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4 steps for dealing with Raid Finder harassment {WoW}

Jan 31st 2012 10:22AM Maybe they don't "deserve" the loot for doing 10k dps, but I would imagine they "need" it a damn sight more than the person doing 40k.

I have 2 lvl 85 arcane mages; one is my main, the other is an alt.

I've geared my main running 10 man raids with my guild and I'm running lfr for the Valor points and to try to win a few pieces of the lfr tier13 to get the bonus and act as placeholders until I can win it while with the guild.

The other mage is geared from Justice points and dungeon running (no PVP gear). The item levels on the two toons are actually pretty close, but the dungeon geared mage is doing drastically lower damage than my main mage.

My main is generally around 30k ± a bit, while the alt mage is generally struggling to break 20k. The specs are the same and it certainly can't be a difference in "knowing the class". It just points out to me exactly how much difference having better gear affects damage output.

So yeah, the low dps may not "deserve" the gear, but they definitely "need" the gear.

(By the way, being present in the raid and actually trying to dps and trying to avoid the nasty damaging stuff and not being afk through the encounter is all they need to do to "deserve" the gear.)

4 steps for dealing with Raid Finder harassment {WoW}

Jan 31st 2012 10:08AM @Xaklo I feel for you. I've been running the lfr trying to pick up a few pieces to compliment my gear from our guild's regular 10 man runs (like the lfr chest and shoulder tokens). So, I was rolling only on those few pieces I needed and passing on everything else. Then I noticed that other people were rolling on need for everything they could regardless of actual need, and that didn't strike me as fair. So, I've started rolling need on everything, too. The other day I won a piece of gear that I had no intention of using but was going to disenchant it for the crystal after the run. Another mage whispered me saying, "Hey, you've got a better piece than that and I could really use the item" so I handed it to him, no huhu. So...you might try doing the same. Maybe they are like me and will gladly hand it over, or maybe they really are a Grabby McNeedy who will tell you to get bent. Either way, I can't see how it can possibly hurt to ask.

5 ways to keep your DPS players happy in 5-man heroics {WoW}

Jan 17th 2012 5:31PM I have a macro on my rogue that actually writes another macro for my fan of knives. I target the tank and press the button that writes the macro. Super easy and I don't care how they spell their name. I'm sure this can be modified to the same effect with the /assist.

1st macro (I've named this one "setTotT":
/run ToT = UnitName("target")
/run if not InCombatLockdown() then EditMacro('TotT', nil, nil, '#showtooltip\n/cast [@'.. ToT ..'] Tricks of the Trade', nil); print('Tricks of the Trade set to : ' .. ToT); else print('CAN NOT DO THAT NOW!'); end;

It makes a macro called "TotT"

I copied this from someone else and am not entirely sure how you'd go about modifying it (also not 100% on the syntax you need for using /assist in a macro), but I'm guessing something like:
"setASS"
/run ToT = UnitName("target")
/run if not InCombatLockdown() then EditMacro('ASS', nil, nil, '/assist [@'.. ToT ..']' , nil); print('Assist set to : ' .. ToT); else print('CAN NOT DO THAT NOW!'); end;

Now you should have your "ASS" macro. =D

Oh, one quick note. Before using this for the first time, make a macro called ASS...doesn't have to have anything in it. It's just to set it up so you can choose the icon and place it on your hotbar. It will get changed to be
/assist [@whoever]

5 ways to keep your DPS players happy in 5-man heroics {WoW}

Jan 17th 2012 5:03PM Don't worry about "That guy", he's a dumbass and everyone knows it and doesn't expect much from him any way.

When the tank does a "r?" I usually don't respond...unless there's a problem then I'll say "NO". But most of the time I don't say anything. Sometimes I'll stand around by the tank jumping up and down to indicate my readiness, but I leave chat alone for the healer to reply. I figure that as long as the tank and the healer are both ready, the dps will follow along. Hell, I could be out of mana with every cooldown blown (mage), and I could still participate with my wand (not for the whole thing, just until my mana has regened and some cooldowns have come back online). Won't be stellar dps, but it will be better than doing nothing and screaming about it.

Arcane Brilliance: Blinking into the Mists of Pandaria talent calculator, the epic conclusion {WoW}

Dec 14th 2011 3:46PM OK, definitely going the double poly route. Can I please have 2 focus targets? That'd be swell, thanks.

Arcane Brilliance: Why the one true spec assumption is a lie {WoW}

Oct 22nd 2011 1:14PM "I've seen enough Hollywood movies to know that by the end of this column, I will triumph over adversity and end up winning the heart of a chick that's way too hot for me."

Not without an 80's style montage you won't.

BlizzCon 2011: Goodbye, ranged slot {WoW}

Oct 22nd 2011 2:43AM "Treat it like a one handed sword or dagger for casters." I guess this is more or less the case. I was thinking that it essentially meant we could never choose a sword or dagger over a wand if we ever wanted to actually use the wand...but I guess that's a non-issue. It's been a very long time since I activated my wand (and no "that's what she said" comments, please).

Arcane Brilliance: Optimizing your mage's gear through Rawr {WoW}

Oct 11th 2011 3:38AM Yes, this is for a mage. I understand the reasoning behind finding a "good" result near optimum rather than searching for the true optimum, I just don't see what all the fuss is about with Rawr. As I said, AskMrRobot got me to a solution that was as near (actually closer in this case) than Rawr did, with a much more intuitive and user friendly interface.

I am not in any way trying to detract from the usefulness of Rawr, or to tell people who use Rawr successfully that they are wrong. I simply don't think it is for me at this stage.

Also, I do want to point out that others who may be inexperienced with Rawr and will be trying it for the first time on the basis of this artical that, as you say, the solutions obtained by using Rawr are not absolutes.

As an aside, I'm almost tempted to go with the Rawr result despite the overall loss in (theoretical) dps due to one factor alone. With MrRobot's optimization my current spell hit is 16.92%. With Rawr that would increase to 16.96% and I just can't shake the desire to cap hit at all costs.

Arcane Brilliance: Optimizing your mage's gear through Rawr {WoW}

Oct 10th 2011 12:05PM I perhaps should mention that I did the optimization on DPS Rating only. I don't care about survivability...that's my healer's worry. (just kidding) (only slightly)

Arcane Brilliance: Optimizing your mage's gear through Rawr {WoW}

Oct 10th 2011 11:49AM Clearly I have no idea what I'm doing with Rawr. I just did an optimization with a pretty substantial thoroughness. (After waiting a few hours I gave up waiting and went to bed. When I woke it was done.)

My Optimizer results say the following:
Current: 28552.44 Optimized: 26636.69 (-6.7`% change)

Now, maybe I am misinterpreting this, but it seems fairly self-explanitory to me. I think I will pass and just go on using MrRobot.