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Enter to win a Blazing Hippogryph and other loot {WoW}

Jul 27th 2010 5:23PM Entering to win a blazing hippogryph.

Enter to win an Ethereal Soul-Trader {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2010 6:09PM Sign me up to win!

Updates and clarifications on the mastery system {WoW}

Mar 10th 2010 1:26AM Maybe I'm just jaded, but I'm going to go ahead and guess that whatever big changes are planned for DKs will ultimately just be more nerfs.

Pulling aggro in PUGs: who's to blame {WoW}

Jan 15th 2010 2:55AM It's not that I think I'm superior, I'm just tired of putting up with people who think they can run around doing whatever they want. It's just generally accepted that you attack mobs in the marked order or let the tank pull. I'm more durable, I'm supposed to be keeping aggro, and your impatience just makes my job harder.

As a DPS, sure you can conduct tanks in a raid no problem. But in a fiveman where no one talks but the mage decides to run ahead into the next group while I'm drinking, it's very different. When you're leading a raid, do you tell your pally tank to start the boss fight with 20% of his mana? Or a death knight tank with his runes down? Or a warrior still waiting on his cooldowns? A raid is not an LFD PuG. You may be able to look at everyone's status and make the call, but the aforementioned mage is apparently not. In a heroic PuG, it usually falls on the tank to do this.

But yes, if you want to take on the jobs of the tank, you should've rolled a tank. If you want to hold aggro, be survivable, and considered the de facto leader of a random PuG heroic, you should've rolled a tank. Regardless of how many times a DPS shouts, "gogogogogogggoggogogogogogogog" at me, I'm not going to go until my mana is full, my runes are recharged, my skills are ready, and everyone else is good. Most of the time, I'll pull groups back to back to back. But if the healer is drinking, or there is some other holdup, I'm not going.

I never once postulated holding the group up because, as the tank, I felt like it. That's asinine. But if there is something to wait on, it best be waited on to ensure a maximum chance of success.

As a rogue (or a hunter), you're the exception to the Target of Target idea, because, yes, if you remember Tricks or MD, you can attack whatever mob you want and it be helpful. But to the other eight classes, or the rogues and hunters who don't use those skills, please use ToT. It isn't hard.

If you have a problem with tanks refusing to admit having difficulty, then examine the root of the problem. If the tank isn't perfect, people will kick him or yell until he wants to leave. Everyone wants to be run through, and if a tank doesn't have a gearscore over 9000, chances are, someone is going to have a fit if they ever make a mistake. The tank doesn't think he's a god, he just wants to keep the DPS from making his job harder and/or ridiculing him.

Pulling aggro in PUGs: who's to blame {WoW}

Jan 14th 2010 7:32PM Just as there are bad tanks out there, there are bad DPS. We tanks put up with just as much, if not more, bullshit as you guys.

Sometimes, I have to wait for my runes to recharge between pulls, or drink up to regain mana before I pull again. Shouting, "ggoogogogogogogogog" is not going to help this. You can pull if you want, but I will leave you to die, no questions asked. If you wanted to set the pace, well, shoulda rolled tank.

Sometimes, you'll have to actually target what I'm building threat on. Yes, target of target is hard, I know. But I guarantee things will go much more smoothly if you take that little bit of time to ensure you are attacking the correct mob. I'll save you from pulling like this a few times, but after that I'm just going to leave you. If you wanted to decide who attacks what, well, shoulda rolled tank.

Sometimes, I'll put these funny symbols above an enemy's head. You attack the skull first, then the X, etc. Marks are there because those are mobs with abilities that will destroy the group, weaken my ability to survive or hold aggro, or have shaky aggro tables. You kill them first, not whatever the hell you want. If you wanted to decide the strategy we use, well, shoulda rolled tank.

Sometimes, you may do poor DPS. I understand how hard it is when you first break into 80 to gear up for tanking, but it isn't that tough as DPS. I won't kick new 80s, because they need gear. They absolutely have the right to click need when a boss drops blues. But if you're in ToC10 gear and doing sub-3K DPS, I'm going to get rid of you. If you wanted to do paltry damage, well, shoulda rolled tank (or healer).

Sometimes, I may be new to tanking (well, not me specifically, but there are new tanks out there, still learning). I'm just learning, so be kind. This is one of the reasons for the massive tank shortage that has plagued WoW; everyone blames the tank. It may be his first time tanking, a fresh 80 in quest/regular dungeon blues, and if he loses aggro, half the group will leave after cussing him out and telling him to uninstall. That is hurtful and illogical. He'll probably decide to just fall back on DPSing, and the world will lose another tank. If you wanted to scream and cry about every little thing, well, you shoulda just stayed an infant.

Sometimes, I may mess up. Everyone does, including you. Try to stay calm. I promise not to curse and scream if you miss one GCD, so stay cool if I miss a taunt or Hand of Protection. If we wipe for the first time on the pull before the final boss of a heroic, don't leave the group. We'll just get another DPS in half a minute, you'll wait 15 to find a new group. If you wanted to berate other players for the tiniest mistakes, well, you shouldn't be playing this game.

If you defy any of the above rules, I will not restrain myself from leaving your group, and you will wait 15 minutes to get a new tank who may or may not be better. Meanwhile, I'll get a new group instantly, they'll love me, and I'll blow through three heroics in the time it takes you to finish that one. It's your choice.

Watch more robo-violence in extended Transformers: War for Cybertron trailer {Joystiq}

Jan 13th 2010 8:58PM Megatron: "It is a necessary war, to return us to glory!"
Optimus: "The Autbots will never sacrifice freedom."

Talk about republicans versus democrats...

Enter to win a Creative WoW headset of your own {WoW}

Nov 4th 2009 8:30PM This comment hereby enters me into the contest, through which I will, if victorious, receive a new headset.

No sequel planned for The Craft of War: BLIND {WoW}

Nov 3rd 2009 5:16PM Here's another 'everyone wins' situation: Blizz hires this guy as an animator! Seriously, the animation of the models here is beautiful, and Percula has a real talent for it. I'd love it if my character had more animations, and I'm sure everyone wants ones that don't clip so much.

What does Blizzard have planned for a Cataclysm in-game launch event? {WoW}

Aug 27th 2009 7:10PM So Horde gets Ashenvale and Zoram? What does Alliance get? We're getting the better race outta the deal, sure, but why aren't we gaining new territory instead of lying down and letting the Horde walk all over us?!

All the World's a Stage: More possibilities for goblins and worgen in Cataclysm {WoW}

Aug 23rd 2009 8:24PM I'd say Worgen are more likely to get a wolf form instead of a cat form. It acts the same and all, just looks different and has different tooltip text. A nice change to go along with this would be to take cat stealth from their family and make it available to all Ferocity hunter pets.

I really want to make a worgen. Like, really really REALLY want to. I'm thinking of letting my subscription lapse if Cataclysm doesn't show up soon, because I don't raid much, so Icecrown doesn't interest me from a gameplay perspective (it does from a lore perspective, mind you). I'm not paying until November 2010 to play Isle of Conquest grinding.