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About the Bloggers: Kelly Aarons {WoW}

Nov 2nd 2011 11:00PM What about the phrase "chomping at the bit"? Its champing... with an "A"... champing.

Gold Capped: Patch 4.1 and Maelstrom Crystals {WoW}

Mar 29th 2011 5:17AM Another reason for the low prices of Abyss Crystals early on in WOTLK was Naxx. It was out for ages and very easy, so there was a good number of epic items that could get DE'd. The raids in Cata are much more difficult and there are much fewer drops.

The Queue: Isn't Christmas over? {WoW}

Jan 5th 2011 12:00PM Every wow player seems to think opinion is synonymous with fact, why would you expect Alex to be any different?

A survey of gear levels in current 10- and 25-man Cataclysm raiding {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2011 7:48PM This information is at best correlation. It is possible the ilevel difference had nothing to do with beating any of the fights - no relationship. If there is a correlation, you don't know which way the arrow goes.
It may be necessary to have higher ilevel gear to beat the 10 man fights.
Raid teams that can beat the 10 man fights may have higher ilevel gear because they beat more fights.

Correlation does NOT equal causation. There is too little data here to draw any conclusions.

The Best of WoW Insider: November 2010 {WoW}

Dec 31st 2010 2:43AM "The Cataclysm" was the breaking of Azeroth. Patch 4.0.3 was called "The Shattering", this is when "the cataclysm" happened and the old world changed. The expansion is called "Cataclysm", this is the expansion with new races and increased level cap.

"The Cataclysm", ie the shattering patch, happened in November.

"Cataclysm", as in the expansion, was released in December.

I would say that "cataclysm went live" or "cataclysm came out" on 7th December, because this is when the expansion became available. The shattering was a patch, NOT an expansion. Other patches have changed the world (eg sunwell/quel danas).

The WoW Factor, page 2 {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2010 3:22PM @phephe
The people who are tools in trade chat and cry on the forums are a vocal minority. The average age of a wow player may be 30, but the demographics of that vocal minority subset of the wow playing population will probably be quite different.

The Queue: Min-maxing archaeology {WoW}

Dec 13th 2010 1:39PM RE: Grim Batol bombing run:
"it's just too punishing if you do poorly."

Think of it as a reward for doing well, not a punishment for doing badly. If you do well you get rewarded with a shorter run. If you do don't do well then you do not deserve a reward, because rewarding failure is reinforcing negative behavior.

If you think there is too much trash in the instance, I could get on board with that, but I can't agree that you should be rewarded for being bad.

The Queue: I was right edition {WoW}

Oct 31st 2010 10:28AM @Mat McCurley
"the heroic blues you get will still be heroic-quality loot. Their color is just changing to give the purple color meaning again."

Is this true, or do you not understand the difference between epic and rare and the interaction with ilevel?

Even though ilevel may be the same, epic 359 ilevel gear should be better than rare 359 ilevel gear, because it has a higher stat allocation. You get more stats per ilevel for epic items than blue items, so its not just a color difference.
Rare: ilvl = ItemSlotValue * 1.8 + 0.75
Epic: ilvl = ItemSlotValue * 1.2 + 26
http://www.wowwiki.com/Item_level

Scarlet Blouse Gentleman receives NPC for fact checking efforts {WoW}

Oct 31st 2010 10:07AM So who will be in charge of Aerie Peak now, and what will happen to Kurdran Wildhammer?

WoW Insider reviews the WoW TCG Icecrown Epic Collection {WoW}

Oct 27th 2010 1:21PM once puberty hits that facial hair will really start to kick in