May 14th 2010 6:21PM Oh come on. "Probation" "standby". "Probation" where I come from is a way of saying "prove yourself". Will you get into every raid? No. Should you? No. You were likely recruited because someone else left.
Does that mean you're 100% guaranteed a raid spot from day one? No. Because the guy who was recruited to replace the one who left *before* the one *you* replaced has been there longer, suffering the same sit-outs you now are. It's a ladder. You're on the bottom rung.
To run a 25 person raid, you need 25 people and either a bloody lovely wan connection 18 feet from Blizzard's servers with properly-configured cisco routers and good weather; or 35 people.
Of those 35 people, 3 will no-show. 4 will chain disconnect. 3 others will "lag" so badly that they *request* to be replaced - of those 1 will actually have lag issues beyond their control, and the other 2 just want the night off with no grief. So, your original 35 people at 7pm then becomes 25 by 8pm.
And grats - if you're working on LK, and that remaining 25 happens to comprise 2 tanks, 5 healers and the remainder being your strongest DPS with capacity to stun/slow/kill Valks and move out of defile appropriately; you *might* just get the kill.
But, if 4 out of the "wounded" 10 happened to be healers, leaving you with 4 and an offspec; or one of your so-lagy-it-hurts guys was your MT, you have to pull in the "potential" you grabbed from a levelling guild yesterday. You're neutering your raid's confidence at this point; and barring miracles (which *do* happen, just not often), you are likely knackered.
And, that's just the lucky guilds - the ones who can still field 35 people on a good night, to allow for the "dog ate my homework, significant other's unhappy, ISP is crap, Blizzard sucks at dungeon/encounter/cake design" crowd to take the night off after they've signed up and been allocated a spot in your starting team.
Raid leading's for mugs. I know. I am one.
May 14th 2010 2:28PM I don't know about you, but since last September or October, I've had people tell me in game that "Cataclysm's coming", "beta is imminent", "why are we doing this, we'll just have to level again". Hell, my own guild forums already has a thread with people planning on grouping together for dungeon grinding for an expansion that's not yet in beta.
The "carrot" of a new expansion means people are already aware that what they're doing currently in game will be devalued massively the day Cataclysm hits the stores. So, why bother do anything other than make gold? Gold's the *only* thing in game which will have any relevance once the xpac drops.
If Blizzard really wants people to raid, make every boss drop 1k gold. Watch the people flock to raid guilds.
Jan 26th 2010 9:03AM Dudes....
The NPCs are obviously spamming trade chat.
2. [Trade]: Malygos: JC lfw [Jewelcrafting], your mats
2. [Trade]: Patchwerk: any1 got a gild i can b in?
2. [Trade]: Varian: LFG JAINA'S PANTS!
2. [Trade]: Thrall: Too late, baby, looted yesterday
2. [Trade]: Ragnaros: Reported!
Jan 13th 2010 6:56PM In Australia there was a paper called The Trading Post. It published in multiple states and was a highly successful small business for close to 30 years.
It was bought by a large, corporate monster about 5 years ago, and they "upsold" it - it went from being where real people bought and sold crap; kind of like a print version of ebay - to a high priced advertising rag concentrating on business and commercial lines.
Until it made so much of a loss for its new corporate owner that they shut down the paper across Australia last October. They misunderstood their market and sent a paper broke.
Kinda like changing Guildwatch into this happy-go-lucky tripe. Count me as one who religiously sought out GW, but will see "The Classifieds" and skip on down to the next article. My only real reason for reading wow.com just disappeared. Seeya.
May 5th 2009 11:10PM Give rogues the ability to cure poisons.
They know how to put 'em on; kinda irresponsible of them to run around going "stab-poison, stab-poison, stab-poison" and not be able to remove it if they 'accidentally' stab the wrong target.
Oh, wait; but that would lessen their DPS by "wasting" global cooldowns on helping out the raid? Poor dears.
Raid utility: be careful what you wish for.