It's been crazy the past, oh, 24 hours. But you already know that. Patch 4.01 is here, yo. Cataclysm has one foot through the door as of yesterday.
As always on such a big patch day, people are having problems. Mine started with the launcher, after I got back home from work. Though I had downloaded the full 5GB patch in advance, the game wasn't done yet with patching, oh no.
First, it started installing the patch. Huge WoW patches aren't exactly Speedy Gonzales. After more than 30 minutes of "unpacking", "copying", "installing", etc, I got a nice message that my partition is full and the installation process must abort. Great. I cleared some stuff from the partition and started the whole process again. Fast forward 30-40 minutes later. Same message. Apparently 4.01 needs like 100GB to maneuver. Delete more stuff. Start the installer again. After an hour or so, it was finally done. Now to start the game.
As soon as I loaded it, the fancy new launcher started downloading some more stuff but now it allows you to play once you're past the "red" zone. In fact there's an option that you can set in preferences that apparently allows you to play IN the red zone, once it gets past a certain point. Well, I only had to wait about 30 minutes this time for it to get to the playable zone.
Finally I got inside the game. The first thing that went wrong was that everything slowed to a crawl once I loaded my first character. It was, of course, due to my addons which I had forcibly enabled before logging in. So I disabled them all and then enabled some key ones selectively.
It was obvious that people were confused. Countless questions on trade chat about the new mechanics. A lot of people were clueless as to what had happened to their skills and talents. I was almost as confused as the rest of them. I didn't even bother to respec my level 80s. Instead I jumped on the auction house and started selling stuff. 24 hours later, I made almost 10000 gold, which although is a nice amount, is not even close to what the big AH sharks made. Most of that was from selling glyphs, of course.
Well, aside from the gold, I've been generally pleased with the new changes. I like the new spellbook and the glyph interface. I like the character pane. Finally I can see all the relevant stats without having to choose from a dropdown. What I still don't like is the crafting interface. It's as dumb as ever. Yes, they've added some more filtering options but now you need an extra click to show, for example, "have mats" because you have to pick it from a flyout menu. And the crafting window is still pitifully small and cramped.
The new water effects look great. I can finally enjoy looking at the water and even swimming in it. I've also noticed that there are new, higher res textures for characters.
One other thing that I don't like, and this is something new, is that many spells don't seem to show the damage in the tooltips. Example:
Frostbolt says "Causes Frost damage..."
Pyroblast says "Causes high Fire damage..."
Fireball says "Causes Fire damage..."
Fireblast says "Causes low Fire damage..."
Um... what the hell? Is there a new option that I missed? I looked through the settings and couldn't find anything.
The quakes are a nice touch.
I'm thoroughly confused right now. I only managed to respec my retribution paladin and craft him some glyphs. I'm totally in the dark regarding my other characters. I'm not sure how to spec my hunter and my warlock.
I didn't do much with my level 80s since the patch hit. I actually started leveling my new mage and quickly ate some levels. But more on that in the next post.
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