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Patch 4.0.1 Resources and Impressions

Right off the bat, I’m going to give you a bunch of fantastic posts written by Jaded Alt and Revive & Rejuvenate that will help make sense of the chaos that is the latest patch.

Now, do yourself a favor and read those over before logging in. Because otherwise you might be like me and panic a little.

I knew a lot was going to change. Of course it’s not until it’s right in front of my face that I realize just how much. Did I mention that I don’t generally like change?

If you do log onto your hunter and are completely overwhelmed, do this:

  1. Visit a trainer immediately and learn everything available to you. (It helps if you visit the right city too.)
  2. Then you can visit the stable master and fix your pet setup. (I had a spirit beast as one of my active pets despite being untalented, and Blacky was in the inactive pets.)
  3. If you used a macro to call out your pet, this has now changed. The command is now “/cast Call Pet 1” (or 2 or 3 or 4). So put your favorite pet in the first slot and call him/her.
  4. Read the tooltips for all your abilities and place the useful ones (for you) on your bars.
  5. Work on setting up your talents. You can use one of the hunter guides listed under the class guides link, or use this BM spec or this MM spec as a general guideline.
  6. Visit a target dummy (if you can find one that’s free) and go to town on it.

Of course when I first logged on, my brain went in about a million directions as to things I needed to do so I was just standing there paralyzed with choice for a little while. Don’t be like me.

Random thoughts I had over the duration of the evening

  • Oh god, my UI has exploded.
  • Where did all my macros go? Oh, they just removed them from the bars. Now I can’t remember where they all went.
  • Where are all my abilities? Oh god, they removed that many of them?
  • Oh god, Dalaran hurts my framerates.
  • Oooooh, water is very shiny.
  • Where’s my pet? WHERE DID YOU PUT BLACKY?!
  • Oh, she’s in the stables.
  • What are these new spells?
  • Did the ground just shake? O.o
  • Why do half of my macros not work? Dear lord I have a lot of macros.
  • God, half my addons don’t work and my screen looks like it threw up on itself.
  • Note to self: WoW likes to crash or not log me in if I activate too many addons, especially ones that are deemed “out-of-date”.
  • Oh, is THAT what the default UI looks like again?
  • OOOooooo, shiny water.
  • Talents aren’t terribly bad to figure out but I still feel a little lost.
  • I feel REALLY lost when it comes to my rotation/shot priority. *mashes buttons*
  • The ground shook again. I wonder if there’s anything else going on elsewhere…
  • I’m utterly confused by this new glyph interface. And I feel naked missing some glyphs.
  • *jumps over to scribe* I think I know them all? At least I hope so. How would I learn more?
  • Bah, I forgot to make majors. Ah well, none of them are particularly useful outside of the Bestial Wrath one.
  • Back to searching for a target dummy. But hey, at least I’m in Thunderbluff  and not Orgrimmar.
  • WAIT! I need to go tame some pets! Woohoo for gigantic stables!
  • And I curiously have no clue what I really want to tame. Let’s start off with a ghost sabre!

Unfortunately I had to work today so I couldn’t stay up for any more experimentation/go on a taming spree. I have however been scouting out new UI layouts (since my old one is apparently broken and discontinued anyways) so I’ll be working on that tonight. Hopefully more on that in a couple of days.

In the meanwhile, I hope you all are having luck installing the patch and getting into the game to check everything out. Just remember: Don’t Panic and carry a towel!

(Yes, I am a huge geek.)


  1. Xianghua
    Posted October 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Too bad none of the guides I looked at for pallys really helped..

    • Posted October 14, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Really? Is it the ones just for ret or for all of the specs?

      • Xianghua
        Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:47 am | Permalink

        Holy is still relatively straightforward. They just swapped the Holy Light and Flash of Light effects/costs.

        Ret I managed to work out on my own with some work.

        Prot I;m still having issues with. Might just drop it altogether. (not respeccing it, just gonna quit using it)

        • Posted October 18, 2010 at 11:08 am | Permalink

          I finally got to try out prot when my guild dragged me into a H-PoS. I wasn’t doing so well on aggro at first but after I did some research and came up with two rotations/priorities, one for single targets and one for multiple. So far, it seems to be working out quite well. And I have to say that I love not being reliant on Divine Plea at all anymore.

          • Xianghua
            Posted October 19, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

            With single target, I don’t have as many issues with threat as with multi target. I used to easily out-burst other tanks on threat and just hold everything. When I went into icc to tank festergut, I found that my avenger’s shield was the ability causing the most threat all at once. I actually had to hold off on threat at first to let the warrior tank take the boss first. Once he got going though, I couldn’t catch up unless I used my taunt (which no longer does damage, QQ).

            Still don’t like multi-target tanking with the new system. The dps tend to jump the gun and aoe shit before I have aggro.

  2. Posted October 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for linking me 🙂 I am away on holidays this week so j am slightly worried about getting home on Sunday and sorting it all out :-/ hopefully most addons will be updated by then!

    • Posted October 18, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      You’re most welcome. 🙂 As for addons, a lot of mine have updated themselves. I’ve only had to replace a handful with different ones. Of course, one of them was my UI mod. >.<