Feb 12th 2012 1:43PM I agree that the old system sucked: I was a raid leader during BC, and managing three tiers' worth of weekly raids to provide a progression path for new players was awful. And yes, the "feeder guild" thing really was a problem.
But the new system, catapulting new players into endgame content in just two weeks of 5-mans, goes too far. I think the progression path should be changed, so that 5-man gear only provides gear *two* tiers back from endgame. So right now, for instance, we'd have an ilvl 359 5-man, but you'd still have to raid Firelands (LFR and normal) to get into Dragon Soul.
Feb 12th 2012 1:16PM Downranking exists, it's just not called that. As a druid, I choose between Nourish (weak heal, low mana) and Healing Touch (heavy heal, high mana) all the time. I'm sure other classes do the same.
Jan 21st 2012 1:31PM The only way to learn is to just *do* it. Don't listen to the critics.
Run heroics. You'll cause wipes, you'll piss people off, but remind yourself that just by queueing as a healer and doing your best, you're doing *far* more to help the heroic than the uber leet rogue who's insulting you. If it weren't for you, he'd still be in the queue. Run LFR. You'll be near the bottom of the meters and you might get kicked, but you're still making the raid happen. Plus as a healer you can requeue almost instantly, so a kick doesn't hurt you.
Same goes for tanking.
Think of yourself as that kid who bothers the whole neighborhood by practicing on his drum set. Someday that kid will grow up to be Neil Peart, and the whole neighborhood will want his autograph.
Jan 21st 2012 1:09PM "Because of the fact that there was less raid tiers and more loot planning means Blizzard has dodged the bullet this time."
This sentence should be taken out and shot.
Aug 19th 2011 5:29PM If you're spending an extra $15 a month to avoid a 15% auction house fee, you have serious problems.
Aug 19th 2011 12:02PM As the old saying goes, you can't cheat an honest man.
Auction house sniping only works because people are trying to cheat the auction house cut. The way to avoid auction house sniping is simple: list your items for fair market value, and pay your damn 15% like a big boy. Nobody will snipe your Obsidium Cleaver, and if they do you've got 30K gold to buy a new one.
I totally disagree with the philosophy that "Blizzard should change the rules to allow people to do stuff that they're doing anyway." Games have rules for a reason.
What's the reason in this case? The Horde and Alliance are supposed to be enemies, so their economies can't be too tightly linked. And besides, it's run by goblins, and you know how they are.
Aug 18th 2011 11:25AM Most of you are missing the point of the "silhouette theory": it was never intended to tell friend from foe (name color does that) or to give details about gear level (too hard to spot at a distance). The point of silhouette is to indicate the *class type*. In PvP I can recognize a holy pally, a couple of plate DPS, and a cloth caster from the other side of the battlefield. The pally's got a shield, the plate DPS have two-handers as tall as I am, and I can probably tell whether the cloth caster is a mage or a priest based on the color of his hands. I might not be able to tell a warrior from a ret pally right away, but I know I don't want to get into melee range of them.
This works even when I don't have them targeted, at a range where Tidy Plates is useless.
So long as a DK can't transmogrify his gear to look like a priest, the silhouette principle is alive and well and working fine.
Jan 14th 2011 3:59PM I don't believe anyone has the responsibility to report *minor* crimes to the authorities. If my friends want to smoke pot, I won't join 'em, but I'm not calling the cops on 'em either. (Marijuana is just an example: If you think it should be legal, substitute your own favorite misdemeanor.)
Same goes with gold selling. As I read them, Blizzard's terms of service do not require you to turn in your friends. However, the guild leader does have the responsibility to protect their innocent guildmembers, and to protect the guild from legal consequences, just like I would have a responsibility to protect my kids from my pot-smoking friends.
So here's what you do.
1) Protect your guildmembers by announcing to all of them in your forums what your gold-selling guildie is doing. If they want to give him their cooldowns, that's up to them, but they can't be in the dark.
2) Protect your guild bank by removing his access to it.
3) Cover your ass by having him write you an *in-game* mail describing his activities and stating that he understands that you and your guild have no part in them. Make a copy of it in-game and keep it. If Blizzard ever punishes him and comes looking to you as an accomplice, show 'em the letter, they should be able to check its authenticity.
4) If he won't agree to this terms, kick him from the guild.
Jan 10th 2011 5:24PM I'm a member of a guild that has been around continuously since launch. We've gone through at least three rounds of mass exodus, but we're still going strong. The key?
"A bad guild is like a person. If it loses its head, it dies. A good guild is like a starfish. All the arms are equal, and if one is lost, the others work fine until a new one regrows." -- Me
Jul 30th 2010 3:30PM Pff. No ninjas, no pirates, and only barely zombies. So close and yet so far.