I got a beta key !! My hubby inscribed me for it. I didn’t know if I really wanted to try Cataclysm before it get out, but now I’m really pleased with it. I didn’t try the level 80+ content though, as I don’t like leveling my main in new content that much. It’s a bit strange as I have so much alts, but few of them are at max level because I don’t like the last phase of leveling. In BC I hated Outland questing, and now I struggle to keep levelling my current favourite character the moment I get at level 71. So, I won’t quest past 80, doing so once “for real” will be enough for me. But I created many new characters.
NB : I hope there aren’t too much spoiler in this post. I didn’t write anything about lore and you have to click (if you want) to see the picture, but if you don’t want to know anything about new features or gameplay changes, don’t read !
First I wanted to test the new talent feature. As you certainly already know, when you get to level 10 in Cataclysm, you have to choose a talent tree and you get ASAP some great signature spell(s) for your spec. You know, the spells you currently need to wait until level 40, 50 or even 60 so you can taste them. In Cataclysm, you get them at level 10 ! That seemed very fun to me. Imagine a level 10 demo with a felgard, or a level 10 shaman with earth shield, or a level 10 priest with penance… So I created a baby dwarf shaman (I soooo love how female dwarf cast, with their two braids flying in every directions!), and levelled her until I have access to the talent trees.
First very good surprise : almost all quest are completely new !! Great news for someone who’ll soon know every single quest in both factions. Since I have the beta key I already created lots of new characters and I had a great time trying all the new low level quests.
At level 10, I choose the enhancement tree first. As this level you get primal strike, lava lash and ambidexterity, so the gameplay is pretty similar to a level 80 gameplay. It’s very nice to play, but I find myself dying a few times (I really don’t like having to look in the corner of my screen to see I’m at 1hp and it’s too late to do anything). Then there was a bug that make me unlearn lava lash. So I specced resto as I wanted to try what it was like having earth shield that early in the game. As I was in a full Heirloom set, the mobs did die pretty quickly with Primal Strike and Shocks, even with a resto spec. And after my first instance, I was just OW ! I had to cast about 10 heals except Earth Shield during a full Dead Mines run. My mana bar was always full. And that was before having Water Shield and Lesser Healing Wave. That’s nice, as you can have a full “staying alive” restoration spec without having any problems with healing instances before a long time imo.
I created a few other characters on the Beta server. It’s hard to play my old live alts again now that I know there are new quests on the other side! The new gnome starting zone is very nice, and I love the new troll druid cat form so much! (picture here if you’re not afraid to fall in love with a cat) And you know what ? You don’t need to run the world again and again looking for instances quests, you can pick them directly inside the dungeon now !
I’m really looking forward to Cataclysm now that I know there are so many new quests awaiting for my alts, don’t you ?