Initial Review of Patch 3.3 and Projection to Cataclysm – Part 1

Well patch 3.3 has come out and there was much rejoicing.  I will avoid discussing the Raid content.  I may be raiding it but it is not my main focus of this blog or even my usual goals so I will save comments on it for another day, most likely after the second wing opens in January.

Titanium Market

I am sure others around the web were complaining about Titanium ore/bars after 3.2 and the epic gem fiasco but I did not see many suggest the change that I did about a week before I saw the transmute changes hit the 3.3 patch notes.  I was ecstatic to see them in there and then actually find that it was implemented when the patch went live.  I say that because I think it was lacking from the official 3.3 notes.  Anyway the one thing I was surprised about was the speed of which the change propagated throughout the market.  It took less than a week for the cost of 1 bar of Titanium to be equal to or now even less than the saronite to transmute into the Titanium bar.  Which is to be expected a little bit.  On my transmute spec Alchemist about 1 in 10 transmutes is a double or greater proc.  One time I got 4 titanium bars from one transmute.

This trend should hopefully continue.  There are one or 2 more such improvements could come in lesser 3.3.x patches but especially for Cataclysm we need more of these market stabilizers.  How this happens is at initial release of content there are certain fixed quantities.  These are node spawn locations.  The initial patterns for each crafting profession seem to be somewhat modeled off of the rarity of the fixed materials.  Then comes the raid and patch content.  They will occasionally add in a few or many new recipes however they usually seem to revolve around a new resource that is added in specific content, i.e. Runic, Crusader Orbs and Epic Gems.  In the case of Epic gems one of the ways to acquire them was from prospecting a previously non-prospect-able ore.  This caused the Titanium ore/bar price issue I refer to earlier.  A similar area that could currently have the same market transition applied is the Eternal Market, which was the Primal Market in BC and Elemental/Essence in Vanilla.

I.E. like with the saronite -> titanium transmute we need to have the elemental/primal/eternal cool downs removed.  This will mean that rather than the following table.

Per Eternal

Fire – 30g
Water – 20g
Life – 25g
Earth – 7g

Over time we will get the following.

Fire – Xg
Water – Xg
Life – Xg
Earth – Xg

I suggest this because the cost to produce an item in the materials used seems to expect the Earth,Fire,Wind,Water,Life Eternal items to be worth the same and they are not.  This would make them be the same.  Oh and to prevent infinite Eternal, Primal, Elemental items the Transmute spec Proc should be removed, I know I have one and that will be annoying but we need a straight conversion here, or at least make it a 1/1000 chance.  So if you do spend a lot of time and I mean a lot of time constantly transmuting you can get more out than you put in but that really is not the point of this suggestion.

Currently Transmutation is the key trans-formative process in WoW to convert materials.  I don’t think this should change but ultimately if such conversions were to be extended adding more to enchanting would also be useful.

To further extend this idea, I hope we see improvements along the following lines in Cataclysm.

Generic Gathering -> Refined Raw Materials -> Processed Materials -> Basic Components -> Complex Components or Finish Product.

This progression is an extension of the current Inscription/Jewel Crafting/Engineering crafting process.  I have focused on these 2 professions 1 because Inscription is the newest and one of the better organized profession that Blizzard has made yet.  Jewel Crafting was the profession added in The Burning Crusade and is an iteration more advanced than Engineering which was evident when skilling it up.  Engineering is one of the best professions because you actually use items you create at lower skill in patterns of higher skill.  So there is an intrinsic recycling of materials which in some cases make certain parts of the skilling up process extremely cheap.

So for Alchemy/Inscription you would get something like the following.

Generic Herb (Skill Level x-y), -> Named Herb (Gold Clover, ect) -> Pigment Process -> Specific Ink -> Inscription, Glyph, etc….

Essentially we need to add a generic level appropriate material that is gathered, so Mining nodes would become like Taconite or some similar material.  Then different fantasy rock compositions can have a chance to produce current ore in different quantities per stack of 5, like how other professions, prospect, mill etc.  For Alchemy I think we need to add a layer from herb -> (potion, elixir, flask).  Rather than use raw herbs it should be processed into powders and extracts, same with enchanting.  Actually Alchemy and Enchanting should become more closely related and cross feed into one another.  Actually come to think of it we already have rough, dense, solid stone coming form mining nodes.  If we convert everything to a stone type as the node rather than the mineral or elemental name that would be a good starting point.

As for enchanting I think we should also have some extra gathering process that comes from extracting the magical essence from corpses like skining, herbing, and mining.  This would be an alternative method to get Essence of Undeath, Living Essence , Essence of Fire, you get the trend.  I also think fel and moon cloth should now be mutually exclusive and are made like spellweave, moonshroud, ebonweave is currently and add an extra one for spellweave equivalent and then we have a parallel between 0-300, 301-375, and 376-450.

