Today patch 4.0.3 was applied on the live servers, patch 4.0.3a was applied to the PTR and a new beta build was deployed on the beta realms (these changes are on the PTR as well). Craziness? Yes! But it’s all awesomeness.
Patch 4.0.3 on live realms
The announced patch 4.0.3 changes were covered by me in a post yesterday,
check it out if you missed it.
The first thing I checked was the sound lag bug in raids and at first I was very happy because it seemed to be gone. However I was wrong, it’s still there, it’s just not as bad now. Instead of lagging behind by 1-3 minutes you will instead mostly not be lagging behind and then sometimes be behind by a few seconds. So, a definite improvement, but not totally fixed yet.
The unannounced changes appear to mostly be tooltip fixes, such as the raptor pet’s Tear Armor now correctly lists the stacks as 3 instead of 5. The base damages of Chimera Shot, Explosive Shot and Kill Command have all been increased a bit – I’m pretty sure this change was applied much earlier and we’re just seeing the tooltip changes now.
Most importantly; no achievements have been changed yet, all of the achievements that are becoming feats of strength are still there. You still have a bit of time left to achieve those last few achievements!
Patch 4.0.3a on the PTR
I logged in to the PTR and I was greeted by this:
I had been a very smart person and not prepared at all. I logged in and found myself in Dalaran, this once exciting hub for everything interesting had now turned from being in the spotlight to hiding in the shadows. Dalaran without the portals felt like a remote country in need with all it’s citizens on their way out, emigrating to lusher lands.
I wasn’t the only one who had forgotten their brains by the door on my way in, most of the remaining citizens of Dalaran were in the portal rooms, trying to figure out how to get to the cities in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor.
I flew over to Howling Fjord and took the boat to Menethil harbor. On the way there I noticed that there was something different about the water, it just looks better now somehow. Later I figured out one of the things that they changed; the ripples in the water are now more dynamic and adjust to whatever is travelling through the water. Making big waves for the cross-continental boats.
I entered the new world and man, does it look good. You don’t really fully understand just how much Blizzard has changed Azeroth around with this expansion until you actually go there. You get such a wide view of everything now when you’re flying compared to how it is on live, everything just feels bigger and more… real!
There’s been a tremendous attention to detail, there’s little flair things added everywhere, more NPCs – that do more things, more trees, more bushes, more wild life. I found myself staring at all the small birds flying around trees and docks!
Once in the very shiny new Stormwind I go straight for the auction house and discover it’s gone! What is this nonsense? There’s a little Tyrael’s Hilt-pusher by my old trusty auction house door!.. Not to worry, they just decided to move the entry to the auction house so that it’s facing the bank and it’s making a lot more sense this way – I predict many happy bank alts.
After just running around for a few hours looking at everything new and experiencing that sense of wonder again (like the one you feel the first time you enter a new zone) I decided to get to work and discover the answers to questions I had.
What you can’t do until you actually buy the expansion:
- Experience the new lvl 81-85 content (zones, leveling, talents, spells)
- Roll a Worgen or Goblin
- Fly in Azeroth
- Learn the new skill levels of current professions or Archeology
- Enjoy the new Guild leveling and reputation systems and it’s rewards
What you can do in 4.0.3a:
- Experience all the new lvl 1-60 content (all zones have been revamped, thousands of new or reworked quests, dungeons have been adjusted, etc)
- Try out new race/class combinations (such as human hunter for example)
- Enjoy some luscious new maps of zones and dungeons
- Tame pets with new skins
- Get stuck in Dalaran due to lack of portals
- Enrage over the fact that certain achievements were turned from achievement to feat of strength. You will no longer be able to obtain Herald of the Titans or The Immortal for example. I’ve written a list for the achievements going away, check it out.
Some smaller notes of interest about 4.0.3a:
- There’s a flight path inside Darnassus now and you can use it to fly directly to the Exodar among other things – no need to take the boat!
- You can use portals to travel between cities on the same continent (Darnassus to Exodar for example) but if you’re going across continents you’ll have to resort to travelling by boat or kindly asking mages.
- The Deathy companion pet has been fixed and is now carrying out his awesome animations rather than being a Grunty imitator.
- The epic Leatherworking specialization patterns that
I mentioned the other day appear to now have been completely removed whereas the blue ones were fixed and don’t have the specialization requirement anymore.
World of Warcraft’s 6th anniversary
Daxxari said (Source):
World of Warcraft turns six on November 23rd, 2010! It’s been a truly incredible six years, and we’d like to thank you all for joining us on this momentous occasion. To celebrate, players that log into the game between the dates of November 30th and December 14th will receive a feat of strength added to their Achievements. We look forward to another great year ahead and many more to come!
There isn’t a pet planned for this year, no. We plan to reserve this sort of celebratory bonus for the most notable milestones or events in the future
No pet? Aww… oh well, maybe we could settle for something else… something like the shattering happening on live realms? That would surely be a great way to celebrate the 6th birthday of World of Warcraft. November 23 is next tuesday, weekly maintenance day in the US. Seems fitting doesn’t it? I predict awesomeness incoming!