The 5.0.4 Experience

As you guys well know, the pre-patch for Mists rolled out on Tuesday. This brought in the new talent/glyph system and all the class changes. Needless to say, if you – like me – weren’t playing in the Beta, this was a little bit of a “wait, what do I do now?” kind of situation.

Beyond the actual changes from Blizzard, this also meant a fair bit of UI tweaking for a lot of people. Quite a few addons were well prepared for 5.0.4, and had updates rolled out instantly, which was very welcome. Some of the less popular ones are still broken, others are working differently, etc. In my case, this gave me the nudge I needed to finally download and figure out WeakAuras, as well as ditch some addons that I didn’t really “need” but had just become accustomed to at this point.

Weakauras had me scratching my head at first, but now I have both Mina and Avi set up with trackers/timers that actually are working very well:

Mina’s auras have bars to track Flame Shock on the target, as well as a shield tracker. I’ll probably add CD buttons for other totems/abilities, but I haven’t really had a chance to play her as much yet to see what I want readily available under my feet as opposed to just on the buttons.

Avi is set up much like she was (nearly identical, really) with Power Auras. She has all of her CD trackers right in the middle, and mini buttons tracking mana CDs above her unit frame. They’re set to desaturate and count down when not available. It’s quite pretty!

I also gave my priest a shadow off-spec, that I’m bound and determined to actually learn. I don’t particularly feel like smiting my way to 90 like I did all the way to 85. 😉 I managed to figure out how to set up a group aura to track her dots – it counts down with the “will need to be cast first” dot closest to her cast bar. I *will* figure out Shadow – especially since that spec got a little bit spoiled in raid this week. heh

 

Things have been going fairly smoothly, really. I’m feeling a little awkward with Elemental, but I’ve always loved the class – I’m sure I’ll come around soon enough! Disc healing has been amazing still. Healing Dragon Soul last night felt better than it ever had. Spirit Shell to deal with every impale? Yes please!! The only issue I had was with a mouseover. I had dispel magic set up on my bar. Imagine my surprise when, in an Hour of Twilight heroic, it didn’t work! I checked the macro – yep, it’s fine. I was stumped until I realized that PURIFY was my new way to cleanse a magic effect, and Dispel Magic was for an enemy target. Eesh. Way to read through your spell book ahead of time, Avi!

Seems like some great changes overall. My Death Knight is kinda neat, and I’m hoping to get more of a chance to play her this weekend, as well as get some work in on the Druid and levelling my newbie Pally!

How is the patch treating you guys so far?

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