Feb 11th 2009 2:24PM I think that the ninja term is over-applied. Ninja implies you took something you didn't have a right to. The hunter in the above example pretty clearly didn't have any legitimate claim to Thoridal.
Similarly, I remember a heroic UK run where a PUG carried a rogue who was upping his weapon skills and doing 400 DPS average. I kept telling him to equip his old weapons or get the hell out, and he kept saying "it doesn't cost you anything. You guys have enough DPS to support me and everyone kind of rolled their eyes. Coming in to the last boss, I had 3200 DPS as a boomkin and the pathetic joke of a rogue may have upped his DPS to 500-600 by this point. Kill the boss and some piece of melee leather (a belt, I believe) dropped. The rogue got incredibly excited (he didn't have any epics yet...yet another reason he shouldn't have been in a heroic). After mulling over my options for a while, I said "I'm going to roll need against you on the belt. You did nothing to deserve the reward for our work." The rogue flipped out, and it got worse when I won...but screw him. He had no legitimate claim to the item. He had been dead weight the entire fight and admitted he was levelling new weapon skills (my question is how can he not have been in the 390s halfway through the run, even if he started with 1?). This is the definition of welfare, and that is not a positive term.
I had done about 40% of the total damage with the tank coming in second place, and when the healer died I had taken over at healing. I clearly had carried my weight. I am glad the gods of random /rolls chose to correctly award the feral gear, even if it was only my alt set.
Not like I made the decision without considering the effects. I decided if the frequency with which i would use the belt outweighed his tears and uselessness. The answer came back in the definite affirmative, and I am more happy that he got nothing than I am that I got an alt piece.
Feb 9th 2009 6:23PM T7.5 helm? Are you kidding? The engineering helms are well below T7. Even the helm drop from Thaddius has better DPS stats for a boomkin (and that doesn't even include the 23 MP5 on the Thaddius helm). Seriously? Tier 7 absolutely blows away engineering equivalents for all druids.
The hyperspeed accelerator glove enchants are only relevant for a a few classes with talent procs (I play boomkin, so eclipse counts). Engineering isn't just somewhat less lucrative. It has no economic viability.
The general personal PVE benefit of professions (mostly relevant with best-in-slot gear) is currently Jewelcrafting>>Blacksmithing>Enchanting>Inscription=Leatherworking=Tailoring>>Engineering (Best for Boomkin and Destro Warlocks, but still last place)
Which is sad because Jewelcrafting is also the most profitable profession, followed by enchanting, and then after a steep drop-off blacksmithing and leatherworking. Tailoring is slightly behind those two, and inscription and engineering hold the solid last 2 places.
In other words combining those economic and personal benefit profession ranks, JC>>Chant>BS>LW>Tailor>Inscription>Engineering. Awesome.
Feb 6th 2009 2:41PM He didn't mention what will happen to Deadly Weapons. What will the new arena rating be for those items (if you can't tell from this post...I'm nowhere near a 2000 rated boomkin...but I'd like the resilience weapon for wintergrasp and battlegrounds).
Feb 6th 2009 11:48AM Way to nerf both engineers and leatherworkers. The only money-maker that engineers had was ammo...and now that is gone. At least LWs can still make leg armors, but engineers just got the royal shaft.
Why has Blizzard spent so much effort on huntards to begin with? It is the worst and whiniest group of players in game. How many times have I read a hunter bitch that "We pure DPS should do much more damage than hybrid DPS!" Umm... you are the most hybrid class in game. You are a tank, healer, and DPS with more CCs than anyone else in game. Sucks that your class was never intended to be anything but a distraction for real player's wives. Get over it.
Jan 30th 2009 1:28PM That was terrible. Someone spent time on that? The only things that didn't suck about that were the 3 Jonathan Coulton songs (of Code Monkey fame)
Jan 13th 2009 8:47PM And what if you can roll 2000 DPS in Heroic Nexus within minutes of dinging level 80 (Boomkin)? I didn't have any problems staying a close second on DPS in a heroic the day after dinging, carried only one epic (engineering helm), and didn't have my level 79 or 80 spells yet. Everyone else was mostly epicced, but if you know your rotations, you can compete with low to mid 70s questing blues in early heroic dungeons. We didn't wipe once and I was just below a DK in DPS.
