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Reader UI of the Week: Going from laptop to desktop {WoW}

Nov 16th 2011 1:21PM I use WhoFramedWatcherWabbit (

It allows you to change the size of the quest watcher, add backgrounds/borders (which I don't), and most importantly, it adds a keybind to open/close the quest watcher, and options to collapse in an instance and auto-hide when empty.

Totem Talk: Restoration's first week with PTR patch 4.3 {WoW}

Oct 4th 2011 4:58PM Snuzzle, you're correct, but it's both. The bonus health is 5/10% of the heals you do, up to a maximum of 5/10% of max health.

State of DPS in Firelands page 2 {WoW}

Oct 4th 2011 10:31AM I play a's because of a couple things. DoTs are a huge part of it. Notice that the Shadow Priest and Affliction Warlock are also up there. It's because those 3 classes are the 3 spell dps with a significant portion of their damage coming from DoTs. Being able to apply DoTs instantly to multiple mobs--and having a talent that makes moonfire better when you spam it--means that boomkins can maintain relatively high levels of dps while moving. On the other hand, arcane mages (for example) can't really do anything until they stop moving again. That's why on Baleroc, the Boomkins and Shadow Priests don't have such a high deviation from the median, and specs like the Arcane Mage do.

On the other hand, on Shannox fights, you'll have Boomkins maintaining Insect Swarm and Moonfire on both dogs and Shannox himself, which provides a huge dps boost, and it's really not that hard to maintain.

Boomkins are perfect for flying around on Alysrazor because they benefit hugely from haste. On Rhyolith they can DoT up the boss and AoE the hell out of the little adds. On Beth'tilac they can AoE the groups of little spiders (I'm blanking on the name, sorry) and DoT up the Drones. I think you're getting the idea...a lot of these fights just work really well with Boomkin mechanics. Give us a bunch of low-movement single-target fights like Baleroc and Majordomo and we won't wreck you on dps....or at least not as much.

The Light and How to Swing It: Synergizing with druids and shaman {WoW}

Sep 18th 2011 11:53PM "they spam Healing Wave while saving Greater Healing Wave for serious damage."

This is a gross misrepresentation of Restoration Shamans. Healing Wave's low healing make it only useful when people aren't actively taking damage (and won't for a few seconds) and are already at a high health level, but its low mana cost make it pretty much free to cast. I rarely feel like it's even necessary when I have a druid rolling HoTs on everybody already.

On the other hand, Greater Healing Wave represents the largest % of my healing done, and is my go-to spell (hasted with the Tidal Waves buff) almost all of the time.

One more thing I think wasn't covered was that Resto Shamans have relatively limited ability to boost their healing output temporarily. Paladins have Avenging Wrath and Divine Favor, like you mentioned, but all the Resto Shaman has is Nature's Swiftness every 2 minutes, which of course applies to only one heal, and it lacks the +50% increase that druids have and there is no mechanic to decrease the cooldown, which druids also have.

With that being said, I think the synergy between these 3 classes is great, and I thank you for writing the article, because it's great fun getting to know the healing strengths and weaknesses of other healers, and working together to cover everything makes the group more effective overall.

The Light and How to Swing It: Basic retribution cooldowns -- when to pop your wings {WoW}

Jul 13th 2011 3:27PM Thank you! I've been confused for a long time about my ret paladin's cooldowns--there are so many interactions it seems like there's no good way to do it. You summed it up very well.

I'm also a UI nerd so I'm pretty excited about HolyTrinity.

Reader UI of the Week: Uth's UI {WoW}

Jan 25th 2011 8:27PM /fstack (or /framestack) will pop up a little box listing the names of all the frames your mouse is currently over. You can use this to find the frame name.

/fstack again to hide the box.

Reader UI of the Week: Uth's UI {WoW}

Jan 25th 2011 8:24PM I found nMinimap and nBuff here:

It's part of a compilation by Neal, and there are a few other parts to the nWhatever addon set, but they don't all seem to be available to the public for individual download.

Breakfast Topic: What's your most memorable moment of amazement? {WoW}

Oct 21st 2010 10:09AM This. Karazhan was my first real raiding experience, and my guild wasn't progressed enough to go in quite yet, but I got brought in with another (much more progressed) guild. It was like being the biggest noob in a party of famous people, except the party was also in this massive citadel with huge dragons and evil monsters. It was INCREDIBLE. This was when the scope of end-game raiding really hit me, and when I fell in love with it.

Breakfast Topic: Revenge is a dish best served at the level cap {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 9:07AM I couldn't agree more; I must've killed Mor'Ladim for other people hundreds of times on nights when we were organizing Karazhan runs.