- Today is the big day. Patch 4.0.1 is going live in World of Warcraft. This is part two out of three in the run up to the next expansion, Cataclysm. Where the first part introduced the campaigns to take back the Echo Isles and Gnomeregan and part three will actually see the cataclysm occur, patch 4.0.1 is focused solely on the the mechanics of the expansion.
- I always find this part of the expansion process fun. Playing through older content with new mechanics is always interesting. It's nice to have the time to learn how your characters play differently ahead of time so that you can just enjoy the new content when it launches. But there is also that window of time when weird imbalances occur that weren't seen on the beta servers. I remember when paladins became wildly overpowered before Wrath of the Lich King. Fun times!
- I'm hoping the new mechanics either help or at least not hinder my perma-TBC paladin. In the past, expansion updates have helped me more easily overpower lower level content because they are balanced around the new high end. But there is always the chance that they break something and I won't be able to solo low level dungeons anymore.
- If you're wondering whether or not now is the time to jump back in the game, I would suggest holding off a little while longer. Unless you really want to play with the new class mechanics, you're probably better off waiting until the week before patch 4.0.3 hits. That way you have one last look at the world before the big event occurs.
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