Alrighty then boys and girls I do hope you’ve brought popcorn along cause we have quite a big post up ahead of us as I finally managed to find some time and get a closer look at the beta features that are known so far on Warlords of Draenor. Couple these with all the more important official updates from the Blizzard blog and you get a boatload of info that needs to be shared and commented, cause after all that’s why you are here, right? Reading stuff about your favorite video game is supposed to be the main reason for you being on the website … It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with any of the babe posts or the cute pictures with them, am I correct? (Aye, speaking of babes, I should really get back with one of them posts soon enough) Well anyways, hold on to your hats cause we have a lot of stuff to cover and little to no time to make it all as enjoyable as possible (not to even mention that I will do my best to comment as much as I can and make the post be just as interesting as it will be long).
First things first, the most important updates include off course the events that will close the Mists of Pandaria chapter and will open the way for the Iron Horde to come and bless us with more high level mayhem in Azeroth. From this point of view there are several things that need to be mentioned as they are rather transient and it might be good to do them as soon as you can … if you can. One of the more important things that you should look up is the legendary questline given by Wrathion at the end of which you get your choice of legend cloak . It would be advisable to do it as soon as possible (if it even possible by the time you get to read this), because due to the way in which events will unfold in Warlords of Draenor will render the questline unobtainable anymore after the expansion is live … So if you can, do it! Or you could just simply skip it and be left with a couple of unfinished achievements, nothing too big, because if memory serves after four expansions, even the weaker gear from the next expansion will be better than the amazing legend cloak … Speaking of things that pass, the chaps from Blizz have also thought about adding some short-lived content in the upper blackrock spire during the launch event. Thus if you can do farm that special instance too as part of your “Feats of Strength” cause I am quite sure that there won’t be many chaps with that achievement either by the time everything is over. And finally there is off course the main launch event (the Invasion of the Iron Horde itself) which should also grant some nice rewards to whoever will be online and kicking while it will be set in motion. Make sure you check these out cause they will most certainly be worth your time afterwards!
Off course one of the more visible updates is clearly the change that will be implemented to all the good old playable characters is the visual enchament (well sure it will bump up the system requirements, but I am quite sure that few of you will actually have to upgrade their systems in order to run it properly, so no need to worry), because quite frankly now it would be time to upgrade things a little cause at the core World of Wacraft was running on the same models from 2004 (and o my it certainly worked out pretty well for the past 10 years, no one can argue against that). I talked quite a lot about the character improvements and I shared my opinion on what I like and what I don’t like that much, so I will only say that it certainly takes some geting used to those new models, but after a few hours of questing and a couple of dungeons you really begin to grow fond of your new revamped virtual self, be that an orc or an undead. One other new feature which I personally consider pretty cool, if it will be used properly and won’t change Warcraft into a Farmville 2 Extreme RPG type of a game (as the pet battles Pokemoned the whole “vanity” pet system), then I guess it will be cool, even to a casual gamer like the one I’m struggling to become right now. But quite honestly it’s not all that bad about this garrison system as I am quite confident that once we’ll get used to it things should prove quite interesting, testimony to this are these newly released cinematics that show the progression of the Garrison on both sides. Alongside these cinematics there are also plenty of other in-game cinematics that basically show you how the game is going to end on all fronts, I for one recommend them because they are truly nicely done, but after all it’s your game too so it should be your choice, but my guess is that there still is going to be some time before you’ll see them within the game itself … Now for the Garrisons:
Alliance Garrison Progression – Warlords of Draenor (Cinematic)
Horde Garrison Progression – Warlords of Draenor (Cinematic)
Did you see them, commander? Pretty nifty, right? Certainly the game has come a long way and I have to admit that I got all this excited when I found out the expansion months ago, then I got all worked up when I watched these videos, when I took a ride on the beta and so on and so forth, but either way I will be more than happy and overly excited when it will all be done and we shall finally get to play the finished product (with starting bugs’n’all that), for so many reasons! And now while we are speaking of things that are supposed to make us happy, please allow me to tell you that the devs finally gave thought to the tradeskills and mat farmers as well and from version 6.0 onwards every trade items will stack up to 200, that’s an extra zero from what we have now, so just imagine all the bag and guild vault space you’ll save for gear and other useful stuff, no more stacks of useless cloth all over the damn bank! Still in terms of saving space, but this time in a much smaller niche we have the so called toy box addition which will store all of the fun items you acquire during your adventures, in a very similar way in which things were played out during WotLK when the mounts and them vanity (aka non-combat) pets become storable on your character and then in Cataclysm in your account (yes guys, back in Vanilla and Burning Crusade you could have no more than 3 or four mounts because you ran out of space in your bags … heck not to even mention a bloody vanity pet or toys!!!). I mean if you think of just how many toy trains and zeppelins I had to throw away back in the days to clear some damn room in the bank and inventory you really begin to see the handiness of this little gizmo as well.
