Feb 22nd 2011 9:25PM It's like back in TBC when we were given the ability to rez out of combat. We didn't need that ability, really.. but the fact was that many druids couldn't get group invites for 5 mans and heroics because groups weren't willing to run without someone who could rez.
If the idea is to bring the player and not the class, then certain things do have to be shared around. I would like a mitigation ability, but I don't feel that I "need" one - however, from a raid leader's perspective, he/she needs one available. Would you rather take someone who can heal and mitigate damage, or someone who can only heal?
We've coasted along on our ability to battle rez, Innervate, give a healing aura - but if we can't bring something meaty for tough fights, then there's going to be a problem. It's not about being greedy and wanting more cool toys, it's about druids volunteering to bench themselves on LK because they were the least desirable healer to take and didn't want to hold their team back.
When groups won't take a class because it doesn't have a particular ability, then it would be easy to give a knee-jerk "omg homogenisation is bad" reaction. But if it's happening enough that an entire class/spec is viewed as undesirable, then there has to be a bit of give.
Feb 22nd 2011 9:03PM "I tend to agree with Lissanna's observation that simply making Barkskin castable on other players would create more problems than it would actually solve. Moonkin and cats would be obligated to use the spell on cooldown to protect tanks or vulnerable raid members, and that's both a distraction and damage loss that other DPS are rarely asked to shoulder. Moreover, not tying it to resto druids specifically would all but invalidate Blizzard's efforts to address the desirability of druid healers in relation to paladins and priests. All druids' getting the bonus doesn't change the spec's situation versus healers with access to more powerful cooldowns"
As I said on the Restokin post, if Barkskin ended up being chosen, it would logically and presumably be a deep restoration talent that would modify the ability - in the same vein as say, Dreamstate making Innervate better ONLY for balance druids, not for all specs.
This really goes without saying, since it's specifically resto druids that Blizzard want to make more attractive - so it would be silly and illogical to make our new cooldown something that you could just get from your DPS.
I think Lissanna was mistakenly looking at it from an angle assuming that it would be a simple change to the base ability, meaning that it would affect every spec - but that's not how it would work. Barkskin changed for every spec is a non-issue - it won't happen this way.
Feb 16th 2011 7:25PM I am constantly saying, "If you play WoW without music, you are *really* missing out."
More often than not, the response is "There's music in this game?"
It makes me sad.
I often port to Storm Peaks purely to sit and listen to the music.
I adore the music in this game. It is amazing and it adds so much.
Jan 23rd 2011 10:12PM Love Titan lore. Thanks for this piece!
Dec 6th 2010 6:16PM I got realm first tailoring last time, but I dropped tailoring this time around to let someone else have a go, and I won't have a chance at alchemy or engineering because I'm not willing to pay the huge prices for mats (whereas for tailoring I picked up most of the materials myself as I quested).
It's a bit of a silly feat, really.. but when you consider that only a handful of people on the server can get it, it's kinda cool. I'm glad I got one.
Dec 6th 2010 5:21PM Today's the DAY!
Dec 2nd 2010 5:41PM For Horde, Hunters Hill in Southern Barrens is apparently a bit of a hot spot (badum TISH!)
Dec 2nd 2010 12:28AM No worries Foxfyr, you were probably one of the first people to jump on before the site melted :P
Dec 1st 2010 8:18PM Tree Bark Jacket stood in the WoW Insider fire and was one-shot.
Translation: my host pulled the site due to excess traffic. 404d.
I'm trying to get it back up now. I've always had great service from this host, and never any issues when I've been linked from WoW Insider before, or during the 4.0 massive traffic spike.. but I guess a lot of people want to know how to be killed by Deathwing and it was a mad rush to go look.
The cached version that Tiger linked works though.
Dec 1st 2010 7:51PM Thanks Tiger :)