2009 is almost at an end. The fifth year of World of Warcraft was the year of anticipation for the final showdown with The Lich King which we will see early in 2010 before ending in Cataclysm. We’ve seen some significant changes to both the game and the community.
1. IMMORTAL – The bane of every raid team. Sure achievements are fun, but if you’re the person that has a d/c and gets targeted for Anub’s spikes before you disappear costing your raid team a cloak for the week the fun quickly turns to stress and irritation.
2. Class utility – Bring the player not the class. We’ve heard this catch phrase so often over the past year, and Blizzard made good on the promise by spreading necessary buffs/debuffs/etc to various classes so that your team is covered no matter what. Unless you’re fighting Instructor Raz in Naxx, then you’d best have two priests with some hit. 😉
3. Casual Raiding – Heck, it’s not even casual raiding anymore. It’s PuG raiding. I was so proud of my former server in TBC for the number of successful PuGs we could run of SSC/TK. Now raiding truly is anyone and everyone’s game…well, as long as you stick to normal mode difficulty.
4. Gearscore – No, not the shaman alt one of our officers levelled. With this fun (sarcasm font) new addon, you can be judged instantly by the item level of those purples you have thrown on. So what if you’re a rogue wearing spellpower leathers? Those babies have an average ilevel of 245, and you’re good to go, lol. Gearscore is not a perfect tool for determining raid readiness. Most forget that Naxx was originally cleared by guilds with raiders in 70 gear, but try to get that idea across in trade chat. 🙂
It’s been a pretty great year for the rogue class, in my opinion. This expansion we received Tricks of the Trade, Fan of Knives, and a return to dagger viability. Sure it’s not a Warglaive year, but you can’t always be number one. Best of luck to my ret pally teammate as he collects some Primal Saronites to speed up his Shadowmourne building. 🙂
Enjoy the dawning of the new decade! Happy, joyful, and prosperous New Year!