Nov 16th 2010 1:14PM I'm so glad my main, a resto shaman, is an alchemist.
How does mixology look in Cata?
Jul 30th 2009 8:48PM Um, it's absolutely censorship. The icons and player models are being changed because the state is enforcing its cultural mores under pain of law.
That's what censorship is.
I have no doubt our own (US) government would censor blatantly sexual imagery, were it found in WoW. That isn't really OK either, but it's how it is.
Jul 30th 2009 8:27PM It's really sad, isn't it?
A huge country, with 1+ billion people, with censorship being the tip of a huge iceberg which encompasses myriad human rights violations. Changing a skull icon into a bag is, well, not interesting at all.
And it's great that Blizzard is jumping on the chance to take advantage of the money to be made from subscribers in that huge market.
That's the story. Who cares how they've changed the appearance of the forsaken, or player corpses, or anything? How many dissident voices within China has that same censorship silenced?
Jul 29th 2009 4:28PM Glenury Royal all the way.
And the first few times I read lrcasha's comments, I was seeing, "I prefer pallys(sic.) for sentimental reasons . . ."
Jul 29th 2009 2:09PM It's not even that clear for advanced, experienced players. I am only now leveling a lock and a priest for whom spirit probably really does matter . . . and I say probably . . . since my other toons are a paladin, a shaman, and a DK. But I hear the conversations in Vent all the time among purer-caster classes. "You get that from spirit, don't you?"
"Wait, I don't think I have that talent."
"Do I get that from spirit?"
Playing resto shaman, I have a fine appreciation of mp5, but I see even from the baby lock (who just dinged 46, gratz me) that a core ability, life tap, scales a bit with spirit.
I'm just now getting over the fact that the tooltips for lock abilities have a very, VERY loose association with reality. I thought some of what pally and shaman tooltips said, but JEEZ. I guess tooltips are really hard to fix.
Jul 13th 2009 6:47PM Oh yeah, and what's the best in slot?
There's a list?
I know EJ's site lists BiS gear, and I use it as a guide . . . but there's something to synergy between items. There's no way a raid leader would be able to keep track of all that, nor should he or she.
Jul 13th 2009 5:16PM I agree with Scott's assessment of the situation . . . and I play a holy pally AND a resto shaman on different servers. I only roll on caster mail (which usually does, IMHO, have better stats than healer plate) when there's no shaman present when I'm on the paladin. Mail is itchy. I mean, heck.
Seriously, though, the raid leaders ought to have spelled out the loot rules at the beginning, and if debate ensued, so be it. Tacit agreement (or even a "K" in /raid chat) is agreement. My shaman raids with a guild whose rules are: tanks and healers have first priority on gear (usually affects the healers vs. DPS casters more than tanks/melee DPS), AND, you can wear plate, you roll only on plate because clothies can't wear your armor so you can't wear theirs. Sure, if there were no resto shamans in the raid, and some nifty piece of caster mail goodness dropped, I'm sure it'd go to the paladin.
We're all at the mercy of the RNG. BiS is also, as many have mentioned, a moving target. I think it's perfectly reasonable to give priority to shamans over healadins for caster mail (for example), but the shaman always has the right not to roll and to give the piece to the paladin. Make the loot rules clear at the beginning of the raid and try to avoid the drama.
Jun 17th 2009 7:02PM I know this'll label me as a noob . . . but . . .
Are other restos glyphing Healing Stream totem? I'm currently using Glyph of CH and Glyph of Water Mastery, along with GoHST. I keep a few Glyphs of Earth Shield around if I find myself in a 5-man with a weak tank, but otherwise . . . that healing from the totem is nice. I haven't found myself wishing that I had any particular buffs to HW or LHW other than Healing Way; if my tank seems to be in trouble, I'll usually have a Riptide available, then I can cast a Tidal Waved HW, and if the damage is STILL coming, the next HW has been healing wayed.
Wow, verbing does weird language, to quote Calvin and Hobbs.
I have a pally healer and a resto shaman, and I have to say that I love where resto is right now. Maybe if I played resto druid or had a healing priest, I'd feel differently . . .
May 5th 2009 1:13PM And the great thing about WoW and theorycraft is that . . . just like in real life . . . understanding it won't necessarily help you play the game.
I got a shaman to 80 about 3 weeks ago, maybe a little more. I read through Elitist Jerks (love the site), specced resto, and started on my merry way healing. I took some of their advice, and decided their theorycraft didn't make sense on some of it. Any time there's dependence on the RNG, theorycraft'll only go so far.
Last weekend, I got to do heroic Naxx with a raiding guild on my home server. There were a bunch of healers, all of whom were in at least Naxx gear, most of whom had either full T7 or t7.5 sets. One of them decided to PST me their recount data on healing. Guess what? I was #3 (out of 7 for a couple of encounters) on HPS and had the least amount of overhealing. More importantly, I didn't lose any of my assigned healing targets. In my blues. Cool thing about the raid . . . I got 4 drops, serious upgrades, all in an evening.
I find theorycraft discussions interesting, but they're not the end-all be-all. Some players will benefit from understanding the theorycraft. Some mediocre players will think they have to understand it to function, and their play will probably either improve or deteriorate based on their adherence to theorycraft . . .
My experience has given me a new appreciation of WoW. Just like life, there's some art to it.
Apr 6th 2009 4:05PM Interesting letter . . . the real problem is not hers, it's rather that her friends and guild-subordinates don't respect the hierarchy.
Secondly . . . I agree with the other responders that her English is perfectly understandable, even if she may be thinking in another language. However, be careful how you create acronyms. ANO is Spanish for "rectum." Or ass.