Oct 20th 2010 2:29PM Whenever I'm in Outland, I make it a point to pay the Fel Reaver a visit to serve him a plate of infinite vengance.
Also, while an undergeared level 70, I failed many many many times at the Princess Delrissa fight in H MgT. I made it a point, when I hit 80, to go back and kill her many many many times while giggling maniacally. In total, I killed her 70 times before I lost interest.
Jul 13th 2010 9:34AM With regard to the old Human/Dwarf models vs. new Worgen/Goblin models:
"Old and busted; new hotness."
@Humans "Old and busted."
@Worgen "New hotness."
Jul 6th 2010 1:32PM This is a major change in the player-developer and player-player relationship, and I can't say that I'm a fan. It seems to raise all manner of privacy and security concerns to me. I encourage the folks aw WoW.com to do an edition of the Lawbringer on this subject.
Apr 30th 2010 9:01AM I definitely understand this and noticed this particularly during the Blood Queen fight last night. Given the range restrictions, the room feels right on 10-man, but when you jam 25 players into the same room, it doesn't seem to work as well.
Apr 6th 2010 10:28AM Taking away the dispel mechanic for a prot paladin is a bad move. I can't tell you how many times I had to save the day while tanking dungeons because the healer was overwhelmed just by healing and never dispelled poisons, etc. I've even had to tell certain healers (while leveling) that they were possessed of dispel abilities. I sincerely hope that this changes in the beta testing.
Nov 13th 2009 9:34AM While I like you approach to the situation, as someone who has fired many people in my professional, non-game life, I can say that you may have overvalued your second (#2, that is) step, and have undervalued the clichéd "sandwich approach."
Given the propensity for drama and "my word against yours" situations, firing a raid member person-to-person, one on one would still be the preference. You are correct that including another person would feel like ganging up on the firee, which automatically puts the person on the defensive and at a disadvantage. In one on one situations, people at least feel like that have the opportunity to be heard. But against numbers, people can often act out and/or use brashness to cover up any real feelings or thoughts and undermine any real discussion that might have been possible.
Also, the tried and true sandwich approach of criticism, though clichéd is still powerful. It's important to convey to the potential firee exactly why this person was invited to participate in raids (often reminding them of their prior enthusiasm and focus), to demonstrate that these were obvious and noticeable benefits of their involvement. Only after establishing a basis of positives (and by proxy, expectations), you can outline the areas of incompatibility and failure. Verbally drawing a bottom line to them, and citing when opportunities to change were granted and prior warnings delivered, do you substantiate your case for dismissal.
It is also important to attain a certain level of agreement. This can be done simply by asking the potential firee if they can understand why you would cite a particular behavior or performance as a detriment or failure; and working toward their acknowledgement. This makes the actual dismissal much easier since they have essentially agreed with your evaulation.
Then close with something optimistic and positive, hence the sandwiching of the negatives with two positives.
It's never easy, but often it just has to be done.
Oct 9th 2009 9:53AM I'm a member of the 4 - 80 club. Warlock, Priest, Shaman and DK. I try to bind link spells and abilities to the same keys, (Ex. Death coil for both my lock and DK share a binding, as do Aggro drops like Soulshatter and Fade) but every so often, try to Maelstrom heal myself when I'm on another character. Such times almost always result in my death.
Some of my druid guildies often tell of jumping off of cliffs and the Dalaran FP, while on alts, while pressing their Swift Flight Form buttons to no avail.
Oct 2nd 2009 9:26AM Matthew Rossi is one of the few Web writers able to tell a compelling story, without resorting to sophomoric cliché, banal similes or trite analogies. Cheers to you Matt for upholoding the tenets of solid journalism, exceptional grammar and an astute use of metaphor.