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Shifting Perspectives: 5 observations from a reluctant battleground healer {WoW}

Nov 6th 2009 5:50PM A tree in heavy resilience gear is nigh impossible for 1 dps of any spec or class to kill in any reasonable amount of time (it could take 10 min or more). It takes 2 to have a reasonable chance, and only 3 will kill them in short order. This is assuming equal gear, which doesn't translate to BG.

As such, a tree druid with good arena gear is often seen towing 3-5 BG flunkies for minutes at a time, even if CC-ed into oblivion thanks to rolling HoTs which need not be direct cast the way a shaman or paladin needs to survive.

Poorly geared trees get chopped up very quick for one reason (same as moonkin)--you're a distinctive and giant sign that says hit me.

You can mistake a priest for a mage, shamans for the wrong spec, but trees can't hide.

25-man gear should not be better than 10-man gear {WoW}

Apr 1st 2009 8:20PM There is already a different system that runs against the 10/25 gear disparity: arenas.

In arena the gear is the same, the difference is the speed of acquisition. They made 5 man arena worthwhile because you get points at a significantly accelerated rate compared to 3 man, which in turn is significantly faster than 2 man.

In essence, they reward competency and the ability to gather a number of players at the same time, yet not completely alienate the other venues with some sort of 10/25 classicist discrimination.

One thing that miffs me about the current 25 mans is that when my 10-man group joins a 25-man semi-pug, we consistently pull more than our share of weight in tank, dps, and healing roles with lesser gear. Yet that skill we've honed is not rewarded in 10-mans; 25-mans puggers manage to eventually gear up better without having to be as good, just because they can coordinate more people. 10-man groups sort of hit a wall, no matter how good they can be.

The old ZA timed runs were insulting, considering you needed 25-man gear to pull the bear mount off with any sort of reasonable success. It was extremely disheartening to see us almost but never quite get it in tier 4/justice badges, and then have BT geared alt runs smoke the place without having to play with anywhere near the level of competency because of the fat cushion afforded by superior gear.

Endangered Species: Europe's sportscar makers worried about the future {Autoblog Archive}

Aug 5th 2008 8:54PM Not everything in life is meant to be as efficient as possible. It should always be a consideration, but damn, life would be so boring if everything was practical.

High end sports cars are tiny, tiny fraction of automobile emissions.

If you really want to lower emissions, shore up on better city/urban planning so people don't have to drive in the first place.

Although the bigger, more basic issue that no one wants to deal with is the fact our population is too high...

First images of new Compass, Patriot interiors surface {Autoblog Archive}

Aug 1st 2008 6:26PM I like how they put the dash and center console at such a steep angle in the picture, you can't tell what it really looks like. Low resolution hides any ability to discern texture and consistency.

Have to wait and see in person I guess...