Dec 20 hotfixes and more

So many hotfixes, so little time… Another day, another batch of hotfixes. Blizzard is the company that never sleeps or cries or exercises in gyms (working at Blizzard is strenuous enough on the body that there’s no need to. They get a full work-out from just logging on to the forums!). While christmas time gets nearer and nearer our hotfixes gets dearer and dearer.

Today we see several interesting changes:

  • Paid services now allow characters level 81 or higher to be transferred with up to 50,000 gold.
  • Mage Conjured refreshments no longer count toward achievements like Set the Oven to “Cataclysmic” and Time To Open A Restaurant.
  • Several cooking recipes were not counting toward the achievement Set the Oven to “Cataclysmic” and have been updated. Note that Darkbrew Lager, Highland Spirits, and Chocolate Cookie are not intended to count for this achievement.
  • Several shirts have been corrected so they no longer cause a player’s item level to increase. They are item level 1.
  • The search radius to find an Archaeology node from the Archaeology ability Survey has been increased. This will result in fewer searches needed while in the “green” range of surveying.
  • Shy Highlands Turkeys in Twilight Highlands are now coming out to play for achievements.

Well I know what the first thing I’ll be doing after logging in will be… Turkey Huntin’!

I guess our guild wasn’t the only guild who managed to get the cooking achievements almost right away with some clever conjuring among other things… Good change I suppose, I hope our achievements aren’t removed though! 🙂

That change to Archeology is well welcome, anything to make archeology less monotonous is a great change at this point. I’ve been trying to get excited about archeology but I really can’t, which is weird. Archeology has everything I like, traveling around the world, exploring random places, lots of lore, chances of finding rare pets and other fun artifacts, etc. But I just can’t seem to enjoy it… It’s too tedious! And this is coming from someone who really do enjoy fishing and have earned the title “Salty”!

One hunter specific fix:

  • Cobra Shot is no longer refreshing the duration of the Wyvern Sting damage-over-time effect. Cobra Shot is correctly extending the damage-over-time effect applied by Serpent Sting.

Good bug fix there for sure.

… It is weird to not see any nerf to Survival yet though, because currently, Survival is kickin’ some royal butt.

Playing Survival

I’ve been playing Marskman since the Naxxramas days of Wrath of the Lich King. I leveled as Beast Mastery and thought I would always play that but I could not pass up on doing fantastic dps, and really, no dps ever should. If one of your three specs is much stronger than the other two, that’s what you should be playing.

I was hoping Marksman would stay strong in Cataclysm and so far it looks good. Marksman and Beast Mastery are almost equal in dps and their dps seems very close to most dps classes in general. It all sounds fine and dandy right? Well, not really. The thing is Survival is leaps and bounds better than both Marksman and Beast Mastery and most other dps classes. When checking Femaledwarf in my gear I get roughly 16.6k dps with Marksman and Beast Mastery… but with Survival I get 20k dps!

Look at this; the world of logs ranking for Argaloth, the closest thing you’ll get to a tank and spank encounter in Cataclysm (which means it’s a good encounter for measuring class vs class dps). What do you see? Survival, survival, survival, survival… Yeah ok, there’s a few Death Knights in there but really, it’s almost ALL survival. That is crazy.

Survival has a nerf coming, don’t be shocked and don’t QQ when it gets here because it’ll be a well deserved nerf. But for now, enjoy being OP!

Hunters in melee?

I posted a few days ago about how I was able to dps inside Argaloth’s hitbox (as in, dpsing in melee range). Well, since then I’ve done a few more bosses and yet again I am able to get that close. I’m starting to think it’s an intended change on Blizzard’s part because almost every encounter requires you to run all over the room and spend a lot of time in melee-range.

Either that or it’s a fantastic bug that will cause much QQ (me included) once it’s fixed. Here’s hoping it isn’t…

Dpsing in melee-range on the Valiona and Theralion encounter in Bastion of Twilight.

Random blue (Source)

Thank you Blizzard for transforming Dalaran into Deadlaran, which is to say, changing a popular picturesque city that used to be the bustling heart of Northrend, into what is —without exaggeration— a nearly empty funeral parlor waiting room. It makes doing dailies a breeze now because the competition simply doesn’t exist. Since the “only” reason anyone needed the former portals was for training purposes, it’s nice to know I have access to official NPC’s without anyone blocking them. <*_*>

You’re very welco… WAIT A MINUTE. Is this that sarcasm thing I’ve been hearing so much about recently?

Cheers,
Gav

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About Gavendo

I write a World of Warcraft blog called "Rapid Fire" on the topics; hunters, pets and achievement hunting.
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