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Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The chase

You know, you don't normally see Naga this close up, and generally that's a good thing. Unfortunately for Kat, they spotted her after she shouted her warning and now want to get up close and personal. She's stuck on top of a very tall tower, so her options are limited, and she knows exactly what will happen to her if she's caught.

Does she get away? You'll have to read this week's page to find out. Click the image above to read today's page, or the gallery below to start from the beginning.

Bonus: I've released a wallpaper based on the cover of the first volume. You can find it here at 1600x1050 or here at 1920x1200. Enjoy!

Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

Build Shop: Paladin 0/46/15

So recently I put together a list of all the Build Shop articles that have ever been written on WoW Insider, and I found out something surprising -- there hasn't been a Build Shop for paladins! Today, I correct that grave injustice by looking at a heavy Protection build. Without question, a Paladin is my favorite type of tank, especially for 5 mans. Who needs crowd control? Just have the Paladin consecrate everything and let the AoE attacks fly. For those of you who haven't experienced that joy yet, I highly suggest you find a good Prot paladin and let him tank your instance.

I covered Paladin tanking techniques in a past article, so I'm just going to jump right into the build. This is one that people are sure to have mixed feelings about, but then again, that usually happens on Build Shop. The most scandalous suggestion I'm making in this build is not picking up Reckoning, but I have a few reasons why -- read on to find out.

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Filed under: Paladin, Build Shop

Encrypted Text: Examining your spec

So yesterday on Build Shop, I mentioned that I'd gotten an email this past week from a Rogue who wanted to know about the viability of a 30/0/31 build for casual instances, raids and PvP. The short answer is OK, not very, and sure. The long answer is slightly more complex, so this week on Encrypted Text I'm examining exactly where a non-conventional hybrid build like could work, and why there are usually better specs available for both PvE and PvP.

First of all, I'm a big supporter of non-standard specs. I think that your own play experience should help determine where you spend your talent points. However, I do think that you should at least examine why certain specs are tried and true, and how certain talents outperform others. If you never play in any type of group (instance, raid, battleground, arena, etc), then how you spec only affects you. Once you start spending time with other players, though, the way you play and spec starts to directly impact your teammates. Raids especially are all about teamwork, and if you're not contributing 100% in all the ways that you could, you start to become a liability. You become less of a liability in dungeons where fights are generally shorter, but you're still not living up to your potential.

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Filed under: Rogue, (Rogue) Encrypted Text

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: One last sunset

This week's page marks a milestone in the story: the Naga threat has become real, as Kat soon finds out. The events set in motion by today's page will forever alter Kat's life and ultimately change her destiny. How will this all unfold? Time will tell, but there's a good chance you'll find out if you keep reading.

I should warn everyone though -- there is a violent scene in one of today's panels, so read it at your own caution. As usual, click the image above to view today's page, or the gallery below to read from the beginning.

Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

Build Shop: Rogue 19/42/0

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of Build Shop! This past week I received an email from a Rogue reader in an up and coming guild that's just starting to raid Kara who says he's a non-believer in the "No Ruthlessness, No Murder, No Relentless Strike -- No Raid" policy. He also wanted to know about the viability of a hybrid build (30/0/31), and how it could be improved for casual instances, raids, and the occasional PvP skirmish. Well, that's kind of a tall order, and I plan to address it more fully tomorrow in Encrypted Text.

However, I will deal with part of the question today by talking about why Combat is the superior tree for PvE in many cases. Although there are many different types of Combat builds (Mace + Sword, Daggers, Fist, etc) these days, I'm going to focus on Combat swords (19/42/0). This is a build that doesn't rely on positioning like Combat Daggers or Mutilate, making it great for fights with a lot of movement. This is also a build which can really crank out the damage with the right weapons and gear. I feel that this is one of the finest and most effective DPS builds in the game -- read on to find out why.

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Filed under: Rogue, Build Shop, (Rogue) Encrypted Text

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: Captain Blain

Arr, apologies for gettin' this new page up so late in the day, but me thinks it be worth waitin' for. I be talkin' like a pirate because all ye scurvy dogs be meetin' another new character today -- Cap'n Blain.

