Nov 19th 2007 10:48AM "So you see, Fel, Alliance, Horde, all retain strikingly similar attributes, simply differing in their views of Azerothian eschatology. Now... as for dinner... Something along the lines of a hard shell crab?"
Nov 14th 2007 10:00AM My orc's name used to be Chubbtug.
It was that until about level 57, when I started doing AV, then after squaring off and completely pwning several people there, my name was somehow strangely reported.
"Hey, if you can't beat someone in game, grind the organ and sick the dancing GM monkeys on them."
It should be the new alliance slogan.
Nov 8th 2007 4:18PM Okay, Matt, excellent post. The recent events (Earth shock DR proposal and WOW forum banning of the guys who did the number crunching on elemental damage) definitely sucked, What is disturbing me across the comments here now is some severe disillusionment among my fellow Shamans.
1) As a shaman, if your DPS starts pulling agro from the tank, grow a brain and do something about it. Any healer mana spent on you and not the tank is a setback. This is where you scale your dps back. Get an agro/dps management tool that warns you when approaching the tank threat, then cool your heels, reset your totems, and chill for a sec. No one is gonna die if you slack off a bit, but your party might wipe if all the healer mana gets wasted on you.
Depending on what parser you use, a hunter's DPS might be displayed as the combined hunter/pet damage, yet the MOB Hate/threat is distributed between the two. A hunter by default then will always do more DPS according to that parser without drawing the same agro.
As far as I'm concerned, the *ONLY* time a shaman should draw agro during any PVE is to get something off 1) the healer 2) a dps cloth wearer. (And if the dps cloth wearer is a tard who repeatedly can't control agro, let him/her die.)
Anyway, who the hell says you have to even lead the pack in DPS? Pull your weight and be happy with that. Oh what? a solid respectable number contributing isn't enough? Stop whatever raiding you're doing and go do Battlegrounds. You can play leaderboard all you like in there without negatively affecting anyone else.
2) The Lack of CC. Oh really, and you understood this WHEN? Don't get me wrong, I think this is a problem, but is it a new problem? Of course not. Shaman have *NEVER* had CC. You knew this going into the class. Every post I've read on shaman pros/cons out there mentions this. This is well known, documented and has ALWAYS been this way. It's like buying a house where roof leaks have been openly disclosed by the seller then complaining about it after the purchase. Didn't read the documentation? Seller's fault or yours? Didn't read up on shaman before rolling one? Blizzard's fault or yours?
3) Totems. This is a *SERIOUSLY* complicated issue with no quick and dirty solutions. Oh I assume it can be easy if you just want something that trumps all other classes, but see above where I mentioned being disillusioned. There is no realistic quick fix to this. Tough problem that requires a well thought out solution with lots of testing.
I want my fellow shamans to think of boxing. If you've ever sparred anyone, you'll know it's no fun to beat the snot out of a weaker opponent, nor is it any fun to get your arse handed to you by a stronger one. Mismatches aren't any fun, and if you're fighting for a crowd, they don't feel they've gotten their money's worth with one round fights either. The best fights are done with evenly matched opponents, who counter each other really well, just waiting for one guy to make a mistake and the other takes advantage of it. *THAT* is what makes a good fight.
Now that I've said that.... Did I really need to say it? I'm beginning to think that very few people understand *HOW* to play a shaman, which is why there are so few, and the ones that are, are just winging it.
Nov 6th 2007 3:49PM Earth Shock is a Shaman's ONLY disrupt. It disrupts enemy spell casting, and shuts down casting from that disrupted school for 2 seconds.
So.... an opponent can cast the same spell 2 seconds later, but a shaman must wait a full 6 seconds to cast Earth Shock again. Even with those long 3 second spells, a shaman's opponent can still get the spell off on the next cast.
(Compare this to rogue kick or warrior shield bash which are 5 and 6 second school shutdowns)
It's not much, and it's all shamans really have.
(And if any of you want to bring up grounding totem, you're retarded. It's easy to beat and has a 15 second cooldown.)
However, when one messes with the one thing the shamans have, you get a huge reaction. It would be exact same reaction if Blizzard said they were adding DR to kick or shield bash.
