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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Patch 4.0.1 and Cataclysm

Patch 4.0.1 is out on the Public Test Realm, so I copied some of my characters over to try out the new changes. Unfortunately I encountered a lot of difficulty testing certain things the way I wanted to, due to lack of availability for glyphs and gems. Regardless, I filled out both my specs, got abilities from the rogue trainer, and set out to explore.

Now to specify, patch 4.0.1 on the PTR is NOT Cataclysm, it is simply all the changes that will come out to prepare for the new content in Cataclysm. So unfortunately theres not really anything to explore, but I did do some experimenting with the new talent setup. I tried a Assassination spec for my first set, and for my second one I did a Combat TANKING spec.

Assassination plays out pretty much the same. Due to glyph limitations I couldn't really test the effectiveness of integrating Backstab or Rupture into the rotation, also at the moment haste still affects attack speed and not energy regeneration, so you won't need to rotate as many attacks as when haste does affect regen. Vendetta replaces Hunger for Blood as a shorter damage buff that won't stay up all the time, but it doesn't require a bleed effect on the target. Finally, with Cut to the Chase and Master Poisoner remaining functionally the same, Assassination plays out almost the same as it does on Live servers.

I encountered a couple difficulties with my foray into "Rogue Combat Tanking". First, since the level cap is still 80, I can't get the talent Quickening, which would dramatically increase the effectiveness of Recuperate. Second thing is the lack of availability of gems, since Agility seems to no longer increase armor, at least on rogues, it may be better to stack all stamina gems, since the amount Recuperate heals is based on maximum health. Despite these limitations, it wasn't all that. I was able to solo through Utgarde Keep on normal without dying, and a good bit into Azjol-Nerub before I was unable to get past a certain trash pull. All in all, not a bad experience, I could literally tank forever assuming I take less than 600 dps.

Unfortunately I still haven't been able to install the Cataclysm beta. For some reason the installer keeps crashing at the same point. Its a model for some tree or somewhat in Terrokar, it really annoys me. I should have another post in the next few days assuming I can get Cataclysm installed.

51 comments:

  1. I did not understand a word of that... halp!

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  2. I'll stick to HoN!

    thanks for the info though! (:

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  3. This is so legit, I love your links where you scroll over and they pop up!!

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  4. Yeah, how do you do that?

    vgleaks.blogspot.com

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  5. pfppfpfpfpfp oh sorry fartsies.. >=(

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  6. lol oh wow i did not know that, good post! :D

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  7. Coll blog bro, will show daily love and look forward to new updates :D

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  8. I might start playing again at cataclysm, not sure tho!

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  9. lack of gems? that's odd, I thought pre-mades had JC and enchanting automatically. I'm sure a bunch of noobs who never got past 40 copied over some 80s.

    I DLed the PTR, just haven't hopped on yet. I should do that soon..maybe bring you some gems, lol.
    Suppin and Love.
    ~Izzie

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  10. Let's just hope you don't pay your fee for this game.Because basically you know what your talking about and could even become a part of MMO reviewer team :o.

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  11. Here is the website for the mouseover links http://www.wowhead.com/tooltips

    Also, every premade character does have max jewelcrafting and enchanting, but without any of the actual skills. So as far as I know you have to get the cuts the same way you do on live, by doing the JC dailies.

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  12. Do you know when cata is going to be released?

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  13. Oh god, am i going to get back into WoW again? i'm scared.

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  14. Hope you get Cataclysm installed and then update and inform us, don't want things come crasging down.

    Following

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  15. Hope blizzard stops casualling up everything

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  16. cant wait for Cata to come out

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  17. looking forward to ur next post

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  18. if your installer freezes run it in safe mode, it worked for me that way and its what tech support admins recommend. I've got a warlock blog that im going to be updating with PTR / Beta info soon, check it out and follow

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  19. Cool post!
    Followin n supportin :)
    Check my blog!

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  20. Sounds pretty intense. Thanks for sharing bro!

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  21. Great use of hotlinks that display abilities. It's about time Rogues got some kind of self-heal, although it seems a bit OP having Recuperate+Bandages as well as some of the hottest DPS in the game. Based on your impressions do you believe Rogues are still top tier DPS? Following (as a former Rogue player and WoW junkie)

    Keep up the great work.

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  22. i have things to do in the actual game, fuck the PTR

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