So, according to reliable sources, we’re about 2 months away from Cataclysm, and if history tells us anything, we’re only about 2 weeks away from Patch 4.0.1 which will bring all the new UI and class changes. I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time on the Public Test Realm and seen the hunter and shaman changes first-hand. Personally, I’m really excited about the new class balance and while I feel like I have to learn to play a hunter all over again, I think the hunter is finally what a hunter should always have been. Pets are an integral part of the hunter damage for all the talent specs, and a bow/gun is now not something with limited resources depending on ammo.
The other big change is the switch from Emblems to a point system, and that leads me to the real point of my discussion. What do we do while we wait? From what I’ve seen on the PTR the Justice points (what Frost and Triumph emblems get converted to) are insufficient to buy higher level gear. So, if you want Frost gear, buy it ASAP before the patch, because the Justice Points you end up with will NOT be enough to buy the gear post-patch (unless they make a radical change). So for me, at least, doing random heroics and weekly raid quests are pointless. With the expansion so close, buying new gear is pretty pointless anyway.
I’d still very much like to complete Icecrown Citadel prior to Cataclysm, but due to some schedule changes from some of our key players, the Sunday/Monday schedule doesn’t work. I’m proposing we move to a Sunday / Friday Icecrown raid and skip the weekly altogether. We can try extending lockouts, and sticking to just Sunday, if that’s what you’d rather do.
I guess the question is…what do you want to do with the last 2 months while we wait for shiny newness?