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5-20-2011 @ 2:02PM
"despite being the most hated writer on the WoW Insider staff,"Oh, stop flattering yourself.
5-20-2011 @ 2:23PM
Shadow Priests and Boomkin are the new Mages and Warlocks.
5-20-2011 @ 3:23PM
"The new mages and warlocks" no, you're thinking too small-scale.See, Tyler the half-breed (well... balance druids have 7 forms, so octo-breed) jumped into the Mage-Lock war, himself being the natural enemy of one Fox Van Allen. Enemy of my enemy blah blah, this is now the Mage-Spriest vs. Warlock-Boomkin war.Most critically, there are now enough classes on each side to field arena teams. With his "I write tons of columns" experience, I certainly hope Tyler is skilled enough to take on both Fox and Belt at the same time. Also, I hope the Mage-Spriest team is named "The Foxbelt".
5-20-2011 @ 6:04PM
noone can replace warlocksnoone else is that badif somone else wants a turn at warlock bashing thought thats cool :)want a hand?also:"It will not suddenly turn failures into success; changing out one "weak" player identified by a damage meter won't suddenly make your raid that much more enjoyable."odd things can:recent raid on cho'gall, "what happened in P3?"1) recount rapidly showed that there was a lot of dispelling of mass fear (its to long to leave people out with it)so healer using mass fear/dispell was OOM'ing him2) lack of dispells on corruption builderpointed these 2 out and the next go was the cleanest kill we've had yet#for the most part i agree with you thoughespecially since most people wouldnt be looking at who dispelled WHICH BUFFS - just total dispells (if they even check dispells)its overused on the basic bit - and not enough in the detail
5-21-2011 @ 9:27AM
Not going to get any less hated by producing more articles like this one.I'm sorry, but you've taken a very difficult topic for your first post and you've not handled it at all well. DPS performance matters - ALWAYS. There is no fight in the game that isn't made easier by having higher Raid DPS (RDPS). There is no feedback mechanism built into WOW that tells a player how much DPS they are doing without meters or logging tools. Making your DPS care about their performance is a massive benefit to overall raid performance.Take your examples: Chimeron is a hard challenge for the healers. Easiest way to help the healers? Make the fight shorter. 1 less feud is a massive chunk of mana that the healers don't need to expend. You can say exactly the same about Atramedes: you need to do X number of tracking flames or sonar balls, and X is directly determined by how fast you kill the boss. Moreover, there are plenty of soft DPS checks in current content, even if there isn't a classic patchwerk/brutalus.Idiots and PUGs that spam damage meters and only look at the headline number is a problem. Sure. But surely Ready Check is about steady raiding guilds? We know that 'total damage done' or 'average dps' is just a dipstick measurement and that the real information takes more nouse to understand... should have spent more time on 'best use of the tools' and less time stating the obvious.
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