Aug 14th 2010 12:52PM Tyrande: Why did I get stuck here with all these freaks? What, you too, Velen?
May 25th 2010 2:25PM @Pat,
Off the top of my head, I think it's all because it's low-level cheeses (except for level 80 cooking dailies). I'm pretty sure that 80% of the cheeses in Azeroth exist only because of Elling Trias, the Master of Cheese, and his little shop in Stormwind. Of course, as the store is only a front to hide his SI:7 connections (most of which are revealed circa levels 15-35), he doesn't have much to do these days.
Here's to you, O Master of Cheese! I hope you get some new goods (and some cool new quests) in the Cataclysm!
May 25th 2010 2:00PM Mmm... strudel... arghagara...
May 16th 2010 7:38PM Basically, when you're in combat, the game will do a /roll in the background once every minute or so. If the number 50, the right-most tree gets Mastery bonuses. It's part of Blizzard's design to combat too-rigid (boring) spell rotations by adding a little extra interactivity and decision-making... err... umm... and... stuff...
Actually... never mind... that's... something else altogether...
Uh... at least something is changing for my owlbear. :-)
May 16th 2010 6:45PM Since you mentioned downranking, I thought I'd add that most people that are using downranked abilities probably have no idea about the bug that can happen when you have dual-specs and some buttons on your bar keep old ranks instead of upgrading automatically.
I was unaware that Thorns was down a rank on my Resto Druid until someone with RankWatch pointed it out for me. Is it embarrassing to be called out? Yeah, a little, but the downrank bug isn't really the player's fault - it's a bug. I just want to mention it here to build awareness to leveling players. If you're dual-specced, then every time you ding, make sure to buy both sets of talented ability upgrades from the trainer, and always double-check both sets of bars to make sure that they show the newest ranks.
May 16th 2010 6:31PM Fortunately, as an Arcane Mage (assuming proper rotation, talent spec, decent gearing decisions, and careful use of mana), it's really really easy to crack 800 DPS, especially on bosses. Using heirloom gear and dungeon blues/greens, I did 2K+ DPS on bosses by the mid-70s, and as a fresh 80, I could pull off 3K on bosses consistently before getting any gear from 80 dungeons. Arcane is pretty much ideal for a fresh 80 because of its perks:
Low hit rating: Arcane can double-dip from Arcane and Frost talents for 6% total hit chance before gear. Add into that the Grand Staff of Jordan I'd been leveling with (2.59%), and one or two other armor pieces with hit, and while you're not raid hit-capped, you're well on the way for Heroics.
Mana = damage: While you won't be sustaining Arcane blast spam for more than a few seconds until you get some emblem gear, you can still put out some decent damage if you play aggressively, the fights aren't too long, and Evocation is ready. Fortunately, 5-man fights are rarely too long, and 2 minutes is usually short enough that Evocation (and the rest of your cooldowns) will be primed and ready at the start of each and every boss fight. Basically, you can do damage far beyond your gearscore, though not for very long. It's a lot of fun.
May 16th 2010 6:07PM My server (Ghostlands) does cross-faction Dalaran mammoth parades and such every once and a while, and it's always fun to see someone break out of the fun novelty items for entertainment.
One of my personal favorite parades was the impromptu bear parade to celebrate a successful "For the Alliance!" raid. It was a rare moment of faction pride for the Alliance, which are often downtrodden on our server and always hopelessly outnumbered in WG (WTB Cata world-BG balance fix for WG, please).
Other than that, my favorite thing to do is wear the Midsummer outfit on my Druid in tree form, and dance like a fool on fire. /S Singing songs about fire (burn, baby, burn!) optional. It often gets some laughs.
May 10th 2010 8:23PM Flying sharks. Make it so.
Apr 23rd 2010 3:45PM Jamie, from your description, I'm pretty sure this ability would generate rage, not consume it.
Apr 23rd 2010 1:09PM Yup, and now Druids and Shamans (Shamen? O_o) will finally have a reason to use Entangling Roots and Hex in PvE!