Its the end of an era. Over the next two days its predicted that we’ll get the 3.0 patch. I think given the end of the Arena Season and the fact that there is a 12 hour maintenance cycle tomorrow its probably a fairly safe bet. Now is the time when all good men and women can weep. For the world is about to move on. Depending on where you sit, it can be terrifying. But what are the certainties?
1. Someone you know will be completely over powered
There were several classes that were completely broken in the 2.0 patch. I remember the outrage initially when some people got their new 41 point talents. Some people where whining about how broken warlocks were with their new felguard. At the end of the day, we have to remember that the 51 point talents are based on being balanced at level 80 and not level 70. So someone… is going to do obscene amounts of damage.
2. Some people are now officially wearing completely the wrong gear
I unfortunately fall into this category. My ehancement shaman is wearing very lovely Burning Crusade gear and has none of the hunter gear. Immediately after the patch I’m completely undergeared for anything I could conceivably need. Maybe its time to break out my nice elemental set again??? Hmmmm hard to say.
3. Someone you know will test out the new settings and decide its not worth it and quit.
Change scares the hell out of most of us. We don’t like to admit it, but change is something that happens every day. Some people will have their favorite class and not see it acting the way they envision it. It can really crush the spirt and leave you feeling empty. Some of these people will leave the game. Probably a good number will return at a later date.
4. Someone you know will hit 355 Inscription on the first day. Probably within hours of the realm coming online.
We’ve had people farming all weekend long. I made that mistake when I did Jewelcrafting back in the day. Not only did I miss the mark by a bit, I also found it cost me a fortune. I probably could have taken a much more measured approach to the whole thing and saved myself a lot of pain. For now, I’m content to work on my Inscription a little bit at a time and have my inscriptionist up to 355 by the time the expansion lands. No need to rush.. I’ve got a month.
5. Someone you know will spend the next 3 weeks picking the most horrid combinations of hair styles and tattoes just for giggles.
This is just something fun to do. Sure its probably a big waste of money, but think of the fun you can have entertaining your friends. God knows after several years I’m looking forward to a hair cut on my mains. Do female night elves look good in a mohawk??? What about in bright pink???
6. Someone you know will set up a Kara/Gruul/SSC/TK/etc… run just to see how broken the encounters/classes/bosses are.
We are all curious. Hell I’m curious to see how my DPS changes after the patch. If my understanding of the new mechanics are right, I should see a fairly substantial increase in my DPS. If I’m right, then it could be a hell of a lot of fun to go mess around in a raid instance and see “how deadly” or “how bad” we’ve become.