Apr 21st 2010 10:10AM While TTFK's tone is unecessary (albeit somewhat amusing), the quality of the articles on Resto Shamans by Perez are diabolically poor.
I consider myself only an averagely knowledgable resto shaman and even my rectal muscles go into spasms of cringing disapproval and embarassment innumerous times during any article Perez writes.
Unless something changes in thought and execution of writing, I imaging TTFK's rants will only degenerate further as more articles are published with a similar standard of content.
Mar 9th 2010 9:01AM No doubt plagarised along with his doctoral thesis and anything vaguely intelligent that came from his mouth.
Grew up thinking ML King was one of the good guys until I actually read about his real life and predilections.
On Topic: By the time the ICC buff hits 30% reasonably skilled people in 232 gear should be able to waltz through the 25man content up to the Lich King encounter. I would have to say 30% is a little extreme a buff.
Mar 4th 2010 2:30AM Having almost exclusively focused on healing from the release of TBC to Wrath I recently levelled a paladin, who was soley for tanking. Despite tanking some of the lower instances in classic and BC zones while leveling the instances were very forgiving. Only when hitting 80 did the field equalise and I grasped the complexity and demands of tanking dungeons and raids.
In the current environment DPS can just F2 (target tank) and F to target the tanks target and start mashing their rotation. Healers get grid, clique, etc, in order to detail exactly who has what health, debuff, or disease. Tanks have to orchestrate the pull, coordinate securing aggro on multiple targets and have great visual awareness of mob locations and such like. I would say it is a lot more challenging than both DPS and healing. HoR is a classic example of struggling to determine which group member is where, what they are doing whilst simultaneously having to try and manoeuvre the wave of mobs into an optimal position in order to gain and hold aggro so that both the DPS can do their job and the healer is not susceptible to topping threat with any mob.
Ultimately the correct balance of roles is very difficult to attain in order to have the same queue time in the LFD system. I do not think the disparity between waiting times between DPS, healers and tanks is a huge issue. The majority of people prefer to DPS and the cost is a longer wait.
I think having tanks "train" in normals, having hit 80, is a stupid suggestion. Aside from being able to gain sufficient experience in normal dungeons while leveling, coupled with the Emblem of Triumphs available whilst doing so, healers and DPS do not have to do this, so why structure the game to necessitate that tanks must do this? The drops are far worse and the gathering of emblems is stunted.
Much as happened with The Oculus, incentivistaion is probably not a bad option. However, I am not sure what form this should take. Possibly giving a greater financial incentive to the tank for completion of the random dungeon? Certainly a tanks repair bill is normally the highest across all the classes and roles I would say. Perhaps provide slightly better stats on the crafted tanking sets, as well as giving better quest items for tanking purposes? While levelling up to 80, allow tanks to wear the reputation tabards from level 75? I have not really put much thought into it I confess, but decided to drop in a few suggestions.
Dec 31st 2009 2:51AM I think Lisa has utilised hyperbole in her article to sensationalise the subject matter somewhat. Stating he is a maths genius when he appears to be just a maths lecturer at university is quite adscititious. I do not mean to insult Gauss (or Lisa), but unless he is actually pioneering mathematical research, or is able to calculate complex equations far more quickly than his peers, he is just a regular mathematician.
Nov 23rd 2009 10:20AM Could this be the only time an article has not one downrated posting amongst the comments? It would, in itself, be a nice way to celebrate a great game.
I got the game as an Xmas present in 2007 and loved it. Did lots of embarassing things as a newbie on my 1st character (human warlock), but soon discovered the vast amount of information on the internet and things took off from there.
WoW is an amazing immersive game with such a vast fantastic world. I hope it continues for many years to come.
Nov 16th 2009 3:05AM I would suggest taking up Pr0n as a hobby and see if that helps. I would imagine it would consume less time than WoW and perhaps his wife might like to participate in this hobby.
Protip: Wait at least 3 weeks before starting to suggest 3-somes with other women.
Oct 5th 2009 3:26AM I was motivated to roll a healing class due to the fact I had cancer at the time I started getting into warcraft. As that was after the release of TBC I had a resto shaman, but with the release of WoTLK I switched my main to a priest (disc/shadow).
Cancer is gone and I am 100% healthy. However, I still enjoy the healing and will sometimes switch to DPS for a change.
Were I to roll another class it would definitely be mainly for tanking. The temptation to roll a Paladin would be great as they can also heal. :)
Sep 16th 2009 9:39AM Cheers for the advice Turtlehead. :)
I have http://www.wowhead.com/?item=35658 at the moment so your suggestion will definitely be an upgrade.
Sep 16th 2009 4:03AM I am in the middle of leveling a priest and although initially my focus was from a healing perspective I am gravitating towards the role of a DPS spriest.
My question, which I hope is not too off topic, it what sort of DPS should a 74 spriest be doing? I have no epics or such like from Outlands, but several normal instance drops from Northrend dungeons (Nexus, UK, OK, AN, VH, etc) as well as a few enhcants. I think I am averaging about 1.1K - 1.2K DPS in normal dungeons at the moment. I seem to have a reasonable grasp of the complex rotation and monitoring of the offensive spells I am casting, but am curious to know what other, more experiences and knowledgable, priests think.
Jun 17th 2009 8:13AM I know this will be implemented with the next major patch, but does anyone know when the next major patch is expected approximately?
I am looking forward to it. I have a level 35 priest and am hoping that I will be able to enjoy flight on hitting level 60 as I am only managing about a level a day.