Open Beta, how I love and hate thee
Hey all, sorry for the slow updates here this past weekend. It’s been a rush this past few days with classes starting and open beta beginning. I’ve found that in between my time spent doing the things I have to do and my time spent doing the things I want to do, I have little time to do the things I should be doing. So yes, the interesting stuff now. Open beta began early and I have several things I want to jump right in and weigh in on.
The first is my class choice. I decided to play a Black Orc this time because I wanted to give tanks and melees a try given that most of my beta (and preview weekends) have been spent playing casters and healers. I absolutely love the Black Orc – a little more than I’m comfortable admitting even to myself. He does enough DPS to kill things in PvE without it feeling slow and the survivability unparalleled by anyone but the cheapest of insta-heal abusing Runepriests. In RvR, my black orc is a nasty piece of work that should be avoided at all costs. I’m able to take chunks of HP out of casters and scare the bajeebus out of everyone else. Albeit, I can not come close to my full potential without healers. I find myself actually contemplating a Black Orc main… if only Shaman weren’t so much fun!
Bugs… oh lord the bugs!
Let’s face it – they’re everywhere! If I were grading the game right now as a finished product I would give it a C because of the bugs. No matter how fun the game is, or how much I love Mythic or RvR or any of that good stuff I simply can’t dismiss the heinous bugs. A couple of them that ‘bug’ me:
- Your target can’t be attacked bug
- Your target is out of range when it’s right next to you bug
- Heraldry not appearing on standards
- LoS bugs
- Shaman feel clunky this patch with brain bursta and their lvl 2 heal not working properly with the new patch which smoothed out combat. It had the opposite effect on shaman, imo.
- PQ’s failing to spawn mobs or objectives
- Invisible quest objectives
The bugs are bad but these ones did not exist prior to patch 4.1 or 3.3 – they were not in closed beta when I tested. So this is easily forgivable IF they fix them prior to launch. I will be extremely unforgiving and Mythic would be extremely deserving of all forms of loathing if these bugs made it into launch. I think Mark Jacobs knows this though and their team probably has them all ironed out.
Server Stability – Like a Rock! Oooohh Like a Rock!
It’s been fantastic. Very pleased with how the servers have remained up. I believe much of this has to do with the queues though. They’re there to limit how much one realm can populate over another yet at the same time they server as population control for the entire server. Very clever idea. 😉
CTDs – Still running rampant for me ever since 3.3 patch. I mostly CTD in scenarios more than anything and it ALWAYS seems to be when we’re winning. I think the guys on ventrilo with me can vouch for how much I hate missing out on all that good exp goodness because the game decides to dump me to the desktop.
It’s better. It’s actually getting where it should be now. I think having a few underpowered classes really threw balance off for many racial pairings. Now that the squig herders and magus are worth a darn we’re starting to hold our own against the bright wizards and drop runepriests. Engineers are nasty as well. I think that they did something to my Shaman’s AP though because it drains like crazy now.
I decided to take the plunge and experience T2 Greenskin vs. Dwarfs for the first time. Up until this point I have avoided it because it’s going to be my path of leveling progression for quests/PQ’s at release but I couldn’t hold back my curiosity from getting the better of me. I wasn’t at all impressed with the DEvsHE and the EmpvsChaos area is just ‘alright’. Greenskins and Dwarfs, by far, have the best area. It’s layed out perfectly and it has great quests. It’s also really pleasing on the eyes with forests and a glowie marsh.
It’s been really great so far! Our server has quite an activity EvC community and the GvD raids have begun to pick up. We’re seeing a lot of keep sieges and open-world rvr – even the occasional people who flag on purpose. The changes to the renown gear making it all spread out makes me rather sad. I miss getting all my gear instantly but I understand why they did it. Scenarios are my biggest gripe and it’s actually quite ironic. I really didn’t expect to like them as much as I do and now I’m actually bothered by how little they pop! I have yet to get a single Greenskin PQ. 🙁 I’ve had a good amount of EvC but I don’t like Stonetroll Crossing at all. I’ll hopefully have more to report on the RvR soon.
Well, that’s all I have for you right now. I’m going to be getting my Black Orc to the cap and work on my shaman as well. I’ll give another update tomorrow. If you have any questions or requests for my thoughts on something specific please feel free to post a comment.