Any early 80 can perform their role adequately, so long as they have some degree of skill, in one of the first half dozen heroic dungeons. It is both judgmental and demonstrative of a lack of skill to claim that early 80s should have to run all of the normal dungeons before they're heroic capable.
Dec 9th 2008 3:47PM I don't play a feral cat. I just used it as an example. Feral cats and Retribution Paladins are the best examples of the inflexibility of some hybrid specs... so get over it. I like how people complain about how useful the druids are due to their dual-specs... which aren't in the game yet. Cry more.
Note that just because your class is hybridized doesn't mean that your character is. We don't just pick up one weapon that works for every class. There are entirely different stats for protection/retribution/holy or balance/feral/resto gear. Enhancement weapons stand alone (though they can now wear elemental armor without much loss), but there is more overlap between elemental and resto then other hybrid specs (they both rely on crit and mp5 and ignore spirit, but even then the hit rating requirement makes the gearsets different; balance druids are haste/crit dependent while both of those stats are useless for a tree of life). Unless you're going to give hybrids the raid right to roll on every spec's drop as if it were their primary, don't expect hybrid DPS to be put on the back-burner. On top of that, some players just aren't built to tank or heal. I don't see you hunters volunteering a class to fill the tank-void...do I? No... you're all playing death knights because it is the new easy-mode soloable class and refusing to tank instances because you suck at that job too.
Apparently "my class" (putting on the kitty pants for a minute just to put your pathetic argument where it belongs) is meant to be useful. Yes. Historically feral DPS would frequently be a guild's designated OT, but Blizzard nerfed that away from us... and there weren't too many tears. When I used to run feral, I was raid leader and #1 tank, and when we had someone else who could tank but not DPS, I was often the top DPS in cat... so yes. I was probably among the most useful member present. So Blizzard nerfed away our ability to pull viable DPS/tank specs...and I didn't cry. You understand that kitties don't want to tank...right? And yet they have... for years. A feral with 3700 AP pre-3.0 shouldn't have to tank...but they did.
But don't worry - give it time and your class will be back where it was intended to be... where people wouldn't consider you more than an easy-mode soloing diversion.
Dec 9th 2008 3:01PM Hunters aren't supposed to do more damage than hybrids. In fact... "pure damage dealers" aren't supposed to either. Feral cats aren't the best ranged DPSers, aren't good healers, and can barely even tank anymore...so you think they shouldn't be able to outDPS the non-dungeon class? Hunters were intended for questing and soloing, and were always intended to be the class for people who didn't have enough time for dungeons and raids. Get over it. As long as you and your pet are survivable and successful at solo questing at your level...your class is working correctly, regardless of PVP or raid comparability. Your class is meant for young children, people with short game attention spans, and the less interested member of a husband/wife questing team. Just remember to thank all 9 or 24 other group members anytime you're invited to a raid for their charity.
Nov 24th 2008 1:55AM This guy proved all of our points. He is so immersed that he spends all of his time between logging in and logging out typing complaints to a GM. Clearly every Draenei Shaman eats Twinkies and slurps 64 ounces of Diet Coke from his mother's basement. Guess what. The Diet Coke doesn't help in such large quantities and won't dissolve the layer of lard you've already developed. Similarly, crying all day won't solve your perceived problem of people not respecting your sacred little bubble of "immersion".
Let me teach you a trick that everyone else on your server performed the first time they saw you type some pathetic Elwynn Forest love letter. /ignore
Nov 24th 2008 1:48AM Sadly, I have to agree with 420buds. You seem to be trying to cause drama for someone who isn't bothering you. Get over yourself and get a damned life, man. This is just a pathetic "look at me" article anyway. You should be ashamed that this article represents your work.