Lathere, who is usually so cool and calm when it comes to loot, wasn’t this week. Back when I was slipping behind the curve going into Yogg-Saron 25 with my 10 man Naxxramas weapon, she talked me out of a my-gear-is-so-bad-I-shouldn’t-be-doing-this-boss mild freak out with this advice:
“You’re not going to lose your raid spot over it, just keep coming to raids and you’ll get a new weapon and everything else on your wish list.”
Her advice all those months ago was spot on. So when the first boss goes down in ToGC after Tuesday’s patch I was slightly surprised when she kept bidding well past the previous going “rate” for a Trophy of the Crusade. She got upset when another raider mentioned that they had 200 Emblems of Triumph saved and over 100 on another character. She was even more frantic when the second, and the last for the night, Trophy dropped.
“I need it!”
She explained to me that the Tier 8 Restoration 4 set bonus had been severely nerfed with the latest patch, which, though expected, had come onto the live servers weeks earlier than she had planned. Now I don’t know exactly what the 4 set bonus used to be, but apparently in its current form it renders her Tier 8.5 gear worthless.
I found this a bit hard to believe. A good healer is a good healer. It’s not like Blizzard set all the Stamina, Spellpower, Critical Strike, Haste, Intellect values on the Resto Druid Tier 8 to zero. I tried quoting her advice back to her:
“You’re not going to lose your raid spot over it, just keep coming to raids and you’ll get trophies eventually.”
I don’t think my advice calmed her at all. I can only think that somehow my usually level-headed sister has been afflicted with some kind of post-patch nerf anxiety disorder.
Our Paladin tank, perhaps slightly stricken by the same bug, commented before the first pull “I’ll tank the other guy. I feel a bit squishy tonight.”
Our Elemental Shaman has been crowing about his buffs (Flame Shock and Lava Burst got boosted I believe). He’s been talking about giving the pures in the guild a run for their money and talking up a good game. Then just before the first go at Heroic Northrend Beasts he starts to agonize in party chat: “What if my damage is shit this attempt?” Apparently it applies to those who have been buffed too.
Of course Lathere healed as well as usual. Our tanks didn’t unexpectedly die. Our Ele Shaman did great damage. In the end it was me who wiped us during that first attempt. Doesn’t take a patch to fail at running. That’s the last time I try the mouse-pivot and run forward. Strafe ftw.
Oh yeah. Shadow Priests got a slight 10% extra from spirit buff this patch. Unfortunately it’s so slight as to be completely unnoticeable. Now I’m sad.