World of Warcraft PTR Patch 4.2 Overview
It seems like just yesterday that Patch 4.1.0 left the warm fuzzy confines of the PTR and merged onto live servers everywhere. And in fact it almost was just yesterday. Only a little more than a month ago Blizzard unleashed Patch 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari, and reintroduced the now revamped Troll based instances of Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub. Yet despite it’s recent release, Patch 4.1 is already old news, with Patch 4.2 already in the works on the PTR.
What reason Blizzard has for pushing this patch so soon is unknown. Perhaps they are trying to keep content fresh to keep from losing more of their player base to other games, or maybe they are just celebrating surviving the almost rapture(hallelujah!). But no matter the reason, 4.2 is coming, and coming soon, and with it will be some big changes. Below you can find some of the most significant changes that will be implemented into the game in this patch:
(View the patch notes in their entirety on Blizzard’s website.)
Thrall the Not So Friendly Ghost?
Patch 4.2 will further explore the story of Thrall who apparently has finally (thanks to the millions of players who steadfastly put the World Pillar back together again) has been allowed to put his arms down for a rest. Sadly though, Thrall’s break is short lived and he is called into action again to assist at the World Tree. Here rumor has it Thrall meets his demise and is doomed to roam the Elemental Planes for what might be eternity. What a sad day indeed for Azeroth, and the Horde which is now doomed to have Garrosh as Warchief, at least until one of the other Horde leaders (anyone want to take bets on which one?) puts a knife into his back.
Will Thrall meet his maker in Patch 4.2?
New Daily Quests
All new daily quests can be found in Hyjal, where players will assist in pushing back the forces of Ragnaros in order to form a base in the Firelands. Before players can participate in these quests however, they must have completed up to and including the quest Aessina’s Miracle. While these new daily quests may excite some, I just see more work that I’m probably going to sucker myself in to doing somehow. This stands to reason because players can easily (at least at the moment) reach Exalted status by simply questing in the zone, so the addition of daily quests won't make much of an impact in the grand scheme of things.
Adieu Keyring, Adieu
The now almost totally useless Keyring bag is finally being removed. The exciting part is that Blizzard claims they are removing it to make room for new features. I believe that this empty space should be filled with a brand new bag slot so that semi-hoarders like myself can haul around even more useless items! Keys that are obsolete will be removed from the player, while keys that are still useful will be transferred into regular inventory space. So be sure to save some room, otherwise these keys will be placed in a backlogged inventory until space is made.
The Keyring will become a thing of the past in Patch 4.2
No More Rabid Pets
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the Aggressive pet stance is now a thing of the past ending an era of amusing situations usually begun with a Warlock or Hunter saying “Oh crap I forgot to turn my pet off Aggressive”, followed by a swift death. Instead pets will use the Assist stance which is far less entertaining, but safer as the player’s pet will only attack the player’s target and will not charge random targets.
Nerfdity, Nerf, Nerf, Nerf
Almost all instances will be getting hit with a rather large nerf stick in Patch 4.2.
What is the answer when too many people think various dungeons and raids are too hard? Nerf them! Patch 4.2 will bring nerfs to almost every dungeon or raid across the board (see all the incoming nerfs in the official patch notes which can found here), including nerfs to boss health, damaging abilities and even debuff durations. While some might celebrate these changes, I personally find them unnecessary. My personal guild is full of regular Joe Schmoes who are not hardcore in the least, some only log on to raid and most don’t read any raid strategy whatsoever and we still have managed to beat most the bosses in game. I might be wrong (and according to my wife I usually am) if my guild can do it, almost anyone can.
Need Vs. Greed
Finally those annoying players who roll need on BoE items only for you to see them listed on the Auction House later will potentially be stopped. In Patch 4.3 items that a player rolls Need on will automatically become soul bound to the player who wins the roll. The only people that I can foresee objecting to this change will be those dishonest players mentioned above. Score one for honest players everywhere!
Once again Blizzard is updating the user interface to make things a little bit easier to use. Not only can a player’s cast bar now be moved to display below the character frame, but also Move Pad (a mouse-click interface for movement) has been added to the base interface, not to mention that savable raid profiles have been added. The icing on the cake however happens before you even log in to game. Now directly from the character screen players will be able to rearrange the order in which their characters are displayed. This may not seem like a big deal for some, but if you are like me and have been totally annoyed by the fact that your current main character is second, third, or even lower on the screen, then this change will excite you as much as it did me.
And finally, a little bit of randomness for you fun-loving players out there. Thanks to the fixes brought to you by Blizzard in Patch 4.2 players will now be able to use the /Roar emote complete with sound effect. Also when you get the urge to /Dance while you are in combat you will be able to give into your desires and bust a move without causing any graphical errors in your game. As Blizzard said “fun has been unerfed”. Dance and Roar away my friends!
The /Roar emote will be fixed in Patch 4.2.
How will Patch 4.2 pan out in the grand scheme of things? This writer feels that overall the Patch notes look promising and honestly, we’ve seen many I suppose we will just have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure, some big changes are on the horizon be they good or bad. So players…be ready!
Don’t forget, Patch 4.2 isn’t just about the changes listed above though! There will be many changes (both big and small) to nearly every class, new instances, a new PvP season, and tons of other changes that can be viewed directly on Blizzards webpage. Click here to view them now and get yourself prepared for the upcoming patch!