Patch 4.0.3a is going live today. Azeroth is shattered. I’m .. perplexed how I feel about it. It’s weird that weeks in advance I knew exactly when the world would end (or at least shatter). It’s like Y2K. I had plenty of time to prep for it.. but really.. I didn’t do much. I did move my lowbies out of Dalaran. It seemed unwise to have a level 12 toon stuck in Dalaran with no way (except for a corpse flop) to get back to the mainland.
The patch also brings a 12% nerf to Warlocks. Originally some bloggers thought it was only a nerf to base damage.. and at one point a blue suggested that it was only a nerf to leveling and didn’t apply to 85s.. but the Patch is here.. and the nerf is real.
1. Don’t panic.
2. This is a 12% reduction to almost all spells and coefficients across the board to all specs and all levels.
3. Please see #1.
4. I don’t know about you.. but I was pretty easily topping the damage meters before this patch. Even though I was rusty.. and I knew I was making some mistakes. I don’t know if I was topping by 12%.. but there you have it.
5. Take a gander over at the Destruction tree. Do you see that thing, just out of reach at level 80? Improved Soul Fire. 100% uptime of 15% Haste buff. Seriously.. can you taste the yummy haste buff? It’s in-reach at level 82. (though I am a bit miffed at receiving a cross-the-board nerf to “balance” out for a potential skill we get at 82)(added unhappiness, I’m not terribly thrilled to be forced to spec into a specific secondary tree)
6. Go back and read #1. If all else fails and we really are performing poorly then smile grimly and happily wait for the buffs in our future.