Apr 20th 2011 11:13AM My first tanking character was a death knight, and frankly, I found it to be really fun. Playing a DPS character normally, moving to a death knight was a refreshing way of blending the two. Your mitigation comes from your ability to land Death Strike properly, so it feels a lot like a DPS character in that sense to me. My core abilities are also my damaging abilities. It's not just "slap on some plate, stack stamina/block, and stand there and take a beating." I have to actively hit my strikes to survive (not just to hold threat).
The other part that I really enjoyed was that by researching how to properly gear and use a blood tank, a lot of comparisons to the other tanks came up, essentially teaching people how to switch from, say, a tankadin to a blood dk. It really opened up my understanding of how all of the other tanks work, too.
Not to mention I can solo literally anything.
Apr 11th 2011 5:56PM "My personal favorite is agreeing with a competitor to price-fix, then using an anonymous alt to undercut once they feel secure that they'll get half of the business. If they get aggressive and buy out my undercutter, I list as much as I can on him."
I'm sorry, but I find this unethical.
Maybe I'm just a man of my word, and we all know how far that gets us in business, but still.
Mar 3rd 2011 11:30AM In Plants vs. Zombies, there are plants killing zombies. Why not in WoW?
Feb 23rd 2011 5:27PM Ignite Munching: When a subsequent critical hit from a fire spell overwrites the current Ignite DoT with its own. This is exceptionally disheartening when a Living Bomb tick crits before said Fire Mage can get off a Combustion or something else. It's a significant bug that affects the potential damage of the fire mage and has made it very difficult to simulate, throwing off the estimations of theorycrafters such as Lhivera that are working hard to provide solid numbers for mages to use in PvE situations.
Several suggestions have been made, such as making Ignites stack together instead of overwriting, or (as Blizzard plans) making Ignite not proc off of DoT ticks. Neither really offer a solid solution at this point. Making them stack together makes the DoT extremely inconsistent, as each crit will make it tick for a different value. Stacking it would make it difficult. Not making it proc off of DoT ticks helps with the Living Bomb scenario, but what about when the next fire spell (such as Fireball, Pyroblast, or Scorch) crits? We still lose a significant amount of potential damage.
This whole bug makes fire mages value crit less than they should, and when properly modeled, it appears that Haste now outranks it. I don't believe this is by design, and we should see some changes regarding this soon. I hope they can find a more elegant solution, though.
Feb 18th 2011 10:04AM You have no chance to survive make your time.
Jan 17th 2011 12:53PM How does WoW Insider manage the technical side of things? I always see you guys worrying about columnists and hiring journalists (so-to-speak), but never hear anything about the back-end. Who does all of the code and server management?
Jan 6th 2011 12:04PM I felt pretty epic with my 80 frost mage in WSG a few months back. Before 4.0 hit, I was doing some BG's just to kill time and landed WSG. I followed a warrior into the Alliance base to steal their flag, and once he grabbed it we started to book it down the tunnel. Within seconds, all 10 members of the opposing team were chasing us down. They were trying to burst down the warrior, but he intercepted up to me (I blinked a bit ahead), and was able to get out of range of most of them. Once we got to the end of the tunnel, they had caught up enough to start attacking us. I Frost Nova'd them right at the tunnel entrance, then they broked my Barrier and triggered Shattered Barrier. I put up another one, Cone of Colded them, used my Elemental's Freeze, hit Cold Snap and did it again. I held the entire team in place single-handedly, long enough for the warrior to make it to our base entrance. I didn't kill any of them, but the strategic influence that it had made me feel awesome.
Jan 2nd 2011 11:10AM So many contests. So little time.