A Visit to the Public Test RealmSeptember 19, 2008
So, I finally managed to get onto the PTR today! I’ve tried before, but the lag was always unbarable. It turns out the PTR isn’t so popular at 7AM. So I hopped on, threw my talent points where they are likely to end up (really, just my current spec + a couple of the new BM talents). Then I got to work on what I really wanted to play around with – the pets!
First off, I wanted to answer a question I had. How will Willy’s Warp work? (try to say that 5 times fast!) I wanted to see what the deal would be with using Warp and Charge. It turns out, like I was expecting, but hoping wasn’t true, you have to choose between them. You can either use Warp or use Charge… which means, having a Warp Stalker will either: render one of the main Tenacity talents useless or render the pet family’s only special ability useless. While he still seems to hold aggro pretty well, I don’t want to have a tank that can’t use one of it’s abilities.
So it looks like when 3.0.2 hits, Willy’s going to have to be released back into the wild, to make room for a more useful tank! 😦 I will miss you, Willy!
And the same goes for Fiddlesticks… I have always hated Prowl. it’s no use, and I always run off and leave my pet prowling behind.
So I ventured off to try to find my next DPS pet. First, I tried a core hound. Pretty cool, I must say. And that casting time debuff does stay up constantly, which is a nice little PvP thing to have! But I don’t think I’d want one as my main DPS pet.
Next, I headed off to Netherstorm remembering those really pretty moths… I’ve always loved those purpley beauties! So I plopped down a trap and tamed a nice level 68 moth. The moment it flew to my side, I knew I’d found my pukka DPS pet. He’s beautiful! And he looks awesome with Brajana. I took him for a test run on some of the nearby mobs, and not only could he kill things pretty darn quickly, but he could manage to hold aggro decently enough too. Yep, this pet is for me!
So the next task is: Find a new Tenacity pet. I’m thinking I’ll give the Gorilla and Bear a try, see if I can decide if I want a pet who can multi-tank or one that can focus tank.
Sparkle is going to stick around as my Cunning pet. I tried her out for a bit, and she does great DPS – I also really like some of the talents in the Cunning tree. That mana regen thing? Cool.
OH! And I had a look through the Achievements panel. There are some really neat ones, although I’m a little confused about the retroactivity – somehow, it knows I’ve done Black Rock Depts, but doesnt’ know I did Wailing Caverns. Hm.
And “Deaths By Hogger” is a very neat statistic. Gonna have to go aggro him and let him kill me at least once, just to have something there! 😛