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Dual spec Q&A with Ghostcrawler {WoW}

Feb 12th 2009 2:22PM Uh.... yeah, totally missed the actual link that's already in the article. *sigh*

Dual spec Q&A with Ghostcrawler {WoW}

Feb 12th 2009 2:20PM Uh. . . guys. . . where's the link to either Neth's forum post or to the original interview? Having a summary is nice, but it'd be nice to read GC's actual words.

AQ gates to be open on new realms {WoW}

Feb 12th 2009 9:58AM Having re-run some older dungeons, I welcome our new Playskool overlords with open arms.

I'm not talking about difficulty of trash, having to get attuned or any of that. I'm talking about having a consistent floor plan and knowing where the heck you actually are. My recent example is Wailing Caverns...

Multiple windy caves, all looking alike, doubling back on each other that cover the same area on the map. You need to run through the whole place to kill the four fang lords, then run back to the front and escort a guy to be able to get to the final boss. All this for a low-level instance where the rewards will be out-classed in a couple of levels!

RFK, Maraudon, Dire Maul, Sunken Temple, BRD, AQ, etc. all suffer from the "Where the heck am I!?!?" syndrome. The only old-world dungeons/instances where I don't feel lost when I'm doing them are Scholo and Strat. There's much less of this in the BC and Wrath instances and it's a lot easier to know a) where you are and b) where you're going. And, for that, I have to give big complements to the dungeon designers.

Patch 3.0.9 to go live this week {WoW}

Feb 9th 2009 11:40AM "Inner Fire duration has been increased to 30 minutes and can no longer dispelled."

Combine this with making Divine Spirit a baseline spell and I just have to say "Blizzard developers, welcome to the Priest Forums from 3 years ago. Enjoy your stay. While you're at it, maybe you'd like to make our spells equivalent to other classes heals (our HoTs as good as Druid HoTs; our AOE heals as good as Chain Heal; our single target heals as good as Pally heals)."

How is Lunar Festival going for you? {WoW}

Feb 5th 2009 11:08AM Still need Utgarde Pinnacle Elder. But that's it.

Ghostcrawler: "Balancing around recount stats is like using a thermometer to predict the weather. " {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2009 1:52PM That's not doing anything predictive. Just because it's hot today doesn't mean it'll be hot tomorrow, next week or next month. Also, whether or not it's hot has no bearing on whether it's humid or dry. Thermometers are good for what they do, but there's a whole host of weather-related information it does not provide.

To make this more clear, WWS reports provide quite a bit of information, but they only give a snapshot of what is in place when the combat logs were generated. They make have very little predictive ability (what's going to happen with X game mechanic change, Y buff or Z nerf?) given the number of variables that go into WWS stats (player skill, gear/enchantment/gemming choices, individual latency, talent choices, raid composition, etc) that the comparability of WWS reports will vary wildly.

Hope this helps.

Ready Check: Guide to Naxxramas (Kel'Thuzad) {WoW}

Jan 27th 2009 9:14AM As a Boomkin, it's amusing to hear the consternation in my group when I get Mind Controlled. "Can't poly the damned Chicken!"

I know it's bad for the overall raid for me to run amok, but it does make me smile when it happens.

Relics of Ulduar to stay soulbound? {WoW}

Jan 9th 2009 5:55PM As I saw other places, what's so bad about this? You could buy your way to Exalted with Cenarion Expedition (Coilfang Armaments, Unidentified Plant Parts), Scryers (Arcane Tomes, Sunfury Signets, Firewing Signets) and Aldor (Fel Armaments, Marks of Sargearas, Marks of Kiljaedan). Was having a secondary economy around these so bad?

Relics of Ulduar to stay soulbound? {WoW}

Jan 9th 2009 5:51PM If they stay soulbound, that'll be crap. I've got plenty of these sitting on my main to use on my alt. While I'd prefer they lose all bindings (so I could send them to characters on my second account), making them Bind to Account would suck less so I could at least send them to my normal alt once he goes through the pre-requisite quests.

And, really, what's the big deal with taking away being able to sell these once they're able to be turned in for rep? They're like Coilfang Armaments, Unidentified Plant Parts, Fel Armaments, Arcane Tomes, etc. Were they really so bad for things in BC?

Free transfers and a new US realm {WoW}

Jan 8th 2009 5:22PM Awesome news. And, if you're on Icecrown TAKE THE TRANSFER!!!!