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Breakfast Topic: Should PVP and PVE gear be so different from each other?

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What is the purpose for PVP and PVE gear being mostly useless in the opposite grouping? At one time, raiders would own the Battlegrounds having the top gear in the game. In The Burning Crusade, subtlety rogues did the same in Arena with the tier 6 set bonus combined with Illidan's blades. But that was then, this is now.

Currently, I hate the fact that I have to grind two separate sets of gear to do the same exact role. My paladin is holy. Whether I PVP or PVE, I heal with her. The problem is that my resilience healing gear hinders me while running heroics, and my ilevel 346 gear hinders me in Arena and Battlegrounds. Some of those in my guild do not mind dying a few more times because my gear is not optimal, but let's face it, they would rather not die because of my gear.

I do remember how tough the grind for gear used to be. I do know that it is easier than ever to grind out two separate sets of gear. At the same time, I would like it to be more effective to wear a full 359 PVE set than 358 PVP set of gear.

What do you think? Should PVE and PVP gear be that so different from each other?

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Breakfast Topic: What are your rules of engagement for world PVP?

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I have found that everyone likes to PVP in different ways. Some like to play in the Arena, some in Rated Battlegrounds, some in regular PVP, and some like to do my favorite -- world PVP! I personally have rules for world PVP:
  • I only attack when I am within one level of my prey.
  • If they are fighting a mob, I wait until they kill the mob.
  • I will not attack if they are less than 90% health/mana.
  • I refuse to camp someone.
If they attack me, the above rules do not apply. My aim is to not die, as I generally do like to run back. If a level 70 tries to kill me, I have no probably one-shotting them. If I kill someone and they start attacking me as soon as they rez, I have no problem retaliating in kind.

I realize I am not a typical world PVPer. I know I am not unique in the hundreds of thousands of times that I have been ganked. But even in a game, I have a problem taking out my anger on another human being, even if it just their avatar. Do not get me wrong -- I still get angry. But I take it out in dungeons or battlegrounds.

Do you have any rules of engagement when you PVP?

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Breakfast Topic: Have you ever been abandoned by your game friends?

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I created a draenei hunter. All of my friends had been telling me how great the World of Warcraft was and how we could rule our realm! Well, I logged in, and no one was on. I learned all about the beauty of the Isles of Azuremyst and Bloodmyst. Having made it to level 15, I found that my friends had still never logged in.

I called my friends. They claimed that real life had invaded; a WoW killer was taking up their free time. They were tired with all the changes in the game. Before you knew it, I was level 40. Someone was kind and bought me my first mount. My friends had barely logged in for over two months. Honestly, they never really logged on again on my server. That was four years ago.

With all my friends leaving, I left WoW, too. About a month later, I logged back on and found a guild that was willing to teach people like me to raid. Because of the guild, I was able to make several new real-life friends. Though the guild eventually disbanded, I am still friends with several of my former guildies.

Over the past few months, much has been said about Rift, real life, and the changes in the game. Several people have abandoned their friends and guildies with little to no information on what happened. No one likes to be abandoned, least of all by their friends.

Have you ever been abandoned by your friends in WoW? How did you respond?

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Breakfast Topic: Are you a confirmed craftaholic?

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In my non-WoW life, I am the complete opposite of mechanically inclined. This caused my dad many problems as I was growing up, as he is a natural handyman. My mind is artistic, while my hands are not. This is probably one of the reasons I like to play WoW: I can craft. My only limit is the materials needed to craft. Outside of WoW, I have plenty of materials -- just no skill.

Though I love to collect tabards, mounts, and pets, crafting is my passion. I have maxed out all of the professions except for leatherworking and tailoring. Hopefully within the next week, those will be maxed out, too.

My favorite crafting profession is by far inscription. I love to make glyphs. I love to make Darkmoon Faire cards. I love getting my shoulder enchant at level 70 despite no rep with Hodir. My favorite thing to craft are Netherweave Bags. Honestly, this was the only reason why I wanted to have a tailor. I love making the bags and giving them away free to new players.

My least favorite crafting profession is probably jewelcrafting. I enjoy all the perks, but the grind from 500 to 525 ... ugh. It is still hard for me to do the daily quest for my jewelcrafter.

Here are my rankings of crafting professions:
  1. Inscription
  2. Engineering
  3. Cooking
  4. Alchemy
  5. Tailoring
  6. Blacksmithing
  7. Enchanting
  8. Leatherworking
  9. First Aid
  10. Jewelcrafting

What are your favorite crafting professions and why?

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