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Forum post of the day: The thrill and the agony {WoW}

Aug 13th 2008 2:50AM I had to laugh about the comment about people trying to hit iceblocked mages. My favorite way to capture flags in BGs when they have a lot of defenders is to attack them once with my Alliance mage, run a ways off from the node until nearly dead, and then iceblock. Nine times out of ten, every Horde defender follows me (and I never get less than half), and then makes stupid emotes at me waiting for iceblock to wear off. In the meantime, my teammates capture the node. They get one HK for killing me, we get the node. Rinse, repeat, and we win.

Forum post of the day: Table plz {WoW}

Jul 9th 2008 3:25AM My paladin throws blessings on everyone in every bg. My mage makes a table and int buffs every class that can use it in every single bg. Although I view that as simply doing "my job" as part of the group, I'm thinking of stopping doing that. Why? Because I am sick and tired of getting no buffs in return. Would you like a table? Then why doesn't my mage have your priest's fort, your druid's mark, your paladin's blessing, etc. even after I drop it? Being a "team player" goes both ways, and being the only one doing my part is getting old.

Midsummer Fire Festival level guide {WoW}

Jun 23rd 2008 2:49PM I agree on the Ahune comments - you want 70s with at least some epics or you won't be able to kill him fast enough. He's significantly harder than the Horseman. I happen to have had two 70s at about the same point in gearing for each event - reasonably new, but with an entry level epic or three. The Horseman was easily puggable - Ahune is not.

Season 4 and PvE progression {WoW}

Jun 10th 2008 5:08AM We aren't four months from Wrath, regardless of what over-optimistic retailers want you to spend your money on for the holidays. Several classes don't even have talent trees yet for Wrath.

Forum Post of the Day: Invitation requirements {WoW}

Jun 6th 2008 2:52AM I run a lot of heroics, because I like them. I do use armory as a tool, but mostly as a starting point for weeding out people who clearly don't know what they are doing (like the tank in that thread - a pally in gear that says she doesn't understand paladin tanking at all) or as a spec checker, since I hate having to ask someone their spec and then say, "Sorry, we can't use you, because we were looking for a different role." I also keep in mind they might have logged out in alternative gear. My healer has +1300 heal in her dps gear as opposed to +2100 heal in her healing gear.

I think another another thing people are forgetting are the volume of alts at this point in the timeline (a year and a half after the level cap was raised). I have a melee dps geared at the Hyjal/BT level, a healer geared at the SSC/TK level, and a newly 70 caster dps in quest and dungeon drop blues with one or two purples. I'm not going to be taking the caster to Heroic Arc anytime soon, but she's a lot better prepared for the easier heroics than she looks, simply because I've done every heroic fight many times already and know what to do.

Group-wise, you need a balance if everyone is not on level for the instance. If the healer is overgeared, the tank can be a bit undergeared, or if the dps is overgeared, the healer can be a bit undergeared, etc. As much as everyone loves fast runs in heroics and kara, I prefer going in groups with a few people who can use the upgrades. I like getting shards and voids as much as the next person, but it's kinda sad to run something and watch all the gear get sharded, when if you took 50 minutes to do heroic SP instead of 40 minutes you could help someone get some gear.