Well, that was quicker than I expected.
In a most fortuitous coincidence, Blizzard is releasing Patch 3.2.2 today just as AION boasts its first opening day. Iâ€™ll be the first to admit that this is happening earlier than I anticipated; naively, I assumed that because the supposed WoW anniversary is in November, weâ€™d be seeing an Onyxia release about then. If previous PTR patch notes can be trusted, we can be squaring off with the Brood Mother this evening! But letâ€™s be realâ€”what can we ferals expect?
- The amount of ArP gained per point has been reduced by 12%. Before you all explode and lament the skyrocketing prices of Delicate Cardinal Rubies, please take a look at the previous post: (Armor) Penetration: how hard will it be in 3.2.2? Although stacking ArP becomes a much more expensive endeavor, itâ€™s entirely possible to pull off ridiculous DPS by reaching toward the hard-cap.
- Predatory Strikes: This talent now also causes the Druidâ€™s finishing moves to provide a 7/13/20% chance per combo point to make the next Nature spell with a cast time below 10 seconds instant cast. Potentially super cool for PVP, and situationally useful for PVE. For slightly more discussion, check out my post: Canâ€™t wait until November? Hot 3.2.2 action here!
- Infected Wounds: the debuff generated by this talent no longer stacks and instead causes the full effect with a single application. Again, weâ€™re seeing more PVP utility here and limited PVE utility. This change isnâ€™t actually increasing the effect of Infected Wounds, but rather gives you the full effect of two stacks in one application, bringing this talent more in line with the one-hit punch of Thunderclap.
- Onyxia. Am I the only one who was sick to death of her in vanilla? Maybe not, but Kalon points out one good reason to check her out again.
I am currently flirting with AION, mostly because I can get away with being a retard in game right now, but I donâ€™t really foresee it replacing WoW. If youâ€™re interested, you can look me up as Sibilance (Asmodian side) on the Zikel server. Here, have a token Ascension screenshot:
Thatâ€™s all for now. Are you looking forward to 3.2.2.?