No. Blizzard's just breaking up the content patches a bit, making them smaller with less time between patches. Instead of patches 4.1 through 4.4 being Cataclysm's content patches, it will probably be more like 4.1 through 4.8 or whatever Blizzard decides to do with the content spread. It will be more like vanilla WoW, which had a total of 12 content patches. Some of them had raid zones, some of them had 5-man dungeons, and some of them had smaller content additions such as patch 1.8, which had a few world bosses and a Silithus zone revamp. Patch 1.10 added weather and dungeon quests for pre-raid tier armor.
Speaking as someone who has been playing WoW since beta, I do think 12 small content patches over a two-year period was a hell of a lot more fun than four immense content patches over the same amount of time.
Will my current unspent justice points be reset when patch 4.1 goes live? Should I try to spend them all before 4.1 or will I be able to use them to buy tier 11 gear when it goes live?
Since patch 4.1 will not have raid content in it, nothing will happen to your current justice/valor points, contrary to what we said here in The Queue prior to the announcement of Firelands' being dropped from the patch. My valor points got rolled down into justice points on the PTR, so if you transfer a character to the PTR and that happens ... don't panic! It won't when patch 4.1 goes live.
When patch 4.2 goes live, your valor points will be rolled down into your justice points, but you won't lose your current justice points. At that point, you should be able to use JPs to purchase tier 11 and VPs to purchase tier 12.
Just curious: of all the writers here, who would you consider the most hardcore raider? Just something I've been wondering.
That's one of those questions that is more complicated than it sounds. How do you define hardcore? Most progressed? Most time invested? I'll try to skip the philosophy and give you the most direct answer possible.
Many of us raid. I'd say most of us raid. Of the raiders, quite a number of them have killed Nefarian and are working through hard modes. I think Dawn Moore is probably the most focused on the pinnacle of raiding, though -- the height of the top 100. I truthfully don't know her current raid status because I haven't yet reached the point where I stalk my staff, but that's the part of the game she seems to really enjoy above most other things.
What, if anything, will you guys be doing at PAX East? I waited too long to order a ticket and am only able to go Friday, was just wondering if any of the WoW Insider team would be poking around that day.
We aren't doing anything in an official capacity. If Blizzard doesn't make a big showing at a convention, we can't justify making one, either. We're pretty much stuck just doing BlizzCon unless Blizzard branches out (and I really wish it would, because we love hanging out with you guys in meatspace). That being said, the guys going to PAX East on their own dime are working on putting together an unofficial WoW Insider meetup. I don't have any details to share right now, but keep your eyes open. If anything solidifies, we'll be sure to tell you.
If anything happens, it will probably be really laid back. Some drinks, maybe some food. It won't be a circus like our annual BlizzCon meetup (which we've already started planning, oy).
Most important question of the day: what the hell happened to Arcane Brilliance this weekend?
Archmage Pants, like every other mage in the world, forgot his teleport runes when moving from one place to the other with all of his earthly belongings. He didn't have an opportunity to sit and scrawl out the column, but it will be returning this upcoming weekend.
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