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Shifting Perspectives: In defense of a glyph everyone hates {WoW}

Feb 24th 2010 4:20AM If you're getting 6 marks on Saurfang, then healing is not the problem.

Shifting Perspectives: In defense of a glyph everyone hates {WoW}

Feb 24th 2010 4:09AM I'm trying to fathom how you could write a column on glyphed Healing Touch without mentioning the global cooldown. Specifically, the fact that after you cast that leet 0.7-second GHT, you are forced to spend the next 0.3 seconds twiddling your branches, which obviates most -- if, charitably, not quite ALL -- of the benefit. While it's true that debuffs only tick once per second, it's also true that you can only heal once per second as well, whether you're using GHT or Nourish.

GHT was a barely viable healing spec before the GotEM change. Now, it's only good for a single very specific encounter, which is Anub hard mode.

Arcane Brilliance: WoW patch 3.3 primer for mages {WoW}

Dec 8th 2009 1:27AM Arcane is the top PvE DPS spec at the moment, although it must be noted that a lot of this is due to the preponderance of very Arcane-friendly fights in 3.2, such as Twin Valkyr (Incanter's Absorption is truly absurd on that fight).

Arcane Brilliance: WoW patch 3.3 primer for mages {WoW}

Dec 8th 2009 1:17AM Magic Absorption > Student of the Mind. This is not open to dispute. If you see a raiding mage with SotM, please /slap him for me. It's one of the worst talents in our most bloated tree and is essentially never worth taking for any reason.

Officers' Quarters: The ethics of loot selling {WoW}

Dec 8th 2009 12:59AM While I can see a hypothetical ethical issue if people are rolling on items that aren't upgrades just on the chance of selling them, I think this author and many commenters are generalizing unfairly when they say that loot selling should be banned or otherwise impeded. 99% of the time that loot is sold, it [i]is[/i] an upgrade for both the seller and the buyer, but the seller decides that he'd rather have the gold than the item. This is a perfectly legitimate economic transaction and is to the benefit of both parties. It's not a scam, an exploit, unfair to the people who lost the roll but can't afford the price, or in any other way "bad". In fact, requiring these transactions to be conducted through whispers creates an information asymmetry that opens up many more scamming possibilities (e.g. the seller responding "I got an offer that's 1k higher, want to match it?" when no such offer was made).

IOW, let's zero in on the ethical issue here. The ethical issue is not loot selling per se, it is rolling on gear that you know you're not going to use. It's not a new issue, either, since people have been doing that in the hopes of sharding or vendoring gear since WoW launched.

The Queue: Normal view {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2009 11:14PM Can't believe no one has mentioned Hearthsinger Forresten as a gay character: http://www.wowwiki.com/Hearthsinger_Forresten

His drops are pretty obviously, um, referential.

Arcane Brilliance: Mage leveling guide: getting started {WoW}

Sep 19th 2009 8:53PM "Pick up everything" is extremely bad advice if you're not starting out with 16-slot bags. Those bat parts that sell to the vendor for 3cp each are not, by any stretch of the imagination, worth carrying around. Your time is much better spent killing more stuff (so you level and get better drops) than running back to town every ten minutes to sell junk.

Pick up greens, pick up quest items, pick up grey weapons (vendors pay reasonable prices for those), pick up meat and other tradeskill items that can be used or sold at the AH. Don't pick up

Mage leveling is very simple. Spec fire until level 40-50, taking only talents that increase your single-target damage. Then spec frost until 80, because you'll start to need the survivability and AoE.

Flavor names for new race/class combos {WoW}

Aug 27th 2009 3:40PM Layonhoofs
Bovinestorm

Player receives Developer item in the mail, one-shots Ulduar {WoW}

Apr 30th 2009 4:15PM I'd also add that some of us have seen games literally ruined by exploits (UO and the original Diablo come to mind -- remember the town kills?) and are probably not as sympathetic toward exploiters as a lot of you guys seem to be. At the end of the day, there is no difference between having a GM send you an item or finding a loophole in the code, the outcome is the same: you get some kind of unfair advantage over other players. That is just not cool, and believe me when I say the game WILL be wrecked if Blizz doesn't immediately respond with the million-ton banhammer.