MoP: A Revival or Blow to Twinking?
Back when Cataclysm was in Beta I wrote up an article explaining why I thought Cataclysm was going to be a revival of sorts for twinking. Now that we’re on the cusp of a new expansion (Mists of Pandaria or MoP for short), it’s safe to say that Cataclysm was not the revival I was hoping for. Sure, we got a few bones but overall twinking suffered quite a bit through Cataclysm. With MoP being released in just under 2 months (September 25 to be exact), I’m weighing the options like a lot of you all. We’re all dying to know whether MoP will be the revival we all hope for or will it be another blow to twinking.
I haven’t had any PTR time yet but after fooling around on the Beta and reading through things on MMO-Champion and Wowhead I’m hopeful that MoP might fix some of the issues that plagued low level PvP. One of the biggest complaints of twinking these days is that it’s so bursty and that certain classes can take out their opponents with ease if the RNG gods give their blessing (*cough* hunter *cough*). With MoP, however, we will all have a baseline 30% resilience. While this doesn’t directly fix the burst in damage, it hopefully will slow down the amount of damage that we all are taking at the hands of OP classes (and in general).
There’s some buzz going around in the community, however, that healers will be ridiculously hard to take down with the changes that MoP is bringing. With MoP still in the fine tuning stages it’ll be hard to tell whether those changes will go live (and will make healers the FotM classes). Other than that we can all expect to see a dip in activity early on in MoP since everyone will be leveling their character(s) to 90, we’ll be shuffling gear as new BiS gear becomes available in MoP, we’ll get used to seeing a new class in BGs for the first time in WoW’s history (at low levels, that is) and we’ll see some new OP classes at low levels (though Hunters still look OP). One more thing to keep an eye on is that there is currently plate gear from Scholo that has a level requirement below level 40. Most are speculating that this will get changed before MoP is live but if the change makes the cut, it will drastically shake up plate wearing twinks in Mists of Pandaria.
I’ve yet to conclude on the matter of whether MoP will be a revival or a blow to twinking as I want to get in the PTRs before I make my decision. For those of you with PTR experience under your belt, what do you think: revival or blow? Please share your comments below.