Made my first trip into Hellfire Citadel last night, in priest mode. The portal is purple, not white - means you can set the difficulty level - normal or hard. We started with Normal mode. There's a little skull on the portal. First impressions? Nothing like Blackrock Spire *AT ALL*. First of all, it's a combination of indoors and outdoors. There are 4 wings: 3 5-mans, and a 25-man. We went in the first 5 man, called Hellfire Ramparts. As it's name suggests, it's the top of the walls. It was pretty tank-and-spank pulling groups of 3-6 mobs a pull, with 2 little minibosses and a final boss. In all the instance took no more than an hour, max.
The drops were... well... interesting. The others in the group said they were comparable to BWL and Naxx drops. However I'm not so sure. My hunter's Dragonstalker gear has not just AGI and AP on it, but stamina, int, spirit, crit/hit, etc - the stuff that drops in Outland for hunters is only agi and AP. Outland stuff may be higher DPS gear for a hunter, but you take a hit in your hitpoints, mana pool, regen, and crit/hit. That's not really an upgrade, to me. I'd rather wear my out-of-date Dragonstalker set because it has more stats as a whole. Just like when I was levelling up in the first place.
You be the judge. Tell me what you think.
Quest reward - better than Prestor's Talisman of Connivery for DPS, but lacks +hit.
First Boss drop
The warrior was wearing this with all their AQ40/Naxx/BWL gear. The name made Losille and I crack up in fits and tears of laughter for 5 minutes.
Second boss, first drop
Second boss, second drop
End boss dropped this staff. It looked freakin' awesome. But is it a Naxxramas level staff? You tell me. I'm not sure.
Anyhow. I've added an HTML chart to each of the class folders listing the spell upgrades from 60-70 for each class I've catalogged so far. I also catalogged the mages. Note that the hunters folder now includes information about new trainer-trainable pet skills in the expansion. I also took stock of some of the new things that are on various profession trainers for 60-70. For example: Blacksmiths can craft thrown weapons with some really neat stats. They can also create a rune you put on shields to absorb damage of various types.
- Beta Update: October 18th, 2006