May 3rd 2011 3:45PM Matt,
It's been awhile since I thoroughly looked at the Arms warrior, but I was under the impression that Arms was to provide significant DPS, but also a few raid buffs that Fury couldn't provide.
Keeping this in mind, you compared YOUR Arms output to YOUR Fury output, but did you look at the greater picture? Were other DPS'ers pulling higher than typical dps b/c of the Arms boons? During phases in fights that required more movement, were your bleed abilities able to provide more DPS during that phase than Fury? I think there could be a significant advantage to Arms that isn't directly shown in the overall numbers. Perhaps you do LESS dps, but you cause the raid as a whole to do more? Maybe Arms warriors as a collective could investigate some of this further and then be able to show perspective guilds/raids/groups the true boons of the Arms spec. Just my thoughts.
Oct 4th 2010 9:08AM So, four or five people have asked and no beta tester(s) have responded... Are the tabards the same as the ones that can be earned from the Argent Tournament? If so, that's a bit lazy on Blizz's part. Let's have high level players daily quest like mad to exalt their faction's home cities, and then further grind to get the tabards, mounts, etc. THEN let's make some of the same items accessible to level 37 players who will exalt their home rep. just through the natural course of questing... le sigh... Maybe they'll just give all paladins the Argent Charger at level 20 too.
Sep 1st 2010 8:52AM I'm a nerd, but hide it fervently. When asked why I can't make it out on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday night weekly and like clockwork, I say I had things to do. Pretty sure the friends I hide this from either think I have a terminal illness or am a secret agent. Being dumped b/c she calls you at 3am in the morning while you're playing and you can't focus 110% of your attention on her like you had the rest of the day will cause this phenomena... Lol, everyone's saying they either are a nerd and proud of it or are definitely not. Where the hell are the other hiders, damnit!?
Aug 19th 2010 4:49PM From what prot paladins in the beta are saying, the current biggest concern is that we have almost 2 second gaps in our "rotation" and no real filler. A lot of folks are also concerned that our primary means to pull, our only interrupt/silence, and a major focus for our new rotation are rolled into a single spell (the new AS).
Awesome coverage Gregg and for those of you who don't follow, http://maintankadin.failsafedesign.com/ is an incredibly useful, up-to-date, and thorough prot paladin website/tool.
Aug 16th 2010 4:58PM My main's a human paladin, and being a HUGE fan of WC2, it made sense. Human paladin lore is pretty epic, but playing as a human paladin is far less. He's prot, I like tanking, so I thought I'd continue my first warrior as prot to 80... he is unfortunately also a human. My other choices are a dwarf dk (80)(enter aside - dk's need more buttons!) and a dran shaman(74)... :(
So, call me a closet case, but FOR THE HORDE! As soon as I can convince all my Alliance friends and my entire guild to switch to Horde, life will be much more epic... and Tauren filled! :)
^^ Seriously that's the only reason why I don't have a server full of Horde 80's. The Horde have Heart. The Allance have Varian... Emo faction leaders FTL! :P Damn friends...
Aug 3rd 2010 2:16PM I think everyone who plays WoW needs to read this post b/c even experienced tanks feel this. I have three at various stages of development, but all are tanking; none of this "must get good gear before tanking" rubbish for me. My main's a prot pally in ICC, then I have a frost dk tanking his way through heroics, and a warrior who got his butt stomped in LBS last night (non-stop polymorph mobs for the lose!). It's ironic really because I "tank" the same way with all three; non-stop. I'm a machine, in so much as I usually miss people saying afk in party until 10 minutes later and I notice the mobs are taking longer to go down or I'm at 25% health and decreasing.
On my pally in ICC, not to be conceited, but to illustrate my point, I'm praised for setting the pace of the raid, pulling mobs to their correct locals quickly, using my cooldowns to minimize heals etc., etc. My new guild could care less that my GS is slightly below avg for ICC (he's just under 5.5k), so long as I tank confidently and intelligently. I grew to love tanking through the paladin so thought I'd follow suit of some of the community's great tanks and play the other tank classes.