Do you guys love maths? I for one hated it dearly throughout my school years and it certainly shows nowadays, that’s why when Blizz came up with the squish concept utilised as in to reduce the numbers we see popping up whenever we do or we take damage in-game, I was more than excited cause things would be so much easy to calculate, now yeah sure the changes won’t be that big, merely cutting one or two zeros while preserving the same power ratio, but still … And no I’ll try to make this as clear as possible too, this is NOT nerfing, as the mobs and npc get their healths and damage adjusted accordingly as well, it’s simply a change in scales. On the same note we’ll also get a nice change to stats on all the items in order to balance things and make every item as versatile and as useful as possible, there’s really quite a lot of technical stuff in here that a casual gamer just wouldn’t give a damn about, but if you’re into it then I suggest you check the official page for more in-depth info on how will the stats get adjusted in Warlords. Another change that reflects in stats is off course the attempt to bring PvP to the same level with PvE as in many cases, an awful lot of players are damn fine at fighting monsters, but totally suck at taking care of other players. So the devs thought that everything would be better if they somehow balanced the whole game in order to fill in the gap, so to say, by doubling the player health (as if it weren’t too damn big already). If you ask me, being good at PvP has its fare share of gear requirement, but after all it comes down to how well can you play your class and how good is your class at PvPing around, but let’s give them a little trust and maybe they will actually manage to balance things, at least partially. Finally one other thing that involves heavy fighting and which you should try to take care of before the season ends is the Brawler’s Guild, as once the expansion launches in November, its content will be temporary unavailble up until you reach level 100, the new max level, so scoop it out while you still can, cause who knows when and if you’ll actually make it to 100, right?
Finally a couple of other changes that I thought would be worthy of commenting are the improvements we’ll see to racial traits which would basially create a balance that so far has lacked when choosing the race you’ll play. The most notable example is clearly that of the trolls who most people disliked for their unothodox look and jokes, but they still played because of their awesome berserking ability. Some other important changes that fit in this field are the modifications to movement speed, which should also prove to be a nice tweak as in-game speed always had a crucial role in getting that sweet victory. Still in terms of movement in Warlords of Draenor we’ll also see a huge vanquishment of the crowd control abilities like ensares, disarms and other similar stuff. I am not sure exactly how the gameplay will change without these extra features, but it should most certainly be more free than it was before, from at least a couple points of view, but we’ll put this to the test in the arena as soon as we’ll be able. Off course there still are a lot of changes and tweaks I didn’t mention, but if you are interested and haven’t gotten around to read the official blog post, I’ll put a link bellow to the source article as well. A couple other rather recent noteworthy facts (as in they were published something like a few hours ago) include the “undelete” option (quite a messed up idea, really, but who am I to judge, right?) and the background downloader that just so happened to be graced with the new 6.0.2 content a couple days ago, so that we can all download in advance and enjoy the new content as soon as it is out and kicking.
Now before I finish, just allow me to tackle the problem of guides as well very quick because these too have their part to play as most of them guides that I’ working with have already announced changes and improvements alongside the ordinary upgrade to support version 6.0 when it will finally be upgraded. The most notable example of excellent preparation is obviously Zygor as he has already created a pre-order section for the Warlords of Draenor leveling guide. As any pre-order this too comes with a bonus in that you’ll receive the complete garrison guide for free as well along the leveling & loremaster in-game guide as soon as the expansion is out, you know, so you won’t have to wait and jump right into the action on Draenor with the full support of the best guide out there (maybe I was a little subjective in here, but still). Anyways, I will talk more about the specifics of each guide and the download details at some later time, when the expansion will be nigher. The second fellas who announced that will upgrade as well to Warlords the support for all of their guides are the devs from Dynasty whose Tycoon Gold Addon will most certainly come in handy with the new items and the prices that will certainly blow up once the expansion is launched. Off course they should work on their others addons as well, however for now they only focused on this one and it is possible that the support will only be available for the gold guide at first before they update the other three addons as well, but we’ll see all about that when the time is right. And finally I would also refer you to check out Dugi as well because he too seems to be getting ready for the launch with plenty of posts and forum updates on the beta and with a couple of useful tricks in some fields that the other chaps aren’t covering as far as I know. So do check out either of these guides for they are sure to update and deliver top notch quality for when the expansion will be live, alternatively you can always search for the free online guides as well and follow on those as well, however playing the awesome Warlords of Draenor in windowed mode just doesn’t seem like the right thing to do in the given context of awesome visual and core updates done to the game, but it’s all up to you. This was it for me, I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading through as much I have enjoyed writing this and I hope to see you all in-game during the launch event and all throughout Draenor kicking some orcish warlord arse!
Source – 6.0.2 PTR Notes