I’m really excited about the new tracking changes in the upcoming patch. When I’m on the live server, I find myself desperately wishing I had it. This is actually a bit strange when you consider that I didn’t spend all that much time with it on the PTR, I really only played with it a couple of times. But every time I can’t find a reagent/trade goods/ammo vendor type in some random town, it’s painful how much I wish I could click that little button and save myself some frustration.
Fish tracking is just another supremely obvious addition to the colossally obvious tracking feature. As a master angler, why shouldn’t I be able to track fish? My current process is horribly inefficient. I fly at low altitude because I can’t see the swirling waters if I’m more than 20 feet over the lake. I have to stop every 20-30 feet to double-check my path, because my UI cannot draw some world objects as fast as my mount flies. When I spot a pool, I have to stop and mouse over it to see what kind it is, since I’m not coordinated enough to do this while still flying. It’s pathetic, really.
So naturally, I’m all over the fish tracking book. The bad part is that I spent an hour fishing in Zangarmarsh last week and it didn’t drop. Which left me wondering, is this some kind of rare spawn situation designed to torment me? As luck would have it, our old buddy El has the answer. She already has the skinny on fishing in the 2.3 patch, in addition to a ton of research that I would never take the time to do.
Thankfully, she has narrowed down the situation for me. It seems that the fish tracking book drops predominantly from Curious Crates (see El’s site for ratios and such) in Zangarmarsh. Now I know from my own experience fishing that you are more likely to get a crate from the Steampump flotsam pools than the fish pools. So for my second expedition I switched from fish pools and focused on the flotsam.
Strangely enough, flotsam was not as rampant on the test server as it normally is on my server. I covered 3 of the 4 lakes in Zang and only found 3 spawns. Luckily the third pool gave up the loot and I have now been granted the sacred knowledge of fish tracking.
Which is just as cool as I’d hoped it would be. I flew around Zang and the fish spawns were popping up just like I expected. I was able to fly at full speed and see the nodes right on my mini-map, and even check what kind they were without stopping to hover over one. As a bonus, I also discovered why I was having trouble finding the flotsam, it appears some of it was spawning underwater and had no tell-tale “debris” on top of the water. Thanks to my new tracking skill, I can see it anyway. I also spotted some spawn locations that I didn’t even know existed, probably because of my previously described sputtering search techniques.
And the moral of the story is… don’t waste your time on the fish pools if you want the book, focus on the flotsam. Now if they would just give us blobby tracking so my engineer will have an easier time finding the fart clouds … errr gas clouds that hide free motes, I’d be completely satisfied with the new tracking system.