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The Queue: That one drop {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 11:54AM Random Barn picture?

Reader UI of the Week: Mnemonics' versatile shadow priest UI {WoW}

Mar 21st 2012 1:36AM Move your dot timers closer together, it will increase your performance. The less you have to move back and forth to look at all that stuff the better.

Spiritual Guidance: Prayer of Healing and secondary stats for Mists of Pandaria healers {WoW}

Mar 12th 2012 8:20PM Personally, I've been pretty disappointed with healing priests for the entire expansion. I don't like a lot of things, but one of those things is our over-reliance (both specs) on Prayer of Healing. I do miss it at times on my Druid, but usually those times are fairly few and far between.

That said, I wasn't very happy with them making Holy Nova a useful heal. I think Disc is fine at AE healing. It is hard to make HN an AE spell for Disc now that POH is back without turning it into COH. PW:S pre-shielding covers some of that instant healing need.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Buffs and debuffs in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Mar 10th 2012 4:10PM I've always thought my warrior has been pretty strong on mobility fights out of all the melee DPS specs. We have low rampup time and 2 gap-closers, one on a short cooldown that will even give rage in MoP for all specs. Go Worgen and laugh at all those other poor melee saps who have to actually run at normal speed to their targets.

Spiritual Guidance: How to increase your HPS as a holy priest {WoW}

Mar 6th 2012 4:20AM Don't ever enchant Heartsong. You get *nearly* the same amount of regen from Power Torrent, and a whole bunch of Spellpower for essentially free. Even as a Holy Priest, Power Torrent is just better.

Spiritual Guidance: How to increase your HPS as a holy priest {WoW}

Mar 5th 2012 10:13PM "While healing aggressively and playing to top meters isn't for everyone, it's important to know how to heal aggressively so you can utilize it when things are dire. There will be times, especially in heroic encounters, where you have to give it everything you've got, and playing aggressively for fun will prepare you for that."

This needs to be posted next to every healer's desk.

Breakfast Topic: Do you enjoy strategic healing? {WoW}

Mar 5th 2012 9:19AM I don't care what they do, they just need to balance healer mana better. Right now, my Druid feels like he can mash all the buttons whenever he wants to, while my Holy Priest feels weak, especially with mana, even though I'm 10 ilvls higher on my Priest, and I'm stacking Spirit like its going out of style.

Strategic healing went out the window on day one of Cata raiding. You got done being all strategic in 5 mans, only to hit V and T, Omnitron and Magmaw and it was back to the same old same old. Only difference was some classes could keep up, some couldn't.

2 crafting professions that won't make you rich {WoW}

Mar 5th 2012 6:05AM Berna, you're doing it wrong. I quit farming mats in BC; I've made tons of gold by buying mats for JC, Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Tailoring, and even Inscription.

You just have to be patient and know your market.

2 crafting professions that won't make you rich {WoW}

Mar 5th 2012 2:24AM I'd say in terms of relative profit making of profession: it depends.

Maybe you're the guy who has the market cornered on a certain glyph. Or you've been feeding the gambling habit of half your server. Then obviously, inscription is great for you.

Same goes for the guy who gets up at 4 am everyday, buys all the botted ore, then waits for all the bots to get banned and for gem prices to skyrocket again. He thinks JC is the bees knees.

You could say the same thing for just about any crafting profession. I'm sure there's some guy out there making a bundle selling motorcycles. He is probably the only guy on the server doing it regularly, but he's making bank with engineering. yeah.

I think Basil's article is more directed at new auctioneers. If you know what you are doing, and you know how to work the AH, then yeah Inscription's probably fine. It probably isn't the best place for a new auctioneer - at least right now. Perhaps at the start of an expansion, with new Darkmoon Cards, it is pretty easy to make cash even if you are just starting. However, inscription is one of the few professions where the primary function (making glyphs) that new players see when they first visit that profession trainer that is probably the hardest way to make money with that profession. At least with LW, you know what you will be selling and it makes sense: leather/mail armor and leg enchants.

If I was going to recommend a profession to a new player, here's where I'd go: something with low required capital and high volume of sales. To start with, that's mining and herbalism. For a casual guy who doesn't mind never going above 10k, they're fine.

After that, I'd probably graduate to an armor crafting profession that fits your class, or perhaps Alchemy. Alchemy is a low investment, but you need to use your brain a bit more to sell your stuff, and the transmutes, not the primary function, is the most profitable part.

Enchanting is also possibly a good profession for a new auctioneer since getting your mats isn't too difficult, and you can gradually learn your market one enchant at a time.

Are pure DPS classes really just another form of hybrid in disguise? {WoW}

Feb 27th 2012 3:21PM I don't think the problem here is as big as you make it sound. First of all, as a raid leader and loot officer, I would have no problem giving you the same piece twice versus, say, giving it to a Resto Druid who offspecs Balance and will never use that agi leather anyway. However, if said Druid might ever tank or go cat I'd give him equal consideration. Possibly more if it was tank and we used him for tanking a lot. Still, it just isn't as big as you make it sound.

First of all, you're going to use the same tier. That right there makes gearing a pure 10 times easier than gearing a hybrid. Most hybrid's (all except ferals, and that will be ending in MoP most likely) have to have a completely new set of tier to use in their offspec. You'll probably use the same meta, and the same 40 and 50 agi gems. Maybe to be truly optimal you'd switch out a hit or haste hybrid gem here and there, but really that's not going to make a huge difference.

You'll also be using the same weapons, at least this tier. You are also going to be using the same trinkets, or at least, your trinkets won't be completely terrible like say a Ret Paladin using Holy trinkets would be.

So really, we're talking about Rings, Neck, Cloak, Waist, and possibly one offset slot here. If you're running normal modes, there's always a VP option you can pick up and reforge for your offspec until you get the BIS. It won't be the best, but it will be just fine (and that's just like what hybrids have to do). If you are running HMs, then often if you have a 410 option it is the only 410 option and thus you automatically have BIS for both specs. Congratulations!

Also, it looks like your stat weights are out of date.

You're using the same gems, trinkets, weapons, tier, or so close as to be a non-issue. The only thing that might change drastically is reforging. Two things about that: first, Combat and Sub are so close in weights that it probably isn't worth the gold to fix (and if you're going assassination you ought to take a look at DPS rankings for Rogues sometime ), and second if your secondary stats on these pieces makes that big of a difference, I think you need to go back and fix your rotations, not your gear.

I think a Mage might have a better argument for this right now, because Arcane and Fire really do have vastly different weights. Only thing is, Fire's pretty much the best spec for everything except HM spine so you build a Fire set, and when you get to HM spine you reforge for Arcane and go Arcane. When you're done with HM Spine, you go back to your Fire setup.

Same tier, same gems, same gear, same trinks, same weapons, same enchants, possibly some slightly different reforges here and there. Compare this to having to get new tier, often completely new primary stat gear, new trinkets, possibly a new weapon, and new gems. I think true hybrids have the more onerous task.