Aug 13th 2008 7:38AM Ah, that would make sense, except that exalted rep with Ogrilla, the Netherwing, and the Skygaurd are all normal Achievements in WOTLK (not Feats of Strength). Which leads me to believe they're keeping them. Or - if not - greatly revamping those areas.
Aug 5th 2008 6:35PM As a priest who's healed in every spec, I can confidently tell you that the reason we don't regularly shield (excepting that pre-battle shield) is because unless forced to move, it's always more efficient to cast flash heal than it is to shield. Taking +heal and global cooldown into account, the flash heal is always more efficient.
Leaving out Improved Power Word Shield and talents that augment Flash Heal (to make the math easier) we're talking 600 mana to prevent 1300 +30% +heals damage versus 470 mana to heal 1101-1279 +42.8% +heals +the possibility of critting.
If you're a prot pally the Flash Heal has the added bonus of mana regen whereas the Shield gives you squat.
Just my two cents.
Aug 4th 2008 1:09PM I think Tayluca has a good point. One thing I've seen on my server recently is a lot of players who've never raided before getting invited to raiding guilds to fill newly empty slots. Often these virgin raiders are experienced pve-ers who've been slogging through the Heroics all summer. Having mastered the Heroics, they tend to be smart, competent, and eager to learn - especially if it means gaining access to more content.
So I think raiding guilds experiencing a loss in members are doing themselves (and the server itself) a disservice by not seeking out these inexperienced raiders. The more raiding players on a server, the better. And having players for whom a raid is more than just a chance at new gear always makes the raid more fun.
Jul 30th 2008 12:12PM This may be an ignorant question, but once WOTLK hits, won't the Outland and Sunwell dailies provide experience as well as gold? Wouldn't a viable leveling strategy (for the first couple levels anyway) be to spend a couple days breezing through the dailies while the rest of your server overcrowds the WOTLK entry level quests?