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Monday, October 31st, 2011

Greetings, intrepid adventurers! Amanda is AFK, so I’ll be at the helm of this here vessel today!

It’s the first Sunday after the earth-shattering (wait, wasn’t that the last expansion?) convention, BlizzCon. To those who went — I hope you had the time of your life. Or at least year. To those who couldn’t make it — I hope to see you all in the future, and I hope you enjoyed the plethora of news and goodies that WoW Insider provided.

Time to sit back, shake off that jet lag, and enjoy the nectar of the creative community: comics!


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Sunday Morning Funnies: Post-BlizzCon afterglow originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sun, 30 Oct 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
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Every week, WoW Insider brings you Totem Talk for elemental, enhancement and restoration shaman. Want to be a sultan of swing healing? A champion of Chain Heal? Totem Talk: Restoration, brought to you by Joe Perez (otherwise known as Lodur from World of Matticus and co-host of the For the Lore and Raid Warning podcasts), shows you how.

It has been a very exciting weekend for every World of Warcraft fan. BlizzCon is that one yearly event where news unlike anything else we’ve heard all year comes out. We were treated not only to the announcement of the next expansion, Mists of Pandaria, but a plethora of changes for every class and spec.

The big news outside of the expansion was the announcement of the new talent system. In patch 5.0, a new talent system will come along and replace the one we have grown to know right now. It came as a bit of a shock, especially after we were bumped down to the 31-talent point system we have now. The system has a lot of exciting things that will have an impact on our healing; probably most important is that talents will no longer be a key factor in determining a character’s power.

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Totem Talk: Post-BlizzCon restoration shaman thoughts originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monday, October 24th, 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Shifting Perspectives for cat , bear, restoration and balance druids. Welcome to our feral cat edition, brought to you by Chase Hasbrouck, aka Alaron of The Fluid Druid blog. Let the face clawing begin!

Wow. Well, this certainly simplifies things, doesn’t it? The biggest news that came out of the first day of Blizzcon (well, besides the new race and class) was the total revamp of the talent system. Points? Gone. Trees? Gone. Now? 6 chances to choose one of three character buffs. I don’t want to tackle the specific talents they presented just yet, but think about how this changes the WoW model of a character. Essentially, it boils down to this: Talents are no longer the key determinant of character power.

This is HUGE. As a druid, you always had most of the druid abilities available to you, but the vast majority of abilities were simply not ever worth using unless you had the requisite talents to back them up. If you have ever tried to switch over to heal or cast ranged spells during an encounter while geared/specced as feral, you know what I’m talking about. This was horribly confusing, especially for new players who wanted to use every ability in the spellbook, but that’s just “how it was.” If you wanted to participate in endgame content, you learned how to spec optimally and only use the correct abilities, unless you wanted to end up on the sideline.

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Shifting Perspectives: Post-BlizzCon feral thoughts originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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