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Scattered Shots: The right pet for the right situation {WoW}

Mar 18th 2010 10:26AM I'm not quite sure what you meant. If you meant "I hate that BM DPS is so low right now", then I'm 100% in agreement. It is sad.

If you meant "I hate that people automatically assume there is a DPS loss when going BM", you ought to research the Hunter class a bit more. Frostheim alone has done a comprehensive job of demonstrating that at ICC gear levels, speccing BM instead of MM is a > 20% DPS loss right off the bat.

Breakfast Topic: It's the little things {WoW}

Feb 16th 2010 4:39PM http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=31021

The only way in the entire game to get http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43327 is to buy them from her in pre-event Culling of Stratholme.

Roaming around that town before starting the event is great fun. I love it!

Scattered Shots: Can Beast Mastery raid? {WoW}

Feb 11th 2010 12:37PM >> "are they providing enough DPS overall?"

What constitutes "enough" to you? As I understood it, Frostheim's point was: "In a progression raid, no matter how much DPS you're doing, if you /could/ be doing more, you're not doing enough."

If you are asking for a specific numerical value that is "enough DPS", beyond which point it doesn't matter what you do, my personal belief is that there is no such number for progression raiding. If there is an encounter that your group is incapable of completing, then you had better summon up every last iota of effort you have in you to defeat that encounter.

I can also say from my experience as a raid leader: the more DPS you bring, the sooner the fight ends, and the less time there is for someone to make a huge screwup and ruin everything.

On the other hand, if your guild's philosophy is "if you're doing 4K DPS in Icecrown but are friendly/helpful/social people, it's OK with us!" that's a different story. Do whatever you want, in that case.

In response to a handful of comments re: BM's raid buffs/debuffs:

The 3% damage boost from Ferocious Inspiration is also be provided by Retribution Paladins (Sanctified Retribution) and Arcane Mages (Arcane Empowerment).

If there are no Warriors or Rogues in the raid for Sunder Armor/Devastate/Expose Armor, there might be some justification for speccing BM to bring a Worm for the major armor reduction debuff, but that really depends on how dependent your group is on physical DPS. The bar is set quite high, because it must make up for not only BM's lower DPS but also a Tenacity pet's lower DPS. There may be some edge cases where it works, but as a rule I wouldn't count on it.

WoW.com Giveaway: World of Warcraft Programming, 2nd Ed {WoW}

Feb 9th 2010 3:15PM I'd love to have one! Pick me!

The Stonewall Family is October's Guild of the Month {WoW}

Nov 21st 2009 4:31AM I thanked Stonewall and the other LGBT guilds on Proudmoore in my last post. Since then I've read the full eight pages of comments and additional thanks are due:

Thanks to the WoW.com staff for keeping this comment thread under control. I do not in the least envy you that job, no matter what they're paying you. Your hard work and dedication to maintaining a positive and friendly environment, free of hate speech, are appreciated :)

Drama Mamas: Time to man up {WoW}

Nov 21st 2009 4:22AM She said "hiding your true identity in a NON-ROLEPLAYING environment."

If, as a man, I want to play a female toon, RP as a female Tauren, interact in a purely game-related context from a female perspective, that's fine. I don't see anything wrong with that. But I have formed close personal friendships with many of my guildmates. To allow them to have incorrect assumptions is one thing (my gender's my own business and isn't necessarily represented by my avatar in-game) but to mislead my friends into thinking I'm female when I'm not is deception. Deception is not OK.

Just to clarify, I wholly support the transgender movement and any kind of gender-bending people want to engage in - that's your and my human right and I stand by it to the end. It's the deliberate telling of lies that I disapprove of, not any form of gender expression.

The Stonewall Family is October's Guild of the Month {WoW}

Nov 20th 2009 5:05PM As the leader of a guild on Shadowsong-H, known fairly well for being full of petty drama and devoid of maturity, I have struggled hard to ensure that, no matter what vileness is spewed in /2, gchat is a safe place for all my guild members. It is not easy explaining concepts like "rape culture" or "heteronormative" etc. to people who aren't familiar with the issues, but I'm proud to say that in my own guild, nobody "gets raped by a Rogue" or thinks "this instance is so gay."

It's heartening to know that the hard work of the Stonewall guilds and the Taint guilds have made Proudmoore as a whole a safer place for the LGBT community. Given the ease with which people can spew hatred on the Internet, I know it can't be easy.

Keep working hard! You're making the world (of warcraft) a better place!

Totem Talk: Starting a Shaman {WoW}

Aug 18th 2009 11:20AM Shamans have four types of totems: Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. A Shaman may only have one totem of each type down at once.

Stoneskin, Earthbind, and Stoneclaw are the first three totems you learn, and they are all Earth totems.

At level 10, you can complete the Call of Fire quest to learn Searing Totem, your first Fire Totem.

At level 20, you can complete the Call of Water quest to learn Healing Stream Totem, your first Water totem.

At level 30, you can visit your trainer to learn Grounding Totem and Nature Resistance Totem, your first Air Totems.

At level 30, you also learn Call of the Elements, allowing you to drop four totems (one of each type) at once, and Totemic Recall, allowing you to remove all your totems at once, refunding 25% mana.

Hope that helps!

An interview with a scammer {WoW}

Jun 6th 2009 11:54PM @Wither

In theory, yes, it's very intuitive to suggest that any communication on the Internet can be traced back to the source. However, in reality, there are myriad forms of indirection that can obscure that path, as well as real-world security holes to exploit along the way, rendering the tracking process virtually impossible.

For example (one of very many), as long as one of the many computers in the chain between the enforcement authority and the scammer is a somewhere in eastern Europe or Indonesia or an similarly apathetic locale, the chances of having the necessary cooperation from authorities to track past that link in the chain are next to nil.

The resources to learn more are freely available on the Internet, and from experience I can tell you that a first-year graduate course in Computer Security will teach you a number of (questionably legal) ways to become essentially untrackable on the Internet. I encourage you to research more on your own :)

Scattered Shots: ViperNotify and aspect swapping {WoW}

Mar 13th 2009 9:50AM "during the safety dance on Heigan"

I hope that hunters and all ranged DPS who can manage it are strafing and shooting during the safety dance :)