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Beta Update: October 26th, 2006
Istaria: Tigris
tigrise wrote in wow_ladies
I have a theory. It might be bunnies.

Given Blue's statement that there will be a 1.13 patch with the PVP system and all, I have a very very strong sneaking suspicion that I know or at least have a good guess what their plan is. If so, it's good, simple, straight forward, and awesome.

Okay, the patch on beta right now has all the neccessary lockouts that a person that ISN'T flagged to access TBC content will be locked out. So there's nothing really stopping them from pushing the current beta patch live as content patch 1.13. It would contain the new PVP system, the total hunter makeover, the new spell art and graphics, the AQ20 and other spell ranks buyable on trainers at lvl 60, and so forth. The only difference would be the *LIVE* level cap would still be 60. You would get a free respec, and be able to view all the 41-pt talents, but you can't access them until the Ex-pack is live and on your account - you'll be limited to the 31 point talents on all trees. Because the level cap is still 60, you can see all the post-60 material on trainers, but can't buy it because you can't level up past 60 until you get the ex-pack released and on your account.  The new content would be live but unaccessable without the ex-pack: Northern Plaguelands, you'd be unable to zone past the portal. Alliance wouldn't be able to zone into Exodar via the boats - in fact blizz may simply not enable the Exodar boat at all on live. The Dark Portal would have it's newly upgraded look, but you couldn't zone into outlands.

It's logical, it's tidy, and it's neat. And it would still have lots of goodies for us all to play with. We'd have snazzy new loading screens with the new races on them. Hunters would be changed to 1 agi per 1 AP, but the hunter-specific gear would be all updated to less agi and more +AP and the ranged weapons would be upgraded appropriately like they are on Beta. You'd have access to the new PVP honor system and the new PVP rewards systems. The character panel would be updated with the new dropdown lists of statistics. It would include the new Resilience, Spell Penetration, Critical Rating, and related new mechanics. Hunters could rejoice at all the new LVL 55 ammo and arrows on the bowyers and gun vendors and buy the new rank of Mend Pet.

It would be enough of a content patch to let people get settled into the new post-expansion mechanics and game changes. But it also would mean that when people buy the Ex-pack, they can zone right into the new content after upgrading their accounts - no need to patch! Because all the content information would already be live. The Ex-pack account upgrade would flag the account for the lvl 70 level cap instead of lvl 60, so they can access the new talents, level up, train newer higher skills, zone into the new instances, boom and boom.

Yes... it's so tidy and neat. I think that's what they will do.

I could be mistaken but I don't recall my lvl 20 Pally on live servers ever having this ability. GO GO TANKADIN! 15 second cooldown, minimal mana cost, like an AOE taunt only you have to specify a person your defending. (-) on the hotkey bar, description text in the lower right.

The new spell art for Blessing of Wisdom. Might is just a couple of angel wings. That's as far as I've gotten my pally on beta thus far.

Oh and I added some shots from Nagrand to the screenshots file.

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That's very, very cool. Although I hope they don't do the talent thing that way, otherwise we're pretty much blowing our free respec in a way that won't utilize it fully, because I know that my goal at 60 was to respec a lot higher in my main tree and then add supplemental material later on.

Mostly cause I'm a druid who wants to be a tree :p

Yeah not sure how they will handle that.

I was thinking the same thing. I hope they just set something so that the next time you choose to respec, you and can go to the trainer and the trainer says "here's your freebie, have a nice day" without forcing you to respec. Because yeah, I don't want to respec until the expansion comes out.

On test we're forced to redo our spec every time they make a change.

That's either serious ouch or seriously cool, and I'm not sure which yet.

On the upside I get to try a lot of specs. On the DOWNside I have to pay for rebuying the same skills over and over again, like aimed shot ranks and trueshot aura ranks...

I want a free respec token, personally, since a number of my characters won't be respeccing at all, simply adding points to the trees she's already in.

The idea's a good one, gets people used to the new system before the expansion.

I'm glad you're back! I was concerned you were feeling too stressed out to continue playing the beta, but I'm glad you are. These are wonderful screenshots.

Well one can't play WOW every day. And some nights I have live-side raids. :P

Honestly didn't mean it that way, but I did think you were giving up beta-ing entirely. I'm sorry if I implied you were my beta minion or somesuch.

now go bake me e-cookies!

Hehehe it's okay, I didn't take it that way. :) Last couple days Beta has been down a lot and I have had an old friend in town visiting from Seattle and another from Dallas, so it's been a hectic RL-outside-of-WoW week. :P

I think they are giving away a free respec becuase some of the talent point trees (like the hunters) have changed enough that it makes the most sense for that. I don't know about repsecs for non huntes.

I am very curious how blizzard will handle travel from the starting areas of blood elves and dranei. I remember the original idea amongst fans that even if you don't buy the expansion you still the added content so you can interact with blood elf and dranei players. I figured that you were free to go to their starting areas as well, you just couldn't create one for yourself. That seems to be the easiest way to handle it

Travel from the Draenei area is handled by the Night Elf ferry, which is pictured many times in my screenshots. The Blood Elf area transport isn't finished yet, and is currently handled by McWeaksauce brothers with teleports - a temporary solution.

I'm curious about the traveling to other areas from the new starter zones. I understand that there is a boat from Auberdine to access the Draenei area. That makes sense and it makes it a lot easier for lowbies to travel.

What I'm really interested in is the Belf starter zone transport. Hopefully they will have some way of getting to the new Belf areas besides running your lowly butt all the way across both WPL and EPL, if you don't have a Belf character. Are there teleporters in or near UC to take you there for non-Belfs? It would seem a bit unfair to have to make the non-Belfs do a suicide run just to get there when the Alliance only have to take a boat from an easily accessible lowbie area to get to their expansion race starting zone.

That pala skill is new, and I can't wait to get it! :)

Looks more like an open book than a pair of wings to me?

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