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11-11-2010 @ 9:11PM
Am I the only one who dislikes these? Sure, they're shiny, but they seem to have exactly the same problem the clouds in the Valithria fight currently have - it's impossible to see their exact (ground) location. At least with flares you could easily see when you were standing directly in them - with these 'pillars' it's a lot harder to tell. I like to have one originating spot on the floor that allows you to stand on exactly the right spot.
11-08-2010 @ 12:01AM
Usually WoW developers don't want you to stand in one exact, perfect spot. If you can get to the general location of the flare, you're gonna be fine. I can't personally think of a single encounter where you'd have to be more exact than say a 5' circle general area. Even Heigan had breathing room.
11-08-2010 @ 10:29AM
@Xylaria:On the Lich King encounter, your raid needs to balance stacking as near to the center of the platform as possible to maximize the Val'kyrs' flight distance, and needing to stack extremely precisely on top of one another to ensure that the Val'kyrs all fly in a tight pack so Cleave-type effects hit all of them. The precision required to put all three of them within Whirlwind range of eachother by the time they reach the edge is measured in tenths of a yard. Of course, you could reduce the precision requirement by stacking slightly farther from the center, but you're penalized for doing so.I definitely agree that there are few fights where you need to stand in one exact perfect spot, but the concern over their size and relative ambiguity isn't entirely unfounded.
11-08-2010 @ 11:12AM
Oh, no, I'm definitely not saying that exact spots are "required" (if they were then no current raid content would have been cleared), but that doesn't change the fact that less exact positions make things a bit more icky. One other fight I can name as an example is Heroic Sindragosa - if you put smoke signs exactly where you want the ice tombs to come, you can more easily anticipate where you're going to need to stand to avoid the first frost bomb and thus not get 1-shot.The thing is, as anyone who has ever healed Valithria can tell you, that shiny 'glow' effects (and in that case: especially in the middle of the air) are extremely hard to exactly pinpoint, making it very difficult to get to their exact location. This obviously won't be game-breaking for Cataclysm raids, but they aren't as good as their job as the flares, if you ask me.
11-10-2010 @ 5:02PM
Personally I like this. This means that there are the new light columns AND engineer flares instead of 'free engineer flares for every raid, invalidating existing flares'. So you can still use flares (which anyone can use, no profession requirement and they are cheap to make) for when you want ultra precision, and use columns when you want ultra visibility.I see this as increasing the options for raid leaders, not reducing.
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