I have basically 0 “news” for you, but there are a couple of things I wanted to mention.
5.4 Armor Change
During the 5.4 beta one of the possible buffs Blizzard was looking at was increasing the armor cap to 85% reduction, from 75%. I remarked that it was largely a pointless change, since Mastery is so much worse than Haste – less RPS, flexibility, DPS, utility – for everything except EH. Since it wasn’t in the patch notes, nobody knew it was actually implemented. Ahanss has done some testing and found that while the character sheet goes up to 85%, the actual reduction is only 75%.
I took the liberty of checking on this – one of those if I told you I’d have to kill you things – and it is supposed to be 85%. This is a global combat mechanics change. Personally this is really just more evidence that Savage Defense is going to be changed into either partially or wholly a temporary Armor increase. I actually really hope that comes through (and I guess we’ll find out in a few days). From a mechanics perspective I’m really excited about a floating soft/hard cap based on core armor from gear. It makes choosing gear way more interesting than “Cap X/Y then stack Z” which is what we have right now.
Over the past several weeks I’ve been publishing narrated Guardian-specific guides for normal mode Siege of Orgrimmar. I had hoped to be done by now, but I hadn’t realized how time intensive it is when you have to balance creating this content with work, sleep, food, life, raiding, theorycrafting, etc. I had hoped to have Nazgrim and Malkorok done by now, but I don’t always get what I want :(
You can check them out here and either comment on the videos if you have feedback, or post in the comments below this post. I changed the format slightly once I got to the Dark Shaman vid, and I’m really liking the new format.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I am going to be at Blizzcon this year. During the ‘con you can find me at the following locations:
- Thursday after 8pm: Anabella Hotel – WoWInsider/WoWHead/ZAM party.
- Friday 4pm – 5pm: Meeting Stone
- Friday Night: Hilton Hotel – ConvertToRaid party.
- Saturday Night: Hilton Hotel – Some kind of party?
Other than that, chances are very good that I will either be hanging out with one or more of the following people:
I’ve probably forgotten a bazillion people, but you get the picture.
I’m also going to attempt to steal some FinalBoss bracelets from Reesi to give to people. So don’t be surprised if I hand you things randomly.