Feb 1st 2009 1:28AM I don't see why everyone is bashing WoW Insider for posting this. Sure, the notes are probably fake, but they are surprisingly well done considering the sheer amount of details that would need to be checked. They strongly warn you that the notes are probably fake, only shying away from denouncing them completely because nothing can ever be absolute. And they are interesting to take a look at, simply because so many of the ideas are interesting, and in some cases, very well thought out. This blog is essentially just a place for various writers to post stuff that they find interesting and they think others will too. If you don't find this interesting, move along. Plus, I don't think that there will be too many people who will try and send them lists of patch notes. It would take a huge amount of time to make patch notes as detailed as this.
Oh and the notes are fake. 9/10 for effort though.
Nov 25th 2008 7:38PM I can understand that the Horde wants everyone to believe they're redeemed and don't want to take over the entire world anymore, but really, they're not doing anything to try and prove this. Saying "I'm sorry," and hoping everyone will just forgive you will not work.
While it's great that Thrall got the Horde out from under the influence of demon blood, he needs to accept the wrongs his people committed in the past and try to fix them. Currently, he is doing very little to try and make up for what his people did to the Alliance. He's expecting them to just forgive the and start over, and is not willing to look at it from their perspective.
Oh, and Varian really is not the "Alliance Thrall." What makes Thrall so interesting is that though he will kick ass when the situation requires it, he will not resort to violence unless he has to. Varian, though, is a short-sighted, non-thinking brute who will only decrease the chances of the Alliance and Horde ever working together.
Aug 16th 2008 6:49PM So I noticed something funny reading through the comments. Why is it that even on this very website, other class wishlists have appeared, and no one calls that QQing. However, since this column was posted by a mage, it automatically becomes QQ? Other classes can wish for new abilities, but not us? Seems kinda weird, doesn't it?
About the article though, I agree that familiars would be a great addition. And there is even lore within the game already to support this: remember this quest? http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=10209
Blink has not worked for a long time, and is due for a fix. Or at least a tooltip that states: Teleports the caster 20 yards forward, unless something is in the way. Like air. Also frees the caster from stuns and bonds.
New portals would be nice, but I'm personally fine with what we're already getting. Especially with the Dalaran teleporting :) No ring needed!
Though I would like to see mirror image, I don't think it will end up being nealy as useful as we thing it to be now, kind of like Invisibility. But regardless, a few more mages in the world, even if they're just images, is always a good thing.
Aug 14th 2008 2:36AM I agree, though this will probably not appease most people who hoped for tickets, it's the best Blizzard could do right now for their customers. I'm glad to see they owned up to their mistakes and are at least trying to make it better.
Jul 26th 2008 6:48AM I hate to sound rude, but I suggest that a lot of the people replying take a look at the name of this article: "How to fix Mages." That implies that the comments should concern mage balance and issues, not those of other classes. Yes, your paladin might need some tweaking. And by all means, tell us how. I'd be very interested to hear your opinions. But do it in your class article, not ours. This concerns mages and I personally would appreciate it if we could keep the conversation focused on mages.
But back to the article...
Why on earth would so many people feel the need to malign the author's professionalism simply because his opinion differs from yours? Now, the author is not saying that other classes are ridiculously overpowered compared to us, or that they need to be nerfed. He is simply noting how he believes other classes each have something unique to bring to the table while Mages have very little, and what they do have is not what they should have, therefore things need to be changed. He is doing what I believe every columnist here should do, and, in fact, many of the community members: Presenting a well-written, concise report about the issues he believes affects his class and then allow the general community to either agree or disagree. You may disagree entirely on what he said, and I also disagree with him on some points. But attacking his professional credibility is not only a very unnecessary, pointless thing to do, but it is incredibly immature, disrespectful and shallow. If you disagree with him, do so in a constructive, mature manner and don't descend to the level of personal attacks. It just makes you look, well, stupid.
And as for what he has to say, I agree that the class we were promised back when we first made our characters are completely different than what we got. Either Blizzard needs to return us to what they said they were going to make us, or they need to admit that what they thought the Mage could be simply cannot work and inform us what they plan for this class. If they intend for other classes to be able to out-dps us, so be it. But then I, for one, would like them to be straightforward about this so we can make our decisions about whether or not we will continue playing our characters based on that. And if they intend for us to output damage that no one else can match, then let us do that, be it AoE or single-target. The other classes may not like that we consistently sit at the top of the damage meters, but that is what we were promised when we made this class. Why do we not have it? The reason so many people say Mages whine is because we feel like the class we got is not the one we were promised. And to ask for Blizzard to fulfill their promise is not too unreasonable, is it?
Jul 21st 2008 4:30PM The way I see it is that you should act the way you would in any other similar situation. Putting down tables should be something Mages do, but at the same time people need to be polite about it. If you go to a store, you expect the salesperson to help you, that's why they are there. However, you are still polite to them and appreciative of the work they do. It's the same in BGs. Appreciate that they are doing their best to help you. A simple "thx" can do wonders, and it's not like it takes a lot of time and effort to be polite. Hell, you can even create a macro that does it for you if you feel like it's too much effort. It's not "being treated like royalty," it's basic etiquette, something which many people seem to lose entirely the second the game starts up.
By the same token, mages should realize that other classes also spend their time and money to get their buffs. Last time I checked, Prayer of Fortitude was not free either, so when a Priest casts one on you, be appreciative. Realize that Warlocks do i fact have to use up a soul shard. If you expect them to be nice in order to get your table, you have to be nice to them to get there buffs. It's a two-way street.
What it really boils down to for Mages is the fact that since the first time the rolled their little dress-wearing, staff-toting, fire-throwing ball of awesomeness, they have constantly been seen as vending machines and nothing else by many players. When we make a table and then don't even get buffs, we start to wonder why we are even here. So when a Mage doesn't make a table, ask yourself if you are really trying to be polite and kind to them, and appreciating what he does. If you are being considerate and polite, and the Mage is just refusing you a table out of spite, then he is just a jerk. Feel free to deny him buffs and heals as always. But if not, then try asking nicely. Use something other than "table plz". You'll be surprised how much using entire words will ingratiate you to a good deal of Mages out there.
Remember, that little table the Mage put out is a gesture of goodwill. Do everything you can to keep that goodwill flowing.