Friday, February 26, 2010

3.3.3 Patch Note Musings

As Ferarro of Paladin Schmaladin has extensively covered the Paladin changes in 3.3.3 here (oh, sarcasm), I thought I'd take some random parcels of change-y goodness and see what I could do with it:
  • Players who use the Vote Kick option will now be prompted to provide a reason for kicking a party member. This reason will be presented to everyone in the party except for the person voted to be kicked.
Hilarious. Let's all PRAY that it's a fill-in-the-blank form, the contents of which appear to all voters and to the kickee after they are kicked.

On a more serious note, that's a terrible idea I had there. Funny for the first five minutes? Yes. Funny after every "undergeared" individual gets continually kicked from groups? No. What it most likely will amount to is a few options to choose from, such as "Bad connection", "AFK", or "Blindingly drunk". Maybe.
  • Many quests which require vehicles have had their vehicle mechanics updated and improved in the interest of fun.
If by combining the terms 'updated vehicle mechanics' and 'fun', Blizzard means 'removing all vehicle encounters from the game,' then I would agree with this update. I don't think vehicles can be fixed; taking a player, with dozens of spells and (presumably) a deep understanding of those spells, and placing them into a vehicle with 3 or 4 buttons is ludicrous. If people want to play a ret paladin, let them level one, don't force them.
  • Brain Freeze: This talent now allows your next Fireball or Frostfire Bolt to be instant and cost no mana. There is a small internal cooldown to keep the Frostfire Bolt from immediately triggering Brain Freeze again.
I don't really see this as necessary. Fireball hits harder; why would a leveling frost mage want to throw out a free Frostfire Bolt? Endgame, on the other hand... Who raids as frost? I mean, sure, those free FFBs would be affected by all of the damage-increasing talents that frost mages get, but arcane is sooooooo much sweeter.

2 minute Evocation?
Highest single-target DPS?
Rotation so simple, a blindfolded pelican could play it?

Squack on, young pelican, squack on.

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