Wow, it's actually quite difficult to write like that for an extended period of time. Byron begins his search to help Kat find the answer to why Naga have taken an interest in Menethil, and Captain Blain is able to give him some useful information.

Click the image above to check out today's page, or the gallery below if you want to start from the beginning!

Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

The Light and How to Swing It: Year in Review

Wow. I don't know about you, but 2007 just flew by for me. It seems like only yesterday I was standing in line at midnight to grab my copy of Burning Crusade, and now it's almost a year later. While the new year has already started, it's not too late to look back on some of the changes the Paladin class has seen in '07.

So this week on The Light and How to Swing It, I'm doing just that -- going through this past year and reminiscing about the good (and the bad) changes that paladins have experienced. If you've got any left over champagne feel free to break it out and join me as we toast this past year, and look forward to the year ahead!

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Filed under: (Paladin) The Light and How to Swing It

About the Bloggers: Chris Jahosky

About the Bloggers is a new series on WoW Insider-- twice a week, our writers will tell you a little bit about themselves, and let you get to know them and the characters they play a little better.

What's your main right now?

A Blood Elf Warlock.

For the Horde, or Glory to the Alliance?
Now it's "For the Horde!" But, as you can see... I played Alliance for quite a while.

Favorite thing to do in Azeroth?
Almost anything, so long as I'm playing with friends and not in some awful PUG.

What's the best instance in the game?
I know it's old school, but I always had the most fun in BWL. Great fights, great lore, and dragons. You can't beat dragons. Well, unless you've got a team of 40 level 60s. Then I guess you can. But it's still a lot of work!

What's the number one thing Blizzard could do better?
It's a relatively recent problem, but giving the GM's the power to stop hacked characters from clearing out guild banks would be swell.

The best way to make money in game is...
Quests. I've financed 2 epic flying mounts and several regular flying mounts just by running quests. Additionally, saving money by not having any crafting professions helps...

Favorite mount?

Onyxien the Onyx Netherwing Drake. You can't beat a dragon.

Favorite piece of loot?
Hood of the Malefic, hands down. Aside from making you look like that demon guy in Legend, the wings it randomly sprouts are just awesome.

When I'm not playing WoW, I'm...
Usually messing around in Photoshop, these days. Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn doesn't just create itself, you know! Though that would be sweet.

What accomplishment in-game are you most proud of?
I'd have to go with the number of characters I have at (or very near) level 70. As of this writing, that number is 6 (almost 7).

If you could add one touch of personal flair to your main, what would it be?
A better looking beard. My warlock needs something more evil.

If you had 10 more hours to play every week, what would you spend them doing?
I would spend them wondering what law of physics I had to break to play more than 168 hours a week. My hope is that it's not one of the important laws, and that the physicists don't prosecute.

Filed under: Hunter, Paladin, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior, About the Bloggers

Build Shop: Mage 10/47/3

Welcome back to Build Shop! After a two week hiatus to spend time with my family over the holidays, I'm back and ready to get down to some good old fashioned discussion about builds. This week we're discussing a Mage build, something that hasn't been done in a long, long time. For awhile now, Fire has been the tree of choice for the raiding mage (though some vets will remember fire-unfriendly MC and BWL). Although Fire isn't the only spec for raiding, it is the build I'm examining today.

So what makes Fire so great? Well, this build picks up all the damage-increasing talents in the Fire tree, some goodies from the Arcane tree, and even gives you a free point to put wherever you want. Hey, no one can say I'm not generous. Alright, so actually I'm not generous, there just seems to be no general consensus on where to put it, so I'm leaving it up to you. Without further ado, let's jump right in and take a look at what makes this build tick.

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Filed under: Mage, Build Shop

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The sentinel

Ah, the rain has finally stopped in Menethil, and the sun has dawned on a new day. Our heroine is left to ponder the events of the previous night, and ultimately decides to report it -- after all, you don't mess around when it comes to Naga.

This page also introduces a new character to the story: Byron, one of the sentries of Menethil and a friend of our heroine. Click the image above to check out today's page, or the gallery below if you want to start from the beginning!

Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn