Where to start? I wasn't able to make BlizzCon
live but I did watch the live streams. The Class items and Professions panel
really blew me away. Sure, we knew about the new races and class combos but right off the bat we were seeing the new racials. How will Rocket Jump and our Circle
play together? Haste and alchemy buff for Goblins sounds very nice too. That said, a damage buff for Worgen is bound to be good. Hold on a minute... did Ghostcrawler just say that curses last 15% less time on Worgen? Oh my.
And the race/class combinations
; interesting that there are no new Warlock races other than the Goblin and Worgen. The same is also true of Rogues though they already cover more classes than Locks. Mages also currently have slightly more race coverage than Warlocks but for some reason will have this increased to all races besides Tauren. I guess this all comes down to balancing the numbers of people playing each class and race. Do we really need more mages?
And then we came to the Warlock bit. Well, really it was the "Soul Shards bit" but then it's something that Ghostcrawler has been promising for quite a while (as well as that pony). Most likely anyone reading this already knows most of what is out there around these changes (not least because of Zach's article posted during BlizzCon
). Shards working more like runes than reagents, a new spell to empower existing spells and only used within combat. I'm sure as more information around this new shard system emerges there will be plenty to discuss.
Not that it was only the class-specific changes that shook the Warlock boat. Changes to item stats have a huge impact on all classes. Forget spirit and spell power, intellect will become the Warlock stat du jour. Not a great deal else stood out for Locks in that section, there were changes to stamina that might only have a small impact and the haste change seemed to be only for melee.
There was something else that caught my attention in that panel though; after the announcement of an axe legendary in Icecrown someone did stand up and 'ask':
"Casters had Atiesh
for about a day, and now we're going straight to Shadowmourne
and well... darn!"
The response was that a caster weapon didn't really fit in Wrath
so we'll get the first one from Cataclysm
. I was initially concerned about the possibility of casters getting what will be the lowest level legendary in the expansion but feel it's going to benefit from use in the same way Aitesh suffered.Patch 3.2.2
On the surface this didn't do anything for Locks other than the bug fix for Circle
. However with the return of Ony
comes the revamping of Ony loot
. Wowhead won't have the Nemesis Skullcover on their database until it's been looted but here's a preview with stats from the MMO-Champion database. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on one of these. New Arena season
This is far too new for me to really get into but I'm expecting all sorts of discussions to come flying out of season 7. I'll be sure to be talking to our new Arena columnist who I know is an expert on what we want to find out here.Faction changes
Not only can you change your faction
but also race changes are on the way. It's not specific to Warlocks but, well who hasn't wondered what their Lock might look like in someone else's skin?
So anyway, yes, there's a new Lock in town.
Blood Pact is a weekly column detailing DoTs, demons, and all the dastardly deeds done by Warlocks. If you're curious about what's new with Locks since the last patch, check out the Patch 3.2 Warlock Guide or find out what's upcoming in Cataclysm from the BlizzCon 2009: Class Discussion Panel.