Oct 19th 2008 2:25PM This seems like a fine ability for tanking during an enrage so that it, in effect, keeps a fairly decent HoT up for 30 seconds. I can also see it being suitable as an emergency Rogue-stopper in PvP when you throw it on someone being shanked by a rogue to buy them a bit more time...but really, I think of it as best suited for tanking or throwing on a tank in general.
Oct 19th 2008 2:20PM How soon into Northrend can we start getting rep for the endgame factions such as the Knights of the Ebon Blade or the Argent Crusade? Do they have fairly early quest areas or do we have to wait for higher up dungeons to get any rep for them?
Oct 16th 2008 8:20AM I did almost double the DPS (42% to 22%) of a more geared Warlock in H BF just 5 minutes ago before the server crashed who appeared to be a skilled and decent player. This much DPS as a Ret paladin while immensely fun is still very...unnerving. In PVE, I'm not used to managing GCDs so heavily and in PVP, not used to being able to blow my wings (or being able to bubble after popping them).
On the whole though, I love being Ret now...but it's an unhealthy and sick kind of love. Like being with a much hotter and richer person that you want so badly that you cling tight to yet know that in a month, you're going to be back to being useless and unwanted by everyone again.
Oct 14th 2008 9:40PM Sorry guys...it was me. I crashed the servers by casting Blessing of Kings on High Overlord Saurfang. His stats were too much to handle.
Oct 14th 2008 9:53AM Michael Jackson swapped races at great expense. He's not exactly a great posterboy for the feature.
Oct 14th 2008 9:46AM I guarantee you that every single polymorph you cast would be spammed by my shadowbolts if it meant I could harm a Gnome.
Oct 14th 2008 8:35AM Opens up the possibility for other paid changes...like I would definitely cough up $5 for a longer /ignore list to deal with trolls and retarded beggars.
Oct 8th 2008 9:19AM As obvious as fundamental tanking advice is to some, if it educates just one person and lessens the impact of retards giving DK tanks a terrible name, then this article has served a noble purpose.
Oct 8th 2008 9:15AM I've played a Ret paladin a long time now and I still don't have any intention to be anything else in the expansion. I got a bunch of buffs, I can beat bad people easier in PVP and actually be able to counter others reasonably well and it's all looking great. For raiding though...I don't see how it can get worse, meaning it will only be better than it is now. I still play my character now. I still show up for raids now. I still like it now. So anything more than that is a plus.
Oh for sure...you know how many times I've been sent a blind tell to DPS a raid, heroic or instance of any kind since BC came out and a I rolled a ret paladin? Zero. I don't expect that to change because people don't 'need' DPS, at least on my server. Am I complaining about that? Certainly not. I ask for healers or tanks in my raids...and when people ask me why I don't "just do it yourself", it's simply the fact I don't like it. I was Holy all through BWL and AQ40. It bored me to tears. Prot, while a fun distraction, I can't really sit myself down and enjoy (though it is fine for playing silly buggers and just seeing how many mobs you can pull before your healer has a heart attack).
I play the spec of a class I like. I enjoy its mechanics, its theme and honestly the fact that it's hard to well with. The 'hybrid' element to me as a Ret paladin is that in BGs I can throw heals on people, BoP and BoF things and generally do flashier things than a Warrior...and stay alive better than a Rogue (at least from taking a straight-out beating). It has nothing at all to me to do with regearing and respeccing for a roll I neither enjoy or excel at.
Oct 5th 2008 5:23AM If you've ever tried to grind souls as a Destro lock specced and geared for raiding, you will know the pain of farming souls. This alone makes it amazing to me and simply having to hope I don't kill something in two hits before I can Drain Soul.
However, I see it more useful for hybrids to encourage them to learn to use other elements of their class that they rarely do for the fact that it is inconvenient to do so...for some people, considerably so. For casual players, the idea of farming 50g and going back to a city and respeccing just to help someone tank a potentially bad group's instance is too much for them to bother and I can't blame them. Respeccing for a guild for a major raid is less of an issue but really...one that could be done without.
On Spirestone-H, there is a lack of tanks for anything sub-T5 content. DPS is everywhere. Healers are everywhere. I love the server but there aren't any tanks there for heroics that I need to grind badges for my PVE set and the few I meet are of often questionable skill or awareness. I'm happy that people are at least TRYING to tank and learning. Anything that facilitates and encourages this is a good thing.
I don't care for PVE on my paladin (that's what my 2-button Warlock is for) and while I am excited for the new content and to try out fun new dungeons, I also am aware of the need for tanks in them particularly. If I can just be walking around grinding and get a whisper pleading with me to tank an instance, I can just say "sure" and respec on the spot. I can tell you this: I will do it because I am losing nothing, learning something new and helping some people out. I would bother to keep and upgrade 3 viable sets, learn to do all well and switch between them as needed. Oh sure...I 'could' do that now but I have no desire to spend 50g a few times a day to switch between grinding, instances, pvp and whatever else.