Welp, this is kinda funny. I had my younger cousin visiting for a while and we got to talking about WoW. Namely he wanted to play it, and I did not. And since his character is on my account, I opted to keep the account frozen as there is nothing in-game right now that tickles my fancy. The funny bit I mentioned above was we got on the topic of what worked in WoW, what didn’t, and just that whole line of thought. He asked if they ever will do a ‘looking for raid’ sort of thing they added way back in 3.3 with the dungeon finder. I said it’s possible, but who knows how long it will take them to do it, while grudgingly admitting I might even resub if a lot of the potential kinks in the raid setting were handled. (People can’t get out of fire in the ZG/ZA instances, I can only imagine the repairs…)
I was actually thinking about doing a “So what if…?” post about how having a Raid Finder sort of thing would likely boost WoW right back and net a hefty amount of those subs that dropped off. Well, looks like Blizz beat me to it! MMO Champion reports that there IS going to be a raid finder in 4.3, among a lot more nifty stuff!
-Deathwing raid will be available (mind you, it took months for Arthas to unlock so don’t expect to jump right into him, they need to stall for the next xpack after all -_^)
-New 5-mans, one supposedly dealing with the War of the Ancients in the Caverns of Time. Insert your own DotA joke huah’.
-Darkmoon Faire will have it’s own island. And at least one new game, Whack-A-Gnome. Male gnome subscribers under the age of thirty just skyrocketed by that admission alone, I’m sure.
-Transmogrification – A process to turn the look of your current gear into other, older or just different, gear. If you really like the look of Tier 5, for example, you pay the Etheral NPCs to change the appearance of your current item into that same model. You can’t turn plate into a cloth item though, and it seems you’ll need the original item you wish to ‘steal’ the look of for this to work. Which is annoying as most people never even got a shot at Tier 2, and that’s really the only tier I’d ever want to wear on my Warrior.
-Transmogrification Bank – Place to store all these items. It will lose all the enhancements and gems and that placed upon them, but the storage is huge! Like 100+ slots. My entire bank will be finally opened up. I still got like five guns and bows from BC that I thought looked awesome.
-Raid Finder – As I mentioned already, this will be in-game. MMO specifically states: “The Raid Finder will be introduced in Patch 4.3, it will work like the Dungeon Finder.” Short and sweet. Just bring a bag full of hope, and another bag full of gold. I’m sure this trip is going to be a bumpy ride.