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The Light and How to Swing It: The low level tank part 1 {WoW}

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That's what CC stands for. :)

Thorim, remixed, in the mountains {WoW}

Aug 1st 2009 5:06PM Rules 1 & 2 bro.

Win more TCG loot with WoW Insider {WoW}

May 5th 2009 10:30AM `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.


`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Should every class be a hybrid? {WoW}

Apr 30th 2009 2:12PM Reading this entire article, my only response is a intentionally-grammatically-incorrect

wat

I am simply dumbfounded at the idea. I am not saying its dumb, I just don't ever see this possibly working, even conceptually. CC is no longer important (at least, as important), and I don't see it ever being that way again.

Even in Ulduar, where we were repeatedly told "CC is back" Does anyone honestly CC trash in Ulduar? My group doesn't :\

Should every class be a hybrid? {WoW}

Apr 30th 2009 2:09PM Paladin :)

WoW Rookie: The art of conducting business in [2:Trade] {WoW}

Apr 30th 2009 11:12AM My biggest pet peeve is this:

"LF Blacksmith to make X"
me: I can make X, *link to mats*
them: Great
...
them: "u got mats rite"

.........

Yes, because at level 80 I have silver bars and rough stone in my bags/bank, just for your convenience.

Seriously, I'm as patient and kind as anyone to new people (wasn't long ago I was one), but I am seriously at my wits end with people expecting me to put up materials for (typically) old-world crafting items. (I say typically because in my experience, people requesting BC or Wrath items have materials and are much less likely to stiff you on a tip... the exception is DKs 58-70. They're as bad as the 20-40 crowd.)

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On a related note: tipping.

If you're buying, or someone is providing a service to you, know what its worth. Any enchanter who visits the trainer can do Icewalker for you. Not every enchanter can do http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=27837 (agility to a 2h, no level req.) The scribe is not going to want to make that brand new glyph he just paid 2k gold for the book to learn, with your mats, and get a 5g tip, when he could AH the glyph for 200g. If its a reputation, rare drop, or purchased plan/recipe/enchant, keep that in mind when tipping. That person went out of their way to learn that, just to provide a service.

The other side of the coin: If you're crafting, if someone offers you a tip, don't whine about it. A person who is generous or well-off will tip well. A person who is frugal or struggling to earn money will not, and there's nothing you can do about that. Always give him the benefit of the doubt: if he had more, he'd probably tip you better, but he doesn't, so just accept, throw a /ty, and be on about your business.

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Other random politeness tips:

If you're not in the same city as your buyer/servicer, offer to travel, if its at all possible or feasible. With the new 30-minute hearthstone cooldown, its not bad to pop down to Ironforge for something. If the person travels to you, take that into consideration for a tip.

Buyers: If you purchase materials for something, and you can't get a flat amount (say, you need 6 infinite dust and the smallest stack is 10), you can throw the extra in and let the crafter keep it as part of (or the entirety of) the tip.

Crafters: if you're not completely anti-social, and your customer seems happy with your work, offer to have them friend you, as they will likely need your services again in the future. The amount of income from crafting-for-tips for returning customers is not negligible, at least for me.

Crafters: help your customers out. It makes the whole process easier and faster. Most people who aren't a blacksmith themselves have no idea what a Heavy Grinding Stone is, or how to get it. Just a simple "Hey, I'll need 4 Heavy Stone to make the grinding stones, if you can't find them at the AH" goes a long way towards saving time and frustration. Same goes for stuff like flux, or stocks for engineers. Flux is a vendor item, but again, no one who isn't a smith has a clue where to get it. A nudge in the right direction benefits both of you :)

Buyers: your blacksmith/engineer/jewelcrafter sometimes needs an anvil. Your smelter needs a forge. Your tailor may need a loom (TBH really not sure anymore). Please don't stand in front of the mailbox and expect your Titansteel Destroyer right there. Don't freak out when I run off to go to said anvil and call me a ninja, pretty please :)

The role of today's Priest {WoW}

Jan 15th 2009 11:01AM The original comment may not make sense the way it is worded, but its been my experience that priests struggle mightily in 5-mans (including heroics) as well.

I tank, nothing more complicated than 10-man VoA, but at least 2 heroics a night, and my shoulders slump when I see the healer is a priest. I have never rolled a healing spec, so I can't really comment on the mechanics of it or what is happening or why, but druids, shaman and especially paladins don't have any trouble at all, even in AoE-healing-intensive dungeons like Azjol-Nerub or the Oculus.

I've run with top-notch Holy paladins who know how and when to use Bacon and can group heal like nobody's business.

Seeing as they changed things to move in the direction of player > class... in before what people will call flamebait... maybe there are just a lot of lousy priests who were exposed to the world after the lolpatch and Wrath's release.

Not saying this is the case, I'm saying its a possibility. As I said before, I would be like "How do I shot heals?" as I've never spec'd for healing before, but I'm just raising a possibility.

[1.Local]: Readers gone Blind {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2009 5:49PM Alright, that's it.

This movie is not impressive enough to spam it at us FOUR times, whether this is a blog or not.

You've lost a reader.

The Queue: The loot blues {WoW}

Dec 30th 2008 3:20PM Abbadon: Winterveil is a great time to get the 50 dishes achievement, with the cooking recipes, as well as the holiday foods about. Worked for me, I got this done with just normal cooking foods, vendor faire, and the Winterveil goodies.

Rolling restarts for Tuesday, December 30th {WoW}

Dec 30th 2008 10:36AM Khaz Modan could use a restart. I was getting some spell lag last night... nothing game-breaking, but annoying when you're trying to test spell rotations on training dummies :-p