3.1 Talent Trees

Shadow Priesty
I have been poking around with the talent calculators a bit, trying to determine what my 3.1 build will look like. I had toyed with the idea of dropping the shadow affinity since many SPs have blogged about not having it and being fine thx to Fade. But I m still not certain I would be able to maintain my level of DPS without it.

Here’s the build I am thinking of going with. The leftover points out into discipline, down to 3/3 meditation. Because I am going to need all the mana regen help I can get from what I’ve been reading regarding the spirit nerf. I always forgot to use Inner Focus, so I doubt I’ll notice it’s gone.

For her dual spec, no idea what to do. I need to hit up Yas or Niza for some ideas. I intend to have her offspec be a good all-around pinch-hitting heal spec.

Druid
I am not liking my proposed Balance Druid build atm. I feel like I am kitchen-sinking. But then again, I haven’t seen what the typhoon dmg boost looks like (or if I can glyph to remove the stun). If I go around stunning with it, I can expect to have tanks yelling at me. Yet it is the best of our AOEs right now. But if I glyph for starfall being faster, then it wil help a bit. Overall, I have been seriously disappointed with Balance druid raid performance in Naxx. Due to the amount of AOE trash, I can’t keep up. And everything dies too fast to get a starfire off.

I don’t see a dual spec in her immediate future since I have not been playing her much for the past 3 months. I suppose that her heal spec would look something like this. I healed for my first 2.5 druid years, but never as a full resto build. I was more of a modified dreamstate build, which allowed me to still be one of the top 3 healers in 25s, but allowed me to do dailies without it taking my whole life. I’ve just never been excited about tree of lifeform, but it feels pretty necessary to have these days to be a productive druid healer. We’ll see.

Shaman
Last on my 80s totem pole is my resto shaman. She was my 3rd 70, but my first 80, leveled hastily when it was clear no one else in my guild was going to get off their butts and level one of their healers. Her new build is pretty similar to what she has now as it has been effective in 5 and 10-mans.Her eventual dual spec will be elemental, which I loved playing as pre-BC. She only swapped over to healing when it was clear that she would never get into heroics or 10 mans in my old raiding guild otherwise.

Have I missed anything

More Patch 3.1

OK, I have to say it — the Warlock Tier 8 pix…almost make me want to level a warlock. The Putress helm is hottt. The druid set is pretty as well, luckily for me. MMO Champion, as always, seems to be the most comprehensive source for Patch 3.1 information (though you usually find a lot of it regurgitated and reposted on certain blog agggregators.)

And before you go any further, if you haven't already seen the Ulduar preview, go watch it now!

Crafters will have reason to rejoice (and to go to max level) thanks to addition of a few new patterns…links lead to MMO Champion:

Perhaps most importantly, allegedly per a blue post tho I have not uncovered a link of it, we will be receiving a whole slew of new attainable pets and mounts, putting their associated achievements closer in reach:

New Pets

  • Spring Rabbit – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Spring Rabbit.
  • Plump Turkey – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Plump Turkey.
  • Teldrassil Sproutling – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Teldrassil Sproutling.
  • Tirisfal Batling – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Tirisfal batling.
  • Dun Morogh Cub – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Dun Morogh Cub.
  • Durotar Scorpion – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Durotar scorpion.
  • Alarming Clockbot – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Alarming Clockbot.
  • Elwynn Lamb – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Elwynn lamb.
  • Mulgore Hatchling – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Mulgore hatchling.
  • Ammen Vale Lashling – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Ammen Vale lashling.
  • Strand Crawler – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Darkspear Strand crawler.
  • Enchanted Broom – Right Click to summon and dismiss your enchanted broom.
  • Argent Squire – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Argent Crusade squire.
  • Mechanopeep – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Mechanopeep.
  • Argent Gruntling – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Argent Crusade gruntling.
  • Curious Gorloc Hatchling – Right Click to call or shoo away a Curious Gorloc Hatchling.
  • Curious Wolvar Pup – Right Click to call or shoo away a Curious Wolvar Pup.
  • Gorloc Orphan – Right Click to summon and dismiss the orphan you've agreed to look after for Children's Week.
  • Wolvar Orphan – Right Click to summon and dismiss the orphan you've agreed to look after for Children's Week.
  • Murkimus the Gladiator – Right Click to summon and dismiss Murkimus the Gladiator.
  • Sen'jin Fetish – Right Click to summon and dismiss your Sen'jin fetish.

New Mounts

  • Aquatic Riding Ray – Summons and dismisses an Aquatic Riding Ray. This is an aquatic mount.
  • Swift Stormwind Steed – Summons and dismisses a rideable Swift Stormwind Steed. This is a very fast mount.
  • Great Azuremyst Elekk – Summons and dismisses a rideable Great Azuremyst Elekk. This is a very fast mount.
  • Swift Darnassian Mistsaber – Summons and dismisses a rideable Swift Darnassian Mistaber. This is a very fast mount.
  • Swift Silvermoon Hawkstrider – Summons and dismisses a rideable Swift Silvermoon Hawkstrider. This is a very fast mount.
  • Great Mulgore Kodo – Summons and dismisses a rideable Great Mulgore Kodo. This is a very fast mount.
  • Turbostrider – Summons and dismisses a rideable Turbostrider. This is a very fast mount.
  • Swift Ironforge Ram – Summons and dismisses a rideable Swift Ironforge Ram. This is a very fast mount.
  • Swift Sen'jin Raptor – Summons and dismisses a rideable Swift Sen'jin Raptor. This is a very fast mount.
  • Forsaken Warhorse – Summons and dismisses a rideable Forsaken Warhorse. This is a very fast mount.
  • Swift Orgrimmar Wolf – Summons and dismisses a rideable Swift Orgrimmar Wolf. This is a very fast mount.
  • Mimiron's Head
    – Summons and dismisses a rideable mechanical gnome head. This is a
    very fast construction. This construction can only be summoned in
    Outland or Northrend.

Patch 3.1 Coming Soon…

As someone who plays 3 different classes with regularity, at level cap, I have seen a lot of initial changes for patch 3.1 that make me a happy camper:

  • Ground mounts will no longer dismount in water and will be able to swim
  • Players will be able to switch between two talent specializations.
    Players will have up to two talent specializations and will be able to
    switch between them, action bars and glyphs will also be switched
    accordingly.
  • Divine Spirit – this spell is now a core ability available to all priests.
  • Totem streamlining: The Mana Spring and Healing Stream Totems have been
    combined. The Disease Cleansing and Poison Cleansing Totems have been
    combined.

That said, I am *not* at all happy about the mana regeneration changes. Excellent spirit-based mana regen was a boon for druids and kept them competitive in raid healing. Feels also like this will substantially nerf innervate's usefulness for Boomkins, who, unlike priests and mages of all specs, do not have a mana regen talent being boosted:

  • Regeneration while not casting (outside of the “five second rule”) will be decreased.
  • To make this change, we are reducing mana regeneration granted by
    Spirit across the board. However we are also boosting the effects of
    talents such as Meditation that increase regeneration while casting.
  • The specific talents and abilities being boosted are: Arcane
    Meditation, Improved Spirit Tap, Intensity, Mage Armor, Meditation,
    Pyromaniac and Spirit Tap. Yes this makes these “mandatory” talents
    even more mandatory, if such a thing is possible.

Visit MMO Champion for more on the initially proposed talent and spec changes, plus a peek at the Tier 8 sets from the forthcoming Ulduar raid wing.