What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for May 2018.

This post is gonna be a little more WoW specific than usual.

The Beta has been out for a bit now but I’ve been waiting for some changes to some of my classes I am considering to play in Battle for Azeroth, namely: Death Knight, Demon Hunter, Rogue, Warrior. The beta was recently updated and had some huge talent and ability changes for Death Knights. Before this update, I was seriously considering rerolling a new main for Battle for Azeroth because Death Knights were going to be more or less the same as they have been for the last few expansions and because none (zero, zilch, nada) of the Allied Races can be Death Knights, however, the recent update and changes/tweaks to the class is compelling enough to keep it as my main. It should be noted that I prefer playing DPS but I enjoy having the ability to tank dungeons, mythics, and mythic plus.

Check out this talent tree for Unholy and Blood.

For Unholy, Clawing Shadows on the level 56 tier is insane, it’s my go to talent for AOE with Death and Decay/Defile as well as single target that gives me an ability to attack from mid range other than spamming Death Coil. On the level 57 tier, I went with Pestilent Pustules because it’s more in-line with my play style, bursting festering wounds with clawing shadows and Apocalypse (now a baseline talent for Unholy!), however, Soul Reaper is an option as well for more of a Single Target. On the level 58 tier, all 3 option are pretty good, again I went with something more in-line with my play style, Bursting Sores but Ebon Fever is more fire and forget with consistent damage and Unholy Blight (ITS BACK!) gives a pretty nice AoE damage on a short 1 minute cooldown. I could easily go with any of those 3 talents, but I’d probably go with Bursting Sores for aoe/cleave and Unholy Blight if I needed on demand AoE. On the level 60 tier, I always go with Asphyxiate because stuns are overpowered and Stuns in general are being nerfed to fewer classes and specs in Battle for Azeroth. On the level 75 tier, My choice is always Wraith Walk because Death Knight mobility really, really sucks but the other choices on that tier have some use cases as well. On the level 90 tier, it seems this tier is the main AoE damage talents, I really don’t know what to go with here because Defile does not offer the mastery bonus anymore, Corpse Explosion really only can be used with Army of the Dead (now on a 8minute CD) and Apocalypse (which has a CD of 1.5minutes) and that means very limited usage, or very changed Epidemic talent (which will probably be the go to talent because you can use your runic power on AoE.) On the level 100 tier, the choice seems to be between Unholy Frenzy (now a 1.25 minute CD that grants 20% haste and causing auto-attacks to apply festering wounds) or Summon Gargoyle (RIP Valkyr.) I like the Gargoyle as a DPS CD and chose that for now but I still need to try out Unholy Frenzy in leveling, dungeons, and mythic plus. The preferred stats still looks like it’s gonna be haste and mastery.

I am enjoying the changes/tweaks to Unholy on the beta and I will probably main a DK in BFA. It feels like you can build an effective single target build with clawing shadows, soul reaper, ebon fever, defile, and unholy frenzy. So the class has options, instead of being what it is right now on live.

Blood is changed alot as well, with many talents being either adapted legendary gear effects or artifact abilities. Interesting changes and it’s decent enough for me to be able to continue as Unholy and Blood spec in BFA.

For Demon Hunters, this is what spec I am for Havoc and the one I’m looking at trying out for Vengeance.

For Havoc, it has a had an interesting re-work and tweaks, the loss of fury of the Illidari is pretty big but some of the talents address that. I like Blind Fury and Immolation Aura generating fury, as well as their aoe and damage. Fel Barrage is pretty good where it is on the level 102 tier. I still need to see how well the spec performs, but it looks promising so far. Mastery looks like the go to stat, which is always a plus.

For Rogues, I am currently Assassination because the mastery has been updated to include bleeds, which is good for the spec. This is another case of current leggos being rolled into talents but the (re)addition of Blindside is cool, marked for death is in a great spot, leeching poison being usable as a 3rd poison is great, and the level 100 tier talents all seem to address the specs lack of AoE.

Outlaw is an interesting spec as well, but since it’s so proc based and random.

On live, I leveled up a Lightforged Draenei Warrior. It took about a week to get to 930 ilvl, and another week to get to be able to do 1.2million DPS single target which is pretty good. I got the 2 leggos I was hoping for (Archavons Heavy Hands and Ayalas Stone Heart) in a 2 and 1/2 week period, which is great. Arms spec is fun and I’m enjoying it. On the beta, it seems like warriors are due for another pass (because protection spec is pretty bad right now, I’m not sure about fury) but arms seems decent so far, the change in mastery is pretty huge but seems ok so far.

On other gaming related stuff, my WoW activities kinda halted my progress in FFXV, but I will for sure get back into when all the beta changes stop rolling out as we get closer to launch for BfA. I also got into playing the Division as well, it’s pretty fun still and all the changes really give you a lot to do. I wanna see what the Division 2 will look and play like when it’s announced and shown later this year.

Audiobooks this month, I continue with the Sandman Slim series because it’s compelling enough to keep me reading, I like the characters, the stories, the dialogue is decent, and I really like the lore of it. I have The Getaway God (book 6) and Killing Pretty (book 7) to read this month and will finish the series later this month. I plan to listen to the last 2 books as soon as I get my credits because in June 2 books I have pre-ordered come out, Brief Cases by Jim Butcher (release date is 06-05-18 ) and Before the Storm by Christie Golden (release date is 06-12-18.)

So a bit of a recap and review here: I enjoyed Devil said Bang, the story was interesting, the transition of Stark being Lucifer to back to being Sandman Slim was pretty good, overall it was a pretty good book. I liked the futility of hell aspect and how everyone is just looking to die in some meaningful way even it is futile and fatalistic. Kill City blues was ok, I felt that it being good and enjoyable for the first 3/4 build up expectations and excitement that kinda fell flat on its face at the end, over all I still liked it but felt that there was a huge missed opportunity between the conflict between Aelita and Stark as well as Medea Bava and Stark. Still though, I enjoyed it because of the characters and the story was still enjoyable despite of my expectations and missed opportunities.

On what I’m watching at the moment, Westworld season 2 is pretty good. I still think it is better than Game of Thrones, I still like both and will watch both but at the moment Westworld is a more compelling show.

On Netflix, I am currently watching Jessica Jones season 2, when I’m not watching the Overwatch League or playing WoW on live or the beta so I’m only on episode 2 so far. I also added Lost in Space to my list to check out later due to recommendations from friends and what I’ve read on reddit, I will probably check it out after Jessica Jones and Stranger Things season 2.

For Blu Rays, I am thoroughly enjoying the special features of The Last Jedi. The Last Jedi blu ray is the best example of why I get blu rays, excellent movie, great featurettes and an extremely good documentary like making of with/about the director Rian Johnson and Mark Hamil.

Things I’m looking forward too: Brief Cases by Jim Butcher next month, finishing FFXV later this month (so far it’s a very good game with fun combat), and watching the rest of Jessica Jones season 2.

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