Lately, I haven’t been posting a whole bunch. Blizzard’s approach to the beta was different this time around – they made huge scale changes regularly, and often reverted changes soon after. It started to get pretty clear that trying to keep up with it all wasn’t worth it. At the end of the day, the only experience that matters is the level 100 experience on the live servers – so that’s what I’ve been waiting for.
I do want to take this opportunity between expansions to talk about some of the good and the bad of the expansion just gone. MoP kept me engaged throughout its lifespan, but distantly. I didn’t do any serious raiding, and the groups I did raid with were usually shortlived. I felt like this expansion, I always had something to work on – some sort of goal for my character. Honestly, though, WoW is better with friends, and MoP made it a little too easy to play the single-player version. I hope this changes.
With respect to healing, MoP had its good and bad. For Resto Druids, they fixed the problem that Nourish fill provided, and turned the play style into a multi-tasking-heavy, time-management-demanding experience. In this way, it was the best expansion (IMO) for healing. The posts I wrote about mechanics, and mana/time as resources were my favourite I’ve ever written. When the game operates this way, I want to play it.
MoP’s greatest downfall is something Blizzard have stated often recently – that damage was too spiky and that there was no room for interesting decisions. They are absolutely right, at least that damage was too spiky. There’s always going to be room for interesting decisions. Really, the question is whether or not the new style will fix that or not. In my experience so far, it just tends to mean I spend less time healing and more time doing bad DPS. My other big concern is that this is how it will be at all levels below Mythic. I’m hoping this isn’t the case at 100.
Before we go through the Dark Portal again, I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who reads this, and in particular those who have contacted me before and will in the future. Throughout the life of SometimesATree, I’ve gained what I consider to be a reasonable readership (based on traffic stats), but I’ve never really had a whole lot of contact from readers. Recently, I’ve had some wonderful words of support and encouragement from people contacting me, telling me they enjoy what’s here. This really does mean a lot to me and you have my sincerest, heartfelt thanks. Content will begin rolling out more frequently during WoD, and I do plan to make good on my intention to create more YouTube videos.