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Cataclysm Final Grades

February 17, 2012
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With Cataclysm (oh so) slowly winding down, a guildmate recently suggested that I write a post reviewing the state of Resto Druids throughout this expansion.  I loved the idea, but I hoped  it might make for some really interesting posts from around the blogosphere rather than just on my own blog.  So, if you’re interested, here are a few ideas that might get you started on a post determining what your “final grade” is for your class and spec.  The list certainly isn’t comprehensive, nor am I attempting to create a survey.  Feel free to answer or not answer as much as you like – these questions are just for brainstorming purposes:

Do you feel that your class is better (in that it is more fun to play, more effective, etc.) now than it was at the end of Wrath?  Do you feel that your class is better now than it was at the beginning of Cataclysm?

How much have you enjoyed or found uses for your class’ level 81, 83, and 85 abilities?  Given the chance, what would you have changed about them?

Did you switch mains during Cataclysm?  If so, why did you make that choice?

What were your class’/spec’s strengths throughout Cataclysm?  What were its weaknesses?

Did you enjoy the addition of the mastery stat?  What did you like about it, or, what would you change?

How, if at all, did Cataclysm’s revamp of the talent trees affect your class?  Did you feel that these were changes for the better or for worse?

Did your class experience any significant changes or additions to its lore during this expansion?  If so, how did you feel about those changes?

Is your class easier or harder for a fresh 85 to learn now than it was at the end of Wrath?  Is this a good or a bad thing?

What aspects of your class’ gameplay do you think the designers really got right in this expansion?  What aspects were clear misses?

Overall, do you enjoy the playstyle of your class more now, at the end of Cataclysm, than you did prior to patch 4.0 at the end of Wrath?  Why or why not?

I hope to have my post up this weekend, and my guildmate who suggested the idea may end up stopping by to write a post of her own on the class she plays most often.  If you choose to write a “final grade” post on your blog, please drop me a note here or on Twitter so that I can compile a list of links to all the write-ups.

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Cataclysm Final Grades posts:

The State of the Death Knight by Lyshra

The State of the Bear Druid by Chrixus

Rogue Report Card by Squelchy

Final Grades (Enhancement Shaman and Feral Druid) by Saz

The State of the Resto Shaman by Dyna

The State of the Resto Druid by Tzufit

Report Card (Priest and Rogue) by Amateur Azerothian

The State of the Protection Paladin by Children of Wrath

The State of the Retribution Paladin by Leit

The State of the Elemental Shaman by Turion

The State of the Mage by Shintakie/Pollia

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2012 6:48 am

    Interesting thoughts… I think I might have a look at this :D

  2. February 17, 2012 7:17 pm

    Question 8 is interesting in what it assumes. I think the answer to all of these questions is in the way 8 was phrased :)

    • February 18, 2012 6:34 pm

      Heh, what an interesting assessment. I actually threw in that question as an afterthought, primarily because I enjoy leveling and wanted to see others’ responses. Given your thoughts on it, I’ll be doubly excited to see what people have to say on that topic.

  3. February 21, 2012 1:17 pm

    I tackled a few of these questions! Very neat idea m’dear. My post on Enhancement and Feral DPS: http://bit.ly/xLvbWW

  4. February 22, 2012 11:36 pm

    I’ll leave this here. Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://childrenofwrath.blogspot.com/2012/02/cataclysm-final-grades-state-of.html

  5. February 23, 2012 8:32 am

    Not a class, but I did a writeup for Retribution. Neat idea.

    http://iinteger.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/cataclysm-final-grades-the-state-of-retribution/

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