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Breakfast Topic: Do you like PvP? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 11:53AM To those crying about School of Hard Knocks, treat it like any other raid achievement and get your (gasp!) friends and/or guild to help you. You're not supposed to be able to just go do everything yourself faster and better than the other pile of people also trying to do it. With all due respect, it isn't the developer's fault if you're socially awkward and unable to find enough friends (or guildies) to do achievements. Massively Multiplayer. Those with friends (or guilds that are worth a damn) have the achievement if they want it. Some have it on alts. It's not actually hard, you just have to not do the exact same thing you're crying about OTHER people doing, namely being an asshat and fighting 39 other people for the objectives. Go with friends and you fight signifigantly fewer people while trying for these.

For what it's worth, I have this. On a priest AND on a lock, the two slowest (no speed boost on priest when I did it) classes. I did both without the assistance of ANYONE, and did both quite easily. It just took more than one BG. Stop crying.

As for PVP itself, it's in the best state it's ever been Things are finally relatively fair. There's still a good amount of rock/paper/scissors between the classes in 2's but as you move up to 5's or BG's, the numbers balance out. (1v1 an unholy DK versus a priest for example. 100% immunity for the DK. Same DK versus a rogue, his green bubble is no longer a game changer. That's rock/paper/scissors.)

Heart of the Aspects video and giveaway {WoW}

Feb 15th 2012 2:58PM I love this mount. The asian theme looks great IMO.

Around Azeroth: Queen of the pirates {WoW}

Feb 12th 2012 6:33PM Certainly.
Character Armory:

The robe is Robe of Power. It is restricted to tailors only, as the robe is crafted and BOP.
Hat is, of course, Bloodsail Admiral's Hat, from the related achievement.
Belt is Veteran's Silk Belt (PVP, from L70 Isle of QD vendor, I believe)
Shoulder is flarecore mantle, another crafted piece.
The weapon drops in BT.
Tabard is from Wyrmrest Temple.
The rest is basically "generic" black or w/e, as found in AH. There's always a bunch of generic black gloves and boots in there.
Also, the Phoenix "parrot" (lol) is from the heroic 5-man on Isle of QD.

Around Azeroth: Queen of the pirates {WoW}

Feb 12th 2012 12:32PM Woot! That be me, Y'arr. :P

I may be one of those "love me or hate me" people, but at least I'm a snazzy dresser. :P

I am also working on several other Xmogs for my army of alts. If you're on Eonar, hit me up. I go through a fair amount of Xmog-friendly items (on both horde and ally AH), so I may well have the perfect piece for you.

Reader UI of the Week: Get personal with Absinth's redesign for raiding {WoW}

Feb 8th 2012 1:45AM Slightly off topic, but would you do (or have you done?) a nice "FAQ/How-to" explaining Profiles, and how to put them to use in the game? Granted, not all addons have this functionality, but a great many do and it was SUCH a huge life improvement when I realized I could make my bartender on my have all his buttons set up just the way I like 'em on my priest, and so forth.

I was able to do in 10 minutes what used to take me days: namely, setting up my UI to look the same between all my guys. Used to have to set each addon separately, but now that it's a one-click settings change (per addon, still can't do "make all my guys look like this UI currently does" feature in WoW, though that would be awesome blizz... hint hint.. "copy current UI settings to clipboard" would be great lol), even Omen and Recount get the profile treatment, as I've found I like the text size "just so" and the colors "just so", etc. It also has the nice benefit ofmaking sure that your addons (and subsequently the info you receive) are where you're used to them. None of that "oh decursive is over here on my mage but here on my priest" etc. (One consistent layout is the goal of a lot of altaholics.)

How to kill a flag carrier {WoW}

Feb 2nd 2012 2:36PM I've been preaching this to Alliance for years, but it falls on deaf ears. Bottom line is that they don't care about the FC, they care about leeching honor while watching Family Guy in their mom's basement.

How to counter THEIR forward movement.
Nets from tailoring. awesome. Also ENG has a version.
Dispel/Purge (remove stuff like hand of freedom and CD's that grant a buff)

How to make sure YOU keep moving (your tricks)
Nets etc (if that warrior is in a net, he can't hamstring you again.)

LIVING ACTION POTION - they still work, and they're still better than a trinket (1 min CD)

Swiftness potion (run speed, combine with racials/class abilities, and a BG power-up (boots) and you're basically turbocharged for the entire length of a WSG field

Lesser Flask of Resilience (+50 Resil 1 hr, standard flask rules) If you're alive, you can be helpful. If you're dead, you can't be helpful. It really is that simple.


That said, when in doubt KILL THE ENEMY FC. Don't chase the random mage. Chase. If you do nothing but chase the enemy flag carrier, not only will you get oodles of honor (assuming you don't just get your ass handed to you), you'll be helping your team FAR FAR more than being one of the uninformed morons in the middle who are randomly selecting whichever target happens to run close enough to them. (And yes, that's a common Alliance strat. It's called lazy strat. Report these people and they get replaced. If you choose to not report afkers or middle-morons, then it's your own fault when you lose. Blizz gives you the tools, but it's up to you to actually click the damn button.)

Breakfast Topic: Does being overgeared matter? {WoW}

Jan 30th 2012 12:38PM The biggest issue, by far, with overgeared players is the simple fact that so many of them expect everyone ELSE in raid finder to also be overgeared, and after the slightest thing goes wrong (frequently the fault of the overconfident overgeared players) promptly start initiating vote-kicks for anyone not pulling 1000000 dps in raid finder, despite the fact that they're pulling perfectly good dps as intended by the developers.

