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Tom Chilton and J. Allen Brack talk Wrath at Leipzig {WoW}

Aug 21st 2008 10:58AM I love Warcraft Steampunk :) Yay gunships.

Earth Shock replacement to be implemented due to downranking changes {WoW}

Aug 19th 2008 6:01PM Two words: Cast Times.

The best example I can think of where you would want to use a lower rank spell, even at increased mana cost is spells with cast times, like frostbolt or fireball. I frequently use rank 1 (and will continue to do so, even at a mana penalty), because of the 1 second snare or 1.7 second or whatever DoT.

PvP is time sensitive.

Earth Shock replacement to be implemented due to downranking changes {WoW}

Aug 19th 2008 5:57PM There are a few comments I have on this.

Flushing out stealthers using rank 1 is not full proof. Between ticks and GCD's, I've seen good rogues/druids rush in for an opener. Shadowstep/Sap etc.

They haven't been very clear about what unintended side effects have occurred from down ranking? What specifically is the issue with it? It adds an extra dimension to caster classes.

It doesn't "mess" with game mechanics. It essentially adds tools to classes. Mages, Priests and Paladins have a cheap AoE that they can use when the damage component is insignificant in order to save mana.

This change in it's current form is now officially anti-caster and pro-stealth. Interrupts are still cheap, but anti-stealth techniques are now prohibitively expensive?

Additionally, rank 1 frostbolt will still be useful (even with increased mana cost) due to its cast time. However, Arcane Explosion and Blizzard downranking will be completely gone.

Ask a Beta Tester: Everybody loves Warlocks edition {WoW}

Aug 18th 2008 11:55AM Most classes in game have another class that they're particularly weak against. Warlocks beat mages. Mages beat warriors. etc.
Since everyone is going to be rolling a Death Knight, my question (and evil scheme is simple)...

What class most effectively counters Death Knights 1v1?

The Wrath of Engineering {WoW}

Aug 14th 2008 12:06PM Yeah, that would be awesome if you could have an enchant on your boots AND an engineering benefit, but it's one or the other according to this article.

The Wrath of Engineering {WoW}

Aug 14th 2008 12:03PM Engineering has offered me very little edge in comparison to other professions, and it looks like it will continue the trend. The only things I have used competitively are the epic goggles and Frost Grenades (Vashj).

Anything that is ever useful for arenas is eventually considered "unbalanced," like the rocket boots, gnomish chicken trinket, etc. Not that I disagree, but it is kind of unfair when you consider that things like ring enchants, jewelcrafting gems, etc. still give their benefit in arena PvP.

Right now, I use my rocket boots for running back from wipes. I'm not going to overwrite any stat for that. The only enchant that MIGHT be competitive (cool down depending) is haste to gloves; I'd like to see more like it-especially if it ends up being competitive with passive enchants.

It would be NICE if Engineers had items and enchants that added utility for raiding and arenas, which is the real focus of end game.

In the past, engineering has been all about gimmicks in battlegrounds/world PvP (bombs, chickens, etc). Rocket launchers are cool, but it's not exactly the same as hemorrhaging extra gem slots (blacksmithing).

At the very least, this change is good, because I can put these enchants on my SECOND best item and not some crappy blue.

How Blizzard mishandled the BlizzCon ticket situation {WoW}

Aug 13th 2008 5:33PM I think you might be lost. You do understand WoW Insider isn't a human rights blog, right?

Either way, my friends and I all independently attempted to get tickets for Blizzcon. All 4 of us failed. I wanted to go, did everything I could to get tickets, but there were only so many tickets, and I was one of the unlucky ones. That's how it goes.

One thing they could have done is to make the tickets so expensive that fewer people would be willing to pay for them. I also think this would have lowered the number of people trying to scalp tickets.

The problem is that they'd be kind of screwing over certain fans who wanted to go, but couldn't simply couldn't afford $200 tickets.

I don't know. I'll let you decide which is more fair. Giving it to people who had fast browsers or people with lots of money?

Either way, I'll be reading about it on WoWInsider. Maybe I'll get a ticket from the undoubtedly large segment of people, who just want the in game pet, but don't want to actually attend.

Spell pushback mechanics changed on Beta {WoW}

Aug 11th 2008 2:33PM Yeah. My main is a mage. I'm definitely looking forward to this in PvP.

Hybrid Theory: State of PvP in the Wrath beta {WoW}

Aug 11th 2008 1:05PM "This is more anecdotal about the state of things, and not really analyzing how things will look in the end. You still with me? Good."

Sorry you didn't hear what you wanted.

Forum post of the day: Idiots, children, and oldschoolers. Oh my! {WoW}

Aug 11th 2008 12:32PM I don't read the forums in question, but all I could think while reading this is:

"OMG... what an arrogant prick"