Feeling completely lost in a game for me is very rare occurrence. I’ve been playing these digital distractions for so long that I’ve been around for the birth of genres, selected a party in the console wars and watched them morph from beeps and bloops to epic sagas. Generally, I can rely on previous experience to get me through any challenge a title may throw at me. I feel safe, secure in my past lives. Most of the time.
The MMOG sector is a different beast. It’s a constantly moving target, with radically changing tastes and expectations from one day to the next. What’s worse, is that these massive adjustments to the industry itself can happen to a specific title at any moment. Expansions, a “New Game Experience,” even a content patch can flip a virtual world on its head, spinning it topwise.
For instance, World of Warcraft is going through yet-another-dramatic change as Blizzard prepares for Cataclysm. Patch v4.0.1 revamped the core mechanics of entire classes, produced talent trees that are incompatible with previous thinking, changed the way the economy works, added a new armor mechanic, incorporated technological and user interface changes and juiced guilds. It’s no wonder that everyone is scrambling for information, or worse, fear logging in out of ineptitude.
I’m the later of that category, because, like Mordil and Amatera, I haven’t seriously played World of Warcraft since I left for E3 2010. That’s over four months ago. Four months which I used to focus on other games, other parts of my life and things unrelated to World of Warcraft. There was a reason I wasn’t invited to the WoWcast!
My lack of knowledge enables us to do something incredibly odd. Something so earth shattering that the entire Internet may come crashing down. I, a former hardcore WoW player and blogger, want the community to teach me. Here are my completely uninformed, un-researched PvE talent specs for my dagger-based rogue and holy priest. How bad are these level 85 specs, exactly? Please, be gentle.
I haven’t bothered to login yet, so both toons are still tabula rasa.