Most recently, I saw it with a friend in raid finder. Relatively new player, middle aged woman on a hunter. She's scared to death but I'm coaching her through the fights on vent, and she's doing fine. Correct targets, switching as needed, doesn't have aspect of the noob on or anything like that. In short, she did well enough for any guild run on normal, and easily had sufficient dps. We wiped on DW, the fault of the immediately dead dps (not her) and the tank who clearly didn't understand the fight. Needless to say, they start at the bottom of the dps meters and start kicking people. Note that she did well over 30K dps sustained. DPS was most certainly not the contributing factor here. (Other than the 4 idiot dps who immediately burst and died in the first 10 seconds of the encounter.)

Point is, her name was mentioned in a list directly from recount and in under 2 seconds, the vote kick had already passed. Nobody looks at names, nobody cares, they just agree because at least it isn't them.

She WAY did what she was supposed to do, and we only failed the fight because several supposed "pros" died very early into the fight and the tank was among the loudmouths who also didn't know what they were doing. But there were a few of them so the vote went right up, and bam. Before I could type the word "no" in /raid she had already been kicked (and I'm a fast typist.)

Here's my advice to the people vote kicking PROPERLY GEARED (and properly played) toons: If you think you're so uber, then GTFO of raid finder and go do heroic mode. Or even just normal mode. Oh wait, you cant cause the overpowered gear came from being carried by your guild. You're not good enough to do it without that carry. That's why you were, as you so frequently put it, "top 5 dps until I died". And the sad part is most of these jackasses don't even realize WHY that's such a bad thing. (Hint: If you're dead, your damage "per second" doesn't matter cause it doesn't count in all the time spent in a pile of terrible dead players on the floor. Doesn't matter if you believe me or not, that's the facts bro.)

In short, overgeared players can certainly help, but too many of them are total douchebags to everyone who isn't equally overpowered for the instance.

How to win at Warsong Gulch {WoW}

Jan 20th 2012 1:05PM Just to make certain that there's ZERO confusion on this issue...

1. If you're not close enough to a flag carrier to click a dropped flag, you're wrong. Every time.

2. If you're not at (or running directly to) a flag carrier (enemy or friendly), you're wrong. Every time.

3. If you're losing, DEFENSE IS BAD. Period. Push to the enemy flag carrier (or base, depending on the game). Every time.

4. (Optional but good): Use the powerups. My god, they're ridiculously overpowered. Full health and mana. Rogue-like speedy boots. Ok, the berzerk powerup is debatable as you do more damage but take more also. The first two, however, are ALWAYS GOOD. No negative side effect whatsoever, but nobody ever grabs them. Really? I eat those like candy... which is prolly why I'm always the one at the top of the flag return column.

The above 3 (4th optional) concepts ABSOLUTELY win or lose BGs. I can't tell you how many times I've seen Alliance down 0-2 and "defending" our FC. Or How many times I've looked at the map and saw 9 alliance standing at Lighthouse. Guys, it's not hard, and you can hate me all you want but the fact is that if you follow these obvious tactics, you will win BGs. I can personally carry a bad BG (and do so every day) but I can't do so if all 9 people on my team stand in the same wrong spot.

I get that not everybody understands the dynamics, but my god... if you're not at a flag and trying to either kill the carrier (WSG) or click it (AB), you're wrong. Period. EVERY SINGLE TIME. This isn't even up for debate, and this is why people are screaming at you.

How many HKs you get do not matter. ***** E V E R *****

All that matters in a team game is winning. You get **FAR FAR FAR** more honor by not being an idiot and simply doing the intended objectives (ie - kill the flag carrier and not all go afk and pretend to play defense EVERY $%^&* round). If you do so, I and many other like me will gladly carry you to victory. If you do not, we will mass /SPIT on you and leave your stupid asses to do it yourself. I got 9 other 85s - I do not have to deal with a 15 minute debuff for when you're a jackass. I just get a new piece on a different guy while you're *still* standing at LH like an idiot, and mock your lack of progress while you continue to lose game after game after game after game. Next time I see you, I'll be on my (now geared cause I wasn't next to your fail) alt, who now also has better gear than you.

Why? Because I chase the flag carrier relentlessly. I use trinket, class abilities, potions, profession goodies, the works. If you;re not in a rated, make use of this stuff. I'm good, but the consumables make sure that I'm on top of EVERYTHING, every time. Kills. Flags. Flag returns. Assaulted bases. Defended bases. Everything. It's not that my classes (all of them) are oP, it's the very simple fact that I chase that son of a ^&* down till I get his ass. Simple as that. I don't stop and get sidetracked every time I see a priest midfield.

I've had 14 WSG flag returns in a round before. I've attacked 7 bases in an AB round before. This is actually fairly routine for me, though the numbers are typically a bit lower in most rounds. I'm not saying this to brag, but to show what can be done (easily, I might add) with just a little big of gear but mostly BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

The middle is always, always, always bad. The only exceptions to this are: If you're up 2-0 in WSG. Other than that, you should be standing at a flag. Always.

Clear enough?

Drama Mamas: Should the raid schedule change for the GL's girlfriend? {WoW}

Jan 16th 2012 11:38AM The fact that they've already threatened to "leave and start their own guild"... dude, if you don't see where this is going already, you're in for a shock. Your guild already fell apart. If they're unwilling to start 1 hour late, 1 day a week... then just imagine the crap they'll pull when loot drops. Each and every one of those who threatened to quit should be /gkicked and permanently blacklisted.

Listen, I know you're all insecure (clearly) but for god's sake, there's 12 million other people to fill those slots. Kick the impatient jackasses and move on. If you're not good enough to do that without them, then tough. Welcome to LFR. My god, the fact that drama even exists in a cooperative guild in a fantasy game speaks volumes about the collective intelligence and general personality of your whole guild. Cut your losses.