So the new talent system in World of Warcraft sucks icicles. I had my level 73 Beast Mastery Huntress about two-thirds through the old talent tree system, and now cluster system has wiped all of those out and forces me to choose one talent from each level cluster. And the level clusters are 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90. Six talents.

Also, poor Roahega (my dragonhawk) has only six talent-based powers in place of his original twenty.

With my newer characters, this doesn't bug me so much, because, well, none of them are higher than level 25. But Eroeda's my baby. I fought for a year and a half to get her to where she was pre-Pandaria; I chose every one of those talents as her current location and level demanded them. I hand-picked her skills - in a way, it was like I worked to form part of who she was.

And you should have seen her in close combat - an Azure Lightblade in one hand, an Engraved Dagger of the Falcon in the other, whirling on the opponent faster than they could land a blow, landing three in a second and dodging every five. It was wonderful.

But Blizzard took all of that away, and now she's floundering about like a level 4. And Roahega - strong, fierce, agile Roahega - he's even worse off. Sure, he's got some of the higher-level talents I gave him near the end, but he can't seem to figure out his wingtips from his tail feathers right now.

I suppose it's not all bad - maybe hunters and paladins were getting a bit...nerfy. And Eroeda now possesses the ability to someone a "Dire Beast" (a giant scorpid - blargh) to fight alongside her and Roahega, so that gives me a thirty-second three-man party at need and reduces Roahega's chance of dying before Eroeda can deal a finishing blow, and that's a good thing. I've lost too many boss battles because I wasn't able to heal Roahega fast enough to keep him alive while I fired arrow after arrow at the half-health boss.

I know, I know, I probably sound whiny and far too obsessed with my player character, but, like I said, Eroeda and Roahega are my babies. They're my highest-level pair, and it took a bloody long time to get them there. I feel like whatever Blizzard does to them, it does to me, too.

Okay, I'm done rambling now. And when I figure out how to take screenshots in-game, I shall post pictures of Eroeda and Roahega - with melee weapons and with ranged.

At least Blizzard didn't reset my professions...

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