I also think that enchanters should have an alternative process to create the special cloths.  Now I know most enchanters are tailors as well or at least use to be, so that may be overkill but we really need new alternative ways to balance out high end materials.  There should always be more than one way to obtain any crafting material.  Even if it is through an exchange vendor it will help to keep AH prices from getting to extreme.

Well that went a little longer than I expected.

Leveling more Alts….

So I have not posted in awhile.  There have been several reasons for this.  The two main reasons being a bit busy with work and not really getting around to post when at home, always more stuff to do in and out of game.  The other reason is that I really have just been waiting for patch 3.3 to hit.

Because I have been waiting for 3.3 and the joy of the new LFG tool to finally be able to get random groups when ever I have time I have mostly stopped playing my level 80s except when raiding.  I have farmed some more badges and stone keeper shards for my new time filler.  Leveling several new alts.  I am currently working on a Mage, Rogue and Druid.  The cool thing that is keeping most of the mind-numbing bordom at bay when leveling the umpteenth toon through the lower levels is now I am skipping large blocks of zones especially in the 14-20 segment.

The reason I am able to do this and doing this is that I can now get XP in the Battlegrounds.  I use to hate battlegrounds while leveling before because they always seemed to be a waste of time and then there were the twinks.  Now my Mage and Druid with 2 Heirloom pieces of gear are a quasi Twink but no where as bad as they use to be.  With the turn XP off feature all of the serious Twinks have been moved to their own little bracket.  This means that the battlegrounds are now full of people just wanting to play a game or few to either level through BGs or just to get a break from the normal quest grinds.  Before getting to one of the more serious points and improvements that needs to be made to Battlegrounds I have to say playing a Rogue with 2 Heirloom daggers enchanted with Life-stealing is fun as hell.

Bracket Restructure

As the section title directly above states Bracket Restructure is one of the main things that needs to be done now that we have XP in Battlegrounds.  All BGs need to run from X0-X9.  Let the level cap players always be in their own separate bracket.

The reason for this is the end result of several previous PvP changes.  Lissanna, a mutual friend and I got into an argument about this on Sunday over vent.  Because it is player behavior Lissanna is of the opinion that no blame can be placed on Blizzard.  Ok so what is the combination of issues that is causing a problem?   It is a mix of XP in BGs bringing players of All Levels into a BG instance and the level capped 80s only wanting 80s in their game using the AFK reporting tool to “kick” anyone of a significantly lower level out of the instance.  Because there are no repercussions for reporting someone AFK you can just do it to anyone for no particular reason.  This then causes the person to get the debuff and if they don’t do a certain action within a time frame they will be kicked and given the Deserter Debuff.  This occurred to our mutual friend in AV when they were killed and were running back to meet up with the group.  While they were dead they were reported and kicked while running back.  This type of crap can not be tolerated.  If a person is active and attempting to participate they deserve to be there unfortunately even if their performance sucks.

The report AFK tool has now become kick those that don’t agree with us and is now a device for griefing.  There needs to be a mechanism put in place that allows one to defend themselves from being wrongfully labeled.  Because there are legitimate reasons in battlegrounds to remain stationary to either defend or gather surveillance.    Especially if you are a Rogue or Druid since you can stealth and remain mostly hidden.

Yes as Lissanna pointed out this is a player behavior issue especially since the player base asked for such a system to be implemented.  However since we own nothing in the game it all belongs to Blizzard then they are also to blame.  The created the system and implemented it, and like many things they implement they don’t seem to stop and figure out all of the ways the system could and will be abused so that there are counter mechanisms in place to enforce better behavior or more fair play.  As in if you falsely report someone AFK then you are the one booted.  There should at least be a Query system to the player so that they can respond to their accusers directly.

Anyway I look forward to the PVP XP through level 70.  Afterward, looks like it will be impossible with the level cap Twinks behaving badly either because they don’t know better or are bored.  I suspect the later but ya never know.

I admit I don’t like seeing a non 80 in the BG when I run BGs on my 80s but I realize that the system allows them there and as long as they try I don’t have a problem with them being there.  I would prefer to see the level cap become it’s own bracket for just this reason.

A new position for me in Warcraft

What I mean by this is that with patch 3.3 I will be in a new position for myself that has not happened before.  Since the first patch after I started playing which was the introduction of the original Naxx, I have never had a level capped character with sufficient gear and in a guild where I can actually participate in the new tier of content.  With the Zul Aman patch I was close but the guild and gear were a little lacking.

It is just a new perspective for me so thought it was worth noting.  Since I don’t get over excited about purple pixels I really am just a hardcore casual.  As in I prefer to be an alt-o-holic and level toons because the positive feedback is faster than with raiding for weeks to get the one or 2 drops that one needs.  Anyway I fully plan on doing what I can for the guild I am in with my Priest on our raid nights.  At all other times I will either be grinding out the Random LFG on my other 80s and BG leveling the new alts.