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Patch 4.0.6 PTR: Positive changes for warlocks {WoW}

Jan 11th 2011 11:18PM The Fel Armor nerf is pretty bad. I don't usually get upset over class mechanic tweaks, thinking that eventually it will all even out. But this newest round of Warlock changes -- removal of Drain Mana, Fel Armor change, etc -- is getting pretty disheartening. Blizzard doesn't seem to be replacing enough of what it's taking away, in terms of class mechanics and utility...

Guest Post: What will be Patch 4.0.1's legacy? {WoW}

Oct 30th 2010 5:55PM I know a lot of people within the WoW community still don't agree, but I think patch 4.01 (and the upcoming, subsequent patches, as well as Cataclysm) will be as close to a "WoW 2.0" as we'll ever receive. It's the first time that Blizzard has ever employed this much horizontal expansion in a retail release, and I believe future expansions will be more similar to TBC and Lich King, as opposed to Cata.

But then again, I think WoW has a longer shelf life than some players realize, so it's not too far-fetched to imagine another game- and world-changing expansion at some point down the road...

Tough Love: How to kill the Crown Chemical Co. apothecaries {WoW}

Feb 7th 2010 8:47AM This fight sucks for pet classes. I'm a Warlock and I couldn't get our PUG healer to send any heals to my pet, so it died about three times during the fight (Affliction spec using Felhunter). Either the puddles or the aura must not count as AoE damage or something; I forgot to look through the combat log, but something was causing some major damage that wasn't being mitigated through the pet's AoE resistance. I probably just should have used a phased imp the entire fight.

I wish healers would realize that throwing the occasional heal to Warlock pets is more important to us that it used to be...depending on the pet, the group is also getting some nice buffs from them as well.

The Twelve Days of Winter Veil: Day one - Steelseries gear {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2010 9:53PM W00t! I could use me some new peripherals!

New ONE Power-Up game card acts as currency in 21 games {Massively}

Oct 13th 2009 11:05PM Agreed. A transaction model like this needs to become ubiquitous within the MMO industry. It's just a matter of enough relevant publishers signing on, and getting more benefit out of it than selling their own cards like they currently do. A dedicated transaction company like this might be able to broaden the distro, giving publishers the incentive they need.

Mythic's Mark Jacobs leaves EA {Massively}

Jun 27th 2009 3:11AM Man...part of me feels like he got what he deserved, if EA really did "ask him to resign." One of the cockiest and narcissistic game developers I've ever seen. But on the other hand, I hope that Mythic's games don't suffer because of the regime change. I'm really hoping that we'll finally see a positive change with Warhammer Online, and that maybe they'll throw a bunch of money at marketing to try and win back old subscribers.

I guess we'll see.

So does this mean BioWare's future MMOs are going to suck now? ;)

Preparing for BlizzCon: Money -- you're going to need it {WoW}

Jun 26th 2009 8:23PM Oh cmon enough with the "Preparing for Blizzcon" columns...they're getting ridiculous.

Reader UI of the Week: Metzerott {WoW}

Jun 16th 2009 12:46PM IS there a mod that will (in effect if not in practice) hide specific elements of the UI until I "call" for them

Yea, pretty much.

- a SMALL minimap somewhere on the screen for node chasing/visibility

Even the big ones like SexyMap and SimpleMiniMap will allow functions like these, but if you want try something really lightweight, try vMinimap, pMinimap or BasicMinimap (Google them).

- maybe a small cluster of utility buttons that is either visible or can be called up with a keystroke (for noncombat things like making bandages, cooking, crafting, hearthstone, etc.)
..otherwise leaving the UI totally empty unless I'm in combat?

There are several addons that can accomplish this, or a combination. If you like the idea of a "cluster," try oPie (or maybe even Geist). You can also accomplish these sort of things with AutoBar and Dominos, by manually setting the Alpha. Some of the above-mentioned addons will even let you specify whether you want them to be seen in combat only, or variations thereof. I know that oPie does it, and I think AutoBar might as well.

Dominos will let you set any of its action bars to be either totally transparent or partially transparent until you hover your mouse over them, which is pretty cool too.

But if you're looking for something that will just display "clusters" of frequently-used spells on-demand (like mounts, food, portals, professions, etc...), then start with oPie and go from there.

If that doesn't float your boat, maybe try Dominos as an action bar replacement and use the settings I mentioned. Geist is kinda like a simper version of oPie. And AutoBar is like a button-based version of oPie (oPie uses "rings").

There's always DagAssist, which is super-simple, but it's just one little button that you press to bring up a menu of frequent spells. Just Google these addons to find their pages on Curse or WoWI and experiment a little. What you're asking for is totally possible though.