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6-19-2009 @ 10:45PM
I like the subject matter, under utilized spells, but I found the rhetorical style to be annoying. The fourth wall breaking parentheticals ("hey guys I'm tired after finals and having a hard time writing this column!") and puns don't command respect. Why take the author seriously if the content appears to be a stream of conscious first draft passed through a spell check?I guess I expect a different level of polish and editorial oversight from commercial blogs and paid freelancers than this post, and the column in general, hasn't demonstrated. Or perhaps I'm missing the point and what matters are page views and ad clicks and the content that drives them.
6-19-2009 @ 10:48PM
"...hasn't demonstrated..." ---> "...has demonstrated..."Ah, my kingdom for an edit button.
6-19-2009 @ 11:11PM
You keep using that word.I do not think it means what you think it means.
6-19-2009 @ 11:30PM
Back to your bridge, troll.
6-19-2009 @ 11:34PM
Considering the other replies thus far, I'd say you're in the minority.
6-20-2009 @ 2:51AM
I have to agree, the subject is interesting, but the article was written in a somewhat self-indulgent, self-congratulatory style that suggested it was as much about the author himself, and his obsession with tools, as about warlocks and the varying usefulness of lock spells. Tip: don't waste half the word count talking about yourself. What about the purpose of the demonology talent metamorphosis? This continues to be an issue for many players, in that it allows the lock to tank, taunt, and aoe causing huge amounts of threat, but without enough armor to survive in a level 70+ dungeon / raid, or enough time. Blizzard need to bite the bullet, and allow demonology locks to be the only cloth class capable of tanking, by making metamorphosis a permanent transformation, with a massive increase in armor and health, but perhaps with a restriction on the type of spells available whilst in this form, perhaps with only corruption and shadowbolt available.
6-20-2009 @ 3:46AM
When I was reading the bit about the tools, I wondered how many negative comments I'd see. I thought the article was really interesting and playfully written. I'm a hunter... so yah. I found it entertaining. And don't forget this is a column, not a newspaper article. If you've ever read a newspaper column, you'd know that columnists break that "fourth wall" all the time. Tsk tsk angry dude.
6-20-2009 @ 6:31AM
@Dr Charles Benjamin:Metamorphosis = 20% more damage for 36 seconds every 2.1 minutes if you have the correct talents and glyphs. In addition, Immolation Aura provides huge AoE damage on AoE pulls, especially when combined with a quick Shadowflame and Rain of Fire. The added health and armour mean that if this huge amount of dps pulls aggro from an unexpecting tank, as it can in heroics where the tank is perhaps under-geared, you'll survive.There's also an entire spec built around using it, hence the name 'Meta/Ruin'. How is this not a useful spell?
6-22-2009 @ 1:36PM
I agree that I hate it when authors drone and whine about their personal issues. And I also agree that there are a lot of other spells that should/could have been covered: shadowburn, shadowfury, curse of weakness, eye of kilrogg, detect invisibility, and a host of other lesser-used spells.However, it was also a somewhat humorous and reasonably well-written post. Unlike some of the other content on WoW.com, I actually enjoy most of Nick's articles.Furthermore, @Srslyyeswai: "I'm a hunter... so yah."Placing this phrase at random irrelevant points in your comment does not increase your credibility... It's kind of like saying, "I disagree with you about your stance on nuclear physics, sir. And I'm a plumber... so, you know."
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