The Thunder King, Patch 5.2, is just around the corner, expected to hit live servers either this coming Tuesday or the next. Yesterday I posted some of my thoughts based on my recent time on the PTR, and wanted to add some more information and comments before it actually drops. I’ll start by sharing the trailer for the patch, which was released a few days ago.
Now, this patch brings another rep grind to add to the never ending list. However, there is a silver lining in this patch. Blizzard has listened to the rep grind complaints, and while they are not converting to the old method of tabard championing, they are giving us a couple of more ways to earn rep.
Those players who have raised their reputation to exalted with The Tillers can choose to “Take Over the Farm” and will be able to fulfill “work orders” from factions across Pandaria to earn rep. This adds another great reason to farm, and if you’re not already doing it, I highly recommend it. It goes hand in hand with cooking, and the new rep feature is another bonus to spending a few minutes there when possible.
The other new way to earn rep is similar to championing. For your first random instance and scenario each day, you can choose to earn rep with one faction. The amount is more than for just a couple of quests, but is not enough to be intended to replace doing dailies. This is simply a way to supplement what we are already getting for doing instances and scenarios, which hopefully we are also doing regularly. It’s also nice if you are perhaps just a few points shy of the next level, or if you don’t have the time to do your regular dailies on a given day, you can still likely get a few points.
Another interesting thing that is scheduled to be implemented in this patch is a new mob sharing system for certain creatures. Already, we have seen the advantages of the change not long ago that allows for the sharing of named quest mobs (those with the quest marker by their name, not simply average mobs that are part of a quest to kill 10 of this or 15 of that) – anyone who happens upon it before it is dead can help in the killing and receive quest credit. Well, Blizzard is tweaking the system a bit, in a couple of ways. First, rare spawns will be allowed to be shared, and so will the loot. This will be done very similar to LFR looting, where each person who helped kill the rare will have an independent chance at loot.
The second change though is the controversial one – for both named quest mobs and rare spawns, when another player starts to help kill the mob, the health of the target will increase by 50%. The information on this is a bit sketchy, but indications are that this will cap at 5 increases, no matter how many players assist. Some players are afraid that this will lead to griefing, as players would be able to hit a target and then leave, meaning that the original player now has a mob with increased health to defeat alone. Hopefully, these fears will not come to pass, at least not in the player community at large. If anything, perhaps the shared loot system will encourage players to assist others, and even with the increased health of the mob, more players should be easier able to kill it.
I did get to spend a bit more time on the PTR after writing yesterday’s article, and I was able to finish the opening six solo scenarios to fully open the new zone. If you enjoy lore, don’t portal out immediately after finishing the last one – stick around to see a nice little scene between the Alliance and the Horde. Even though I have expressed that I have mixed feelings on the solo aspect of opening the zone, perhaps it will be better for everyone, as people won’t be competing for mobs and whatnot. Upon reflection, given how crowded that zone is likely to be the first few days, we will all probably look forward to the solitude, and see it as a break from the daily grind.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to this patch. A new zone, a new raid, new battle pets, new faction, and other nice looking additions to the game will soon be arriving. Here’s a link to the official Blizzard page that serves as a starting point for information on The Thunder King. Hope you’re ready for the Thunder!