By the time North America gets home from work today World of Warcraft will updated to patch 4.3, and it’s a doozy. Included in the patch are three new 5-man heroic instances, the divisive Looking for Raid system, Transmogrification (seriously, can Blizzard not say ‘appearance tab’ like everyone else ever?), a totally revamped Darkmoon Faire, and of course the potentially final raid of the expansion, Dragon Soul.
I’ve got stacks of Inferno Rubies, Spellthreads, belt buckles, and Shadowspirit Diamonds ready to list after the servers come back up. There has been no sign on the PTR of epic gems, but the crafting/AH community seems to suspect that Blizzard is just trying to thwart our data mining and will patch in some (probably) transmutes at the last minute.
I can’t see how the Looking for Raid system will be anything but pure angry chaos for the next couple of weeks, and I look forward to seeing it first hand. What will the difficulty be? Will people shout slurs at everyone and then ninja? Will Deathwing just light us on fire and laugh as we run around without a plan? It should be loaded with amusing drama, assuming you’re prepared to not take it too seriously. Enjoy the show!
The Darkmoon Faire redesign was way overdue, but it looks like just another daily grind a la the Molten Front and you can ask my unused 113 tree tokens how I feel about daily grinds.
So yes, there are new recipes and quests and raids and instances but most important of anything today is the fact that this can happen:
T6 + matching boots and belt, Anathema, Junior 3rd Grade Technician Glasses: It’s definitely not as creative as some I’ve already seen, but by god you can just DEAL WITH IT.
This is the first patch I’ve experienced as a casual scrub and I find myself the most excited to log in I’ve been since returning to the game. Well played, Blizzard.