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The bloggers of Undying Resolution

Today, we’ll take  a break from our beta posting to talk about something completely different.

First order of business: The changing face of Restokin. As I’ve been alluding to in my posts here and on twitter, there are some changes coming to Restokin. I’ve decided (for the sake of my sanity) to branch out into other classes more often, and to be slightly less druid-focused. Druids have always had the best blogging community. So, when we leave to go and try to find information on other classes. I’ve found the solution, which is to bring other classes here. I have a few guest posters lined up (including a shadow priest, a mage, and a shaman). As we transition into MoP, I’m hoping to build the blog up as something where we have posts on an assortment of different healing and caster DPS topics. So, you’ll get a mix of news for your druid and your other assortment of healers & casters here.

The bloggers of Undying Resolution: So, in thinking about branching out to other classes, I wanted to spend some time today talking about how awesome my guild is. I’m in Undying Resolution on Elune (US), as many of you know. Since I have been the guild’s primary recruiter, I have found a handful of bloggers, and we’ve cultivated a blogger-friendly environment in our guild, and we list all our blogs on our guild’s website. We now have (as far as I know) 10 other bloggers in our 25-man raiding guild, excluding me. Now, some of the blogs are bigger than others, and some don’t get a lot of posts. However, in honor of the newbie blogger initiative, I wanted to take some time to show you what my guild has been up to.

  • Ponerya of Fel Concentration and WoWinsider: Ponerya has been blogging about Warlocks on Fel Concentration since 2009.  Recently, our resident warlock expert has picked up a job as the defense against the dark arts teacher (ie. warlock Blood Pact writer) at WoW Insider! Her witty and insightful posts are helpful for anyone looking to play a warlock.
  • Juvenate of WTS Heals: Juvenate originally started blogging about priests, but when he switched to playing his druid full-time for Undying Resolution, WTS Heals turned into a resto druid blog. Since we blog about similar things, I’m sure you guys have seen Juv’s posts pop up on my blogroll.
  • Elemaster’s WoW Shamans: A new blog coming onto the scene is Elemaster’s WoW Shamans blog. Just like the name says, he blogs about the shaman class. He has only been blogging for 3 months, so he’s still working on growing the site.  He writes about mostly elemental shaman, but will also sometimes post about enhancement and resto. He has been playing the game since Vanilla, so he has a good depth of knowledge about the shaman class.
  • Effreati’s RP: We originally recruited Effy from a Role Playing server, where she had been blogging about Role Playing on Effreati’s RP. Effy raids as a restoration shaman in our guild, so you may also be able to find some resto shaman info on her site if you look hard enough. Currently, she’s writing a story that includes some of the members of our guild as characters, which is pretty awesome.
  • Aesadonna’s Derp KnOOb: Aesa, one of our death knight DPS raiders, has a DK blog (Called Derp Knoob) where she writes about death knights, transmoging, and about her process of dragging UR back to ICC to complete her ICC legendary. It’s low on theorycrafting, but high on fun!
  • Djent’s Fun Killing Time: Djent, one of our newer members, has recently started up a rogue blog called Fun Killing Time. It looks like he’s trying to build the site into a good resource for rogues, and has been recently blogging about rogue MOP beta changes.
  • Malchome’s Mind on Gaming: My husband has a blog where he blogs about a pretty random assortment of WOW-related things. Malchome’s Mind on Gaming has been up and running for about the same time as my blog, where he blogs about WoW’s game design in general (leveling, crafting, raiding, class design, etc).
  • Amowrath of The Light’s Wrath: Amowrath, a Holy Paladin in my guild got bit by the blogging bug, and started a blog about holy paladins called The Light’s Wrath. It looks like he hasn’t posted much recently, but maybe some MOP inspiration will bring him back to the blog.
  • Maerdred of Treebound: In retirement from raiding right now right now, Maerdred (one of our resto druids) had a long-standing blog about his druid called Treebound. He still sometimes posts, but has mostly been afflicted with some disease called “real life”.
  • Opalbreeze of Fake game Design: Opalbreeze, a moonkin in UR, has a new blog called Fake Game Design. He writes mostly about druids on the blog, and has been posting a flurry of feedback about MoP.

So, that’s the current set of blogs we have in my guild. If I missed anyone, let me know and I’ll add you to our list. The list of UR bloggers grows bigger and bigger all the time! I have a guest post lined up for this site where one of our shadow priests will be writing about his experiences here on Restokin. My guild does our best to be supportive of new bloggers, so it is a lot of fun to play in an environment full of creativity and awesome people! I love my guild!

Posted in Uncategorized, Written By Lissanna

MoP: Happy druid news

Okay, after weeks (months?) of things being pretty depressing around here, we finally got some good news!

We’re not yet happy with the druid level 90 row. We still like the theme of it playing into the druid’s hybrid nature and we want to reassure you (which I think most of you already know) that druids won’t do lower damage or healing compared to other classes just because some other class has an unambiguous throughput increasing talent at level 90. Classes are balanced around their whole package.

Nonetheless, we want the bottom row of talents to be exciting. In the next (hopefully) build, you’ll see a few changes.

  • Disentanglement — no longer a talent. Shapeshifting for all druids just breaks roots.
  • Dream of Cenarius — increases damage spells by 70% (up from 30%).
  • Heart of the Wild — now also grants 6% passive Agility and Intellect.
  • Nature’s Vigil — replaces Disentanglement. Increases all damage and healing done by 30% for 30 sec, with a 3 min cooldown. While active, all healing spells also damage a nearby target for 50% of healing done, and all damage spells and abilities also heal a nearby friendly target for 50% of the damage done.

Let us know how they feel once you get a chance to try them.

This is some great news! Nature’s Vigil is going to be a nice utility tool that will be a good option for people who want to specialize in their main role while still bringing some utility. Being able to break roots baseline is a much better idea than having to spend a level 90 talent to have it back. The heal from disentanglement won’t be baseline, but we have enough self-healing options available that it will likely still be okay.

I guess that means I need to get back to leveling my druid on beta! This is definitely some great news for druids. I’m really happy to see some improvements here!

NOTE: the new level 90 talents are hitting beta in today’s patch. Keep in mind that the ability to shift out of “movement impairing effects” will include shifting out of both roots & slows.

Posted in Beta Feedback, Mists of Pandaria, Written By Lissanna

MoP news: mounting in moonkin form

Right now on beta, Moonkin form can mount! We’ve known all of beta that mounting in the astral glyph form has been working. However, moonkin was bugged until this latest patch where you had to shift out of moonkin form to be able to get on a mount. Sunfyre noticed today that we were able to mount in moonkin form (something people have been wanting for a long, long time). I’m fairly sure that the ability to mount from moonkin form will go live, since astral form would be overpowered if it could mount and moonkin couldn’t. Here are a few shots of me in the MoP beta. Please let us keep this!

This took a while to figure out since we were bugged and had no mounts at all in  the latest beta build due to the new UI feature not working all that well.

Posted in Beta Feedback, Mists of Pandaria, Moonkin Balance DPS, Written By Lissanna

Scenic views from MoP

So, to be less depressing, I wanted to say that the scenery in MoP is actually really incredible. Here are some of my favorite shots I took earlier in beta. For as critical as I am about the druid class development, the art team did a really incredible job with the artwork in MoP. I really am enjoying the storylines and art for the new zones. I’ll try to start posting more about what I do like about the expansion as development goes on.

Jade Forest:

and this one from the monk starting area:

Posted in Beta Feedback, Mists of Pandaria, Written By Lissanna

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