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Editorial: Thoughts on the Ensidia ban {WoW}

Feb 6th 2010 10:47AM I also work in QA (for a console though) and I have to say that the ban is ridiculous. Taking away items and achievements I can understand, but these top 15 guilds, or even top 50 guilds that tackle these ultra difficult untested encounters are basically paying Blizzard to do QA for them.

Remember when 3.1 came out and Ensidia beat the 2 minute timer on Hodir with "Creative use of game mechanics" by stealing a buff from Freya trash? I think that was more ban-worthy than this.

If you're going to release something that hasn't been tested on the PTR, and you're going to throw the top guilds at it on live, you damn well better be sure that you watch them closely and TELL THEM that the fight might have bugs. Hell, put a GM on task to chill up near Arthas and be there for them to talk to if they find a bugged mechanic.

Shifting Perspectives: How not to be seen {WoW}

Jan 13th 2010 12:15PM The way that you describe stealth detection isn't quite accurate. You CAN be seen from behind an NPC (though not a player) before you intersect with their target circle, though the distance at which this happens is very close to the mob.

I did a quick paint image on what the stealth detect of a mob looks like. If you want to put it more accurately, the mob is placed at one of the Focuses of it's stealth detection ellipse.
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a150/Phoenix451/stealthdetect.jpg

The Twelve Days of Winter Veil: Day twelve {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2009 11:30AM These contests are always so fun, I hope I get picked!

Math problem: Average winning roll {WoW}

Dec 21st 2009 1:36PM You mean you spreadsheet your character to figure out optimal gearing, right? That's what most raiding rogues do all the time. Because of the way our class is set up (GC even called us a very "mathy" class) the only way to be sure of an upgrade, or to optimize something like gemming, is to use a spreadsheet.

There's nothing wrong with it, it doesn't mean you're "way too into the game," just that you can't eyeball the gear and know right away if it's an upgrade. It's the same with several other classes, such as hunters with femaledwarf.com, and the Rawr application for everyone else.

Incidentally, this is the reason that they are simplifying gear in Cataclysm, Blizzard doesn't like that you need to plug something into a spreadsheet to see if it's actually an upgrade or not.

Why you don't have freedom of speech in WoW {WoW}

Dec 14th 2009 9:01PM This is a bit misleading actually, and completely incorrect.

When talking about freedom of speech what's meant is that your right to speak is protected by the laws upheld by the government. The minute you agree to the ToS for any private forum or group (such as WoW.com or Blizzard's forums) you are effectively waiving that protection and agreeing that instead of the government moderating and protecting your speech you are subject to the ToS and must abide by them.

From that point on, the only protection you have for your speech in that forum is whatever Blizzard decides to give you.

The Queue: Normal view {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2009 5:02PM Honestly it's complete BS that there's no flight point to Exodar from Darkshore. The excuse that it's a different server doesn't fly with me because Silvermoon is also on a separate server they manage a load screen for it just fine.

The Queue: But I'm not an alien! {WoW}

Nov 20th 2009 6:50PM I have a feeling that most people who will recognize the picture for today can only do so because they saw the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version (myself included).

In case you're looking for a good laugh, it's the movie called "This Island Earth" of the MST3K movies.

Breakfast Topic: Anticipation Syndrome {WoW}

Nov 20th 2009 8:19AM I feel the same way, though for me it's more because I find the current PvE Tier a bit lacking. As much as there is to do with the Argent Tournament and Trial of the Crusader it doesn't have the same Epic feeling that Ulduar did, and looking forward towards 3.3 the game looks a lot brighter as well.

I know that a lot of work went into 3.2, but it still feels like a band-aid tier, you know?

Encrypted Text: Leveling a rogue, level 71-80 {WoW}

Nov 19th 2009 1:03PM You forgot something HUGE Christian!

At level 71, Sap gets a rank up that allows you to use it on an expanded range of creatures. Previously you could only use it on Humanoids, but after training Rank 4 you can also use it on Beasts, Demons, and Dragonkin (though they still must be out of combat).

It's really useful for making sure you don't pull more mobs than you can handle. Pack of 3? Sap one, Blind the second, and kill the third. Got one of those casters with a warlock minion? Sap the caster kill the minion, then kill the caster.

Patch 3.3 PTR: The new tier 10 purchasing model {WoW}

Nov 18th 2009 2:53PM Reminds me of the old dungeon sets that required you to use the set 1 piece as a material to upgrade the the set 2.

I like it, since it makes your gear progress as you go, rather than staying undergeared and saving up for that one piece of gear and either never having it drop, or never winning it because you have a billion pallies (or rogues, or druids or whatever) also going for that same token.