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Officers' Quarters: Topping the charts {WoW}

Feb 23rd 2009 2:31PM Just FYI, we've done 2-drake OS now on 25 man and never on 10-man, same with 1-drake OS. :p Also, I would have thought we're not ready for 2-drake OS because we only beat 1-drake a week ago, but I was wrong! It took 11 tries, but we did it.

I think guildox.com is the best ranking system, it looks at achievements rather than gear.

For my guild, we just enjoy seeing the progression. Sure, there's a little bit of "oooh, we're ahead of so-and-so now" but it isn't a huge driver for us. The bigger driving force is keeping current with content. We'd like to pretty well have WoTLK on farm before the next content comes out. But even that isn't really that much of an issue. It all happens when it happens.

Our raiders have grown as a team and the progression reflects that. If you do stuff before you're ready you'll burn people out. But if you are under-challenged you'll burn out too. You just need to find your groove.

Will dual specs eliminate the tank or healer shortage? {WoW}

Feb 17th 2009 12:08PM Well, there are some people who have to spend a lot of GP to respec each raid in my guild. Lately we've asked a few healers to respec to DPS, but before that it was usually the other way around. Surprisingly we have some DPS that turned into very good healers when they needed to be.

We have a lot of people I think would enjoy and be good at being tanks but you only need a few in raids, so they stick with DPS. I'm hoping that the dual-spec change will mean they keep a tanking spec and I have more options for running instances with them!

My Buggy Valentine: Problems with Love is in the Air {WoW}

Feb 15th 2009 4:06PM I found the entire thing far more repetitive and boring than I could endure. I couldn't find 10 people with broken hearts. In fact, only found 1, in about an hour of searching.

It just reminded me of why I really dislike and rarely participate in these world events.

Forum post of the day: Raid timers (poll) {WoW}

Feb 8th 2009 10:31AM I think they should give you the option of resetting your raid timer by individual, either to an empty dungeon or to that of the raid leaders, that way you could join another raid in progress or start over entirely.

I don't think it'd take too much imagination for Blizzard to work out a better way to handle raid ids.

Totem Talk: Back to Enhancement {WoW}

Feb 5th 2009 1:06PM I hit 80 a couple days ago and got my last glyph, one for Lightning Shield. I have improved shields and static shock. In doing my dailies and questing last night I took a look at how much of my damage glyphed/talented LS was doing... nearly 20%!

I'm pretty happy with that.

Breakfast Topic: Is 68 too low for Northrend? {WoW}

Jan 26th 2009 12:00PM I found NR was pretty rough on my shammy even at 70. She often does lose half her health on most fights. So I was often use Maelstrom Weapon for heals, then that was tough on mana.

My strategy involved using Shamanistic Rage only when mana was really low and use the puppies only when health was low. Try to have lots of mobs around to use the puppies on and make an auto-attack macro. Then you get the most bang for the buck out of them. Use bandages. I never eat or drink except for the well-fed buff.

At 77 I find I'm still getting the tar beat out of me but mana is much more plentiful and I just heal up between fights. The water shield glyphs are pretty nice.

Officers' Quarters: Not peons, but just as lazy {WoW}

Jan 19th 2009 3:29PM I've seen this a lot in the guilds I have belonged to. There's usually at least one officer where you wonder what the heck they're doing, if anything. My previous guild had a whole raft of useless officers that did nothing. Now I see friends of officers becoming officers and not doing anything or even being assigned any sort of responsibilities.

Breakfast topic: Poaching {WoW}

Jan 19th 2009 11:53AM Thanks! Your picture inspired my breakfast this morning.

The role of today's Priest {WoW}

Jan 15th 2009 1:40PM I'm puzzled by the issue Holy Priests seem to have. They're better at certain types of heals than other classes (i.e. CoH), they're in the middle of the pack for other types of heals (Greater Heal). It seems like every healing class has that trade off. But the whole idea is that everyone should be able to do at least somewhat of each category of heal (sort of) but you only shine in one area. Druids = Hots, Paladins = big heals, Priests = AoE heals, Shammies = chain heal. It'd be bad if anyone class were significantly better or worse than any other class.

I'd say if anyone has a beef right now, it's probably shammies.

Why healing meters suck {WoW}

Jan 9th 2009 5:05PM I think healing meters can help pinpoint problems. If you have someone healing at 1/4 or less what everyone else is doing on a regular basis, then perhaps there's an issue with their UI or technique.