29. August 2012 09:36
Yesterday Blizzard released its pre expansion patch 5.0.4. The patch went out 3 hours late but went out fairly smoothly after that. This new patch did cause a bit of in game chaos as it featured talent revamp, a spellbook overhaul, AoE looting, cross-realm zones, UI changes, currency conversions, and account-wide achievements, mounts, and pets.
Players also found that most of their add-ons such as Deadly Boss Mods and Spellflash were not functioning even if updated to their latest versions. Healers had to heal by clicking on health bars rather than using an add-on. Noxxic was down for part of the night as everyone tried to look up how to spend their talent points and new rotations. Without spellflash and Noxxic players had to figure out their own rotations, you like we usually have to do in all other MMOs :) It is safe to say there were many wipes.
There were some good news though, players that had rare mounts on other characters can now use those mounts on all of their tunes. Also with the elimination of Valor and Conquest points players can now purchase Valor and Conquest gear for the much easier to get Justice and Honor points. So everyone's item level went up overnight.
All things considered this patch going out a month earlier is probably a good idea considering it spreads to chaos and might make Mists of Pandaria launch a bit smother.