Preparing for Cataclysm: Garage Sales and Test Realm Antics

One thing is for sure as a new expansion approaches in Warcraft – many of the end game materials and components that have been staples of the economy for the last two years will suddenly become defunct, useful only as curios.

It’s at this time of the expansion cycle that people start thinking about clearing out their current bank inventory and making more room. But what to sell, or buy, or collect? And emblems and honour will also become outmoded, what to do with those?

In a scant few months, almost no one will want to buy those epic gems, raid crafting materials, or foodstuffs. There will be some demand from new goblins or worgen who are levelling tradeskills but it won’t be for the level 80 endgame materials. On the other hand, cosmetic items which required some grind at 80 might become even more sought after in future. The pets from the Argent Tournament fetch a decent price now, but how much more when half the new players don’t even know where the place is, let alone want to go grind rep there? Plus of course there will be a huge influx of gold into the system when everyone heads out questing again. So prices may rise across the board as the value of current era gold falls.

But still, that’s months away. Players will still want to gem and enchant their gear as long as they are still raiding/ PvPing. They’ll want to buy materials to prepare for the expansion too.

But I did find something recently that made me think harder about my plans.

whelplingdrop

The Tiny Crimson Whelpling is a rare dropped pet in The Wetlands and is a small red dragon. I wasn’t particularly trying to farm for one. I was just wasting time while waiting for Arbitrary because I wanted to show her where to find the Razormaw Hatchling eggs (another pet, but not so rare.)

And now the poor thing is sitting in my bags while I try to decide what to do with it. I guess the pet is probably still available in Cataclysm but we won’t know that for sure until the expansion goes live (I’m assuming that beta players have better things to do). So on the one hand it’s pretty cool and definitely rare at the moment. On the other, it’ll probably be worth more after the expansion drops, possibly lots more if it is no longer farmable.

But it’s a tiny red dragon! Would a worgen with a tiny red dragon pet be cool or not?

Have you started clearing  out your bags and banks for Cataclysm? Or collecting things to help future alts with levelling and training a craft?

A glimpse beyond the veil

The character copy has finally worked for me with the Public Test Realm so I’ve been able to start testing warrior stuffs for patch 4.0. It feels a bit like Moses getting a glimpse of the promised land – I’m not cool enough to be in the actual beta, but just enough to do a bit of testing with a fragment of what is to come.

spinksbeta

This shows the default UI during combat. The red shields are the new built in power aura effect for Sword and Board. It thoughtfully also lights up the icon, and writes the name of the ability above your head, making me feel like a character in an anime.

“SWORD AND BOAAAAARD!!!”

I find myself reluctant to actually go tank an instance without waiting for people I know to transfer over. I know from other comments that AE threat has been found to be lacking and when I say to myself, “Self, how about testing this new tanking build in an actual instance with a PUG?” I somehow find a zillion other things to do instead.

I just can’t feel inspired to want to put up with whatever insults and personal comments  the frustrated and overgeared dps masses probably want to throw at me. I will sometime. I’ll gird my loins with beer or something and just see what happens but in the cold clear light of day, it sounds rather masochistic and I’m sure I urgently need to test … err… something or other different. I remember tanking BC heroics on my warrior. It had its moments, but those were mostly in specific instances which played to my strengths (I remember Arcatraz being a personal favourite.)

My inclination is to tank for friends or guildies, and switch to DPS for everyone else if it’s going to be like that. This probably does not bode well for LFG queues in Cataclysm, because if I’m not sure I want to tank randoms, you can bet a lot of other people are thinking the same thing.

Still, on the bright side, Victory Rush heals Spinks for about 10k which is is a fifth of her health unbuffed. Not bad.

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5 thoughts on “Preparing for Cataclysm: Garage Sales and Test Realm Antics

  1. I guess you haven’t tried the “Execute Range Victory Rush” mechanic much then? That sounds really exciting to me and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on it if you get chance.

    • This is one of the things I would want to try in an instance. The weedy test mobs outside don’t really last all that long.

      But yes, def one of the talents I took on the test server, I think it sounds quite fun too. Especially if you grab the field bandage talent from the Arms tree to improve your self healing (which I haven’t tried yet.)

      Threat issues aside, I like the extra self healing and the feel of greater survivability. Threat in any case is something where the rest of the group should expect to pitch in during Cataclysm, I’m just a wimp and don’t want to have to be the bossy teacher telling the unruly class to ‘wait for 3 sunders’.

  2. I’m in the same boat, Spinks, only with healing. I’ve spent all my PTR time running around cities spamming heals (oh, and I leveled a mage up to 10. Lowbie mage is pretty fun, I have to say) trying to figure out exactly how wide and long the Light of Dawn Cone is. And I still haven’t figured it out.

  3. Maybe we will see the glory days, and people will stop treating each other like crap in random dungeons. I would like to tank PUGs again, but it’s just not doing it for me anymore. All my tank friends feel the same. Maybe the incoming tank shortage and probably healer shortage will break the zerg mindset and slow down the pace. I would highly welcome it.

  4. I’ve been busy implementing operation “if it’s green, it’s gone” for my banks. I’ve got a bad habit of holding onto items with exotic stats (especially on my melee characters, since they have so many stats that I don’t know how to theorycraft). This might be less stupid in the early days of the expansion, but it becomes useless with a gear reset.

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