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Breakfast Topic: What's the most useless ability in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2011 8:35AM Aha. Well then, in that case I suppose I have to retract my statement. Thanks for letting me know, now I can seem like less of a noob when I talk hunter-ing xD Guess I have to toss my vote in with Strike then.

Breakfast Topic: What's the most useless ability in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2011 8:15AM My personal nominee for most useless would be the hunter taunt ability Distracting Shot, which is basically a Taunt ability. Now, I don't raid, so if this ability sees some use at raid level then I stand corrected. But I can't think of a single time a hunter would ever want to pull aggro away from either the tank or their pet, and so the existence of this ability baffles me.

Why We Fight: Roleplaying the warrior {WoW}

Dec 5th 2011 7:30AM Maybe it's because my laggy connection doesn't allow me to tank, but I've always focused more on the berserker side of warrior psychology. None of my warriors ever even thought about tanking.

The tauren, Turos, used to be a brash and headstrong young fighter who did it because he wanted to prove he was the best. His father was a Grimtotem and his mother was a Ragetotem, so he had one hell of a superiority complex as well as a lot of potentially, physically, to be a great warrior. Then Magatha killed Cairne and the massacre at Thunder Bluff happened. Now he's bitter because he's got too much of a sense of right and wrong to be proud about who his father was anymore, and he fights as a Horde rank-and-file grunt as a way to salve that pain.

The Worgen, Ranak, is very different. He's from a poor but happy family in Gilneas and he always dreamed of being a soldier. Becoming a Worgen hasn't changed anything but how well he can fight, and he actually views it as a blessing rather than a curse and wears his inhuman form proudly. He can fight harder than ever for Gilneas now, so what does he have to be ashamed of? He was also lucky enough to have his entire family survive the fall of Gilneas uninfected and so he fights for the thought of making the world a better place for them to live in.

Breakfast Topic: What moments in WoW would you like to relive? {WoW}

Dec 4th 2011 4:41AM For me the most cherished memory in this game is the sheer sense of wonder I felt the very first time I logged in. I came to WoW because l love minotaurs and wanted to play a Tauren, but when I first logged in and heard the soothing music of Mulgore and looked out across the rolling plains, it was just a magical moment for me. That first toon only lasted til level 20 or so and I only played for about two weeks on him, but it was what really made me love this game. When I finally left Mulgore and the Barrens opened up before me, that was when I knew I was really in a WORLD and not just a game setting.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Best things about warriors {WoW}

Nov 6th 2011 7:36AM Tauren warriors will always have a place in my heart. The chance to play as a minotaur is what made me want to play WoW in the first place, back before I knew anything at all about the game, and I still think they are the best-looking character models in the game (though their fingers could use an updated polygon count.) They'd also logically be the best warriors in the game with their massive physical strength (and in fact they used to be, stats and min-maxing wise.) Plus weapons and armor look amazing on them. My only grip with them as a warrior race is that they hold 2h axes and maces WAY too high up on the handle. Grip that thing at the end like God intended, man!

As for Alliance side, the lack of a good-looking warrior race for them is the reason I've never been able to get into playing Alliance. Draenei look all right, but the prancing run animation they have kills it for me, and all the rest are incredibly stupid, especially worgen. Gotta love that two-handed attack animation where they flip and clip right through the target. . .

Breakfast Topic: Is Azeroth's technology too advanced? {WoW}

Oct 16th 2011 4:40AM Um. . . have you seen the Wolfslayer? The Rocket Ripper? How about the Nesingwary 4000? I don't believe it detracts from the setting (which is in fact Steampunk and not Fantasy and has been from the very start) but there are advanced guns and such in the game right now.

All the World's a Stage: Plot points for Orc roleplayers {WoW}

Sep 19th 2011 6:55AM I don't think we have to compare to the orcs to any specific warmonger culture to see parallels with real life events. I think Blizzard is really doing something interesting with this story of a people group who are poverty stricken and lacking any sense of national pride because they've been trying for so long to atone for the sins of their fathers. A situation like that has been shown to cause a warlike regime to rise up in almost every instance in history, because desperate, hungry people make the best soldiers. What the hell have they got to lose?

Add to that the fact that they have memories of a proud warrior heritage to live up to, and I think you have the seeds of a brutal desire for conquest no matter who's at the wheel. Garrosh is simply sort of a distillation of the current feelings of the Horde. Personally, I think that's why Thrall appointed him. He knew that a great majority of the orcish race felt the same way that Garrosh does, and that if he put anyone else in charge it could fracture the Horde apart as the various factions turn to infighting. Garrosh wasn't a good choice, he was the only choice.

(Don't get upset, though, I still hate the bastard. Cairne will be avenged!)

Drama Mamas: Should minors hide their age? {WoW}

Sep 13th 2011 4:44AM @gewalt

That is an extremely good idea, for more reasons that one. Not only would it make life easier for everyone, but if the minor's parents are the sort of people who just can't understand that online friends are still real friends and real people, this can help to bridge the generational and understanding gap between them and their child. You never know, Mom might end up putting the raid in little Timmy's dayplanner and making sure he's there on time for it! *Laughs*

Drama Mamas: My guildie is a registered sex offender {WoW}

Aug 16th 2011 8:25AM I think we need to focus a little more on what Asmor mentioned, and that's how utterly inappropriate it was for that guildmate to run a location check on someone's phone number. I'm sorry, but if your guildy doesn't tell you where they live, there is a REASON for that and you have absolutely no right to try to find out behind their back. Even if they give you their phone number, if they don't give you your address, it's obvious that they don't want you to have it, and invading their privacy like that is wrong. Frankly, I don't care if he really IS a pedophile (and I think pedophiles don't deserve basic human rights, so this is saying something.) Web etiquette dictates that you let people have their privacy, and the guildy who violated that needs to answer for it.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: A 2010 year in review {WoW}

Jan 1st 2011 8:33PM I couldn't agree more with all that you've said, Rossi. Having come back to WoW for Cataclysm after getting burned out on Wrath and quitting, I find myself enjoying the warrior class more than ever. We actually feel like WARRIORS again, people who fight using nothing but their own sweat and determination, rather than pale imitations of the other classes. The biggest change, for me, is the smoother talent tree and the fact that all of our special attacks save Slam are now instant hits. That changes warrior-ing a LOT from the days when cleave and heroic strike were next melee.