By now everyone should have had a chance to go over the changes in World of Warcraft that dropped in yesterday’s 3.0 patch. But with the blitz of new talents and abilities, there might have been a few more subtle things you overlooked.
For instance, you probably found the new space-saving pet tab when you tried to mount up for the first time and the epic ride you saved for months to buy promptly vanished from your inventory. That has a way of grabbing your attention.
But while you were frantically looking for where in hell Fluffy the Gryphon just went to, did you notice all your battlegrounds tokens are no longer clogging up your backpack? They’ve all moved off to the new currency tab.
Speaking of new tabs, here’s one you’re going to want to become familiar with. It’s a new tab on your spellbook, hotkey “P” by default. It’s one of the more publicized changes, but it’s important, so pay attention.
This is where you put glyphs from the new profession, inscribing. Even the simple ones that you can equip at level 15 can give you dramatic boosts on the cheap.
Big circles are for major glyphs, small ones are for minor glyphs. Ironically, the minor glyphs are extremely expensive on the auction house right now, even though they’re supposedly less powerful. The recipes for the minor glyphs can only be discovered haphazardly, so they won’t be common for a while. In the meantime, people are churning out the regular recipes to level their skill, so supply is plentiful.
To use glyphs, you’re going to need to stand next to one of these lexicons of power.
Ask a city guard to point you to an inscription trainer. I don’t think there’s one in Shattrath, so you’ll have to head back to the Old World.
Scribes can also make “vellums,” scrolls that enchanters can store their enchantments on and sell on the auction house. Finally, after all these years, you don’t have to stand on the Ironforge bridge and spam the trade channel with sales pitches.
Here’s something that would have been handy if that were still the case. You can link your entire tradeskill recipe book with a shift-click.
Now if someone asks you what you can do, you can let them decide for themselves what they want.
By the way, if you hit level 70, there’s now an incentive for you not to immediately swap out your gathering ability.
Miners get this health bonus, skinners get a damage bonus and herbalists get a free healing spell.
Lastly, a purely cosmetic change: dynamic shadows. You can find the slider under video options.
Here’s the old shadows.
And here’s the new shadows. Check it out, the sweet-ass giant bug pet isn’t casting a blob anymore.
It would look a little better if I was writing this in the daytime and the in-game sun was up, but you get the idea.
WoW runs on low-end systems, but if your computer has the juice, you might want to consider turning these on. They’re subtle, but they look real nice. I guess Blizzard is doing a little future-proofing with shiner upstarts like Warhammer Online and Age of Conan throwing down a challenge to the MMO throne.