Pre-Patch 7.03. – Field Tests & Routines

I continue to delve into class changes, and it’s time for field tests.


Small Routines

Before we set for class field tests, I just want to share one more – final – thing about Garrisons.

These little buggers gave us something to do. Some little routines.

Once we are in Legion, we will have class order halls, world missions and stuff. But now I find myself with literally nothing to do with my morning coffee. There are no small routines left. Everything I need to do now is pretty time-consuming.

Understand this: I’m glad that I finally don’t need to do missions or even be in Garrison. My toons are logging out at strange places. Pandaria. Stormwind. Dalaran. Shattrath. They are not tied to Frostfire and Shadowmoon anymore. But routines are nice. I like to be doing some peaceful easy stuff in the mornings. Leveling, dungeons – are all time-consuming, imo they require dedication and involvement. You can’t level for ‘five minutes’. Well, you can, but you will end up in the middle of questline…

I vote routines.

So, enough for elegiac mood. Let’s roll!

Field Tests

Time-Walking event has started just in time to do some useful content runs and test my rotations as well. I’m still collecting 5k tokens for mounts. Besides, I want to collect gear for mogging now – some pretty models are available at event vendors too.

Protection Warrior

Gottenbar ran Arcatraz. It didn’t went so well. We wiped three times. I was a responsible tank, and I know my defensive moves, old and new. It’s one of the few classes that I have complete control of after revamp. But I guess the other guys just need to learn their rotations. Mobs were dying VERY slow. There were moments when guys went into some mob’s dangerous abilities, healer was distracted from me – that’s when we died.

Protection Warriors really have a wide range of defensive stuff. But Blizzard makes two things clear: first, you won’t survive without a healer too long against many dangerous mobs like you could do before. Second, DPS. Excellent survivability, but you can’t match DPS guys anymore.

They got what they wanted. Tanks are tanks. They are not nukers, and they can’t do on their own in group content without heals. I think this is good.

What I also found about Prot Warriors is that your offense is not fast. You do: Bump. Bump. Bump. That gives you PLENTY of time to manage your defense, which is nice. I need to get used to it. Haven’t really tried my Brewmaster monk in stress situations, but at a first glance the idea is the same. Few and rare offensive abilities, and much defensive stuff which you can juggle, taking your time.

Tanking became comfortable. I feel… cosy while tanking. Like it’s an armchair by fireplace, a cup of hot beverage and thousands of frozen hells are roaring outside. That kind of feeling. Strange, isn’t it?

Retribution Paladin

Gardell went to Ulduar for rotation tests and the infamous shards. I revoke my initial statement about that Pallys are not as sparkling as before. It was based on a dummy test, but in the field it looks a bit different.

Light flashes are there. So it finally makes sense to play. Because rotations will be extremely easy even for a kindergarten kid. You don’t even have to think, everything is straightforward and plain. Up to primitive. I can live with that, but I liked the previous version more I guess. Well, the spec is fine. Light flashes!

Marksmanship Hunter becomes Survival Hunter

Marksmanship was my only playable spec since the very start in Pandaria. After pre-patch it just didn’t work. Lizgun ran through mobs. Abilities just don’t make sense. I hate using all of them. Then I ran through Icy Veins. Then mobs and dungeons. Marksmanship is not satisfying anymore. I can’t find a single appeal of it except that it’s a ‘ranged thing’. Nothing makes me want to log in as a Marksmanship Hunter anymore.

Somehow Lizgun found a 159,000 worth of Apexis in her stores. I was sure I’ve wasted them all before pre-patch! I consider it a sign from the skies. She bought her many baleful spears, until she found the one with haste, and upgraded it to 695.

Survival it is. 

Rotation is pretty understandable at a first glance even for a new guy. Talents are easy choice. Moves are pretty cool – and I’ve always wanted a spear-specific class. I have weakness for spears. What I like about Survival, is that you fight alongside with your pet, you share sweat and blood. You feel bonds. It’s pretty much of a precious thing. And it also somehow dampens my pet-hate too!

Field tests of Survival in Tanaan show my complete satisfaction with the spec. I need to try altering a pair of talents, but all in all it’s a very nice spec. I stick with it in Legion! Bye, Marksmanship :)

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2 thoughts on “Pre-Patch 7.03. – Field Tests & Routines

  1. I, too, will miss a morning routine. The coffee and dailies or garrisons; flipping to e-mail or news sites while on a flight path — the most casual way to play has been my morning style for years.
    I think dailies and garrisons tether us to the game nicely. It keeps us connected even when we don’t have the time or interest to being deeply engaged; without that routine we are one step away from not returning — I wonder about that.

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