World of Warcraft – Echos of Doom and You

Wrath of the Lich King will be upon us in 23 days and Blizzard has already rolled out a major content patch. With this patch we have been given new and exciting options and enhancements for our gaming experience.
The Echoes of Doom have given us:

1.) A new and Improved Talent System

Talent points have been refunded to all characters to allow players to take advantage of the new talent system. In the new system we will have to be more conscious of the choices that we make. Even at level 80 we cannot completely fill a talent tree.

2.) Barber Shops

Now we can change the appearance of our characters for a few gold.

3.) The Achievement System

Characters can now accumulate achievement points for completing specific goals. How these points can be spent is unclear at the moment and Blizzard is not giving out any real information. I am sure that the use of these points will become evident with the release of the expansion.

4.) Improvements to Game Mechanics

Hit rating, critical strike rating, and haste rating now modify both melee and casting.

While these four points are readily seen by players there are many other changes going on behind the scenes. The patch gives us bit a taste of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and there is much more to come.

Of course every major content patch has its inherent problems. We are experiencing in game lag that is much worse than normal and the calendar system is not up to par but Blizzard has stated that they are working diligently to correct the problems. I for one believe them.

There are those who whine and complain about blizzard, but having been in the MMO game genre for more than 10 years I can tell you that compared to other companies Blizzard is doing a wonderful job.

Before complaining think about this, I was an EverQuest player for over 7 years. In that time there was never a free content patch and 15 expansions. In the time that World of Warcraft has been on the market there have been numerous free major content patches and only 2 expansions.

Had you been playing a Sony Online Entertainment game the Echoes of Doom patch would have been put in a box and sold to you for $39.95. Then a month or so later the main expansion would have hit the shelves and you guessed it another $40 bucks. My words of advice to those who “hate” Blizzards is that you should be happy that a company is willing to both give you major content patches for free and have customer service that actually cares about you.