Jul 2nd 2010 9:00AM Ran some kind of 10 man raid just about every week since Naxx. During
that time, I've seen four tanking shields drop - one in Naxx, and one
in Ulduar. Then there was absolutely nothing for nearly a year until
I just recently got the Neverending Winter.
It then dropped again the next week. Figures. Either way, that was one hell of a shield free streak.
Dec 10th 2009 6:27PM If you'll have a look at the achievements, it doesn't seem like the Lavaman is in any way a boss all of his own. Perhaps he's part of the Lich King encounter, but a lot of speculation has him placed differently.
For example... SPOILERS BELOW
Many people think that's Bolvar Fordragon, which would make sense since the armour seems to match up and he DID get bathed in dragonflame, or so it seems.
Nonetheless, he's currently Prime Candidate #1 for who gets to be the new Lich King after we pop open this one.
Dec 8th 2009 8:07AM Instance running! The guild raid day is on Wednesday so ICC can wait for that, but my usual 5-man group will likely form up and farm the new 5-mans until we're sick of them and have all the upgrades we can get. Then we'll hit the random dungeon feature until we're out of Emblem of Triumph upgrades to buy.
It will be glorious!
Dec 2nd 2009 8:45AM Running blind is a very romantic notion, but being a hopeless romantic that I am, it's always something I would have liked to do. I have very little self-control, though, so I'm always surfing around and checking out the fights on the PTR and reading perspectives and strategies and what not just because I'm too curious to stop reading. I don't think I'll ever get the chance to go into a raid and not have an idea of what's going on, even in Icecrown.
That said... come the launch of Wrath, I was the first person in my guild to get to 80, and even then it took me about two weeks. Being a tank, I ended up PuGing a lot of 5-man instances that my guildies hadn't done since I was outstripping most of them, and as such I didn't have friendly faces holding my hand. It was entirely up to me to figure out what was going on about 90% of the time, and it was a lot of fun trying to get the strategies right and figuring out just why that giant undead thing was clobbering me so badly. That first few times through the 5-mans is still among the highlights of my Wrath experience, and I look forward to Cataclysm letting me do it again (and 3.3 to a lesser extent, even if I did some reading on it).
Oct 14th 2009 8:27AM My story is similar to yours, only my vacation from tanking went from dropping my Paladin main to going and DPSing on a Death Knight, only to come back, level a Warrior, and fall back in love with tanking. The Warrior tank is so much more fun than the Paladin tank, anyway, so I think I'll be here a while.
Sep 22nd 2009 8:41AM This pretty much echoes the sentiments I've been feeling for all this time. The leadership of both sides (though I tend to notice Alliance more being an Alliance player) is really only limited to the one or two figures which Blizzard has thrust to the forefront of their stories, while the others have pretty much only been left there to give achievements upon their deaths.
A good example is, really, King Varian Wrynn and his actions in the 3.1 trailer regarding Ulduar. Varian withheld the entirety of the Alliance forces from stepping into Ulduar and dealing with the situation there just because of the presence of the Horde. Technically speaking, he should have little to no sway over the non-human races of the Alliance... he shouldn't even have full sway over all the humans, given how splintered the race is. Stormwind is only a very very small part of human lands, even if it is the only bastion of humanity in the Eastern Kingdoms that isn't in ruiins. Yet he bosses around humans from Arathi, from Alterac, from Theramore, no doubt from Gilneas and Kul Tiras and Lordaeron as well. And he bosses all the other races around too, without so much as a by your leave or even the faintest twitch from them.
I mean, Brann Bronzebeard, brother to the reigning Dwarf king, was in Ulduar leading the explorations. He was in danger and trying to stop an Old God. Yet Varian withheld the troops. Don't you think for a moment that King Magni might have flipped Varian the bird and sent in at least some support beyond a bunch of the Explorer's League to save his brother and the world? Surely Velen of the Draenei had some foresight into the whole situation and sent a Vindicator or two to help, yet there's no Draenei NPCs there... or pretty much in ALL of Northrend, in fact. And surely the Night Elves understand the issue of an errant Old God trying to come up and eat their precious nature. Wouldn't they tell Varian to stick it and go assist? But no. All of them remain static and motionless, leaving the story to be told by the Humans or Orcs while everyone else is left in the cold.
For me, it's not so much what I want from my faction leader. It's what I want from my faction LEADERS, in the plural. I want to see the politics involved where several races, all with their own interests, are forced to band together in order to survive from the threat of the other. Stop with the stupidly aggressive and largely moronic single leaders, and give us a real, living, breathing cast so that no race feels left out of the plot.
May 19th 2009 9:13AM Likewise, as an Australian, I don't know how I'd talk to my American friends otherwise. =P
WoW is a fun game, but what makes it truly special to me is the social aspect. If I hadn't forged these friendships through it, I probably would have tired of it and quite playing some time ago. Instead, it just becomes an element of my social life for when I have nothing and nobody to bother close by.
Also provides access to a group of people who, typically, are interested in the same geeky things as I am... which has proven difficult to find en masse in person out here.
May 16th 2009 4:10AM My guild leader has an Elemental Shaman, which she has since stopped playing in favor of her Mage given the Elemental DPS decrease. Even at Naxx-10 levels, the damage decrease was significant and very noticable, and we spoke about it for a bit.
At the same time? We have another raiding Elemental Shaman who in the guild who, curiously enough, didn't notice a serious DPS change... or simply hasn't mentioned it when asked. Still, from practice, he's still pulling his usual numbers.
The difference between these two people? One of them has a dual-specced character on their account (the guild leader), while the other does not (the raider). While I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, apparently similar things have been said on the WoW forums about it.
The only thing we can possibly think of that might cause it is, really, a glitch or mistake in the code somewhere. The key issue seemed to be insanely low damage in Lightning and Chain Lightning, but that wasn't the only issue.
That's all I have to offer to the discussion - I'm hoping the buff helps out.
May 13th 2009 10:10AM ...whoa. That defies all my explanations!
Apr 6th 2009 8:47AM Mostly, we're ready. My guild is pretty casual, but even so most of us have seen much of the content by now and will be happy for anything new. New solo content is the main event of the day, and most of us are ready and waiting for that.
For Ulduar? I'm not sure, but we'll be going in and trying it out after a week or two anyway. Only 10-man, though, since we still lack the numbers for 25. I personally feel I'm ready to begin attempting it, though I don't think we'll get too far without a bit of time. My gear is still mostly Heroic epics and a few Naxx-10 and T7.0 pieces, but here's hoping that'll do the trick.
And most importantly... the vast majority of us are SO ready for dual specs. As a Paladin who specs between Prot and Holy on a regular basis, it's going to be so nice to have my defence capped every time I so choose again.