Apr 30th 2009 4:02PM Of course Blizzard banned them, and of course anyone with an ounce of sense wouldn't have used it in the first place. If I'd gotten the item I would have equipped it for giggles, tested it on some random mob to see if it worked, had a good laugh and then reported it to a GM. Because, see, I have common sense, and I know that if I use an item like that to one-shot endgame content, I AM GOING TO BE CAUGHT AND BANNED. Since I don't want to be banned, and I don't want any of my friends to be banned, I wouldn't do it. Simple, really.
It speaks volumes about this guild that they expected a "stern warning" for using an exploit to beat the hardest raid in the game, and that they think they "weren't hurting anyone". Gee, by that logic, we should all get a Martin Fury shirt in the mail, huh? What do you geniuses think would happen to the game then?
All's well that ends well; Blizz probably got rid of an incompetent GM (and/0r fixed their item restoration code a bit), and we have a few less idiots cluttering up WoW.
Apr 27th 2009 4:39PM There is no such thing as a mod that makes bad players into good ones. A lot of the comments here are just plain ignorant, like people saying that raid spots are assigned on the basis of pure DPS and not all-around skill. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Give me a choice between a 3500 dps who stands in void zones and a 2500 dps who doesn't, and it's a no-brainer. And that's not even the choice anyway, because unless we're talking about Patchwerk, there really is no raid encounter that gives perfect DPS uptime; all of them call for some degree of adjustment and situational awareness. No mod can give you that.
Anyone who's worried about WoW being taken over by a bunch of drooling button-mashers has probably never done endgame content. Mods are absolutely necessary in raids, and the comment about the stock UI being a complete joke (especially when it comes to healing) was spot on, but their function is to make good players better, not to magically turn scrubs into candidates for Nihilum.
Dec 22nd 2008 1:29PM I don't know about the Alliance version, but the Horde quest "Slay them All!" definitely does give credit for kills made outside Icecrown. I completed it several times by going to Storm Peaks and killing players who were doing Sons of Hodir dailies.
I suspect this may be a bug, because the quest text plainly says "in Icecrown", but for now, you can complete the quest by killing players in any Northrend zone. Not sure about the rest of Azeroth or Outland.
Oct 6th 2008 9:32PM I strongly recommend NOT buying PvP gear right now. The reason is that WotLK has crafted PvP blues available at 78 which are very affordable and are approximately equivalent to S4 (in some cases better). This is obviously an attempt by Blizzard to allow new 80s to be competitive at PvP, and you should take advantage of it. Save your honor and level to 78 with quest greens/blues. It may even be possible to get the ratings for Hateful gear while wearing the 78 blues, especially in the first post-expansion arena season when most players won't have stellar gear anyway.
Nov 30th 2007 6:11PM Mr. D'Souza --
I wonder if you have read the experiments of Benjamin Libet, Haggard & Eimer, etc.? Neurologically, it appears impossible to support the idea that human beings act with anything like a unified, unfettered "free will". The term itself is likely incoherent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_will#Neuroscience
Silliest of all in your linked article is the claim that there is some type of absolute, hard-and-fast difference between human beings and all other animals. We observe nothing like this in nature. What makes you so certain that you are free to choose whatever actions you desire, but chimpanzees are simply acting out the clockwork impulses of a deterministic universe? This is a view of nature that was (rightly) deemed ludicrous in Descartes' time. Any theory of consciousness, intelligence, or free will that posits a "firewall" between H. sapiens and the rest of the animal kingdom can be dismissed on its face.