So for everyone going "QQ" out there, wait until it's your turn. I can't wait to see how strong and silent they demonstrate themselves to be.
Nov 5th 2007 12:40PM "The uproar is also that Ele DPS was changed and Blizz claimed it would result in the same dps over all. Shaman's ran the numbers and proved that they now did less DPS. These posts were deleted and the accounts suspended."
You know what?
There are way too many other new games out now or coming out this month for Blizzard to think they can just take a huge dump on their player base.
So, no soup for Blizzard.
I suspended my account and let them know why. That is the *ONLY* language these people will ever understand.
Oct 26th 2007 3:45PM
"Making it contested means there won't be anyone attacking from non-flagged. A bunch of Hordies sit by ZA entrance, unflagged, getting more friends to come, so they can do a massive unflagged attack on the naturally-flagged Alliance."
So alliance sits there, with a horde in view, in horde territory, and doesn't make a run for the instance? What do they think is going to happen? More are going to come and offer to sell them some girl scout cookies? It's a PVP server. If the horde waits for superior numbers, I question their valor but not their use of terrain advantage.
It's exactly the other end of the equation at Gnomergan. (Ah but that one didn't make the list either. Perhaps because no horde are complaining about it?) The horde knows, expects and accepts it for what it is.
Ganking occurs whether SM is a contested zone or not. That stuff is still going to go on, and even moreso because as more alliance show up, so will more horde.
What's next? "Oh SM is a contested zone, and it's still a gank-fest!" Does that zone get changed from yellow to blue then?
Why this non-issue was addressed instead of the alterac valley summoning bugs, I'll never know.
(different poster) And as for.....
"I consider these people pediphiles. It's the equivalent of a 26 year old guy going to a grade school playground to hurt little kids ages 5-8."
Ummmm no. Sorry but one fictional videogame character geared for fighting getting beat up by other fictional videogame characters with better gear/numbers/lvls does not even remotely compare to the level of heinousness associated with the abuse of children in real life. There is serious anger fueling that statement. Not cool.
Oct 26th 2007 11:13AM "Nethaera also says that they will be implementing a Contested Area around Zul'Aman to further alleviate the unbridled ganking currently occuring there. "
Wait..... can someone please explain this to me?
How will a contested area eliminate ganking? Someone engaged in ganking another player is already flagged anyway, so exactly what does this change?
Oct 25th 2007 10:34AM Thanks for the post.
It's *VERY* necessary to share these things, regardless of what the original purpose of the forum is. People in general, not just kids, need to have it drilled into their heads not to share *ANY* of their personal information online.
There are really deranged individuals out there, and some of them are a lot better at masking their odd behavior than this 20 year old was.
The most normal of guildmates can turn out to be something much more sinister.
Awareness about this sort of thing is crucial, regardless of how repetitive, verbose, or miscategorized the information sharing may seem.
Oct 23rd 2007 7:49PM Ermmmm.... Call me a curmudgeon, but doesn't that bullet list basically entail all the things that they would normally *PAY* a community relations person to do?
So they are basically getting that sort of thing for free, in exchange for more free labor while you QA their patches for them.
Blizzard manipulation ftw!
Oct 23rd 2007 10:46AM [But why in the name of John Deere's Blood-Soaked Wood-Chipper Gears, every time I hear a news report on what "real Americans" think do I wind up watching some farmer in their fifties and sixties bitch as they survey the blasted plains landscape behind them, and not only that, somehow their cultural observations are assumed to have more relevance than anyone else's?]
Simple. Because otherwise it would be racist due to the amount of profiling necessary to make it anywhere near compelling on a large scale.
He suggests New Yorkers drinking coffee. So which of them gets picked for the interview? If you ask the same questions of the farmhand to someone in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Fran, Miami, you would have to extensively profile who you pick as to avoid someone who wouldn't cut it as "the average american".
Is "Raj" living in New York, driving a cab, considered the average american?
Would Xiang, the Los Angeles dry cleaner fit the bill?
In Altanta, would Deshawn Sanders, a lawfirm partner and black republican be considered "Joe Average"?
KFM does have a point. Farmer Brown is *NOT* the average american. However, what he is suggesting isn't just less credible, it's unworkable.