May 3rd 2009 9:08PM 2001: A Space Odyssey is the best space flick in the history of movies.
The Star Wars original trilogy doesn't count because they're a documentary series.
Apr 22nd 2009 5:17PM The Super Petz in my area has a rescue come every other weekend to show rescue animals for adoption. We got our beagle/jack russel terrier mix from there about a month ago now, and she's the sweetest puppy ever, if a little...overzealous :)
Dog or cat, you can't go wrong with rescue animals. As far as the strange water obsession goes, I'm of the general opinion that all good pets have some strange idiosyncrasy or another :)
Apr 22nd 2009 5:10PM Yup, that's definitely a Russian Blue that was linked. They're my favorite cat breed!
As stated above, it doesn't matter much what kind you get, just go to your nearest rescue shelter and adopt one you like. I've had two cats and two dogs that were all rescue animals, and they were the best pets anyone could ask for. I had to find new homes for the cats, but the dogs are still great!
Do a good deed and adopt a rescue kitty. You'll feel a lot better for it, and they tend to be better pets as well.
Apr 17th 2009 4:56PM By that logic, why would anyone play a priest, druid, shaman, mage, warlock, warrior, paladin, hunter, or rogue if they aren't OP?
A class should be played because the player enjoys that class more than the other 9, not because it's actually imbalanced to be mathematically better.
Apr 4th 2009 9:18PM I didn't even have to look at the title or the author - I saw the picture and knew exactly who wrote this article.
I always love reading your articles Matt, both because I appreciate the advice that I can take as a fellow discipline priest and because I appreciate the clever hockey metaphors I always see. Healing really is a team "sport", much like hockey, and you're right in that the healing meter really isn't what's important. You can put out the biggest total healing, but still be a bad healer in the process. Andreas Lilja doesn't put out big numbers, but that isn't his job - same applies to healing. If you're lowest on the healing meter, but your assignment doesn't die, you're still doing your job.
Great article Matt, can't wait to meet you in the Playoffs! Go Wings!
Jan 8th 2009 10:24PM As a Discipline Priest, I agree with that sentiment entirely. Also being the healing lead of my guild, I even had to make a big post on my forums to the effect of "Ignore healing meters!" just because only 3-4 people knew how to use them effectively. Our druid assigned to raid healing and keeping a hot or two up on our tanks would always post the healing meters, with him on top one or two every time, like he was hot (hurr hurr) stuff, but that's just the nature of his role. Being Discipline, people don't get how I'm always on the bottom of the healing meters but my assignment, a wonderful Prot Warrior, doesn't die :) I'm lucky enough to also have a raid leader who understands that, even though he leaves the healing corps almost entirely up to me.
Dec 28th 2008 10:24PM As a Holy priest who respecced Discipline for Wrath just to try it out, let me say that Penance is the most fun spell I've ever used.
Unless I'm playing my new beloved spec wrong, the place I've noticed Discipline shines most is clutch situations - the tank is about to die, you bubble him, Penance him (Penance is really a great heal - I fell in love with it the first time I ran an instance with it), top him off with a Renew, and suddenly he's not at 8% health about to be squished by a boss anymore. He's at full health, hopefully with a bubble up still.
Deep Discipline has a lot of talents that synergize so well with each other. I use it to heal my Naxx-10 raid's Frost DK off-tank. Paladin tanks won't like you too much, because your preventative style of healing conflicts with their mana regen. Discipline's job is tank heals with enough breathing room to toss Renews and Bubbles around the raid if needed, and it's damn good at it. Anyone who's written off Discipline as a PvE spec in the past need to give it a try - either by speccing it or taking one along in a raid. They're the new Holy Paladins, IMO.
Dec 28th 2008 8:18PM I don't think it does right now, but I know there are some changes being made to the mechanic in 3.0.8. Maybe someone in the PTR can enlighten us.
Dec 28th 2008 8:12PM I'm willing to bet this study only tracks physical box sales inside America. International and online-distributed content make PC gaming bigger than the numbers would imply.
Dec 25th 2008 7:07PM Believe it or not, some people care about stuff other than sex. Spending a lifetime with the one person you care for more than anybody else is more important to a lot of people.