WoW Patch 3.3 Musings

World of Warcraft Patch 3.3 is out today.  There is a big patch download waiting for you and a whole bunch of patch notes to read while that is going on.

In glancing through the notes, a few items jumped out.

Three separate 5-player dungeons — The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron, and Halls of Reflection — containing all new challenges and missions of discovery, await players in normal and Heroic modes.

This could herald the return of the Saturday night instance group to their alliance characters if for no other reason than to continue to be able to say we’ve done all the 5 person instances in Northrend.  Plus it might be interesting to do content that hasn’t been completely analyzed and documented.  Not that it would change our lax pre-instance research, but it would feel a bit different to me.

And I’m not sure what “missions of discovery” are.  A euphemism for “some more quests” or are we talking about something new here?  That phrase only gets used once in the patch notes.

A new feature has been added to the D3D graphics engine to improve texture management (particularly for Windows XP users). If you are experiencing random crashes related to file read errors or out of memory, this new backend may help. To enable the new backend, add the following line to your Config.WTF file: SET gxApi “d3d9ex.”

While I don’t crash constantly in Dalaran any more, I still suffer from what I call the “Dalaran Disease” where I get a texture related crash if I hang out in the city for too long.  Maybe this will fix the issue and I can finally knock-off that fountain fishing achievement.

All level 71-80 Battleground daily quests will now award 25 Arena points in addition to their current rewards.

The welfare epic state continues to grow.  What Blizzard?  Aren’t you going to toss in some arena standing with that as well?  Gimme, gimme, gimme!

Battleground Experience: Battleground experience gained is now based on the level of the player gaining experience, rather than the highest possible player level in that Battleground.

I am truly bummed on this one, since my daughter only shared this information with me last weekend.  We were getting more than 25% of a level in experience per win as level 51 characters in Alterac Valley.  Back to earning experience the old fashioned way by… you know… earning it.  Still, my druid is level 54 now and her hunter is level 55.

Meeting Stones: To use any Meeting Stone, it is only required that the character’s minimum level be 15. There is no maximum character level requirement for any Meeting Stone.

Take that EQ2!  You nerf travel with your veteran rewards, WoW nerfs travel right back at you.  Or something.

Health and Mana Regeneration: These regeneration rates have been increased by up to 200% for low level characters. As a player’s level increases, the regeneration rates gradually reduce, returning to normal rates at level 15.

Spell Mana Costs: These costs have been reduced for almost all lower level spell ranks. In general, if a spell decreased in cost with a higher level rank in patch 3.2.0, that spell now has the decreased cost at all ranks. In addition, spells learned before level 20 with reduced cast times and/or durations have even further reduced mana costs, proportionate to their reduction in cast time or damage.

Okay, I know health and mana management are really painful at lower levels, but I hope we’re not teaching people bad habits.  Oh, and where was this when I actually had some characters under level 20 again?

Haris Pilton now sells a new 24-slot bag! She has stubbornly decided to remain in Shattrath City, so those interested should seek her out there.

If this new bag is still called a Portable Hole I am going to be very grumpy.

But I should have a Corehound puppy waiting for me.  Users of the Blizzard Authenticator got them it seems.

Now which of the items in the patch notes will they have to fix with next Tuesday’s post-patch update?

3 thoughts on “WoW Patch 3.3 Musings

  1. P@tsh@t

    Interested to see how the new meeting stone subway system works on a pvp server. So now an entire raid group of 80 horde characters can flash mob westfall via the deadmines meeting stone?


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