Yesterday, I went to Cryptozoic Entertainment's Irvine HQ for a sneak preview of the upcoming WoW TCG Twilight of the Dragons expansion set. While pretending to take a bathroom break, I snapped a picture of their R&D planning whiteboard, which is based on information Blizzard gives them about future plans for the MMO. I signed an NDA, but I don't care -- this stuff is too big not to share. Click it for a better look.
So I was cruising through Highlands yesterday, blowing up bad guys with my leet lvl 84 skillz, when I dinged 85, and suddenly every fight was palatially more difficult. As an example, when I was 76 I soloed the first two challenges in the Amphitheater of Anguish, at 85 I could barely make a dent in the non-elite elementals in Thrall's questline without having to stop and drink. I know that ratings degrade, but it seems like they may have degraded way more (while spell cost skyrocketed)
I wish I took Screenshots before and after because it seemed like my mana and mana regen both tanked by about 2000 in one level change. Am I crazy? I didn't notice this on any other 85 (DK, Rogue, Mage) (okay, I may have noticed a lack of Oomph on the rogue, but not this severe...)
You're not crazy! The amount of rating necessary to increase your stats increases dramatically each level from 80 to 85, so your gear gets less effective. You actually get weaker as you level. Pretty funny, right?