With LK now (officially!) looming on the horizon, I’d like to take the time and take a look back… before patch 2.0, before Burning Crusade was even heard of…
I’m talking old school WoW. When frost wasn’t for PvP, it was for raiding Molten Core. When Alterac Valleys could last hours… even days. When AV lasting ten hours was par.
Soon, you’ll see people saying things like “man, remember back when Pyroblast had a 6 second cast time?” or “remember when rogues had to be behind a target to use Mutilate?”
And trust me, this will happen. You’ll be flying somewhere, and you’ll see someone in general describing how Totems used to only affect the one party, or mages used to have to spec for Ice Block… and everyone else will be like “Woah!” and “What… you serious? That can’t be right”.
And you’ll be sitting there, shaking your head, if only they knew…
Trolls! Remember when you could only activate Berserking after being critically struck? And how it lasted 30 seconds? Or when it increased damage you took?
Remember when Battlemasters didn’t exist? Or Meeting Stones? Or when there wasn’t a cap on the number of players you could bring into any given Dungeon?
… when you had to spec into Arcane to get Evocation?
… rolling ignites?
… when frostbite was near the end of the frost tree, and took 5 points?
… when Arcane Explosion had a cast time?
… when Mana Shield only absorbed spell damage?
… when Combustion guaranteed a critical strike on your next spell?
… when Counterspell lasted for 15 seconds?
… when Polymorph lasted it’s full duration against PvP targets?
… when Improved Scorch read “burns the target for an additional 5/10/15/20/25% damage over 4 seconds”? Yes, it took 5 talent points.
… how if you were casting a spell, and left combat, the spell would be interrupted?
… Arcane Mind applied to total mana, rather than Intellect?
… falling through the world via Blink?
… when you could press space bar to increase the range of your AoE abilities?
… when Mage Armor didn’t exist? And then got a new icon?
… when Pyroblast had a cooldown?
And those are just the ones I can think of, off the top of my head.
Man, so many good remembers going back here…
When PoM Pyro, and some trinkets, really COULD one shot pretty much anybody.
I can still remember weird things like Spirit Bond being the end tree talent for Beast Mastery hunters (which, at the time, simply restored 20 health to the hunter every time the pet hit something) and Innervate being something only resto druids had.
Ahh, yes, and when Diminishing Returns were first introduced, and then applied to Frost Nova… and then, thanks to Ice Lance, broke almost instantly on damage.
I ditched frost for a long, long time because of that.
Anyone remember when you could Polymorph someone underwater, and watch them drown?
Or how about 4k health meaning that somebody was seriously stacking stamina?
Or when a hunter’s Feign Death caused resurrection sickness?
Oh, and rogues… remember Throwing Weapon Specialization? Or Blind getting parried?
Paladins! How’s about when Blessing of Kings was the end tree talent for Retribution? And Repentance was at the bottom of the Protection tree? Or the original Holy Strike? How about Dominance Aura?
A year down the line, we’ll be well into Wrath, with new loots, new bosses, totally new class structures, and so on.
When these things come up, feel free to chime in with a good natured “get off my lawn, ya damn kids!”
You’ve been around long enough. You deserve it.