Blizzard is on it this year! BlizzCon hasn’t even officially begun, yet my Murkablo pet was waiting for me in my mailbox when I logged in this evening. This pet’s great! His demonic emote is awesome, and I especially like the little jump he does through his smoke ring. BlizzCon is nearly upon us!

For The Horde!

This is my 2 year old son who absolutely went ape$hit over Level 80 Tauren Chieftan during the DIRECTV broadcast of BlizzCon. My wife and I managed to keep clear of the solo baby mosh, but I did have the presence of mind to take a quick video of the future little Hordelet while he was in full form. Here’s …

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Goodbye Mana. Hello Focus.

Hunters will use Focus

During this past weekend’s BlizzCon, Ghostcrawler announced an exciting but somewhat controversial change to the Hunter class which will be implemented in the next expansion, “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm”. This revolutionary change is of course the removal of mana as the Hunter’s source of energy, and the introduction of focus as a usable resource for attacks and spells. This change will essentially cause the Hunter class to behave almost like a “ranged Rogue”.

Ghostcrawler also divulged some vague details about how focus will work for the Hunter, including:

  • Focus will regen at a rate of 6 focus per second, which unfortunately is a bit slower than the Rogue’s energy regen rate of 10 per second.
  • However, Steady Shot will play an important role in the Hunter’s shot priority because it will up focus regen rate to 12 per second.
  • Attacks will most likely cost somewhere between 30 and 60 focus. Ouch.
  • Hunters will have fewer abilities on the global cooldown.
  • In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, haste will also affect how quickly focus regenerates.
  • With the removal of mana as a resource, intellect will now be an unnecessary stat for Hunters.
  • Aspect of the Viper… gone!

This change is obviously the biggest and most controversial bit of Hunter news that was announced over the weekend at BlizzCon 2009.

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Oh man… I am such a jackass… I’ve been so preoccupied lately that when I hastily ordered the Live Pay Per View of BlizzCon I neglected to notice that it began this morning. I assumed it was starting tomorrow morning. 😡 I hadn’t even hooked up my Tivo yet. >.< Oh well… I guess my saving grace is that I’ll …

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