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Know Your Lore: The war begins {WoW}

Nov 30th 2011 6:06PM The problem is, it doesn't matter what crumbs Blizzard throws the Alliance in MoP. I can't believe they're going to rewrite the 1-60 quests again for the next expansion, which means new Alliance players or those levelling alts will forever be doomed to 60 levels of getting sand kicked in their faces, and not being able to do a damned thing about it.

It's the absolute opposite of the "hero factory" Blizzard talks about, because what they're teaching new Alliance players in Cata and MoP is that no matter what you do, no matter if you succeed in your quests or not, YOU STILL LOSE. Even if Alliance kicks ass in MoP (which is unlikely, given Blizzard's track record), the original levelling zones will still be a depressing litany of failure after failure for Alliance players.

Ol' Grumpy and the Goblet of Firelands adjustments {WoW}

Sep 21st 2011 7:04PM What irks me here is Blizzard not giving players any choice about the nerfs. In ICC, you could choose to take your faction leader's buffs, or tell him "We're good thanks, we'd rather do it the hard way". I thought that was an excellent system, and I don't really understand why they didn't do something similar here.

Admittedly, I do wonder how many guilds actually declined the ICC buffs once they were available. Maybe Blizzard saw that almost nobody chose the hard way and decided not to bother with it this time, but the general tone of the comments here suggests many guilds would like to complete the content as it was originally designed.

Ready Check: When you disagree with your raid leader {WoW}

May 6th 2011 4:48PM Sheesh, talk about going straight to the nuclear option :/

I know that the author of this article did advocate talking to the raid leader first, but seriously, could you not think of any further options beyond "attempt to destroy your guild by instigating huge drama"? Surely a bit more dialogue is called for here...

How about asking the raid leader if you can prove the value of your alternative approach by leading an alt or second-team raid? Or, if the raid leader is really not interested in listening to another point of view, talk to the GM (if it's not the same person)?

Honestly, the message I got from this article was: "In a raiding guild? Think you're always right? Try to steal as many people as you can and start your own!"

WoW Rookie: Effective crowd control basics {WoW}

Jan 13th 2011 4:25PM Since this is a guide for rookies, it's worth mentioning that a Rogue's Sap only works on targets which are out of combat. In other words, it has to be used before the pull, and the tank (or whoever is pulling) should wait for confirmation that the Sap has worked before starting the pull, either via chat or by seeing the mob go all weak at the knees.

Depending on the location of the sapped mob, it's also nice to give the rogue time to stealth back to position before starting the pull, too.

Spiritual Guidance: The calculus of shadow priest hit in Cataclysm {WoW}

Dec 29th 2010 4:26PM If you're going to conduct your measurements based on going all-out until you go OOM, then you should be measuring total damage done, not DPS. Your raid DPS is measured from the start of the fight until the boss goes down, not until you run out of mana.

If hitting with key attacks keeps your mana up, then I'm guessing your low-hit parses lasted less time than your high-hit parses?

Guest Post: Is your computer ready for Cataclysm? {WoW}

Sep 7th 2010 7:22PM The advice on upgrading your CPU is... strange, or perhaps just incomplete. If your CPU needs upgrading to run Cataclysm at decent graphics levels, then it must be pretty old. Any meaningful CPU upgrade will almost certainly require a new motherboard.

You aren't going to find a CPU that works with your existing socket, yet significantly improves the way your PC runs WoW. If you're currently running an Intel i3, for instance, there's no way your CPU is bottlenecking your WoW performance except on really high-end gaming rigs. Other games maybe, but not WoW.

If you're running a Core2 (or older) then you'll need a new motherboard to upgrade to an i3 or better. May as well go for one with SATA 3, to take full advantage of that shiny new SSD you're thinking of buying :)

Addons 101: The basics of customization {WoW}

Jul 21st 2010 4:41PM One simple piece of advice I feel you should have included:

Make backups of your WTF and Interface folders, *before* you start messing around.

Otherwise, if you decide you need to delete those folders, you're starting from scratch again, and you've lost any data which builds up over time (Auctioneer, Gatherer, etc.)

It's also worth making clear that you can delete only the folders within WTF and Interface that relate to the addon you just screwed up. More precisely, deleting the folders within WTF will set you back to default for that addon, while deleting the folders within Interface/Addons will delete the addon entirely.

I'm not sure if it's the same on all systems, but on Windows 7, the addon-specific settings are stored in WTF/Account/"accountname"/SavedVariables

Encrypted Text: Combat 101, Page 3 {WoW}

Apr 7th 2010 7:01PM The reason Combat rogues don't use Envenom is that without the Master Poisoner talent, Envenom consumes your stack of Deadly Poison on the target.

I note you're glyphed for Rupture, rather than Evis. If you're low on ArP, that's one reason why Evis may not be doing the business for you, especially if you're nowhere near the ArP cap (although you look to be near the soft cap, and you do have the ArP trinket).

It's next to impossible to make judgements based on anecdotal evidence, but it seems very odd that you'd be getting a DPS increase using Envenom over Evis. Are you sure you've made the comparison over enough similar fights, and that you didn't get any gear upgrades about the same time you switched? It's really hard to base decisions like that on a few fights, there are so many uncontrollable variables.

Gold Capped: Buying with Auctioneer's snatch list {WoW}

Mar 13th 2010 1:30PM Grammar Hammer FAILS!

In that context, you would say "Auctioneer has myriad uses", not "a myriad uses". It's possible that "a myriad of uses" is also valid, but "a myriad uses" certainly isn't.

The Queue: Earthquake bonanza {WoW}

Mar 2nd 2010 3:21PM If you don't have space to transfer the whole 18GB, you might still want to reinstall from the WotLK disk, then copy your downloaded patch files from your previous installation and run them again to avoid having to download the post-release patches.

Mine seem to be scattered around a bit randomly. Most are in the "Program Files/World of Warcraft" folder (the patch files look like "WoW-3.2.0.10314-to-3.2.2.10482-enGB-patch.exe" - I assume different regions would have enUS instead of enGB, for example), with a few updates to be found in "World of Warcraft/Patches" and "World of Warcraft/Updates".

You'll need to work out exactly which version you're at after the disk install, then apply the remaining patches in sequence. Obviously, if you've a decent speed connection then it might be less hassle just to download them again.