First Impressions from a casual Survival Hunter
The new models have finally arrived. The stat squish has hit. Spell pruning has completely changed our action bars. Even though the patch number is 6.0.2, I am going to call this what it is - World of Warcraft 2. When you think about, the amount of changes both in game and on our physical computers, with an all new file type, we have entered into the sequel to the game some of us have been playing for a decade.
As I have witnessed on Instagram, there seems to be no middle ground on the new models. Either you’re in love with it or Blizzard broke the game for you. From my perspective, my Female Tauren Paladin is my least favorite new model while my Orc Female warrior looks like a complete badass. One thing I do believe, a discount or promotion for race changes between now and the full launch of Warlords should happen. I may even use the service on one or two toons.
When it comes to the stat squish, I seem to have become more powerful then I was before the patch. It feels like the BC to Wrath pre-patch all over again. I tend to be one shotting many mobs as a survival hunter (544). Between 47% Critical Strike, multistrike, and never ending Murder of Crows, all I basically do now is spam arcane shot. It is arcane shot for fun and profit. Because of this, the spell pruning makes senses. Yes it is strange not having Kill Shot. It is a huge quality of life improvement not having a dozen macros to worry about. All the spells that I need for PvE now take up less than two action bars. I am thankful for the increased screen space.
After I was finally able to log in, I laughed at the big “do you want the quest?” prompt that greeted me. The quest was a good introduction to the Iron Horde and what is to come (I am happy to hear they have hot fixed gear into the quests). The pet and title were a pleasant surprise. But what made me the happiest was Thrall being his Jesus like self once again.
But, back to this being WoW2. It was announced that there was 600k new subscriptions ending September 30th bringing the player base up to 7.4 million. I expect more to come back. Blizzard has created a version World of Warcraft where it is easier than ever for players to re-enter the game. New models make it look fresh. While the stat squish and spell pruning make the numbers less overwhelming. By sending Garrosh years into the past, having him stop the drinking of the demon blood, the lore reset button was pressed. The Iron Horde has changed the Dark Portal from Green to Red and the history that our characters once knew has been re-written. In a month we will be back in Draenor, an ancient Draenor, to deal with Orc villains once again.
Time travel is tricky, but fun if you just go with it. I will trust Blizzard. Let’s enjoy the ride.