World of Warcraft Patch 4.0.3 PTR is still here, and Darnell has arrived on the scene like a mana bomb in a Theramore suburb to lay down the law about the buffs, nerfs and to make some things very clear indeed about strategy in Alterac Valley.
You know, opening titles can be really annoying sometimes when they just pop up with no warning whatsoever. Darnell, as someone extremely concerned with politeness and etiquette, discusses this at length, debating the merits of allowing people to continue talking when time is short, versus the ruder but sometimes more practical approach of a gentle nudge from the opening titles of Blizz Blues.
There’s a lot of patch 4.0.3 information that Darnell is extremely keen to get through in as much intricate detail as he is known for, but first he wishes to establish the strength of his journalistic integrity by reminding readers of his consistently excellent past record of accurate and timely reporting.
Patch 4.0.3′s notes are highly important, and Darnell expands on his initial exposition with in-depth class-by-class information, detailing the winners and losers from the latest buffs and nerfs. Disc priests, locks, mages, and alliance racials are all being buffed with these PTR changes, and Darnell explains this in full.
He then divulges some highly relevant and important dialogue on the relative merits of different strategies in Alterac Valley, discussing whether the Alliance’s defense of Captain Galvangar is a viable strategy or not.
He also discusses the extensive changes to warriors’ berserker stance, rogues’ smoke bomb, and the root-breaking abilities of the various different specs of druid. Darnell, as ever, has plenty to say about all these changes, and provides thoughtful and detailed input.
Originally published 18th January 2011.