I find my DK's "rotation", if you can call frost tanking w/ HB glyph a rotation, a little lack luster, but I still use my typical tank style and try to keep the pace in heroics. Some random groups don't have a single complaint with the way I set the pace, know the fights, blow cooldowns correctly, etc. and we usually finish w/o incident. In other random groups, I have gearscore nazi's sizing me up even before the first pull. I literally was told one night I didn't have enough epics to tank. I looked at some archived posts from when Wrath was new for argument; the typical "ok to tank" scenario was 540 def, 30k armor, ~23k hp when everyone on a server was a new 80 (Note: I'm not sure if that was exactly what I read, but it was close and my DK was above the minimum for the time). Tanks tanked these heroics with a full group of similar geared folks and got through it fine; I was booted from two groups before we started b/c I wasn't in ICC gear for a heroic... Another group was even better; our healer intentionally bodily pulled half the dungeon, then didn't heal me when I collected them all and told me "see, you can't tank". I developed such an anxiety with my DK that I no longer play him; I have myself half convinced that it's my own fault for some reason...
My up and coming warrior is a blast; for those pally tanks who never played a warrior tank YOU MUST TRY IT. It's such a breath of fresh air, I might make him my main in Cata.... Anyways, I'm being praised in just about every random instance for my usual style. I know where to go, I know how to tank, I know what to kill, etc. Just as Kristal mentioned, you're basically the leader as the tank. Aside from getting roflstomped last night in LBS (I've never seen myself a frog fro that long in a single fight...), I've yet to have any healer or dps complain in the least.
I'm about to move into Outland dungeons (my goal with this warrior was to level him exclusively through random dungeons and so far I've made 20 levels in less than 10 days) and I can only hope the random players assigned to me don't drastically change somehow. I'm already starting to get a little anxious that the warrior will be shelved once I tank through the regular wotlk dungeons and begin moving into heroics just because of the gear nazi's that now expect everyone to be in "epix" for heroics.
Jul 30th 2010 2:16PM How has Darnasus changed in regards to flying? It had the port from / to the flight path b/c you couldn't walk through the "big tree" and as far as I knew, there wasn't another way around, save the portal...
Jul 29th 2010 1:06PM Thanks for the clarification. It appears I wasn't doing well keeping up with that!
Jul 29th 2010 12:39PM Has there been any indication of how Cataclysm will be priced and what previous expansions you will need to have before Cataclysm? Currently on Amazon (and the assumption is that like prices exist on other venues) WoW vanilla is $19.99, TBC is $29.99, and WotLK is $29.99 (prices as of 7/29/2010). As we move to new expansions, the previous ones become cheaper, and as the current expansion plays through, it becomes cheaper. My question is related to vanilla WoW. If Cata is basically changing the whole of the "old" world, is it believed that Blizz will charge for vanilla even when a new player is getting NOTHING out of the original game. In the same vein, if Blizz charges the typical $49.99 for Cata brand new, will a new player need to buy tBC and WotLK beforehand, because of expansion order, or will they, like it is currently, not need to purchase tBC and WotLK until they get to the level cap or wish to roll an expansion race, class, or new race/class combo? Any insight from the WoW.com team?
Jul 16th 2010 1:04PM The Earthen Ring has been around since vanilla, and as a Shaman, they were always the paragons to whom I felt most connected. I was also always a little envious of that other "natural" class for having factions composed of entirely their class with whom the rest of us could gain reputation (http://www.wowwiki.com/Cenarion_Circle, http://www.wowwiki.com/Cenarian_Expedition)and players couldn't do the same with the "shaman version", the Earthen Ring.
Just from what has been shown / played through already, it seems the Earthen Ring is very prominent in the story and could be the "Argent Crusade" of the Cataclysm expansion. My question is, throughout the current version of Beta, have any of the quests or events given reputation with the Earthen Ring? This is just a fun-factor I would enjoy seeing implemented in Cataclysm.