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Ask a Beta Tester: Shaman, Engineers, and Feral Druids

Alex Ziebart

Welcome back to Ask a Beta Tester, where for one glorious day, we don't have any passenger mount questions! But I know, deep down, there are a thousand more on the horizon.

Elmo asked...

How are Enhancement Shamans shaping up? I heard silly things like Elemental gear is great for them or 2x fast weapons with Flametongue. Are we really gonna make that much of a turn around? In other words, is my hard earned gear all worthless? Not just the epic gems and Strength enchants.

Enhancement Shaman did hit a weird point where that was true, but I don't think it was ever intended that the 'final product' would look that way. There were some Windfury bugs and wonky unfinished tuning that caused that, but as another reader mentioned, the devs are working on getting everything fixed and proper. Things will be a little different from Burning Crusade, but not so much so that Enhancement Shaman are wearing Elemental gear to melee.

Jolly asked...

Does engineering in WotLK have an equivilant gathering skill to gas cloud mote-farming in BC?

Yep! You use the exact same extractor you did in Burning Crusade (so far) to extract the new motes from the clouds in Northrend, called Crystallized Whatevers. And, again, as another reader mentioned, you can indeed pull apart dead mechanical mobs for spare parts.

raful asked...

As the Death Knight will be a bit better then the other classes, will it replace Warriors place as MT in elite guilds?

They won't be 'better' than other classes, that's a misconception and a myth, and the goal is for all tanks to be viable main tanks.

Jankka asked...

I haven't heard much about the new siege weapons except for the part that they're used in Strand of the Ancients.
But what I'm wondering is; Are you able to take the siege weapons against keeps, such as the Valiance keep?

Siege weapons/vehicles, actual siege vehicles and not things like passenger mounts which use the same technology, are only used in Strand of the Ancients and Lake Wintergrasp. You can't take them out of those zones, and you can't use them in World PvP. Those are the only areas that use destructible buildings as well.

Mattarias asked...

Oh gods, does anyone notice that barber chair has manacles attached to it?

Yes. Yes I did. I was deeply disturbed and feared for my Priestess.

Steven asked...

Have you seen any feral tanks along your travels? How have they shaped up?

I've run a few things with Feral Druids, but most that I've grouped with are fascinated with their new Catform DPS and aren't tanking much. The runs where I did have a Feral that was willing to tank, they did just fine. The couple runs where things weren't fine were due to player skill, not an issue with the class. Fun fact: You shouldn't turn around and tank a boss that hits like a freight train with your butt while trying to reposition. You are going to die. Please, don't be stupid. Face the boss. And if you screw it up and do it once on accident? Don't do it three more times after that. Please?

james asked...

How much gold do things like dailies, quests, instance runs etc get you? Will the 5000g for mount training suuddenly become alot more affordable with everyone making much more money from quests and other sources. Seeing other big cash dump things like the dalaran ring it looks like it 5000g will not seem so much Whats your experience from beta?

You'll be getting money faster in Wrath, but I wouldn't say it's so much that things like epic flight become entirely trivial. It will still take some time. Maybe half the time, but not only a day or something like that. Daily quests are giving just shy of 30 gold, around 26 gold at max level. I don't know how much things will actually sell for on the market because the Beta Realm market is horribly inflated. Most everyone transferred over their gold multiple times, or borrowed their guild's gold for the character transfer. Everything is inflated beyond belief. Individual bars of Cobalt were selling for 300 gold last week.

The Wrath of the Lich King beta is in full swing, and the WoW Insider crew is here to sate your curiosity with Ask a Beta Tester! Leave your beta questions in the comments and we'll do our best to answer 'em! And if you can't get enough Wrath, don't forget to check WoW Insider's Wrath Roundup page for anything we haven't answered here!

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