Mar 25th 2009 10:09AM The biggest mistake is severing the old world from expanding content. Take the scenario of starting a DK for example. You go through EPL and maybe a couple of high end spots in the old world, then straight to Outland (HP, TF, Nagrand) and then you pop over to Northrend due to the better drops and XP. Azeroth is pretty much a complete waste. The only reason to deal with the old world is to level up professions if you reroll or starting a DK. They should have upped the raids and instances with a heroic mode or integrated quest lines in the expansions with the old world.
I also don't understand the costs associated with flight training. It doesn't match the internal financial system they have in place in terms of vendor payout for items you sell to them or daily payouts. Blizzard is allegedly opposed to gold selling, but they put a price of 5000g on artisan flight training? Come on, they have to know people in general are lazy and will go pay Hong Kong for the gold to get it fast.
Last is solo play. You can pretty much forget about having epic items if you solo. You might get lucky and get a world drop, but even those are crap compared to raid/dungeon loot. I understand the prizes for group play require complex coordination, but turning a cold shoulder to solo players is not acceptable. There must be improvements for solo player rewards or some system in place to attain epic items. They don't have to be as good as raid/dungeon epics, but throw the dog a bone.
Feb 10th 2009 1:29PM I run into this gear interrogation all the time as a tank. The best hero moment I had was in HoS. The druid healer/party leader had gearscore and I was the lowest in the group, by a lot. They went back and forth deciding whether they wanted me to go or not. I said look, give me a chance up to the first boss and if you don't think it's going to work just tell me and I'll leave.
Well, the druid, a fury warrior, and a ret pally got whacked by Krystallus' stone shatter. That left me and a Shaman as the only two standing with the boss having 325k hp left. Us two downed him and the Shaman ran out of mana with 90k hp left. The first comment after Krystallus went down was, hell we might as well drop group and let these two finish.
Everyone apologized to me about the gear comments and the leader stated skill > gear for sure. This was a great run for me because I gained a lot of respect on my server and made a name for myself as a tank who knows WTF they are doing and how to utilized all their talents and abilities. I think the biggest problem is people don't utilize all their abilities or items. The next biggest problem is people don't know when to use them or have bad rotation.
Feb 3rd 2009 9:01AM Got it on first run ever in UP. Damn lucky, but I guess that's karma for you. I did H VH 13 times before Bolstered Legplates dropped.
Jan 20th 2009 7:12AM WTF is the deal with Blizzard hating on enchanters and tank enchants? First, they make no enchanting receipes available through rep grinds like they do for jewelcrafting and others, and now they pull a great money making enchant out and tanks still have junk for tanking enchants. I guess mongoose is still king. Don't even mention lifeward, that smokes major pole.
Dec 24th 2008 4:18PM As a tank, I use my mouse to keep an eye on everyone in a 360 view. I can usually pick up multiple mobs, but sometimes a tard DPS'er will target something other than what I've marked to kill first. Since I'm a nice guy I will taunt before it gets to them or intercept, if it's the healer.
More to the point of this article, I use a combination of mouse and keyboard turning.
Dec 23rd 2008 2:45PM yeah this is a win-win business case for blizzard. you have your minions pay for 168 hours of service while you provide 158. they obviously took a page from the business plan of their ISP, AT&T. they know you won't quit and there are a gazillion more minions in line.
so, do they have any type of testing and requirements verification procedures or what? i mean, wtf are they doing during the day, besides frolicking in the fountain or working out at the HQ gym. yes, yes, i know, they are working on the future patches and content release, blah blah blah. who is doing the pre-test on all these maintenance releases? must be arthas himself.
oh well, i guess that is theoretical and new age business plan/operating procedures at work.
damn it, i want the .018041666 cents back that i'm losing for every hour of an outage. cry more n00bs.
Dec 17th 2008 8:37AM I am project manager/system engineer and work from home. My boss and several people in the company all play WoW, have been since April 2005. My boss plays infrequently throughout the day, as do I. As long as the work gets done, he doesn't care and has never said anything about anyone playing during "work" hours.
The downside is, our guild sucks for doing instances and groups and we have never done any raiding. I am afraid /gquit would result in /jobloss.
Other than that, I have a pretty sweet deal. Now if I can just reduce wife aggro.
Dec 16th 2008 2:19PM I've read through some the post and I can offer this perspective. Rewards for doing raids are better than doing heroics, most of the time. This concept is the same with arena vs BG. Arena's require more coordination in terms of the banded team concept, whereas BG is a luck of the draw process unless you do a group join. Yes, BG's do require strategy and that is not being forgotten.
IMO, Blizzard should modify the rate of return between the two PvP environments. Meaning that you can get the same gear, but at a slower rate by soloing BG's. It's pretty depressing knowing you are going into AV with season old gear and no way to upgrade unless you can do arenas. Brutal vs Merciless sux if you are on the Merciless side of the equation.