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Arcane Brilliance: Cataclysm beta highlights for mages {WoW}

Jul 3rd 2010 8:53PM Yup, you're right of course. Fixed!

Arcane Brilliance: Love letters {WoW}

May 29th 2010 7:32PM Any comment that includes both references to my humor's ability to soothe menstrual pains and a marshmallow roast over a burning warlock corpse has to be the BEST ... COMMENT ... EVER.

Also, I now feel as if I need to delete my internet history like I've been surfing porn or something.

In short, I'm pretty sure there is no appropriate response to this. Congratulations, ma'am. You win the thread.

Choose My Adventure: There's a new 'lock in town {WoW}

May 10th 2010 7:21PM I think this is a wonderful idea.

Choose My Adventure: Polls for Christian Belt {WoW}

May 7th 2010 8:50PM Sigh ... thanks for trying guys. I'm just glad this poll has brought us the hilarity that even if every single reader who didn't want me to be a warlock were to band together and vote for shaman or warrior or something else ... I'd still be rolling warlock, because the warlock vote is so ridiculously high. Either a large percentage of you hate me, or you all just have a sick, twisted sense of humor. I'm going with sick sense of humor, and frankly, I applaud you for it. I would have done the same thing. I freely admit that.

Now, I only ask that all of you show up when I play, whenever that ends up being, to help me through this dark time in my life. I need the moral support. Also, I will need a healer and a tank. And as many DPS as is humanly possible.

Choose My Adventure: You can never have enough orc warlocks {WoW}

May 3rd 2010 11:07PM Yeah, I knew when I agreed to do this that I was pretty much guaranteed to be forced to roll a warlock, and I've made my peace with it. I'm just excited to see the hilariously high percentage of you that vote warlock.

Be warned, though: I'm looking at this as an espionage mission. I will learn your dark secrets, warlocks. I will infiltrate your stupid little club, and in doing so, I will destroy you from the inside. Like a malignant growth. Or bad Thai food.

Or, failing that, I'll just do my level best to figure out a way to hit myself in the face with my own shadowbolt. Either way a warlock gets hurt.

Arcane Brilliance: The end of an era {WoW}

Apr 11th 2010 3:17PM Ok, Hobbs. I've been out of town for a few days, and you've had your fun. Now it's my turn, you dirty, degenerate warlock.

Fear not, my fellow mages. As with all warlocks, Dominic is a filthy, despicable liar. But I will have the last laugh. For this week, I will have an opportunity that until now, no mage has ever had (or, indeed, ever wanted) before.

This week, I will be writing Blood Pact.

Warlockian heads will roll.

And as they roll, those heads will be set on fire.

Arcane Brilliance: The difference between good and great {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2010 6:23PM Let me tell you, I disliked using the word just as much as you disliked me using it. I intended it to be used in a sarcastic context, insinuating that it was a stat that merely adequate mages use to measure their quality, but it looks like I failed to state that clearly enough.

Gearscore is a crutch that only morons believe proves their worth.

Pimp My Profile: Lissaris, arcane mage {WoW}

Mar 24th 2010 12:03PM Here are the problems with taking Slow if you're min-maxing your raid DPS:

1. It costs a talent point.
2. If you take it, you only benefit from it while solo or in groups that will not already be applying a slowing effect to your target, and such groups are incredibly rare these days. Think about it, you're talking about a group where your tank is not a death knight, bear druid, paladin, or warrior, all of whom have a slowing effect that triggers TTW as part of their normal rotations. I'm not even sure if that kind of group exists, frankly. If you're in a group where your tank isn't slowing the boss, your tank isn't doing his job.
3. If you do happen to find yourself in such a group, where you must apply the slowing effect yourself, you need to use a global cooldown every 15 seconds to keep it up. That means the spell suddenly becomes an fairly regular part of your rotation, and though the DPS loss from the wasted global cooldown doesn't counterbalance the 12% damage increase from TTW, it significantly hampers it. You're suddenly forced to cast a non-damage spell every 15 seconds to do more damage on the spells that follow it.

Though your damage will be higher with TTW in those rare situations than it would be without it, again, you're putting a talent point into an extremely situational talent that complicates your rotation and will only benefit you while solo or in the kind of group that you absolutely never want to be in anyway. And if you're talenting for solo play, well, you're playing a different game than the one I'm writing about.

Now, as several of you have pointed out, Slow does have some utility applications, for kiting purposes, especially in some of the newest content. If you're talenting for utility, that's great, but it renders this entire argument moot. The point of the article is to maximize raid DPS, and utility doesn't factor in to that equation.

Pimp My Profile: Lissaris, arcane mage {WoW}

Mar 24th 2010 11:27AM You're right...I repent of my sins and hereby proclaim that I do hate warlocks, as always, more than anyone has ever hated anything ever, despite the fact that such a sentiment is not expressly articulated within the above text. I will do better next time.

Arcane Brilliance: What to do with your trinket slots, part 2 {WoW}

Feb 20th 2010 7:57PM Ah crud. That's what I get for being stupid.