Jul 6th 2008 7:51PM It's rather unfortunate that the pictorial blog that Eust and Doodle made is being put up on the weekly 'competition' of WoW based webcomics.
The natural reaction of readers of this article is going to be to assume that they are looking at challengers to Dark Legacy Comics and LFG. After all, there is a vote section, yes? So it's a webcomic, right?
Well, there are pictures, I guess.
The Road to Blizzcon is supposed to be an homage to "Alamo teeches u 2 play DURID" and the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope Road movies of the 40's.
For people too new to WoW or Druids to know who Alamo is, or who don't play Druids in the first place and wouldn't have reason to have heard of him, or who have no interest in old classic films, it's going to seem like lolcat humor mixed with nonsensical silliness.
Which is a darn shame, since as part of the target audience that knows where this is coming from, and who has been chatting with other Druid players about it... I think it's cuter than heck. I can only hope that they meet a Big Bear Butt along the way...
I really respect the both of them for doing such a great job. Cat is 4 fite!
May 21st 2008 8:50AM Bulgar3, learn to be less offensive and see my reply to Dominace above. Which was written before I saw your QQ.
May 21st 2008 8:46AM I'm sorry you feel that way, Dominance. It's not my intention to spoil the experience of the WotLK release, or to violate the spirit of an NDA.
However, I think that, considering how drastic a difference there was in Druid playstyle from pre-BC to afterwards, and from some of things that have been said by Blizzard developers recently in interviews such as the one I quoted, it is a good thing to show that there is every indication Druids will continue to have care and consideration given to our ability to tank or off tank. It was with that goal in mind that I wrote this article. I know that I try not to read too much into what people say in Interviews, and as was mentioned previously, in that interview the question only addressed Paladins and Warriors, so the answer could be seen as following that format.
On the other hand, I know that I felt that, by breaking down tanking into three responsiblities, each addressed by a class other than Druids, it was cause for at least a little 'but what about us?' in my mind.
May 16th 2008 6:34PM Now would I do a thing like that?
Honestly, people these days.
Mike Scramm is a great guy, and I'd NEVAH mispell his name on purpose. I'm above petty behavior like that.
25 Bear points to Ped for... unspecified observation skills.
May 15th 2008 4:08PM What an awesome article. Thank you!
And welcome back!
May 14th 2008 9:46PM I'm working on it for next week.
Well... I have someone that actually KNOWS something about it working on it for next week.
Best I can do, I quit resto the day BC came out and I didn't have to raid 40s no more.
And I'm not going to insult anyone's intelligence by trying to talk about what i don't know from first hand experience.
But I hope next week will be a touch of resto love :).
May 14th 2008 6:04PM Brasson, you are absolutely correct. Totally.
However, the WotLK will come out soon, as far as article lifespans go, with new items that we have no clue about.
Call me lazy, but when I do some of these, I think of whether something may change soon and make what I wrote too narrow a focus, and I try and think of what someone that maybe doesn't play a Druid but is reading the article anyway may learn that they could use.
Same reason why I listed all the unstable flasks. Useful for druids? Only in caster forms. But some readers may not be aware of all the stuff that vendor carries, so why not stick em in there?
See? laziness on my part, but it's all about tips and tricks to help folks out, my friend.
Like you guys sharing macro goodness with me. Lovin' it.
May 14th 2008 3:34PM MilkingIt, I am going to test your macro line tonight, and just in advance, assuming it works, I want to thank you. That's very cool.
Nightshifter, I tried to focus on bear consumables, since I am going to shine the light on them from a kitty point of view after a future article on kitty gearing for DPS.
In answer to your question, however, the Insane Strength Potion is very awesome for kitty DPS druids, as long as you are not actually going to need to off tank anything serious. You are absolutely correct. However, I ain't done the math comparing 240 AP vs the white damage of the haste. It's my understanding that 40% of kitty DPS is white, and that haste can make more of a difference than you might think... but I can't say if it's esual or not. I'll check and get back to ya.
Apr 15th 2008 5:27PM This has come up a few times, so let me address it now.
Emmerald's Druid gear list is an outstanding piece of work, and most druids I know, including me, are grateful for his hard work, and use his list to examine items and their ratings by his equivalency. I have linked to it on my blog, and I know it is featured prominently on the Druid wiki, as it should be.
The thing with Emmerald's list is that he uses an Equivalency Point system to rank items with a numerical value, so you can clearly see how one item compares to antoher, when they have differing stats.
What his list does NOT do, is stop valueing Defense Rating or Resilience once you are uncrittable. And any points placed in those stats after you are uncrittable are unnecessary.
Also, as was pointed out very accurately before in the comments, there are some special abilities, such as the two set bonus of Tier 4 items, that add a far higher value to the gear if equipped than the point score alone would show.
Finally, you want to balance your Health and Dodge, so as you increase one stat, you can't just pick any other highly ranked item off the list and say 'that's cool' without seeing how it affects your overall character.
The conclusion? You can't just blindly follow some gear list, no matter how awesomely calculated it is, as Emmerald himself has said on numerous occasions. The list is a starting point to familiarize yourself with the various gear, it's strengths and weaknesses and comparable ranks, and it succeeds in this task brilliantly.
What you have to do, and there is no way to get out of it, is use your own judgment to actually make the decisions, based on your knowledge and understanding of what you are aiming for, and how it all fits together.
Apr 15th 2008 3:48PM Thank you for the mention of the Tree Mender's Belt from Heroic Ramparts.
I used that belt for a very long time, up until Nether Vortex became available, and I bought my Belt of Natural Power the same day.
It's my pesonal opinion that Manimal's Cinch should be able to hold you until you can buy a Belt of natural Power, but frankly, for a free drop that you can get from a heroic run, I agree I should ahve mentioned it. Tahnks for making sure it doesn't get left behind.
To help you in planning where this would fit in;
The Tree-Menders Belt, which can be looted from the boss chest on the last boss in Hellfire Ramparts (Heroic) is a big step up from Manimal's Cinch, but is less valuable than Waistguard of the Great Beast or Belt of Natural Power. If you don't want to spend the money on Belt of natural Power, and if you don't want to spend the 60 badges for the Waistguard, then Tree-Menders is your best option.