Dec 7th 2011 3:43PM I actually don't mind the "mature language", but I wish that the filter stopped the term "God Damn" (as the term is offensive to me).
I find it interesting that they filter out so much language, but not a term that (IMO) is the most offensive.
Sep 26th 2011 2:02PM I've been very irritated by the flying/swimming mechanic for a long time. I constantly fly/swim up or down so go in a W type pattern. Often time if I land (or merely hit the ground), it levels me out and I can fly in a straight line. Otherwise, I have no way to level out.
This technique, however, doesn't work in swimming as I rarely want to swim all the way to the bottom.
The mechanic use to work much better years ago, but then Blizz switched something to make it work less well.
Why did Blizzard change the mechanic and why does it work this way?
Sep 23rd 2010 2:30PM I understand that items will be the same after Cat regardless of whether I buy them before or after Cat launches. The question is in deciding between gear for a druid who could potentially use either "spell" gear or "melee" gear. Knowing what the gear will look like after Cat could affect my decision of which to get.
I follow up question, are badges for the tournament going away (in exchange for some sort of points)? Will there be any categories of badges any more such as the "coins" in Grizzly Hills used to "buy" pvp gear?
I haven't seen any commentary regarding some of these unique type coins/currency.
Sep 23rd 2010 1:08PM Wait, wait, the cost of Heirlooms is going up?! I heard nothing about that.
My plan has been to save my Tournament badges and use them once they make the changes to the gear for 4.0/Cat. (I have just over 400.)
I'm buying them for my Cat druid (my Cat cat?), and would like to see which set works best. Do I need to bite the bullet and buy now?
Sep 13th 2010 3:01PM Hi, I'd like to ask a new question.
For Cataclysm I'm rolling a new main. A Worgen Druid (and quite excited about it). I've never played a druid, and at this point only worried about heirlooms and thinking about specs.
Specifically, if I'm a feral druid, I'll be able to both melee dps and tank? The only requirement being if I'm in bear or cat form? I understand it use to be that gear would play a role, but will that role be as big a factor in Cataclysm? For example, if my spec and form affect the gains from equipment (in other words the weapons actually change bonuses based on my talent spec), then will they also change depending on if I'm in cat or bear?
I guess it seems that Feral will be very useful for leveling, and that I'll be able to use heirlooms and other gear for both roles (again melee dps and tanking). Sure would be nice to be able to que for tank and dps without having to have 2 sets of gear.
A second connected question would be about if double sets of gear are going to be reduced for other classes as well because of these type changes in WoW.
May 10th 2010 9:48AM This.
Although you might need to supplement off-spec sets with certain trinkets and the enchants/gems might not be spot on, you're still going to have a somewhat functional set for off-spec. Considering it is your off-spec, you could equate the loss of spec-specific enchants/gems/trinkets to the loss of using current 10-man gear v. 25-man gear. Bottom line, you'll still have the slightly inferior off-spec set available only it won't require actually getting the actual gear.
Overall, I think much of this is premature until we see exactly how the entire respec of stats works out. Take the pally tank and dps. Both will focus on str and stm. It's likely that the same set can be used for both with the change out of weapon.
I'm personally hoping that I won't need to work on 5 different sets for a pally in the future. ... On second thought, it is fun to gear up all the different specs and PVE/PVP, just time consuming.
Feb 10th 2010 12:03PM One point that you failed to mention:
Give the tank or healer time to get ready at the beginning of the instance. Being patient for a few minutes at the start will often result in a much smoother run and a much friendly one. Pulling the first group of mobs simply because you're ready to go will almost always make things go poorly.
I play a dual healer-tank specced paladin. I often sign up as both specs and then sometimes have to change gear, change spec, drink/eat, buff, and then drink/eat again before I'm ready to go. Nothing irritates me more than a dps that has zero to do to be ready for the pull to be complaining. Actually, I'm wrong, the dps who decides they're going to get everything going by pulling the first mobs is more irritating.
I use to get mad about those dps who keep saying "go go", now I just leave. I can always find better dps and more pleasant companions.
Feb 4th 2010 11:24AM Very nice column. Wanted to make sure I was doing it right and you confirmed it!