Oh JOY! Oh RAPTURE! Oh unbridled GLEE!

Have I got a treat for all of YOU!

I know not when, and I know not how, but there has been a small but glorious change to our beloved World of Warcraft that was not mentioned in the latest patch notes. I don’t know of this change was included when patch 2.4.3 was released or entered into the world in stealth, much like yours truly.

I noticed it last night after I was kindly included in a Gruul’s/Mags run. My mind was bleary with an oncoming sleep-deprivation headache, my eyes watered and crusted, crying out for blessed closure. But the night was still young, only 9pm or so. My guildmates and I were energized by the successes* incurred in those quick and dirty little 25-man instances and offers for heroic runs were flying far and wide.

The most popular offer, of course, was for Heroic Magister’s Terrace. I’ve never set foot in Mag-T, so that wasn’t an option for me. Well, thought I, I really should be farming for my Earthwarden. So I sent out a call to the guild asking if anyone would like to help me run Steamvaults on normal. You know, nothing too difficult. Excited though we were it was getting late and I didn’t quite feel up to executing my normal surgical pulls.

One person offered to come with to heal while I tanked. This was all well and good but unless I was tanking as a cat it wasn’t likely we’d be able to kill much, so a couple of DPSers hopped on board and before I knew it we had a full group and off we went.

THIS is when I noticed the GROUNDBREAKING change. Shammy-man and I were heading out to summon the others. I was flying, bird-form as I normally do, up above the twisted pipes leading to Lady Vasj’s dark lair. Same as always, I shifted out of bird and plummeted into the water (I enjoy making a splash). Then, quick as you could blink I was swimming as a seal down through the pipe. Then, once through I popped up out of the water, out of seal form, and onto land.


Let’s go over this again.

I shifted from bird, to cow, dropped into the water. Once in the water I shifted to seal and started swimming. I swam THROUGH the pipe, in it’s complete ENTIRETY in seal form and didn’t de-shift until I jumped out of the water.

Once again.

I didn’t de-shift until I was ALREADY THROUGH THE PIPE!

*GASP!* Rapture! Joy! Glee!

I don’t know when this change was implemented but THANK YOU BLIZZARD! Swimming through the pipe NO LONGER DE-SHIFTS DRUIDS!

It’s a small change, one that has very little impact on gameplay, yet for some odd reason makes me almost deleriously happy.

*note: yes, I did receive my very first piece of Tier 4 gear in the form of my greaves. I’m very deleriously happy about that as well.

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  • Comments (6)
    • Dr. Guin Medicine Woman
    • July 31st, 2008

    Grats on your new pants!

    • kal
    • July 31st, 2008

    Whoa. Really? I haven’t done Coilfang in a billion years and haven’t swam through the pipe since 2.4.3. That’s awesome.

    I thought I was the only one out there that actually cared about this silly detail.

  1. Grats on the pants! I am also glad for that change as it always pissed me off!

    Do you think you could look into why the link I have to your feedburner through google reader is always cutting me off after 4-5 lines? It doesn’t happen with anyone else’s.


    • Tigerfeet
    • July 31st, 2008

    Valthan – Thanks for letting me know, I’ll see what I can do 🙂

    • Rusco
    • July 31st, 2008

    I haven’t swam through the pipes in quite sometime, I’m usually summoned. That’s great news. 😀 Not epic, but still really sweet.

    Also, congrats on tier 4!!

  2. That’s annoyed me since the first time I did an instance in there. Very happy to hear it.

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