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Shifting Perspectives: Restoration 101, part 3 {WoW}

Jan 26th 2010 9:39PM I've just hit 80 on my Tauren Druid after taking a break from the game (previously had a Lvl 80 NE Resto Druid), and this is a really useful (and timely) refresher guide for returning players as well as for new trees. Congrats on a well written piece.

I have one burning question though - in the gap when I wasn't paying attention to the world of Trees (about 8 months), haste stacking seems to have shot up in importance. Is this really for people aiming at the new end-game content, or have I missed some basic change that makes this vital for the 5-mans I'll be running soon to gear up?

Can anyone point me to some basic information on this?

Spiritual Guidance: 12 Reasons why you don't want to play a Priest {WoW}

Sep 7th 2009 11:19AM So respec to Shadow for the rest of your leveling and then go back to Holy at end-game.

Hunter gear for the level 80 beginning raider {WoW}

Jul 8th 2009 5:37PM I disagree.

It is fair to list rep gear when its suitable to get you geared for raiding. As long as the list includes alternatives in each slot, then its not assuming that you'll be grinding rep with everyone simultaneously. A good gearing up list should give you the options to choose a path that suits you.

I'm not so familiar with hunter gear, but my druid took advantage of several pieces that only required Honored or Revered rep to get her into Heroics. Some of those became available just a couple of days after she hit 80.

Fast travel, and why it's hard to find in MMO games {WoW}

Jun 30th 2009 9:19PM Flying along flight paths you've discovered is fine. The frustrating thing is having to explore on foot to find the flightmaster in a new area.

Would be nice to take a leaf out of the space trader genre and allow people to buy maps of new areas to 'pre-discover' the flight paths. Having a notice board in each inn randomly offering maps and quests might be a nice addition to the game :-).

Shifting Perspectives: The Tree Druid's future, part II {WoW}

May 26th 2009 10:50AM I can live with not being able to cast offensive spells in tree form. After all, I am a healer.

And the low-res treeform skin has never bothered me.

The only thing I would ask of Blizzard is that they allow both Moonkins and Trees to cast all buffs and CC spells in form.

Other than that, I think treeform is great. Its what defines me as a Resto Druid.

Forum post of the day: Be disciplined about healing meters {WoW}

May 17th 2009 4:36PM Healing meters are a tool to show that something may need looking at closer. Its not the only thing you should use to work out what the problem is. If you're evaluating healers in your own guild, then its easy to make comparisons on healer performance over time -

If you have 4 healers to fill two slots, and the raid does significantly worse when one of those healers fills one of the slots (regardless of which other healer they're grouped with), then that healer needs looking at closely.

Similarly, if your raid does better when one particular healer is present (regardless of who the other healer is) then you probably have a good healer.

And if you want to drill down into why a particular healer is good or bad, then use the detail screen of your healing meter to look at the different spell ratios for two healers of the same spec where one is good and the other not-so-good. now recruiting {WoW}

May 16th 2009 10:23PM Guild name: Soldiers of Fortune
Faction: Alliance
Server: Antonidas US
Raid/active time*: 7.30 or 8.30pm Thurs/Fri/Sat
Accomplishments: Naxx-10 on farm
Goals: Looking to build 2nd Naxx-10 team, and advance to clearing Ulduar-10. Increase raiding membership to start guild 25-man raids.
Who we are: Casual, friendly, mature guild looking to increase our raiding membership. No attendance requirements - just sign up when you want to.
What we're looking for: Mature players who like to raid casually, but take it seriously when you do. All classes welcome (especially if you're a healer :-)
Contact: Any guild officer (just as one of our guildies to introduce you).

We won't see many more class changes in Wrath of the Lich King, says Ghostcrawler {WoW}

May 3rd 2009 8:44PM At last an end to the 3.x altaholic problem:

- Hop on an alt,
- Start questing,
- Can't understand why mobs are suddenly so hard,
- As you die, remember that you'd not played that alt since the latest talent wipe.

Scattered Shots: Pets for raiding {WoW}

May 1st 2009 1:37AM "In order to determine a relatively accurate case study comparison of the remaining pets under ideal circumstances using a controlled data set, I used Shandara's Spreadsheet to compare pet dps for the remaining pet types."

A spreadsheet is a simulation. Its an attempt to model how things work in the game. One pet coming out best on the spreadsheet is just proof that that pet is better in the simulation of the game, not in the game itself.

Time is Money: Owning your own guild bank {WoW}

Apr 22nd 2009 9:26PM Hmm. This article reminds me of the one I wrote last year ;-)