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Shifting Perspectives: Gearing your bear tank from 70 to Karazhan! {WoW}

Apr 15th 2008 11:16AM Kiaus, yes indeed, as I mentioned briefly on my blog, I am planning on doing the same kind of thing for Moonkin and Resto specs.

I know most of the articles are feral biased, because that's what I know. I'm working on branching out to shine the spotlight on Moonkin and Resto gear as well.

Just please, do not expect it next week. These kind of articles do take me quite a long time to research thoroughly.

I do read the comments and emails I get, and try to include an article that people seem to really want in a timley manner, hence this one today. It's also why I flit from topic to topic so much. I still have several topic chains to return to, plus I need to have an article highlighting the enchants, gems and consumables now available for both being uncrittable and for maximising your tanking.

There are only so many Tuesdays in a year, my friends.

Pleasing Pet Perspectives: A look at the fun Best Pet Friend class! {WoW}

Apr 1st 2008 2:01PM I don't understand the hate, it's an awesme class.

After I downloaded the beta, I played for 3 hours last night on my Best Pet Friend and got to level 12!

If you are in the beta, don't forget to sign up for the personal email system and come say hi. You can find me on Littlekittybutt, a 12th level kitty best Pet Friend that is all black with white forepaws and a white tipped tail.

And if anyone has figured out where to find the upgrade from the pink satin left ear bow to the pink rhinestone, could you let me know? I'm stumped.

Shifting Perspectives: Bear Tanking Strategies Part 2 {WoW}

Mar 11th 2008 10:34PM I want to thank you both, first, you are absolutely correct Acceptable Risk, Survival of the Fittest is 3/3. For some reason, I brain lock on that every single time, and do that in every article.

Second, I agree with you Rauten, we do not need 415 Defense Rating, so much as we need a combination of DR and Resilience that achieves uncrittable status. I kept hammering it in the way I did to keep it in the forefront of planning, but what I hope is, is that folks needing to learn how to become uncrittable will follow that link to my article where I cover DR and Resilience and becoming uncrittable in detail.

I really don't want to go over all that again. I'm lazy.

Thank you all for your comments, I appreciate your keeping me honest.

Return of the weasel: Guild selection, Part 1 {WoW}

Mar 10th 2008 9:00AM This article has not been endorsed by anyone on the WoW Insider staff including its writer, who is off to go finish her sandwich now that she has regained her appetite.

Oh yeah? I write on WoW Insider, sometimes, okay maybe only once in a blue moon... and I wholeheartedly endorse everything that Allison says as factual, accurate, and true.

Can I haz a sammich now, please?

Oh yeah, and can you please do the podcast? If you're this funny on paper, I want to hear you joust with Mike and Turpster.

Shifting Perspectives: Druid community speaks out on proposed Lifebloom nerf {WoW}

Mar 5th 2008 2:04PM Ailetha, I started reading your comment, and then saw that you believe that a persons' intelligence is directly tied to their guild's level of raiding progression.

I stopped reading after that.

PvP for the beginning HK: 11 rules for the starter weasel {WoW}

Mar 4th 2008 6:23AM Okay, you are my new favorite writer. This rocks, and you rock. Moar, please!

Shifting Perspectives: Bear Tanking Strategies Part 1 {WoW}

Feb 19th 2008 4:01PM thank you for the kind words, folks.

A few things:

Pfooti has some great points to make on bear tanking, I can't argue with a single thing he said. Likewise, while I pesonally change things up a teeny bit from what Ahoni advises, the fact remains that for single target tanking, you're going to be looking at the same basic rotation of Mangle, Lacerate, Lacerate, use Maul whenever you have the Rage to absorb it, etc.

Next week, what I intend to do is talk about bear tanking as you're leveling, how to tank multiple targets and keep them on you, tactics to use while leveling your bear as a feral tank, some helpful macros for lacerate over mouseover, that kind of thing.

And yes, I didn't talk about the bear's goals during tanking in this one, but you are absolutely correct Clasifyd when you said that the tank should be applying Threat to every mob to prevent Global Threat from pulling mobs to casters. Absolutely. I just didn't tear into it here because it's gonna be a huge topic all by itself.

But when doing your initial pull, remember that, while you can pull with Feral Faerie Fire from bear form, that is best used when you have already built up a good supply of Rage and want to keep it for your next fight. If you are at zero Rage, use your shifting. Shift to caster, slam one mob with Wrath (which, as I mentioned in a previous post, takes a noticeably long time to reach the target), hit another with moonfire or even Starfire, and as they run up to you, focus on a third target, shift to bear, and cast FFF and engage him. You'll have positive Direct Threat on three mobs, you can swipe to build it up more, and if you have a hunter that could Misdirect a fourth mob onto you, well, you get the idea.

Anyway, see you guys next week. Have fun!

Shifting Perspectives: Hit Rating, Expertise and Defense skill for PvE {WoW}

Jan 29th 2008 8:40PM You know, Karthis had an excellent point. I didn't specifically do it on the article, but I can certainly do so here.

I would like to thank all the writers in the forums of Elitist Jerks, and those who contribute to Wowwiki, for their hard work, research and dedication.

It is their inspiration and research that formed the foundation for my article, and I spent many hours reading, comparing, and playtesting to try and prove what I was going to write was true. But without their hard work to show me where to look or what to try, and in some cases smack me right square in the face with what the rules are, this article would not have been remotely possible.

They rock. Hard.

As far as not paying tribute to previous theorycrafters... I believe I showed that I do that when I am aware of the awesomeness of their work, such as, well, last weeks' article for example, when I showcased the hard work of Phaelia and Nasirah.

Or doesn't that count?

Shifting Perspectives: Leveling and Talent specs {WoW}

Jan 15th 2008 11:52AM Shadowfury, that was once the case. I absolutely agree with you.

But the example I used for Enrage, and the math I used to verify that the 16% came from total armor, is a real world example taken from my current armor rating, in dire bear form, tested last night.

I had believed that the Enrage mechanic continued to work the old way, until a Prince fight where I noticed a spike in my damage taken... and tracked it down to Enrage, being used when it wasn't strictly necessary.

I didn't believe it either, and I hope that it is a mistake that will be corrected. SOON.

But as of last night, the 16% armor reduction was taken from total armor.

Shifting Perspectives: New Druid Leveling - 6 through 10 {WoW}

Jan 1st 2008 1:23PM You make an outstanding point; very often the lowest level weapons and armor are ridiculously overpriced.

On the other hand, if you know what you're looking for in advance, and you are visiting the AH to sell Herbs and Ore, you CAN find weapons and armor reasonably priced.

At least, I can on the two servers I play on. I do understand that your experience on your server may be different. But I don't think 25 silver for a Spiked Mace is too far out of line.