Mar 24th 2011 8:11PM OMG yes I hate the eleks. I actually have 4 draenai, I grinded Darn rep for a nightsaber back in bc before i Hit lvl 40. I was also REALLY pissed that they stole my warhorse from my draenai paladin. I was actually starting to level him when that hit and the thought of the 100% speed paladin mount was a nice thought until it became a longhorn elek.
Mar 20th 2011 6:36AM Blame Blizz not Knaack. No WOW book was ever given free reign to do whatever the hell they wanted. HE has some creative freedom but still worked inside a cage that Blizzard carefuly monitored.
Knaack is a passable writer of fantasy. Passable is all you have to be because the larger than life events, locales, abilities and creatures of fantasy usually help carry it along. Rhonin is mildly annoying but you end up getting used to him.
Mar 11th 2011 5:12PM At one point in time, say maybe level 40 in vanilla wow when there were still a few big patches left. .. I remember my druid being very versatile because of shapeshifting.
Since BC shape shifting has steadily been nerfed. The trade off that druids made was less spells per form. We still had more utility overall because of the forms.
In Vanilla, my balance druid could swap to bear in order to offtank, or heal an instance.
In BC my boomkin would offheal bossfights in Karazhan, or take over healing when a healer died in SSC and all our battle rezzes were gone. I could be successful as an emergency healer.
In Wrath My Boomkin became almost purely dps. my healing spells were reserved for the direst of emergencies or for soloing.
In Cataclysm, my boomkin only uses kitty for stealth or sprint. My boomkin had to learn first aid because my healing while in balance spec is so horrible that bandages are actually used in conjunction with Hots to bring myself back up after soloing a bunch of mobs.
Druids lost the ability to do anything worthwhile outside of their spec. Did we get anything to compensate? not really. We are now more than ever locked into whatever role our current spec is dedicated too. We didn;t get more spells (except talent spells which everyone got) we have 1/3 the tools of other classes. It is sad that in chimeron our guild's policy is for non resto druids who need emergency heals to above 10k is to go bear and do frenzied regeneration. Screw casting a few heals on yourself. if you ain;t resto they ain't worth the mana cost.
Feb 3rd 2011 5:47PM Druid Epic flight quest is really awesome because it really causes you to use all of your forms to fight different elites that have different strengths and abilities. I remember doing the aforementioned rogue quests in westfall (alliance version).
Apr 8th 2010 5:59PM Um, methinks WOW costs $15 a month. . . . while starcraft 2 and battlenet playing will be free.
THey need to get more out of first time sales of SC2.
THink Wc3 and SC1 have are still being played on Battlenet after 10 and 15 years.
Battlenet is not a money maker.
Feb 15th 2010 5:40PM @jealouspirate.
To get rid of leveling and gear upgrades would kill blizzard's business model.
Business is that thing that people create to provide goods and services in exchange for money.
The WOW business model is not new. . . Get players in, give them a sense of accomplishment but pace it in order to meet your ability to your production schedule.
Release new content in order to keep $15 a month times 10 million rolling in monthly.
The amount of money that goes into expansions. . .the price you pay for them won't cover it. But $15 a month helps pay for the expansion development and all the wonderful patches we get.
Jan 22nd 2010 7:28PM one thought and i am spitballing here but maybe they have more money more personel more experience and a solid proof that ppl will buy the expansions.
Also they had years to work on ideas for various expansions. I would expect that at this point they are working on the post cataclysm expansion as Cataclysm is winding down into Alpha and soon Beta stages. Cataclysm was probably 30% finished when Wrath shipped.
Jan 21st 2010 10:56PM Authenticators are the best WOW security right now. . . . not the best internet security. Thank god these hackers and social engineers are spending so much time hacking WOW. My wife and I am pretty safe we really only use the interent to play wow, send email and go to the same two or three sites (safe sites) over and over. We aren't internet surfers, she got hacked and we both got authenticators right away.
I am just glad that these people are going after WOW because I guess they cannot be prosecuted as heavily for stealing virtual goods instead of using the keylog to get my Paypal or credit card info when i pay a bill, or my bank info when i check an account balance.
Authenticators work, they are not foolproof or social engineer proof, But I believe that if all WoW users had them then it would deter 90% of hacking, the stolen accounts would be from people falling for scams, using gold buying or leveling services.
BTW, the hackers stealing accounts and putting authenticators on the accounts, brilliant.
Why hasn't Blizz locked out those authenticator serials? You can use or reuse an authenticator. Blocking them causes the people to have to reset their Ipod/Iphone app or buy a new keyfob.
My wife and I shared the Ipod touch app for three separate accounts just fine.
Jan 15th 2010 11:34PM In BC I was able to compete with mages on damage meters.
In Wrath the 'best' boomkin in our guild never gets above #5 on the damage meters with a gear score of 300-400 above most of our guild.
Gearscore to gearscore against players of similar skill my boomkin can rock the AOE, but single target (aka Boss FIghts) I am almost 1k dps below the pure classes, not 500 or 50 dps. . . .but a ful 1K below ppl with equal gear and roughly equal skill. Feral druids with a lower gearscore routinely beat me out by 2k.
Jan 8th 2010 6:19AM Wow, people Authenticators for improved security are a no-brainer.
Then the only people who get hacked will pretty much have to be people who hand over their info and authenticator to a leveling service etc.
For anyone who complains about money or access to a credit card. . . .Walmart and many other retailers have a thing called a prepaid Visa with almost no fees etc.
If you can afford to pay $15 a month why can't you afford $6.50 once? Authenticators are like when people eat junk food and know they shouldn't, or skip work for a week and get fired.
Authenticators are good for YOU. They are cheap and easy to use and become a simple part of the login process. With them the number of hacked accounts and people trying to hack accounts will drop drastically.
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball, if you can type in a password you can type in a 7 digit code.
If you can afford $15 a month, you can afford $6.50 once.