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Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: Silence of the Titans {WoW}

Feb 7th 2011 2:11AM Another point to consider in regard to "so little defense for the super-duper weapon":

Who's to say we're the one and only ace in the hole pet project of the titans?
Who's to say there isn't a gerbillion other projects that either failed, or are cooking in some other oven?

Taking the Titan's perspective, I'd think thus: "If the whole shebang fails, we'll just blast Azeroth to pieces and start over. No harm, no foul. (But for the poor guys down there, but hey, omelettes and eggs...). But SHOULD they be big enough to make a difference, it can mean victory. Besides, I can make a thousand different tries on different worlds. I only need for one of them to succeed, after all..."

Breakfast Topic: What's your proudest WoW moment? {WoW}

Jan 6th 2011 8:43AM Two moments in fact:

One is my very first raid night: Our GM had a couple friends from a T6 Guild and had asked them if they could blow their Kara ID to help us get started. I was an officer back then, and the only tank we had, so I ended up OTing for the T6 guy. Granted, I had been studying Karazhan bosses like MAD on BossKillers. Two hours later, we were before the Curator, with zero wipes when connection issues struck. We disbanded and got a nice /w from the other tank simply saying: "You're pretty good, keep that up!" Gosh I kept that close to my heart ^^

Two years down the line, I had taken Guild Leading over since the launch of WoLK, and I had honestly poured everything in the job, leading a rag-tag team of casuals, decent in their game, but definitly without much knowledge in the game. I had spend two years building guides for pretty much every one of our serious raiders, coaching them, handing over strats for all the bosses.

We were struggling on the LK then, and I had just returned from vacation the day before, around 3 A.M. At 9 P.M. people wonder what we would do that night, and seeing as they had a disastrous night the night before, I went "screw it": Everybody on their raid toon, LK night! By midnight I knew we had the strat down, but only silly Defile mistakes took us down. Getting tired, probably. Opened Vent: "Okay guys, we can take this win: you're doind everything right, but we're just not focused enough to get everything right every time. Here's the deal: I'll call ready check: Yes, and we breathe deep and keep trying, No, and we come back next week and get the kill anyway.

5 seconds later, my screen was filled with little green Vs. Pride flushed :p An hour later, we all lay dead before Arthas' feet... While Therenas screams at us: "ARISE, CHAMPIONS OF THE LIGHT!" We had done it. I could lead a guild from Anub'Rekhan all the way to the Lich King. Damn, you can say what you will about "merely a normal kill", and "casual scrub", but little can top the pride of coaching a team to its succes...

The Queue: From the photo album {WoW}

Dec 13th 2010 8:56AM /canofworms

Any idea why in the Titan's name Chaos orbs are:
1) BoP
2) Needable by anyone?

Both decisions on their own are reasonable, but both togheter seem... weird.

The Light and How to Swing It: Protection and retribution builds in 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 10:05AM S**T! Stupid comment system. Please downvote ^^

The Light and How to Swing It: Protection and retribution builds in 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 10:04AM I'm just a bit iffed that Captain America Shield must replace another attack. It feels somewhat underwhelming, because unlike many proc systems, you can't jsut start spamming it when it lights up:

It cannot replace CS/HoR, it doesn't provide HoPo
It cannot replace SotR, because a 3pts Shield is gignormous threat-wise.
It can replace Judgment, but we have to take care of our -ATK debuff.

I'll try a bit harder, in part because I simply LOVE our shield boomerang :)

WoG-wise, it's all a question of numbers, and I'm sure it'll be a very important spell somewhere down the line. But certainly not in ICC/RS.

The Light and How to Swing It: Protection and retribution builds in 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 9:53AM Oh dear god, yes. It may not be *efficient* threat-wise, but it's an absolute BLAST for extreme soloing.

The Light and How to Swing It: Protection and retribution builds in 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 9:40AM Well, we shouldn't forget that it also grants us an extra proc on the seal, and that white damage is now buffed up by righteous fury. I remember Theckd stating that it was one of the biggest threat talents so far, behind WotLB and Sacred Duty.

There, got the link:

The Light and How to Swing It: Protection and retribution builds in 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 9:23AM Pretty good column overall, but one thing I kept wondering: why keep Guarded by the light in the pure tanking build? Are there many tanks on progression that reliably use Word of Glory?

I've honestly been wondering about the use of WoG at lvl 80 content: i'd much rather push for Hallowed ground and its marginal threat increase than use 2 talents points for a spell I will never cast on serious content.

Same story for the dungeon hero: Reckoning has an INSANE uptime in heroic dungeons. Aren't we better off without GbtL?

On a somewhat related note: I've read a couple of topics on maintankadin that seriously downplayed Grand Crusader's usefulness: our rotation is so filled to the brim that we cannot often afford to slip a proc in our rotation. I read it was a good trash talent, but not for bosses. I'm honestly expecting that to be changed in the near future, but until then, is Grand Crusader really worth *much*? Still better than GbtL, but definitly inferior to Reckoning and perhaps even Hallowed Ground.

The Queue: Welcome to arf {WoW}

Oct 12th 2010 2:34AM Nevermind, I just went browsing the appropriate topic on the forums and got my answer:

"At level 80 and below, players will use Vanishing Power (Midnight Ink x1). This reagent will be available for purchase from Inscription vendors and can be crafted by scribes using using low-level materials. Scribes with a skill level of at least 75 will be able to learn the recipe for Vanishing Power at their trainer.

At level 81 and above, players will use Dust of Disappearance (Blackfallow Ink x2). Similar to Vanishing Power, it will be available for purchase from Inscription vendors once Cataclysm is released and can be crafted by scribes with a skill level of at least 475."

The Queue: Welcome to arf {WoW}

Oct 12th 2010 2:30AM Preparing for the new patch, I had a question while browsing wowhead:

In the new glyph system, you'll need a special reagent (Dust of Disappearance) which currently reqsuired 475 Inscription (!). Further it seems from the description of the Dust, that it requires level 81 to use.
That would seem to indicate that we won't be able to change our glyphs until Cataclysm, as we cannot remove current glyphs.
Or did I miss something?