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Ask a Lore Nerd: Yeah, I've been working out {WoW}

Feb 23rd 2009 9:16PM I've always wondered why the Blood Elves didn't have a larger presence in Northrend. I mean, the Scourge did tear Quel'thalas apart and corrupted the very foundation of their civilization (the Sunwell). It's the Scourge's fault Kael'thas had to make the tough choices that lead to his insanity, and annihilated a huge portion of the population.

If anything the Blood Elves have as much of a grudge against the Scourge as the Forsaken and even more so than the Orcs. Yet, most of the ones we see are in Dalaran with the Kirin Tor who are fighting against Malygos more than anything.

So where are the Blood Elves hungering for revenge against Arthas? (Selama ashal'anore! = Justice for our people!)

World of Warcraft college course has to be next {WoW}

Jan 28th 2009 9:27PM As a Berkeley alum I can confirm this is pretty par for the course for the university. The Starcraft course is probably a DeCal. To clarify, DeCals is not its own separate department, rather it is a program that allows students to teach their own courses that accord with their interests. You do get credit for taking them (1 or 2 units at the most) but they are not really part of the core cirriculum and don't count towards satisfying any requirements.

I actually taught my own DeCal, you have to design your own syllabus, course material, etc and find a professor willing to sponsor and oversee your course. It was pretty fun and very fulfilling and I feel helps round out your undergraduate education.

I've taken alot of fun DeCals before, one was a "Beer DeCal" where we analyzed the chemical properties of beer and fermentation. We learned how to brew our own, went beer tasting and took a tour of a local brewery. I also took "Simpsons and Philosophy" where actual Simpson writers and voice actors came and spoke to the class. Another fun one was the Blackjack DeCal where you learned how to apply statistics to counting cards.

Perhaps the most controversial DeCal I took was Male Sexuality that actually made international news. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1831644.stm) Don't believe most of the article, most of it is journalistic sensationalism.

I totally would have taken a WoW DeCal course though or maybe even taught one of my own! Berkeley is an amazing place to learn and DeCals are just another great aspect of it.

New Blue poster Timbal (not Tseric's replacement) {WoW}

Jul 23rd 2007 4:03PM The reputation of the official wow forums are notorious. I steer clear because I find them to be a cesspool of whiners, trolls and rude pricks with the social aptitude of a pile of dung. Hardly anything productive ever comes from them, and I find that if I have a query my time is much better spent seeking help from other sources (the wow LJ, my guild forum, etc).

I really do hope that Blizz cracks down on the forums and starts moderating much much MUCH more tightly. I wish it wasn't the case, but the state of things would be much better that way.

Patch 2.2 on the PTRs {WoW}

Jul 13th 2007 2:19AM I'm unhappy with the Blessing of Freedom nerf. I thought it was a fair balance for the fact that Pallys are almost entirely dependent on melee and the few ranged attacks we have are all on cooldowns.

I can understand the nerf in an arena context- a Pally casting BoF on a Warrior makes him an unstoppable god. But in terms of when we're solo PvPing, its really going to hurt. We're already at the bottom of the DPS spectrum, at least give us SOME chance to kill something.

I was willing to accept the Resilience nerf for my Warlock, I felt it fair. But, IMO, tripling the cooldown on BoF is unwarranted.

Blood Pact: Changing resilience to weaken DoTs {WoW}

Jul 12th 2007 12:06PM I just took a look at this thread again this morning and realized I misread something the first commenter said. So ignore the last paragraph about shadow resist gear on my last comment.

/feels dumb

Blood Pact: Changing resilience to weaken DoTs {WoW}

Jul 11th 2007 9:20PM Good article, and until Blizzard says something otherwise, I completely agree with your conclusions. This is a smart move on Blizzard's part simultaneously balancing PvP without hurting PvE. Something very rare indeed.

@1 That is probably the best reasoning for why Blizz is deciding to implement these changes. Resilience, even though it only affects crit damage, in the big picture it reduces total damage as a whole.

As far as shadow resist arena gear goes, then this would only affect Warlock and Shadow Priest DoTs and none of the others, which wouldn't be fair. Letting resilience affect DoTs I feel is a good answer to this problem, addressing ALL of the DoTs rather than a few specific ones.

Demon water wings {WoW}

Jul 11th 2007 12:13PM The new Felguard swimming animation came with the same patch as the Black Temple release.

The Light and How to Swing It: I leveled a Holy Paladin {WoW}

Jul 11th 2007 5:39AM I'm use to playing glass cannon clothies so when I rolled a Pally it was incredibly hard to get use to. I found leveling to be painfully slow (currently 65 right now). But I noticed a big difference when I respeced from Prot to Holy and began to kill things faster, I guess because the Shockadin build suits my playstyle better.

My only complaint is that dealing damage as a Holy Pally drains your mana really quickly. I'd often have to sit and drink after one or two mobs. Anyone have advice on mana conservation or is this just something Holy Pallys have to deal with?

Must I lose my felguard? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2007 7:01PM I'm also a Felguard lock that spent the rest of my points in affliction. (And coincidentally mine is ALSO name Flaaghun! WEIRD) This is mainly because I play in the arena a lot and I found that demonology kept me alive the longest. But pre-arena I was Affliction all the way and I found that Demonology just can't compare in terms of DPS.

Unfortunately, most of the powerhouse DPS talents of Affliction are deep in the tree. (Empowered Corruption, Siphon life, Shadow Mastery, and Unstable Affliction) Not to mention Dark pact and iHot which are affliction staples.

So the short answer is yes, if you do want the DPS that affliction can offer, you'd have to give up the Felguard. :(

I found, however, that if you spend the bare minimum 41 points to get the felguard, you can go deep enough into the affliction tree to get some useful talents (Nightfall and either Grim Reach/Empowered Corruption... whichever you prefer)

To echo many of the comments above, I wouldn't recommend specing affliction until you have a lot of +spell dmg, do instances regularly, and/or intend on raiding. The felguard is great for PvP, soloing, and farming (no repair bills!) so stick with him for as long as you want! Don't let any warlock tell you otherwise.

WoW Arena matches at Electronic Sports World Cup {WoW}

Jul 7th 2007 4:57AM Kungen. Is. HOT.

/drool

This pretty much shattered my preconception of hardcore raiders.