and I expect them to be flooded with people.
  • There are almost no changes to professions other than what I already noted and the addition of Inscriptions.
  • There are vast changes to the default user interface.  Mounts and non-combat pets no longer take slots.  EXPECT YOUR ADDONS TO BREAK TODAY, AND BE PREPARED TO PLAY “NAKED” FOR A LITTLE WHILE.
  • The patch is GYNORMOUS.  The Mac version is over a gig.  If you haven’t started the downloader yet, launch it now.  Especially if you have a slow connection or have multiple computers to update.

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Given that the maintenance isn’t going to be “done” until 5pm Eastern tomorrow, I’d say there is a very high probability that we will see patch 3.0.2 tomorrow!  I could be wrong… but I doubt it.

Remember that tomorrow’s patch goodness will bring:

  • Hairstyling Inscriptions – The New Profession.
  • A built-in calendar feature in-game.  No more add-ons required!  Guild organization just got a whole lot easier.
  • Barbershops (I know a tank who could use a haircut… I wonder if they will offer body waxing too?)
  • Stormwind Harbor will open to the public.  You won’t be able to get to Northrend yet, but you’ll be able to mill around the harbor and get familiar with the new NPCs.
  • The talent trees and associated abilities are getting revamped in preparation for Wrath Of The Lich King.  No official word (that I’ve heard) on whether there will be free respecs for all.
  • A couple of new arenas.  Blah.
  • Huge changes in raids that everybody is talking about, but no one has yet to successfully explain to me.  Guess we’ll find out when we get there.

What did they miss?  What could they have put in the patch that they didn’t?  Personally I would have liked to have seen “Guild Banks 2.0” included.  Maybe they’ll release that down the road.  Heck, to be honest, somebody could add the functionality I’m thinking off with an addon, I don’t know why nobody has.  Any sort of sorting would make guild banks 2,000% more useful.  Allow guild leaders to set categories in the bank that automatically funnel items to virtual compartments.  (Heck, while you’re at it, why not give us this functionality in bags as well.)

Nonetheless tomorrow will be an interesting day — assuming the patch comes.  And it will be interesting to see how it is received by the player population.

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But really folks.  When was the last time Blizzard stuck to a release date?  We’ll be lucky to see it before the dust settles on Sarah Palin’s luggage after she’s moved into Number One Observatory Circle.

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