Holy Shnikes!

In case you haven’t had the chance to copy over to the PTR and download the latest patch, I suggest you do it now.

Aspect of the Mana Ray
Aspect of the Mana Ray... WTF..??!!

I went to log on to the PTR this morning and look for Gondria, only to discover Blizz released another huge content patch. It took forever to download, so I stepped away to start a pot of coffee.

When I returned to my desk, the patch was writing and the notes were up on my screen. I skimmed over the latest changes until I read this bit and about fell out of my chair.

  • Aspect of the Mana Ray is a new trainable skill available at level 80. While active, mana regeneration is increased by 500%, the hunter has the ability to fly and is immune to all damage.

OH WHAT..??!!

Of course I’m thinking this is a joke, so I quickly log in to try and train this new aspect and see what kind of prank Blizz has pulled. What I discovered was incredible. I opened my spellbook in the off-chance it was already known. It was in there! I activated it and what happened next made my jaw hit the floor.

Aspect of the Mana RayI had been logged out in Sholazar Basin, as I’ve also been trying to tame Aotona in addition to Gondria. I activated the aspect and what I witnessed was freaking amazing. I WAS FLYING!!!

I figured this had to be some silly joke the devs had planned, and that other classes probably had other similar skills. I went over to MMO Champion to see what some of the other level 80 goofs were. Then I see this!

Hunter (3.1 Skills List / 3.1 Talent + Glyph Calc.)
Aspect of the Mana Ray

We felt that Hunters were still lacking survivability in arena and battlegrounds. In addition to that, viable mana regen was continuing to be a problem, especially for BM and MM builds. Our solution to this was implementing Aspect of the Mana Ray, a skill that had been in the game code for quite some time, but had always been viewed as too overpowered to go live.

The activation of this new skill is going to require some thorough testing and will most assuredly delay the release of 3.1 until after Noblegarden has begun. While the goal was to address certain Hunter weaknesses, we want to make sure it’s not overly imabalanced before it goes live. We have yet to finalize certain details about the new aspect such as: will the hunter be able to cast harmful spells while it’s active, or be permitted to return flags in WSG while under its effect.

Aspect of the Mana Ray

I’m still tripping out on this, but I can’t understand why Blizzard would go through so much trouble coding this if it’s a prank.

All I have right now is a screenshot, but as soon as I get a chance I’ll post the video. Right now, I’m off to play with this some more. It’s freaking incredible!!! Oh, how I hope it goes live. 😉

5 thoughts on “Holy Shnikes!”

  1. I never said anything about traps.

    All I mentioned was this cool new aspect.

    Did Bear Trap go live? What’s this about traps?


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