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Encrypted Text: What it feels like to be a rogue {WoW}

May 26th 2010 4:07PM @Chase

I understand what you're getting at here, but really, most rogues don't spend the vast majority of their time in stealth either... You wait for an opportune moment to open up on your target, and then occasionally you will pop back into stealth briefly after a fight or vanish during the fight, but most rogues don't wander the world (or even instances, in my experience) in stealth mode instead of unstealthing and riding their mount around.

Minutiae aside, I don't think Rogues are such a unique fraternity as you imply. People help each other if they are generous and kind, and there will be people like that of each class. Even hybrid classes have this kind of community, albeit perhaps a bit more role-specific than the rogues.

Anyway, I find it entertaining that your main focus in this story seems to be solidarity, but you've left Subtlety rogues out of your equation. Perhaps you're really only interested in the endgame min-maxing rogues and not in the people who play for simple enjoyment? "It's a fraternity for all! ...Except those creeps who focus on the aspect of the rogue that I am pointing out as our (quasi) unique trait!"

Encrypted Text: What it feels like to be a rogue {WoW}

May 26th 2010 2:08PM "However, none of our allies on the front lines will be able understand the complexities of stealth, the cold loneliness of the void."

...Except feral druids...

Ask a Beta Tester: Lordaeron, epic quests, and other things {WoW}

Nov 3rd 2008 9:08AM Even though we won't be able to champion old factions, will we be able to champion new factions in old dungeons? Does championing require you to earn experience/honor? Can you champion during BGs/arenas?

Caption This: Vote for winners! {WoW}

Oct 28th 2008 2:13PM Unoriginal and boring...sort of like naming yourself after a famous sci-fi character type and following it with numbers?

Seriously though, the only one that even made me think funny at all was the Chik-fil-a one. And that wasn't that funny.

15 Minutes of Fame: Proudmoore guild plays out GLBT pride {WoW}

Oct 22nd 2008 8:42AM I'm of a slightly different frame of mind regarding marriage. I think religious and civil marriage should be completely separated.

Civil marriage would encompass all the rights and privileges that status currently entails, but would be available to everybody. I fail to see how a religious ceremony can grant a person civil privileges.

Religious marriage would have nothing to do with civil rights and would be a matter of church. If you want to pledge yourself to your loved one before god, please do! Just don't expect a tax break for it!

This should solve the problem for all the religious people who are offended by different kinds of people being in love AND for the people who are in love but unable to obtain the same rights that an estranged family member holds. We're not saying that god supports the marriage, but we are saying that if you choose a partner for life you should be allowed the same civil status as anybody else who does so.

Win-win?

Forum post of the day: The challenge {WoW}

Oct 7th 2008 9:38AM All this complaining about 'dumbing down' content is really idiotic. The 'dumbing down' at the high end is making it possible for people to actually get there without dedicating an unhealthy amount of time to the game, and the 'dumbing down' at the low end has to do with the fact that it's virtually impossible to group for VC, ZF, DM, etc. on established servers because nobody plays on characters under level 60 anymore. The changes that are made make it possible to get to see the things the developers put in the game. Do you think anybody outside of the small elitist raiding minority cares who has downed KJ and Illy D? NO! They care that they CAN'T get there.

Even at higher levels of gameplay it seems to me that raiding isn't so much about learning to play every aspect of your class as it is learning to listen to instructions. If you're an idiot who can't listen to instructions you fail at raiding. It doesn't matter if you have T6 gear, if you aren't working as a team you will wipe your raid in BT, SSC, Kara, or even in 5 mans.

For you people who think that the only thing that makes your life worthwhile is being in the only guild on your server to down Arthas, maybe you ought to take a good look at why you play the game. Do you do it to fill a void left in your real life or do you do it because it's a fun way to escape the grind of the work-a-day world?

What's the point of resist gear? {WoW}

Oct 7th 2008 8:50AM Passive resist fights have to go, that's for sure. What Blizz should do is give a handful of active resist spells that can be applied to specific players and/or the entire raid.

These spells could work similarly to priests' shadow resist buff, except maybe resist more damage and on a shorter timer (perhaps like the mage warding spells, except able to be cast on others).

By making people actively work on resisting spells you actually make the fight more interesting because people have to pay attention and use spells at the correct time instead of just slapping on armor and nuking away. If you do it this way the only QQing you have to listen to is the people who think that raiding is all about the DPS meter. "But if I have to ensure the survival of my raid group I might be 3rd on the damage meter! WAAAAAAAH!"

Moonkins aiming to get DPS and group utility {WoW}

Sep 9th 2008 2:56PM Arcaria said:
"You're right, I should have said MainTank. Druids suck at building threat quickly enough. As an offtank that's okay because they have time. Also against mobs that dump agro quickly or don't really have threat against them they're fine. Otherwise, druids are horrid as a MT.

On the healing front. Druids run out of mana much faster than a good priest of even a pally and once again serve better for off heals or if they outgear the instance.

In my opinion, that's exactly how a hybrid class should be. Good but not great at many things. The constant bitching from druids wanting to be the best at different game aspects makes me wonder why didn't they just roll that primary class to begin with."

It seems to me that you've played with a lot of sub-par druids in your time. Sucky druids suck. Period. Good druids can hold their own against good players of any other class.

I've never had a problem generating threat against dps who were geared similarly to myself as a tank. In fact, you basically contradict yourself by saying a druid is good against aggro wipes, but bad at generating threat. Are you sure you understand the mechanics of this game?

A good druid healer has a rotation of spells that will keep a tank topped off as well as any priest or paladin.

The fact of the matter is that the mechanics of every class make them slightly better in certain situations than others. Fighting elementals? Warlocks make great CC. Fighting undead? You'd probably rather have a priest.

Have a boss that's cranking out huge hits blow after blow? Having a druid tank will give you a bit more of a health buffer on those big hits. During fights where avoidance is more important you'd probably rather have a warrior.

In my opinion, you don't know crap about what it means to play a hybrid class. I have the option of speccing and gearing for a specific role in the game. When I do that I do so at the cost of the other 2 or 3 roles that I could potentially be filling. A druid tank is not a dps machine nor a healer. A healer will get one or two shotted even in bear form time after time. A balance druid will get overlooked because unless he/she is well-known and very skilled, it's simply not bringing enough to the table to be viable in a small group.

Finally, I'd like to acknowledge that I can only think of 3 pure classes: Mages (range dps), Rogues (melee dps), Warlocks (range dps). Everybody else is able to spec to do at least two jobs in the game, but will be very poor at fulfilling the role that they didn't spec for.

Does that mean they should be nerfed in 'off-specs'?

US registration for Wrath beta now open {WoW}

Jul 3rd 2008 3:11PM Now we all get to wait 3 weeks while Blizz sorts through all the applications!

European registration for Wrath Beta now open {WoW}

Jul 3rd 2008 3:08PM WotLK Beta Opt In is up on US site.