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Recent Comments: Guest Post: From manners to mechanics: Five tips for DPS in heroics {WoW}

Feb 10th 2010 3:00PM Excellent advice . . . but I'm going to disagree that "odds are 3 out of 5" that it's the dps exhibiting bad behavior. That assumes that players in all three roles are equally likely to be asshats and extrapolates that to a number based on the ratio of dps in the group. My experience says otherwise. I mean, I've PuGged in all three roles and I've seen bad behavior in all three, but by far tanks have been the worst since cross server LFG was rolled out.

Two Bosses Enter: Eregos dismounts Skadi, Loken takes on Xevozz {WoW}

Jan 14th 2010 9:38AM I still can't believe Xevozz got this far. He's a nobody. A white collar criminal who got himself busted and locked away. Sure, a charismatic nobody with some snazzy one liners, but that's all he is.

Loken is a Titan. He has imprisoned gods.

Two Bosses Enter: Anub'Arak pounds Dred, Eregos faces Skadi {WoW}

Jan 7th 2010 5:24PM Regardless of Eregos' minions being "capable of handling the harpooning of Skadi's mount", I still imagine this fight as aerial. I mean, sure, they may be "capable" of shooting down Skadi, but why would they? The only reason players do so is to fight Skadi on the ground and I'm sure Eregos would prefer to fight in the air. If anything, Skadi might just skip mounting up altogether and man a harpoon to try and shoot down Eregos. Either way, Skadi is gimped out of using 2/3 of his abilities. And that's assuming he applies his poison to the harpoons.

Eregos on the other hand can strafe Skadi & crew with everything he's got.

There's just not a good way for Skadi to fight this. Either he stays on the ground and spams one ability or he mounts up and takes on the Ancient Dragon, Master of the Arcane, while riding a one trick pony. Either way, he's totally outmatched.

Know Your Lore: The Old Horde {WoW}

Jan 6th 2010 4:58PM
Bah . . . those books in Gadgetzan are blatant Troll propaganda. "Dunno where de elves come from mon, but dey be bad. Very, very bad. And unjustly persecuted us poor Trolls." Even though the Trolls were the most powerful empire in the world at the time? What other explanation could there be than that Elves were somehow more powerful than Trolls only because they *were* Trolls.

Yup, sounds like the type of theory developed "under the influence", wink, wink.

"Dude, I got this theory . . ."

Know Your Lore: The Old Horde {WoW}

Jan 6th 2010 4:03PM Sure, Blizzard *could* have portrayed Orcs as something other than how works of fantasy always portray Orcs, but why would Blizzard do that? Every fantasy has to have its "greedy, wanton savages."

What Blizzard has done well in its lore is allow for, set a precedent for complexity among the stereotypes. Even among the "bad guys", there can arise a Thrall. Even among "savage" cultures, there are admirable aspirations or values which individuals can cultivate. Players (if they care about the RP) can portray their orcs any way they want, be it noble or otherwise.

The converse is also true in Warcraft lore. That is, even among cultures so virtuous that the would sacrifice their own immortality to save the world, there can be found some very ugly biases and certainly some downright awful individuals. But Night Elves are still somewhat stereotyped high fantasy elves. Players (again, who care about such things) can play their elves as close to the stereotype or with whatever flaws they'd like.

Blood Sport: Beginner's Guide to Arena, Part V {WoW}

Jan 5th 2010 10:00AM I'm relatively new reader, have only done Arena a few times. The Beginners' series has been very informative. It is very useful to have illustrated what differences there are in strategy between PvP and PvE.

What I'd love to see covered is some tips on how to use CC effectively. Like I say, I'm a relatively new reader, so maybe you've already covered it, but it is something I am continually frustrated over. You know, like, when I try to Cyclone and spend more time trying to cast the spell than its duration.

Two Bosses Enter: Anub'Arak vs. King Dred {WoW}

Dec 31st 2009 5:09PM King dread is a very cool lizard, King of really cool lizards. But that's all he is. Physically impressive, cunning but stupid.

Anub'Arak is one of the most powerful servants of the Lich King. King in his own right. And not some pansy, heir to the throne royalty either. One who has faced down significant challenges to his rule. He is intelligent, both physically and magically powerful, ruthless. As a measure of his prowess: When Ner'zhul needed Arthas brought before the Frozen Throne through Illidian and his armies, Ner'zhul sent Anub'Arak to accomplish the task. And Anub'Arak was successful. He was instrumental in raising up the Lich King we know today, in spite of tremendous opposition.

An overgrown raptor is no challenge for Anub'Arak at all.

Two Bosses Enter: Anub'Arak vs. King Dred {WoW}

Dec 31st 2009 4:44PM And I don't think Anub's pincer attack (assuming he still has them) would get past Dred's legs,

Bad logic. By that reasoning, nobody, certainly nobody the size of, say, a Gnome or even a Tauren could possibly beat King Dred. Beating the big dogs is what epic warriors do, regardless of arms' reach.