Here are just some randomly thrown together questions I was asked last night more than a few times. I figured I would try to collect them so maybe some people might find the answer they are looking for. As it seems, these are things people did not know about, understand, or were just unsure of. Maybe I can help. Warning: anything can change and I could be wrong, but my answers here are accurate to the best of my knowledge.
Q: Where did my serpent sting go?
A: Serpent sting is not only available to survival hunters. It is a passive and automatically applied to all targets you hit with an arcane shot or a multi shot.
Q: What happened to stampede?
A: It is now a talent on the same row as a murder of crows and blink strikes and at the moment it is not useful for any spec in terms of raiding.
Q: Is stampede completely useless now?
A: Not at all. Stampede is still a great burst cooldown but over the course of any real amount of time, like in a raid, the other abilities will pass it in effectiveness but if you are out in the world killing rares or something that will go down quickly, as in 20 or 30 seconds max, than stampede is still a great choice for its burst damage.
Q: So now that scatter shot is gone does that mean I need to get better at targeting my traps in PvP?
A: While getting better at targeting is not a bad idea, do not worry too much. For the sole purpose of the scatter trap situation the range of traps has been greatly increased meaning you do not need to be perfectly accurate as you were before hand. Sadly for all other applications the loss of scatter shot does suck.
Q: Which spec is best now?
A: At the moment, and it seems at level 100, marksman is the way to go for the best numbers. However that can change if any last minute adjustments are made, but I would not expect it to change much at level 90, if at all.
Q: Should I quit playing a hunter, they suck now?
A: That is completely up to you. I will not quit using mine. If it ends up being that bad I will raid on a different character, but my hunter will always be my main as long as I am playing the game. So really, only you can answer that question. How much you do love playing a hunter?
Q: Can I solo XXX now?
A: Give it a try. Sometimes soloing is about skill, sometimes it is about power. I will tell you that you have a hell of a lot more power than you used to when going to old content.
Q: How can I just join a flex 4 group?
A: You can't. There is no such thing as flex any longer, it is now referred to as normal. With that change it means it is treated just like a normal raid and you must start at the beginning and zone in through the entrance. You can still join a group at later bosses, but you will need to travel there or be summoned.
Q: If I got an heirloom on flex but never on normal can I get the 100% change drop one on normal now?
A: Yes. Your flex one is now a normal one and the normal one you want is now a heroic one. But you will get a 100% chance of getting a weapon for each raid level. So if you have never got one on normal (now heroic) you will have a 100% chance to get it if you kill garrosh.
Q: Is the 100% drop per account, per character, or unlimited?
A: Every character on every account on every difficulty will have a 100% chance to get the BoA weapon if they have never received one on that difficulty before. Once you get on on that specific character for that specific difficulty, you can still get another but at the normal, very small, drop rate chance.
Q: So I can't do mythic 10 man?
A: No, the days of arguing 10 vs 25 are over. Mythic, the highest level of difficulty in game, is now a single group size of 20. So your 10 man will need to recruit more people if you want to do mythic.
Q: If I just did heroic (normal) can I pug into a mythic group?
A: Yes. LFR, normal, heroic and mythic are all separate lockouts now. So if you do one with guild you can pug the other if you wish.
Q: So what are the raid sizes and difficulties now?
A: LFR is completely unchanged, it is still LFR for 25 people. Flex is now referred to as normal and can be anywhere from 10 to 30 people. Normal is now referred to as heroic and is now also flexible and can be anywhere from 10 to 30 people. Heroic is now referred to as mythic and is a strict 20 player format.
Q: Holy crap my gear says heroic and I've never done heroic, is that a bug?
A: Nope, not a bug. That just means your gear is normal gear and being normal is now called heroic, your normal gear is now heroic gear.
Q: I hate my new face, can I change it without paying real money?
A: Sure you can. As long as you trust your local barber shop gnome or goblin with scissors. They took some classes in plastic surgery and will gladly reconstruct your face for a nominal fee.
