Blaylock the warrior preps for Warsong Gulch


I’ve gone back to playing wow and leveling up some of my toons in order to prepare for the eventual release of the new expansion. Blizzard released new Alpha patch notes a few days ago detailing all the class changes and new alterations to the game. If you haven’t checked it out yet and are looking for the TL;DR version here you go:

  • Character stats have been squished into smaller numbers that are easier to understand. It’s important to understand that this is not a nerf as enemies have been squished as well.
  • A new row of talents has been added for level 100, and new Draenor Perks from levels 91 to 99.
  • The Garrison is a new feature available in Draenor, where you can build a base, recruit followers, and send them on missions.
  • Balanced functionality of Agility, Strength and Intellect. (This features sounds cool, though I am not sure if it’s available at early levels)
  • New secondary stats: Bonus Armor, Multistrike, and Readiness.
  • Hit and Expertise have been removed; they’re no longer needed in order to reliably land attacks!
  • The pace of healing has been adjusted to allow for more tactical decisionmaking regarding efficiency and throughput, on both single-target and multi-target heals. Passive and auto-targeted healing have been reduced in effectiveness in order to emphasize the actions and choices of healers.
  • Racial traits have been rebalanced so that all races have similar combat performance.
  • All classes have had several abilities pruned, with a focus on redundant and less-used abilities, to cut down on button and keybind bloat.
  • The amount of crowd control in the game (primarily PvP) has been drastically reduced. Many crowd-control abilities have been removed, and many diminishing returns categories are now merged together.
  • Several common buffs and debuffs have been merged, or removed, where they were redundant.
  • All characters now learn a few important Major Glyphs automatically as they level up.
  • The amount of instant healing in the game has been toned down by giving cast times to several instant cast heals.
  • Vengeance has been redesigned and renamed Resolve. Resolve does not increase outgoing damage, but does now  increase tank self-healing and absorption based on damage taken.
  • Facing requirements (character position) on some prominent abilities have been loosened or removed.
  • The mana cost of Resurrection spells has been reduced to make it a little easier to recover from a wipe. (Since I don’t yet raid on a regular basis, this makes no difference to me atm)
  • Professions no longer have combat benefit perks tied to them.
  • There are a multitude of class-specific changes, including things like improved distinction between different Talent specializations, and new Masteries.

A lot has been written or talked about the new expansion, most wondering if this will “save” wow. Dwindling subs worry some gamers, and to be sure most people are playing a variety of mmos, but some wow fans are still faithful to the big daddy mmorpg, the venerable Blizzard game.

Mostly I have been leveling up my warrior in hopes of getting into the low bracket of pvp. While i don’t find pvp in wow as satisfying as in other games, notably older mmos like DAoC, I do like to get into some Warsong Gulch action, and maybe one day I will have a too strong enough to compete in the other rated

So I will be following the tips set out a few years ago by Wow insider, probably not much has changed on this battleground in the two years this guide was written, but who knows? I have been away so what do I know? Some of you out there may be able to correct me.


I am sorry but I tried playing LOL a few years back, but I don’t like it when you have to go through a steep learning curve or practice your heart out to be good at a game. There seemed to be a lot of people griefing newbies on most of the MOBAs out there, but in my experience it was mostly the LOL community with the l33t players.

So I don’t play MOBAS but I am curious about Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm. So much so that I asked to be included in the beta.

I think that being a blizzard fan playing some HOTS might be fun to try out, especially if the community is better than LOL’s.

So all you mmo gamer monkeys that are still playing wow, I will catch you on the b.g.s on the lower brackets. Well you gotta start somewhere right? Call me a n00b warrior. Peace!!




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