PTR: New Features!

November 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

So far, I like this feature. It’s informative enough to help you get where you are going, but lightweight enough that it doesn’t get in the way. You can turn it on/off with a simple mouse click, and I really like the new tracking and map feature. Blizzard has poached another addon, and is doing it well. It’s not very customizable (i.e. no level/zone/group filtering, etc), but if all you want is to know where your quests are, this is a way to do it without having to download and maintain an addon.

I also want to say that I love love the new map.  The fact that I can make it so it’s not full screen (meaning I can move my character and interact with things with the map up) was the main reason I went with a map addon in the first place.  So while there’s still not the same level of customization, I will definitely use it if I need to conserve memory.

The new LFG feature?  Well I’m going to have to wait till it goes live to address some of my concerns about it.  However, I do like the interface.  It’s easy to use and understand.  I hoped in and with a few seconds was whisked away to a random heroic (Halls of Stone to be exact).  But I realized I didn’t want to be in a random one.  I wanted to try Forge of Souls.  So, I bailed.  But the pulls hadn’t started yet and I was just dps-ing so I imagine a new replacement was found fast.  I got two debuffs from it.  One started from the time I entered the instance.  The other started from when I left.  Both lasted 15 minutes and did the exact same thing: made it so I had to wait to queue up for something else.

After you queue, you get a little eyeball icon attached to your minimap.  If you hover over it you will see 5 slots (tank, heals, 3 dps).  When those slots are filled up, the icon lights up.  It also tells you what you are queued as.  If you right click on the eyeball LFG icon you can select “leave queue.”

The one really annoying thing is that once your group is all together, if one person doesn’t click accept in however long, you get dumped back into the queue.

I’ll let you know what I think of the Forge of Souls…if I ever get in it.  This is the first time ever I’ve waited for a dps.

“[Insert clever sign off phrase here]”


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