Q: Where did this gold in my mail come from?
A: Justice points and valor points were removed from the game and converted to gold at a rare of 47 silver per point.
Q: Is it safe to delete toys that I already know?
A: Yes, it is safe. If you want to be sure click on it and when you do not learn it you are now sure and you can delete it.
Q: This mob just two shot me, is that intended?
A: Maybe yes, maybe no. Is it something you could normally kill easy enough? If so make a bug report with the name of the mob and explain that you used to kill it easily and now it two shots you. Some stat squish problems are around and they will fix them as they are reported. If it is something that used to two shot you, it most likely still will.
Q: Where is the reagents tab?
A: You will have an additional tab at the bottom of your bank. Click on that and you can buy the use of the tab for 100 gold, well worth it if you ask me.
Q: I learned my toy and it disappeared. and Where are my toys?
A: Your toys are now in the same place where your mounts and pets are. It is an added tab there which you can click on. You can use your toys directly from there or drag the ones you like to your action bar for easy access.
Q: What happened with all the things I used to buy with valor / justice?
A: Most of them were converted to be purchasable with gold, like the justice gear and valor gear. Some stuff was removed from the game like justice heirlooms and wrath commendations.
Q: Where can I get heirlooms from now being the vendor for justice is gone?
A: You can by them from the argent tournament and from the darkmoon fair. However this will take considerable more time collecting the needed currency and some heirlooms are not available from them at all.
Q: Will the heirlooms removed ever be added back to the game?
A: Blizzard said they will at some point but don't hold your breath waiting for them.
Q: Can I get to Draenor?
A: No, that is part of the expansion, anything you see here is not part of the expansion, it is part of the base game even if you never buy the expansion.
Q: Where is my garrison?
A: On Draenor waiting for you to get there on November 13th.
Q: So what exactly was added?
A: The limited time event for the title, pet and achievement and anything that you do not need to go to draenor for.
Q: How long do I have before the quest line goes away?
A: Just like all other prepatch events they will go away as soon as the expansion comes out on November 13th.
Q: One of my abilities is gone and I know for a fact it was not removed, what happened?
A: Some abilities like mangle for bears and death coil for blood DKs were designed to be used by more than one spec. When they changed it to be different for specs, or removed it from another spec, the spell ID changed and that is why it disappeared from your bar. Just pull it out of your spell book and drop it back on your bar. It is still the same spell, just different behind the scenes coding for it that removed it from your bar.
Q: What is with all these question marks on my bar?
A: They are broken macros most likely. If a spell has been removed, like greater healing wave on my shaman, the macro shows as a ? for me. Also if the spell has been renamed, like unleash elements on my shaman, it will show as a ? for me. I deleted the deleted ability macro and took it off my bar and changed the name of the one that changed. The ? for unleashed elements started showing the right image when I changed the macro to the new name of unleash life.
Q: How come my abilities hit so hard sometimes and so soft other times?
A: Older content gives us a buff, so you could see yourself hitting something for 400K one minute than come out into current content and only hit it for 20K. Nothing is broken, don't worry. You will just do higher numbers in older content. It is part of the system and intended, even if it feels weird.
Q: How come it is telling me I have unused talent points?
A: Because you have unused talent points. There were many changes to talents and if there was a large change in any row, or if a talent you had was removed, you will need to reselected a talent for that row.
Q: How come it will not let me select a level 100 talent?
A: Maybe because you are not level 100.
Q: My character seems broken without the level 100 talent, is that intended?
A: All classes are designed around being max level and yes, we are playing incomplete characters right now. The leveling perks we will get while leveling added to the level 100 talent may very well help with making your character feel less broken.
I got asked more questions, but these are some of the ones that stood out and I thought maybe the answers might help other people. If I can remember any more later, or someone asks one here that I happen to know the answer too, I might update this later. I might be grumpy, but I am definitely more polite than trade chat for when you have a question.
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