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Things that annoy me {WoW}

Jul 5th 2008 7:40PM 30. Enchanters who use a failed AB to spam void shatter.

Arcane Brilliance: How to fix Mages {WoW}

Jul 5th 2008 5:56PM As of my posting, there are 87 comments on this thread - both pro and con... Many long, well though out arguements that mages need love... This to me is arguement enough that the class needs to be looked at...

A few questions/comments...

1. When solo, mages have lowest health and armor of any class...

2. Northrend HAS to have mobs that are frost imune... Lore DEMANDS it... What will this do to one of our trees?.. I am kinda suprised no one mentioned this before... I see the writing on the wall and it is raid fights that need frost resist gear and encounters where Bosses have frost resist...

3. Blizzard seems to be giving all classes everyone elses spells to fill all the gaps... Shamans get Hex, Warlocks get a 'Blink", shadow priests get a Cloak of Shadows/Iceblockish 51 point talent.... This makes everyclass less special... ETC...

4. Soon we will have 10 classes and 30 talent trees total.. That becomes 30 arguements for PVE buffing and 30 arguements for PvP Nerfing (or is it the other way around)... It doesnt take long to find cries to nerf AND pleas for Buffs for most classes... Blizzard has stated many times - Not every class/spec should shine in every circumstance... Hence lack of mages in 2v2... Some encounters favor ranged DPS, some favor melee DPS, and very few favor AOE..

5. Mages are Classic RPG class... People have been playing mages for 30 years in various games and mages were the kings of damage and utility... Priests, rogues(thiefs), warriors and mages have been the core of 99% of fantasy RPG's over the years... No one every played Druids...

7. How will Winters chill work with Deathknight? They have frost talent tree...

8. No Dots... No Dispel Magic... No Mana Drain... No Buffs/Debuffs that increase raw DPS of other casters (no Moonkin aura,no Misery,no Wrath of Air totem ETC) "Masters of the Arcane"? I think not...




The Care and Feeding of Warriors: On my treads {WoW}

Jul 4th 2008 6:12PM I have healed,DPSed and tanked virtually all 5-man (normal and heroic) all T4 content and some T5... My first experience with all BC content was as a holy pally... No need to learn strategy for most 5mans(basically) - pretty easy... DPS/CC is not that much harder - follow the kill order, try not to pull aggro... I had to learn strategies for boss fights.... When I respecd prot pally, I had to learn every fight and every pull... Besides tanking, I have to mark mobs, pull, set the pace, go over basic stradegy etc... While none of these are hard - Tanking is not laid back at all when compared to DPSing...

Raiding 25 mans 3 nights a week plus a kara badge run = tanking burnout... This has lead me to refuse to tank pugs... I also run often with a hunter who marks and pulls - a sort of raid leader for 5man... It lessens my workload.... If I want to run an instance I find myself more wanting to DPS on another toon or respec holy and heal... Is this easier than tanking? YES... Is it easy to DPS or heal? NO, Tanking can be hard work and DPSers shouldnt consider this an insult...

I do also see a DPS creep from all tanks/healers... No one seems to level/gear alts for tanking or healing... Either people want a DPS alt or a PVP spec alt (Rogues everywhere this summer)....

The Light and How to Swing It: State of the class {WoW}

Mar 19th 2008 8:08PM The "hybrid" thing has to go... There are no hybrids left (except feral druid can DPS or tank)... Players are there spec know - be that tank, dps or heals... While shadow priests (for example) fill a specific role (mana regen), everyone else is expecteed to fill one of these rolls know...

Now as for Paladins, anything offspec is brutally long/boring at 70 endgame... Tankadins can AOE grind... Healbot pallys are great for group content - but even with epic DPS gear they are horrible to solo...

It would be nice if there was some mechanic that allows healers or tanks to enjoy solo content more (Like how a bear druid tank can catform) I have no idea how this might work

The Light and How to Swing It: State of the class {WoW}

Mar 19th 2008 7:05PM You also missed...

1. The only physical DPS class that cant duel wield.
2. The only class without a universal ranged attack.
3. The only healing class without a HOT or a group heal.



Forum post of the day: "Long Road Home" {WoW}

Mar 16th 2008 5:53PM There is not much in the way of in depth editorial of Wow and its players. For a game that 10 million people play, there is not much "meta"(maybe the wrong word) reporting on the community. Sites like wowhead mainly talk about mechanics (which is needed). I would like to see more writing which examines the game as a whole, taking its history and players into account. For this reason alone i applaude someone who takes the time to write an essay like this. It is not an easy thing to write 3000 word essay, and this author does a fine job. The only critisism I have is it seems to ends flat. This game so many of us have invested so much time in is not a small thing culturally - but we do get no respect (and for the most part it is not asked for)

WoW Insider is taking over the world {WoW}

Mar 9th 2008 1:39PM These types of lists are highly political (Newsflash: The gaurdian

Breakfast Topic: Heroic PuGs from hell {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2008 9:53AM To clarify...

No enchants vs all gear enchanted...

All gear enchanted gives stat buff equall to 2/3 pieces of gear.

Anti-gold-seller FAQ page goes up at the official EU site {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2008 9:49AM Why do people buy gold?

The main reason is 5000g price tag on epic flyers! This is the most expensive item in the game - and every 70 wants it. The value of gold and items relates to this price. If we assume 75g/hour as a base line for legit moneymaking (questing,grinding,dailies), then epic flying skill takes over 65 hour to obtain - a long time! Now blizzard wants you to play (that is how they make money) - but because the cost is in gold, not rep or honor etc, it can be bought(with dollars) from gold sellers.

Since 2.0, Blizzard has shifted some of its focus (aside from raiding/PvP) in new content to Daily quests - 2.3 and 2.4 are daily heavy patches. And why, easy gold - so you wont buy it from goldsellers. These quests usually also either give rep or bop items - again gold cant buy thing.

The addition of S1 arena gear to vendors though honor also targets gold sellers - Gold sellers cannot sell you honor.

Making world raid bosses drops BOE in 2.4 seems to go against blizzards anti-goldseller commitment. These items will probably sell on AH in the 1000gold range.

Of course, this doesnt address powerleveling - but 2.3 did improve on leveling to 60.

Blizzard seems, for the most part, to be focusing more and more on combating goldsellers in how they design the game. I would assume that these practices would continue into WOTLK.

Breakfast Topic: Heroic PuGs from hell {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2008 9:03AM I have a list of heroic pug rules... List is almost at 80 rules... I wont list them all here - only some highlights...

1. Never more than one hunter. Sorry all you good hunters out there.

2. Wipe max = 2.. After 3rd wipe I call it...

3. No Offspecs or PvP specs... Tanks and healers must be on spec for there role...

4. Targets must be marked and kill order must be followed by all...

5. Enchant your gear... No enchants is the same as taking 2/3 pieces of gear off...

ETC ETC ETC

I could go on and on... If I think it is worth dropping a group over, I drop... If it is iffy, I ask a friend not in group if I should drop... Most heroic pugs go really fast if people know what they are doing...

Heroics are for Grownups... You should know the encounters and come prepared... If you want easy to obtain gear - go farm AV!