Aug 23rd 2009 5:24PM Female dorfs absolutely turn heads! My main is a female prot paladin and almost 3-4 times a week a pugger says something, like, "OMG, i have never seen an 80 female dwarf!" I think Draenor has maybe 5 80s on the entire server.
Aug 23rd 2009 5:21PM It would be nice if shaman had a central location in cataclysm where they could convene. Where Wrath, rightfully, brought about the rise of the ret, Cat seems well suited for Shaman to shine.
In a Wheel of Time Aes Sedai fashion, the shaman races could each represent a color.
Nobundo's Draenei could easily be Blues seeking justice
The Dwarves would make fitting Browns whose love of information often has them forsake all others
The Goblins would be able Whites with their ability to negotiate
Thralls Orcs are like the Greens who prepare for the last battle with the Legion
The Tauren could easily be Yellows with their nurturing relationship with the Earthmother
The Trolls, well they are a little more problematic given their history, but they could easily represent whatever virtue Blizzard feels is missing.
Aug 21st 2009 10:58AM Female draenei never feel as rare as any female dorf, but a female draenei warrior has to be a sight to see.
Aug 20th 2009 1:25PM At least this year you won't have to demand a gender verification. Wasn't it about this time last year, a certain source was telling us GC was female?
Aug 20th 2009 10:19AM Though I agree with your premise, there are some huge holes in it.
1. There are neutral factions already. I don’t know that I would like to let people design their own quests, but, for the love bejesus, they couldn’t possibly be worse than Kaplan’s green hills of stranglethorn, and that guy is paid major bucks to give us that kind of crap.
2. By Blizzard’s own admission, they ended Warcraft 3 with the races in a state of peace and then launched WoW with them at war again. There has been little, if any, reason why this would be the case. ***Spoiler*** If the Thrall to Guardian rumors are true, and Garrosh intends to ignite a new conflict, at least the idea of neutral factions is less feasible than it is now.
3. The idea of befriending your opposing factions in certain places or after certain events, isn’t completely farfetched. Some classes, like the druid or shaman, are intricately tied together no matter their faction and as such, locations of peace where each can learn to commune with the spirits or nature, would not be ridiculous. As a dorf paladin, the idea of the BE having stole the light would mean I couldn’t walk in a place where those magic crack hoes also worship, but the same is not true for all classes. It would not be unheard of for the gnomes, with their natural curiosity, to seek out even a race like the trolls to understand the difference in how they using their talents as magi vs. the draenei.
It’s not all about the WAR in warcraft, and just a little actual immersion into the story would show you that. I will admit that Blizz could do a better job with storytelling, but it is better than when we all logged onto WoW for the first time.
Aug 19th 2009 10:29AM /agree
There are no 2 more exciting leaks as the tauren paladin and dwarf shaman!
Aug 15th 2009 12:16PM I hope you are right about Uther. He gets a fee pass the way Obi-Wan did in Star Wars. Why is he not punished as a minion of the Lich King the way Sylvannus was?
I hope we get to see Uther in all his glory, and I hope he falls at the hands of a DK MT to remind him of his absolute failure to harness Arthas' potential.
Outside influence notwithstanding, a teacher with such a talented pupil has a responsibilityoutside of teaching him to harness the light. It's time for some Robert Jordan Aes Sedai justice for the mentor who fails.
Aug 14th 2009 4:56PM @Zach,
Though I understand what you are saying, and though the premise should hold true, it does not. On specific pieces of gear the variance may be higher than expected based on the item budget, but on all gear with gem sockets it starts to divergence is much larger.
No prot paladin gems for str, but we all gem for stamina. If we use red sockets for the bonuses, we gem for avoidance and not strength. The value of touched by the light is it allowed prot paladins to scale their threat with spellpower while not allowing it to impact any other stat like mitigation or avoidance with a stat they were already stacking.
Gems only tell half the story as well. Look at tanking trinkets with high stamina on them. The previously provide some threat value in addition to the HP. Now that will not be the case.
No prot paladin in his right mind is going to stack strength because it just isn’t valuable enough. At least before we had a scaling threat talent attached to a stat we already coveted.
Yes sir, on gear you are correct, but when you start to factor in gems, enchants, and trinkets, it is pretty obvious the numbers will not balance.
Aug 14th 2009 4:05PM Just looking at consecration, the formula is [8 * (113 + 0.04 * SPH + 0.04 * AP)]
Pulling the armory, without Blessing of Sanctuary up (the numbers would get a boost with another 10% stamina) the current Threat on each tick of consecration would be (113 + 0.04 * 768 + 0.04 * 2352) = 237.8 dmg or with RF modifier of 1.9 a 451.82 threat per tick.
With the PTR changes, and a loss of 128.4 spellpower, the consecration would tick for (113 + 0.04 * 639.6 + 0.04 * 2352) = 232.66 and with the RF modifier of 1.8 a 418.79 threat per tick.
That’s a loss of just over 7% unbuffed without Sanctuary. Remember Sanctuary isn’t going to buff str, only your stamina so lost threat only gets bigger.
Aug 14th 2009 3:30PM TANKS DO NOT HAVE GOBS OF STRENGTH!
They have a moderate amount of strength since it is placed on all tanking gear, to help boost a mitigation stat (block) for shield bearers and an avoidance stat (parry) for DKs. Tanks do not stack strength the way they do stamina, and even with the 60% conversion of str over the 30 conversion from stamina, I am losin about 130 spellpower right now. That’s huge when RF is getting nerfed at the same time.
Let’s not even discuss how taking away exorcism also was a threat eater. Is our threat that much through the roof? C’mon Zach, those nerfs seem awfully harsh when we aren’t even talking about changing the time of encounters for since as Blizzard has said before, they never wanted encounters in Wrath to be about holding threat. They said they felt like that was a basic mechanic and putting that as a simple manageable mechanic would allow for more creative encounters. Now they are changing their minds? Interesting to say the least.