Jul 6th 2009 1:36PM People naturally like to compare hardware, horsepower, speed etc, but when comparing 2 laptops of comparable stats, the software is going to make a far bigger difference in user experience over the hardware. Either you think Mac OS is worth buying, or you don't (or maybe you haven't tried it).
May 5th 2009 12:00PM Hoggers, I agree with most of your points. Yeah KC consciously cheated or at least rationalized his actions, his defense isn't really relevant, and I’m not saying that everyone else would have done the same thing. (Although I’d love to know what percentage of KC’s most outspoken critics would have wielded similar power given the opportunity) However, I don’t agree with Blizzard’s ruling of the event given the extraordinary circumstances.
The purpose of the permanent ban is to deter malicious behavior from happening and to make repeat offences as difficult as possible. Isolated incidences of hacks/exploits don’t really hurt your customer experience assuming said hack/exploit can be fixed in a timely manner. My WoW experience was not diminished in any way by KC’s actions but more importantly, I’m not really worried about my game experience being diminished by the future use of Martin’s Fury or any other intended only for use by GMs and developers.
Given the extraordinary circumstances here, the impact of customers annoyed by Blizzard’s response is likely far greater than the impact of future occurances. Would a lesser penalty, say rollback of KC's character, been any more or less effective in deterring potential hackers/exploiters any less?
May 4th 2009 3:32PM Keep your head up Karatechop.
The only people in the world that can fairly judge you are other people that have received Martin's Fury in the mail. I'm pretty sure you guys are the only ones so don't listen to hypocrits that say they wouldn't have used it.
The perma-ban is probably a little too harsh (assuming that it actually did come from a GM). All the hate mail however, is just wrong and not worth your time.
May 1st 2009 11:05AM I might actually care about following the ToS if it didn't include language like this:
"(iii) Anything that Blizzard considers contrary to the "essence" of the Game."
In other words, we can legaly ban you for life for whatever we reason we feel like, and you can't do anything about it.
I agree that Karatechop knowingly used unintended mechanics. HOWEVER, this was a GM mailed item. A life ban is far too harsh considering that it was Blizzard's mistake to begin with.
Apr 2nd 2009 9:32AM More capital city portals: Once you are, let's say Revered with Orgrimmar Rep, a special npc in that city will now port you to any other major city.
A better way to earn Horde/Alliance faction: Runecloth is the most expensive cloth just because of the old rep grinds. It's time to offer turn-ins for netherweave and frostweave.
A guild hall: more feasable and useful than player housing, a guild hall could contain banks, vendors, anvil/forge, dungeon trophies, achievement info, etc.
Flying mounts in Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms. Come on Blizzard. You make $15M every month. You can pay someone to render the roof of the Undercity. :P
Feb 23rd 2009 9:16AM I always think of things as roll based over class based.
1st Priority - Feral Tank or a Feral Tank that was asked to come and DPS.
2nd Priority - All DPS.
I don't have time to argue that this staff is better for catform over hunters. If the hunter has Ebon Blade rep on his radar, he should be curtious and pass to any feral druid. But if the druid is almost always feral dps, it's kind of a push.
Feb 2nd 2009 11:04AM I hate a messy inventory.
Using Bagnon, starting from the top down it goes, Hearthstone, Potions, Cloth, Reagents, Food. Then from the bottum up it goes, fishing pole, pvp gear, dmg gear (I'm a healer), quest items. That leaves about 20 to 30 slots in the middle for the everyday cache.
I try to finish all the quests in a zone before moving to the next.
I'm actually doing the Loremaster achievements in my spare time. >
Jan 26th 2009 9:28AM M,
Priests really shine on Loatheb because of Prayer of Healing. It's normally too long to cast (3 sec before haste) but puts out a ton of healing. Loatheb is my favorite fight in the game right now. I pre-cast Prayer of healing, then target someone out of my group and follow with CoH. Then if the timing is right I can still get a free instant flash heal on the tank within the healing window.
Dec 12th 2008 9:48AM I rememebr when epics were truly epic.
There were no pvp epics, arena epics, reputation epics, or crafted epics. There were only these new dungeons called Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair. Basic raiding was a learning experience for everyone. Good times.
Dec 9th 2008 9:29AM 3.5 year priest here.
If I could change one thing about my class, it would be escapes for shadow priests in pvp against warriors and rogues. Their pvp trinket counters my 1 fear and I'm dead before it's up again. Possible solutions: an AOE pushback or even better a void zone that slows movement of enemies. Either one as an instant cast with a 30 sec cooldown would help a lot.
On a side note, I'm also a little disappointed that in PVE SPriests now play the same role as locks/mages, instead of mana batteries. Why does every class have to be so interchangeable (and thus similar)? If Blizzard wanted to reduce the dependence of SPriests in raid, they could have given a similar mana regenerating ability (like the old VT) to another class.