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Around Azeroth: Agalmatophilia {WoW}

Nov 6th 2011 12:27PM One can only wish that it was made up, but there was a documentary a few years back about a woman who fell in love with and (I believe) eventually 'married' a fairground ride called "1001 nacht". Short article with

Arcane Brilliance: Adventures with and observations on the Raid Finder {WoW}

Nov 6th 2011 1:24AM ^ This.
RF is pretty much the only reason for me to resub. I appreciated an article talking about it in-depth. I won't resub for PVP only so I've really got my fingers crossed that RF will bring me back. Go go go ptr testing!

Breakfast Topic: Did you accomplish your Brewfest goals? {WoW}

Oct 6th 2011 4:11PM Mixed bag for me. This was my 4th year of Brewfest and I *finally* got my Kodo, which as an Ally player I value far more than the Ram. But even though it seems like all my guildies were showered in Direbrew Shankers (one got 3 in a row in a single day with his alts) I couldn't land a dagger. It sure would have been nice for my rogue main.

But RNG loved me in another way - after 2 years of off-and-on trying and 150-ish runs, I finally got Anzu to drop the Raven Lord mount for me. This was on the penultimate day of Brewfest, so overall I feel it would be bad form for me to complain about RNG. :) But I do share the gripe that it seems very arbitrary that the tankard is BoE while the dagger is BoP.

Patch 4.3 PTR: Streamlining changes for Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman {WoW}

Oct 4th 2011 7:49PM Yep once ppl learned the mechanics and didn't get one-shotted, neither dungeon was hard. But ZG is long. As watspr02 noted, it's tough to see a ZG run in less than an hour even with a good group. I basically stopped running these as randoms because the pug factor was just too risky. And normally I have zero problems with pugs, I just take it as it comes and figure that sometimes we'll wipe even on easy content. But I'm much less sanguine when it takes an hour... at that point, WotLK's model is suddenly looking good again.

Breakfast Topic: How would you spend one day as your character? {WoW}

Jul 4th 2011 12:53AM ^ this except it would probably turn out like a Cohen brothers movie. RNG would make sure of that. I'd go around for an hour or so robbing peeps of their green paper until some dude many levels below me would somehow blow my cover as I lifted his wallet, then it's 'Rich Lawyer calls for help!', and I'd have to give him some of the ol' stabby-stabby to shut him up. Now I'm a stone-cold murderer instead of just a sneak thief. Ah well, maybe I can pick the pockets of the police when they arrive to investigate this lawyer who got shanked in a doorway. Hopefully I don't get the dreaded "no pockets to pick" message, lol.

Encrypted Text: Learning the rogue virtues {WoW}

May 11th 2011 2:19PM ZOMG that looks awful ^ sry for wall of text. :)

Encrypted Text: Learning the rogue virtues {WoW}

May 11th 2011 2:18PM > I have always thought that rogues rely on their bindings more than any other class.

Amen brothah. I just re-spec'd into Subtlety after two years of playing Assassination only. The concept of Sub isn't hard, but retraining my physical memories has been challenging. Especially if I do PVP after doing a raid or heroics, I will find myself reaching for abilities like Mutilate and Vendetta that are no longer there, while often forgetting to use Premeditation. Guess it just takes more practice to get all the bindings memorized and at my fingertips. It'll all be worth it in the end, though... shadowstep is putting an end to those frost mages who have enjoyed kiting me since Cata dropped.

What have I learned playing my rogue? Chiefly: 1) ganking is bliss and 2) you can never have enough keybinds. Oh, and 3) there's no shame in vanishing. A dead rogue does no DPS, right?

Also, playing as a ganker is a lot different than playing a rogue on a team or rated BG. In BGs rogues are great for defense and great for distractions... in WSG I often get 5xFlag Returns just from lurking in the tunnel and re-capping on fools who grab the flag without heals. Defense can be offense, too: I regularly 'sacrifice' myself in WSG by leading would-be defenders off to a deserted corner of the map. Many players are undisciplined about fighting on the flag, even in rated BGs! They just can't help themselves... after I've sapped 'em a few times early on, I'll let them spot me, and they get greedy and think it's payback time. I just make sure to have my CoS and Vanish CDs ready, then I sprint or rocket boot away to a deserted corner, where I scrap with them... I'll blind one while I fight the other for awhile... keep recuperate ticking... blow evasion... basically just waste time and stay alive. Oftentimes one or more will die by my daggers during this time, but that's just a bonus... my point is to take on 2-3 opponents at once and keep them busy, because while they are fighting me they are not fighting our flag carrier or defending their FC. Then I vanish and laugh, and repeat. If I do this right I often have no deaths in a WSG match... yet people say rogues are squishy. :)

Patch 4.1: Guide to the new Zul'Gurub, part 2 {WoW}

Apr 28th 2011 5:59AM Our experience was exactly the same. Two hours of mashing bosses + failing on jin'do. It's enough to make me realize that I am right in cancelling my subscription... not fun. Downrank away, lots of liquor + late hour = no eloquency. But this was straight up not fun.

Blizzard issues Call to Arms clarification {WoW}

Apr 8th 2011 4:32PM Just want to point out that "elitist BS" in the Dungeon Finder is not solely directed at tanks. As rogue DPS I am always prepared to sap, but I often get tanks that chose random marks (instead of star, which is the most common sap marker I've seen) and then call me a newb when I ask which one I'm supposed to sap. Conversely, I sometimes get a tank who is overgeared and who doesn't care about team performance and doesn't want me to sap... "why? that just slows us down." The other night I zoned into my second-ever Deadmines run, a run that was in progress, and the tank wants me to jump into the Reaver. When I tell him I've never used it before, he gets butthurt and whines about how DPS never know their jobs instead of taking 10seconds to just tell me what he wants.

Whenever I jump into a dungeon with LFD I always feel my job is to follow a pace or two behind the tank and be his right-hand man and beat on whatever he is beating on. Second job is keep myself alive. Third job is peel anything from the healer and misdirect back to the tank or keep him busy with evasion if TotT is on CD. That's what a rogue does. Getting a bunch of crap from the tank before I even get to do my job doesn't make me sympathetic to the tank. I'll probably get downranked for this but I just want it to be known that DPS aren't always the jerks in the group.

Blizzard issues Call to Arms clarification {WoW}

Apr 8th 2011 4:15PM LOL can see Kevin Smith in your avatar pic... cranial shape matches Piven, otherwise not so much. You DO sort of look like Paul Rudd's younger brother. Clearly you have actor charisma -- even consider a career as a stand-in? Then you could play WoW on your laptop and get paid while you stand in one place for several hours per day as they set up the scenes.